Whether you’re planning to make the most of one of those weekend breaks London package deals or due to be in the capital for business (perhaps making use of conference space such as the Barbican Rooms) but fancy an evening of leisure, London’s the place to be for a wide array of different and varied Hallowe’en-themed fun come the end of October this year…
Teen Horror Pyjama Party
(Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place WC2H 7BY/ 26th October/ £20 each)
Don’t be fooled by the word ‘teen’ in this event’s title, for this one’s strictly for those aged 18 and up as it’s a cinematic horror-a-thon all-nighter and then some; featuring, as it does,’90s cinema classics, including Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Final Destination.
Classic Horror All-Nighter
(Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place WC2H 7BY/ 27th October/ £20 each)
Alternatively, why not give this late-night-into-the-morning marathon of horror flicks a go 24 hours later? It’s properly enticing we can assure you, offering up the likes of The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Rosemary’s Baby and The Shining.
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (with a live score)
(Nomad Cinema, LSO St. Luke’s, 161 Old Street EC1V 9NG/ 26th October/ £15 each)
This cinema calls itself ‘Nomad’ for a reason; it has no permanent home. Fittingly so, this showing of this 1920s German silent horror classic is being screened at LSO St. Luke’s; that is, given the movie’s showing will be accompanied by a live musical score performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
The Victorian Séance: From the Occult to the Gin Parlour
(Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, 9a St Thomas Street SE1 9RY/ 26th October/ £12 each)
A unique opportunity to learn all about what was involved in, helped create and surrounded Victorian-era seances, such as their specific cultural trends and psychology.
Halloween Séance at the Last Tuesday Society
(Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities, 11 Mare Street E8 4RP/ 29th October/ £22.15 each)
Or how about seeing the thing in action – and, more than that, participating in it – by attending an ‘actual’ séance, or at least a reconstruction of one via the skills of ‘Austria’s Derren Brown’ Philipp Oberlohr? Ideal if you’re staying in ‘The Square Mile’ area; for instance, at Montcalm London City Suites.
Halloween Ball at the Candlelight Club
(27th October/ from £30 each)
A unique London venue, in that nobody knows where it is (that is, until they’ve booked their tickets for an event and been given directions to it via email), this self-proclaimed ‘speakeasy’ is a hot-bed of cabaret, burlesque, variety and live music. And if – following dinner at the likes of the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms – a Jazz Age-themed themed ball sounds right up your street this Hallowe’en, then you know where to head (or, at least, you will do eventually!).
Halloween in Concert: I Screamed a Scream
(Fortune Theatre, Russell Street WC2B 5HH/ 28th October/ from £26.65 each)
home for more than 30 years to the popular gothic horror play The Woman in Black, the Fortune Theatre is, for one night only, hosting a welter of West End musical theatre talent, such as Carrie Hope Fletcher, Craig Mather and Emma Kingston, whose special show promises show tunes and pop songs with a seasonally-suitable spooky twist. Who could resist?