As the summer draws to an end, it’s time to think about activities for the autumn. The next big occasion is Halloween, making it the perfect opportunity to organise some spooky fun. Why not gather all your friends together and head to London for a special treat?
The capital pulls out all the stops for Halloween and there are many events to entertain adults, highlighting the fact Halloween isn’t just for kids. Take a look at some of the Spooktacular activities you might wish to include on your trip this coming October.
Hogwarts After Dark – October 26th to 28th
Tickets went on sale today (August 28th) for the Harry Potter-themed Halloween extravaganza at the Warner Bros Studio Tour. More than 100 floating pumpkins will adorn the Hogwarts Great Hall, while a troop of spiders will guide witch and wizard visitors into the Forbidden Forest. A three-course meal and cocktails are included in this magical event.
Museums at Night – October 25th to 27th
A great opportunity to see many of London’s world-class museums after hours, Museums at Night is even more atmospheric during October. From a Tudor Treasure Hunt at Fulham Palace to the Craven Street Bones at the Benjamin Franklin House, there are plenty of special events planned.
Hampton Court Palace Halloween Ghost Tour – October 31st
From a grey lady to a masked man, Hampton Court Palace is well-known for its phantoms. Think what it’ll be like to explore the famous royal residence after dark on Halloween itself. Jane Seymour, wife of Henry VIII, died at the palace a few days after giving birth. Her ghost is said to haunt the Silverstick Stairs, which once led up to the very room where she took her dying breaths.
London Month of the Dead – throughout October
The Month of the Dead event offers talks and workshops on the theme of death and visits to some of the city’s most famous cemeteries all throughout October. There’s a guided tour of Nunhead Cemetery with Caroline Swan, the Death Café with Suzette Field and an inside guide to port-mortem procedures, hosted by Carla Valentine, to name but a few.
Take in a scary show
A visit to the West End is an absolute must on any trip to London, and you can carry on the Halloween theme with one of the long-running shows with a darker side. Book tickets for The Woman in Black, Wicked or The Phantom of the Opera to be scared out of your seat.
Getting to London
The most convenient way to travel to London this Halloween is by hiring a coach. With vehicles of varying sizes, Kings Ferry will have the right one to meet your group’s needs.
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