Few of the big dates in the calendar are as fun as Halloween, the time of year where we can all let our inner child out to play, dress up and really express ourselves. If you happen to be in London this autumn, then what better way to celebrate the traditional event than to visit many of the Halloween themed goings on around the city? Here at King's Ferry, we've looked at the best reasons for getting your friends and family on board, booking a coach and enjoying some of the best London-based Halloween events this year.
The London Dungeon
Presenting itself as 'The Home of Halloween', it stands to reason that one of the city's most grisly and gruesome attractions would be all over Halloween, and this year it's offering something special for visitors.
Throughout October the Dungeon is home to a host of specially-themed exhibits that explore 1,000 years of London, including Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper, the Tyrant and the Master of Tricks with his olfactory wheel of misfortune. It's sure to be one of the scariest visits on the Halloween tour this year.
Ghostly Tours and Ghoulish Supper, Old Royal Naval College
What would Halloween be without a ghost story or two? Fans of all things spooky will not be disappointed if they head to the Old Royal Naval College on October 30th and 31st.
Guests will be treated to a lantern-lit tour of the facility as they hear the spookiest tales from the history of the college. Afterwards, you will also be treated to a 'spooky supper' in the 18th century Painted Hall.
London Eye Witch Academy
Perfect for those with families, this is a trip to the London Eye as you've never seen it before. As you journey throughout the sky in a green Eye capsule, you and the kids will learn about witchcraft and spells as well as historical facts and brilliant Halloween stories.
Young guests will also be treated to their own witch costume and activity pack for the road. (From October 25th).
Grant Museum After Hours
The Grant Museum is creepy at the best of times, what with its wide array of animal skeletons, so imagine visiting by moonlight for a special Halloween themed evening.
On Halloween itself, the museum will host an evening of creepy animal facts and horror stories set among the skeletons themselves. Can it really get any more creepy than that?
Chills in the Chapel
What better way is there to celebrate Halloween in London than with a classic horror film in a creepy setting? This is exactly what visitors are in for on Halloween when they come to Union Chapel.
The gothic revival setting will be host to an evening of live music and cinema with Alfred Hitchcock's classic Psycho being followed by a live performance of the film's original score. A perfect Halloween evening, we're sure you'll agree.
We've all seen TV's Most Haunted, but how would you like to partake in your own ghost hunt this Halloween? On October 25th, guests are invited to do just that at Syon House, with the theme of the event centering around the investigation of the many rumours of ghostly happenings there.
As the tour heads around the stately home to keep an eye out for ghosts, your nerves will be tested with a number of exciting stories of tormented ghostly priests, doomed monarchs and servants so loyal they never left.
Ghosts and ghouls may be all well and good, but for some of us, enjoying a less stereotypical event will be good from time to time. Perhaps you've sampled some of the other attractions already and want to punctuate your Halloween trip with something a little different.
Hosted by the organisers of Camden Rocks on November 1st, Nightmare Festival will be home to some of the most exciting upcoming rock and indie bands around. The one-day event features a number of suitably-named acts, including the likes of Blood Red Shoes, Howling Bells and The Hell.