The witching hour is upon us and it’s time to frighten yourself silly with the best of London’s Halloween happenings. Whether you’re knocking back champagne at Sky Garden’s spooktacular soirée, sipping cocktails at Sexy Fish, or (ghost)busting a move on The Little Scarlet Door’s dancefloor, you’re in for a terrifying time at these London Halloween events.
For those of us whose trick or treating days are a thing of the past, here’s a round of some of the best Halloween parties London has to offer.
Said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the world, do you dare to explore this historic theatre’s hidden secrets by night? From the 25th October, The Lane will host late-night theatre tours until the end of October only, where guests will unearth hidden tales, scandals, conspiracies, and even hear a ghost story or two.
Starting at 9:50 pm, the exclusive tour comes with a Halloween cocktail in the Cecil Beaton bar, where you can grab a tipple to gear yourself up for the spooks ahead.
This year, Sky Garden’s annual Halloween party is back and set to be bigger and better than ever before. Taking place on Friday 28th October from 8 pm until 12:30 am, venture 35 floors up for hauntingly sky-high views of London and immerse yourself in a spooktacular soirée filled with live music, dancing and devilishly good cocktails.
Ghoulish garms are encouraged, so be sure to don your freakiest outfit for the occasion as the incredible live band works their magic and lights up the dancefloor. Later on, the paranormal party gets started as Sky Garden’s late-night DJ takes to the decks, playing dance anthems and spine-tingling tunes into the dead of the night.
For an epic one-fright-night-only, entry tickets start from £55 and include a scarily delicious welcome cocktail whilst the £65 ticket option offers a premium glass of Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne.
Where: 1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF
When: Friday 28th October
For those who prefer to be spooked by films, look to Backyard Cinema’s Halloween takeover. The popular cinema experience will undergo a spooky transformation to celebrate the most haunting month of the year so you can experience your favourite Halloween movies like never before. The space will be covered in cobwebs and pumpkins as you enjoy your spooky Halloween favourites.
Films are on the tamer side (good news for those of us who aren’t into horror). Think Hocus Pocus, Addams Family Values, Beetlejuice, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show – with Scream thrown in for all the slasher-movie fans.
Head on a journey of self-discovery, tap into your inner intuition, and explore your past, present, and future with the internationally acclaimed Psychic Sisters at the first brunch of its kind in London. You’ll enjoy an indulgent two-course brunch alongside tarot readings at the table, with the option to add on a private expert tarot reading and specially-created cocktails.
This one-of-a-kind experience will see the expert psychics (whose celebrity clientele includes Kim Kardashian, Tracey Emin, Kate Hudson, and Elton John) bring mystical vibes to the city for the ultimate weekend experience this Halloween.
Sexy Fish will host the ultimate Sunken Circus Halloween party on Saturday 29th October where guests can enjoy immersive live acts, music from their house DJs, and unique entertainment – from roaming stilt walkers to mystic mermaids.
Themed cocktails and a special Halloween dessert will also be on offer.
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR
When: Saturday 29th October
Get your freak on this Halloween by heading down to the most menacing brunch in town at the home of ping pong. Forget the tricks when it comes to the food and entertainment though – it’s all treats this year at Bounce – with a monstrous 90-minute brunch of unlimited ping pong and bottomless pizza, Prosecco, or beer, topped off with a show that’s sure to give you spine-tingling chills.
Spooky dressing up is very much encouraged, with a prize for the most bloodcurdling outfit.
The most menacing brunch in town
A breathtaking pyro-musical show featuring over 20,000 fireworks.
There’ll be plenty of things going bump in the night at Ascot’s annual Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday – the biggest and best firework display in Berkshire. During the day, racegoers can expect an abundance of spooky activities and fairground rides to enjoy alongside thrilling racing action.
With ticket prices starting from £30, you’re in for a spooktastic line-up! There’s a spooky slime workshop, an interactive creepy crawly experience, pumpkin carving, roaming entertainers, and a pop-up cinema showing Halloween-themed cartoons. Later on, enjoy the breathtaking pyro-musical show featuring over 20,000 fireworks launched from the centre of the famous race track.
Where: High St, Ascot SL5 7JX
When: Saturday 29th October
Expect frighteningly good cocktails, devilish DJs and a night(mare) to remember as The Little Door & Co invite ghoulish gals and guys to let their inner demons out and dance the night away at a series of spooktacular house parties.
Head to Soho’s The Little Scarlet Door for Murder on the Dancefloor – complete with a light-up dance floor and live performances – or The Little Orange Door in Clapham for a Ghosts of the 90s throwback extravaganza. The Little Blue Door Fulham will be giving Haunted Hollywood glamour, and at Notting Hill’s The Little Yellow Door, there is even a Stranger Things special.
Where: Multiple Locations
When: 26-29th October
Enter an alternate reality of dystopian horror as you join the ultimate high-octane, immersive, multi-sensory bingo experience, Ghost In The Machine, where Hijingo’s mainframe has been compromised and their Hijingobots have been hacked by an evil AI uprising.
The bingo shows range from 30 minutes to two hours and will run for one weekend only, with a range of ticket options including a signature Halloween cocktail, brunch, and bottomless prosecco and beer. There are also huge prizes to be won, including a European holiday for two and £1,000 cash.
Enter an alternate reality of dystopian horror.
Gather your squad and put your Hellfire club t-shirt on – it’s time to step into The Upside Down world of Lucky Voice this Halloween for their Stranger Things special. Head down from Friday 28th – Monday 31st October and your group will enjoy a free round of Spooky Vecna Shots before heading to your pre-booked private room to sing your heart out to their scary Halloween and exclusive Stranger Things playlists (better get thinking about what song will save you from Vecna).
There’s no Eggos on offer, but if you’re peckish, you can pick from a range of pizzas along with small and sharing plates exclusively at the Holborn venue. Honestly, we can’t think of a better karaoke song than Running Up That Hill.
Where: Multiple Locations
When: 28-31st October
One of the more classic Halloween looks? A 70’s ABBA costume. If disco diva flares are your kind of vibe, you’re in luck, because The Gantry in Stratford is hosting a Halloween party like no other, complete with an ABBA-themed tribute band, special cocktails, dinner, and dancing on Saturday 29th October.
Their Union Social bar will transform into a glittering 70’s party room with drinks flowing from 7 pm, featuring Halloween-themed tipples such as the delectable pumpkin spiced daiquiri; combining smooth spiced rum with a zingy ginger liqueur and pumpkin syrup. A mouth-watering buffet dinner will also be served from 7.30 pm, with pumpkin spiced doughnuts for a sweet treat dessert. An ABBA tribute band will be rounding off the evening, playing the most iconic classics guaranteed to fill the dance floor with feel-good vibes.
The Halloween-themed fun will continue with a daytime party perfect for children; featuring complimentary face painting, supervised pumpkin carving, and delicious food and drink.
Where: 40 Celebration Avenue, Stratford, E20 1DB
When: Sunday 30th October
Join The Richmond Club as they celebrate Halloween in style, with the club undergoing a black and gold makeover to bring the best party in town. Dress in your finest black and gold outfits whilst enjoying delicious cocktails and fantastic food options as they transform the venue for this spooktacular event.
Keeping the night lively will be a DJ playing spooky soundtracks into the evening, and there’ll also be Halloween-themed cocktails including their ‘Vampire’s Kiss’. The night’s a complimentary treat for club members, but there’s also a limited amount of guest tickets available to purchase for just £5.
Dress in your finest black and gold outfits whilst enjoying delicious cocktails.
Where: 115-117 Kew Rd, Richmond TW9 2PN
When: Saturday 29th October-Sunday 30th October