Halloween for Kids in London

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Boo at the Zoo
Nights Owls Halloween Sleepover
The Making of Harry Potter: Dark Arts
Halloween at the Horniman Museum
Family Pumpkin Carving
Family Pumpkin Carving

© Grant Kother

Some of the Halloween events taking place in the capital can be a bit too much for young ones (and some old ones). Thankfully, there's a whole host of family friendly and fun activities to keep your children entertained over the Halloween season.

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The Making of Harry Potter: Dark Arts

Hogwarts is given a makeover especially for Halloween.

Warner Bros Studio Tour London, Aerodrome Way, Leavesden, Watford, London, WD25 7LS

Tube: Watford Station


Dates: 01st October - 12th November 2017


Fans of Harry Potter are invited to delve into the Dark Arts of the films this Halloween, learning about all the darker aspects of the popular series. For two weeks only, visitors to the Warner Bros Studios will be able to try duelling techniques against a Death Eater after learning wand combat moves in an interactive experience with Paul Harris, who developed the battles scenes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. There will also be the chance to visit the Deather Eaters' headquarters, Malfoy Manor, step onto the Studio's latest addition, Platform 9 3/4, and see the iconic Great Hall all dressed up with apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops.


Boo at the Zoo

The zoo is given a spooky makeover for Halloween.

ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park Outer Circle, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 4RY

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 21st - 31st October 2017


A full programme of Halloween events is on offer at London Zoo this half term with Boo at the Zoo, inviting you to explore a spooky schedule that includes animal demonstrations, crafts and Halloween-themed activities. There will also be spooky versions of the zoo's popular animal talks, feeds and demonstrations. Events this year include an Extinction Trail, a Ghost Tour and a Pumpkin Party. All activities are included in the ZSL London Zoo standard price admission.


Hallowe'en at Ham House

There are lots of spooky goings on at the National Trust property this Halloween.

Ham House & Gardens, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, London, TW10 7RS

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 21st - 29th October 2017


Ham House is hosting lots of spooky goings on once again this Halloween. The Hallowe'en half term activities include a witch hunt, which invites the whole family to hunt for witchy clues left behind by Ham House's residents. Will you be able to find the witch marks carved into the panelling? There will also be pumpkin biscuit decorating, spooky storytelling and terrible terror ghost tours. So, dress up in your scariest outfit and head on down to the mansion for a week of spooktactic activities.


Family Pumpkin Carving

Halloween fun for all the family.

Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station


Dates: 26th October 2017


Head to Chiswick House in your scariest costume this Halloween for Family Pumpkin Carving. Taking place during half term, on Thursday 26th October, the event invites little ones into the Kitchen Garden to carve a pumpkin with their chosen design, clean and dry the seeds ready to take home and plant, and build a bug box. It's the perfect seasonal activity to enjoy as a family. There will be a morning session and an afternoon session and all pumpkins and equipment will be provided.


Nights Owls Halloween Sleepover

Don your scariest fancy dress and explore the museum after dark.

Museum of London, 150 Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station , St. Paul's Station


Dates: 27th October 2017


The Museum of London is hosting a family-friendly Nights Owls Halloween Sleepover this October, suitable for children aged seven to eleven. Visitors will be invited to don their scariest fancy dress and trick-or-treat their way around the ghostly galleries by torchlight, collecting sweets and answering questions about London's history. Sneak through the eerie Victorian street and help the baker's wife solve a spooky crime, listen to some tarrying tales, and make a Gothic mask before bedding down in the museum galleries. The following morning, enjoy a bright and light breakfast and a screening of Disney's Halloween classic Hocus Pocus.


Halloween at the Horniman Museum

The museum hosts Halloween storytelling, pumpkin headdress making and fancy dress parade.

Horniman Museum, 100 Road, London, SE23 3PQ

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 28th - 29th October 2017


The Horniman Museum presents a number of Halloween activities suitable for the little ones throughout the October half term. Following on from a series of ugly animal themed events and hands-on activities, the Horniman Halloween Fair takes place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October with plenty of fiendish fun, including the chance to meet creepy crawlies in the Wild Fangs cave, follow clues in the Gardens on the Halloween trail, make pumpkin headdresses and join in with the Halloween Parade through the Gardens in your best fancy dress. The weekend will also offer Halloween Storytelling, with the Jumble Abode Theatre embracing the spookiest time of year with some interactive storytelling that's suitable for all the family.

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