Halloween in Central London 2018
It’s that time of year when the nights are getting darker, the leaves are falling from the trees and everyone is drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes. This can only mean one thing...Halloween is creeping ever closer. In fact, it’s breathing down our necks.
There’s something for everyone to enjoy for Halloween in London this year. From scary films, frightful outings at London’s popular attractions to partying the night away at a fright night event, you’ll definitely be running scared. But when you’re not hiding behind your hands, why not see London’s breathtaking sites on an open top bus with The Original Tour.
Halloween Tours in London
Take a terrifying tour through London this Halloween and learn the ghastly secrets of the city’s past through horror stories and haunted locations.
Haunted London Walking Tour
For: All ages
Date: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6pm
Uncover the darker side of the city on a Halloween ghost tour of London. Join us for a spine-chilling experience at 6pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday to discover sinister ghost stories about the capital. You will hear tales about Her Majesty’s Theatre, Buckingham Palace, Green Park and Hyde Park corner, amongst many others, and unlock ominous secrets about London’s past.
Tower of London
For: All ages
The Tower of London has had many functions throughout its rich history and has many skeletons hiding in the closet as the iconic landmark was once a prison and torture chamber. Anne Boleyn spent the final days of her life here where she was imprisoned, interrogated, put on trial and eventually beheaded. Take a tour of the White Tower where you will encounter the torture chambers and maybe even hear the harrowing screams of history’s famous figures echoing through the walls.
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour
For: All ages
Date: 4pm daily from The Original Tour bus stop at Tower Hill
Jack the Ripper is one of England’s most notorious serial killers and was known to terrorise the Whitechapel district. Retrace the Ripper’s steps on our walking tour through London this Halloween, where you’ll learn about the chilling events of the 1880s and visit each spot where Jack the Ripper’s victims were found. The Ripper walking tour is free when you purchase a 24h or 48h bus ticket from The Original Tour, so don’t miss out on our free scare-fest this Halloween.
Celebrate Halloween at London’s Top Attractions
Some of London’s top attractions are getting a spooktacular makeover for Halloween, whilst others have the fear factor all year long. Don’t miss out on the spookiest attractions and book your tickets early.
Madame Tussauds & Alien Escape
The waxwork stars are often dressed up to scare for Halloween at Madame Tussauds in London, and there are lots of spooky experiences to send shivers down your spine. Upgrade your Madame Tussauds ticket when you arrive at the attraction to enjoy interactive, theatrical adventures. Solve the mystery of Sherlock Holmes on Baker Street or take on the Alien Escape to navigate your way through this testing trail of gore, danger and a challenging pathway out.
Halloween at Harry Potter Studios
Warner Brothers Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter- Dark Arts
Date: 28th September - 10th November 2018
Don’t let the Death Eaters dampen your Halloween spirit when you embark on the Dark Arts studio tour to learn about the Harry Potter franchise. The Great Hall is seasonally decorated with over 100 pumpkins hanging from the ceiling and a Halloween feast is laid out across the tables. You can also discover the filming secrets behind the Dark Arts and dual against Death Eaters in live demonstrations.
The London Dungeons
For: Adults and Children aged 15+
Date: Open all year
Enter if you dare! Join The London Dungeon this October and embark on a chilling journey through 1000 years of the city’s gruesome past. Walk the foggy streets and go back to a time where the plague blighted the capital, torture was the norm, and Guy Fawkes sought to change the city forever. Throughout October, the London Dungeons are darker, scarier and even more extreme, making this a popular attraction throughout the most terrifying month of the year. Book your tickets now for an experience that will make your toenails curl.
Halloween Events in London
Dance the night away in your most frightening fancy dress for a Halloween party in central London or book a spooky sit-down meal for all of the family.
Party in London this Halloween
For: Over 18s
Dates: 27th & 31st of October at 9:30pm in Soho
Prepare to scare in your best fancy dress costume and get ready to party in London this Halloween. If you are looking for a Halloween party in central London this year, join the London Party Pub Crawl, starting at Dirty Harry’s in Soho. This year’s theme is ‘London Epidemic’, so choose a costume that fits the bill and enjoy free entry to four bars and a free shot in each bar for the ultimate Halloween rave in London.
Halloween Jazz Ball
For: Over 18’s
Date: 27th October from 7pm
Speakeasy jazz bar meets spooktacular cabaret at The Candlelight Club for an elegant Halloween event in London. This pop-up Halloween Ball is set around the prohibition era and will take place in a vintage venue in London. You will be whisked away by live jazz music, cabarets, elegant cocktails and dance performances at one of the best Halloween parties in London. Pick out your fanciest frock with a frightening twist to capture the speakeasy vibe and find out what your future holds from a fortune teller.
Halloween Dining Experience
For: The whole family
Date: 27th - 31st October at various locations across London
If you are looking for somewhere to have a Halloween dinner in London, head to one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. These popular dining spots in St Pauls, Battersea, Camden and the West End are transformed into Halloween themed restaurants for spooky dining experiences over the Halloween weekend. Sip on Halloween themed cocktails or indulge in a theatrical banquet complete with Halloween inspired food in London. The most terrifying part of this dining experience could be the wrath of Ramsay himself if you don’t book your table soon!
Spooky shows and Halloween screenings
If you want to celebrate the theatricality of the season, scare yourself senseless or enjoy a theatre show with a spooky twist when you take a trip to the cinema this Halloween.
For: Adults and Children 7+
Date: Daily at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
If you haven’t already seen one of the longest-running musicals in London’s theatre history, where have you been? Based on characters from The Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. The show is a little less scary than most Halloween experiences and, as such, is a little more family friendly. Don’t miss out and book your tickets to watch a West End classic this Halloween!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
For: 15’s and over
Date: 1st November at 12am
If you’re looking for an excuse to dress up this Halloween, then the Rocky Horror Picture Show will be right up your street. Renowned for audiences dressing as their favourite Rocky Horror character, this cult classic has gained a huge following over the years with its widespread appeal to musical, horror and science fiction fans alike. Head to the Prince Charles Theatre by Leicester Square for a Halloween screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight and show off your best Janet, Frank or Eddie costume.
The Woman in Black
For: Adults and Children 11+
Date: Daily at the Fortune Theatre
Watch the spine-chilling novel come to life on the big stage this October! It’s one of the West End's most terrifying ghost stories and it will have you hooked right from the start. The Woman in Black tells the story of a lawyer who believes he was cursed and seeks the help of an actor to tell the story of the terrifying encounters from his past. Brace yourself for two hours of terror as you watch the action unfold.
So there you have it. There’s plenty to keep you entertained this Halloween if you’re visiting London. If you’re looking for an easy way to see the city during your visit, take a look at our 48h hop-on-hop-off bus tickets, which can take you to the top London attractions.