While some of us might jump out of our skins at the slightest scare and avoid horror movies like the plague, others are always up for a good old scare in the name of All Hallows Eve. And for the brave souls among us, we’ve rounded up some ideas for fun Halloween-themed activities to do in October.
We work with South West Railway to provide you with the best recommendations on how to make the most of the spooky season in central London. From spooky circus performances to atmospheric theater shows, from Jack the Ripper’s city tours to a Halloween ball, we’ve got you covered! (Please note that the fear factor is variable).
Dodge monstrous tentacles at Leadenhall Market
The cobbled streets and vaulted ceilings of Leadenhall Market (or Diagon Alley, as Harry Potter fans may know) are the perfect backdrop for your Halloween celebrations. Explore a pop-up shop of the infamous Hoxton Street Monster Supplies where you can stock up on all your magical supplies. They have everything from “Tins of Fear” to “Bezoars” and “Cube of Earwax”. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the giant six-metre tentacles coming out of the upper floor Victorian windows…they’re always ready to surprise visitors! Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, EC3V 1LT
Explore London’s hidden stories at the London Dungeon
Want to venture into London’s troubled past? Visit the London Dungeon for a history lesson like no other. You’ll experience the city’s famous sights and sounds through all of its dark, hidden stories and mysteries. Oh and if you buy your train tickets with SWR and you can get 15% off London Dungeon and River Cruise OK! The Queen’s Promenade, SE1 7PB
Watch a spooky theater performance, 2:22
In this brilliant supernatural thriller, Jenny believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam has none of it. But as this adrenaline-filled adventure kicks off, secrets emerge and ghosts… well, let’s just say there may or may not be ghosts. No spoilers. To catch 2h22 at the Criterion Theater and get ready to see your hair stand up! 218-223 Piccadilly, St James’s, W1J 9HR
Watch out, the Phantom of the Opera
For those looking for a slightly lower scare factor activity, how about a deliciously weird musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber? The Phantom of the Opera is an enduring love story set to an incredible soundtrack. Watch it at Her Majesty’s Theater in London and don’t forget to Explore SWR Rewards to get great deals on tickets. Haymarket, St James’s, London SW1Y 4QL
Get your scares and your dose of culture at this horror exhibit at Somerset House
Scary season, but make art out of it with a visit to The Horror Show! A twisted tale of modern Britain at Somerset House. From October 27 to February 19, 2023, this incredible exhibition delves into the past 50 years of creative rebellion and ideas rooted in horror. There are over 200 works of art to discover – each exploring horror and subversion in reaction to the times the country has passed through. Get your tickets here! Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Walk in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper
Do you want to be scared and discover one of the most famous serial killers in history? Join this Jack the Ripper walking tour! You’ll enter the sites where Jack carried out his grisly murders and walk the same streets as his unfortunate victims… Tickets are available here for the brave. Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AH
Dare to enter the Twisted Circus
This one-of-a-kind immersive experience is a chilling takeover of the Clapham Grand. In this spooky circus, you’ll witness hypnotic acts and creepy characters, crazy contortions and a stomach-churning Creepshow. Plus, this circus night comes with a roaring soundtrack to keep your feet moving. Bag tickets here run away and join the circus. The Clapham Grand, 21-25 St Johns Hill, SW11 1TT
Wes and Sandy’s pick of the week
South Western Railway’s winged friends Sandy and Wes are always on hand to provide their best London recommendations. Sandy is a culture buff with a love for the arts, theater and lunching with the girls, while Wes enjoys clubs, pubs and going to concerts with his homies. But one thing they can agree on is the beauty of a freshly poured pint. And what better place to enjoy your favorite beer during this spooky season than in one of London’s haunted pubs? Visit The ten bells, The Grenadier Where The Viaduct Tavern and sip a deliciously tangy beer.
The ten bells, 84 commercial street, E1 6LY
The Grenadier, 18 Wilton Row, London SW1X 7NR
The Viaduct Tavern, 126 Newgate Street, EC1A 7AA
Hit the dance floor and do the Monster Mash at a Halloween Ball
It’s the Halloween party to end all Halloween parties. Enter the mansion and find yourself surrounded by dancers and fire shows, monsters, themed cocktails and more. Live DJs will get you on the dance floor, while special effects makeup artists will transform you into a creature of the night. Don’t forget to come in costume, because the best-dressed guests will win a special prize! Find tickets here.