The scariest time of the year is approaching. No, it’s not the Boxing Day Sales – it’s Halloween! It’s never too early to get into the ‘spirit’ of things, so grab your kitten ears, dust off your cape or invest in a bottle of fake blood and get ready to partay. Londoners don’t generally need an excuse to celebrate, so take a look at our top five Halloween hang outs – and get involved.
The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7NN
October 30 & 31
Listen up, this is not for the faint hearted! If you already know The Vaults, you’ll know it’s a slightly eerie spot found under Waterloo station. Walk through an incredible (yet dimly lit!) graffiti tunnel and you’ll come to a rather inconspicuous door… Step inside this Halloween, and the Vaults will be transformed to a party of the dead! In the late 19th century, the underground tunnels now home to The Vaults were used as a morgue facility for London’s rotting corpses – bodies were prepared here ready for transportation to vast graveyards in Surrey…. Needless to say, its rather dark and morbid history is perfect for the spookiest day of the year. Visit their website for more info and to book.
Image: The Ghost Bus Tours Facebook
Meet outside the Grand Hotel, opposite Sherlock Holmes pub on Northumberland Avenue off Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5AY
Get ready for a London tour bus like no other. The Ghost Bus Tours wend their way through the darkest streets of London Town telling stories that you may wish weren’t actually real… As you encounter many of the city’s most famous sights, including Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Tower of London, you’ll start to see these buildings in a different light! You’ll learn gruesome tales about people and places, including the demon barber of Fleet Street and the Cross Bones Graveyard of Southwark. Maybe bring a friend or two if you’re scared of the dark…. Book here.
Friday, October 28
Oslo, 1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
If you haven’t got yourself down to Oslo before, you know what to do! In an old railway station building, Oslo already has the credentials for a spoooooky Halloween night but they’re throwing a Halloween party just to up the spook ‘stakes’. The night is called ‘Valhalla’, which in Norse mythology is an enormous hall where the dead join the masses who have died in battle. We can promise the music will be banging, and forget the witching hour; when the clock strikes 4am (closing time!) you still won’t be ready to go home. Book here.
Zombies Run Game
If you’re more into your sport than your nights out, this is one for you. Zombies Run is a super addictive app which encourages you to run as fast as you can to get away from zombies! As you explore London, you’ll hear your mission and music through your headphones and as soon as you start being chased by zombies you need to speed up! The app has incentives along the way, where you can pick up supplies to build your base and keep the zombies at bay. It’s scary any day of the week, we dare you to give it a go on Halloween.
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY
Grab a tub of popcorn and a brave friend and head over to Prince Charles Cinema for a scary evening to remember. The aptly named cult classic ‘Halloween’ film will be shown to all those horror fans amongst you, so get involved! If you’re not familiar with the film, it’s set on a cold Halloween night in 1963 and is about a brutal murder committed by a six year old. Scared already? Maybe it’s not for you. Prince Charles fans tend to really go all out, so if you fancy dressing up for the occasion, we’re sure you won’t be alone. Book tickets.
Any more spooky ideas for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below!