Get into the mood for Halloween with these unique events for adults in London.
It may seem a little bit juvenile dressing up as a witch and heading out to a Halloween party once you’re an adult, but we all need to enjoy a bit of fun in the autumn. After all, the summer’s over and it’s still a little way off before Christmas. If the usual mix of Halloween events leaves you a bit cold, do not fear, as being in a serviced apartment in London at this time of year opens up innumerable possibilities.
Whether you would like to enjoy some theatre with a spooky theme, through some ghostly shapes on the dancefloor at a top club or use the opportunity to visit your favourite museum at night, London has it all.
Days of the Dead – A Theatrical Mind-Reading Performance
What could be spookier than attending a séance at an old operating theatre?! Not much, right. Well, mind-reader Mike Coffey will be looking at the idea of communicating with the dead and the history of the practice in a unique venue. When St Thomas Hospital moved in 1862, its former operating theatre was bricked up and all but forgotten about until 1956. Now, it is a museum and theatre space, with enough atmosphere and history to really bring out the Halloween spirit.
Old Operating Theatre Museum, London Bridge, October 29th
The Woman in Black
An oldie, but a classic, The Woman in Black has been performed in the West End for more than 25 years, but it still manages to send a shiver down the spines of its audiences. Soak in the atmosphere and illusion of this carefully-constructed horror, as a lawyer tries to unearth the truth of the curse of The Woman in Black, with the help of a young actor. Starring Matt Connor and Malcolm James, with direction from Robin Herford, be bewitched by the latest run of the show.
Fortune Theatre, Covent Garden, ongoing
Museums at Night
A great way to have a more adult Halloween is to get involved with Museums at Night, as the autumn version of the event falls beautifully near All Hallows’ Eve. Enjoy a glass of wine as you wander around the exhibits at some of London’s favourite institutions. From Dickens After Dark at the Charles Dickens Museum to Craven Street Bones at the Benjamin Franklin House, there’s something to suit every taste.
Happening all over London from October 27th to 29th
Mexican Day of the Dead/Night of the Undead
Think giant piñatas, an Aztec dungeon and a party boat at this out-and-out Mexican-themed Halloween bash at Fire nightclub, atmospherically situated in the railway arches. Everything will be presided over by Don Duckee in his role as master of ceremonies and everyone is expected to dress up. It’s a great way to unleash your childhood love of Halloween, but in a grown-up space.
Fire, Vauxhall, October 28th
Ghost Ship tour and Dracula screening
Head to the Cutty Sark to find out more about the true horror of life at sea with a special Halloween Ghost Ship tour by candlelight. There will be tales of murder and tragedy, as you make your way around the vessel, before sitting down to watch a film right in the bowels of the boat. This will be the setting for a screening of the 1931 classic horror Dracula, where you will be presented with a shot of whisky to calm your nerves.
Cutty Sark, October 28th