Halloween for Kids in London

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Boo at the Zoo
Halloween Sleepover at Cutty Sark
Kids' Kino Club: The Corpse Bride
The Making of Harry Potter: Dark Arts
The Making of Harry Potter: Dark Arts

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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 familyfriendlyand fun activities to keep your children entertained over the Halloween season.


Boo at the Zoo

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

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 24th October - 02nd November 2015


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 meeting rats, bats, spiders and owls. Brave visitors will discover how spiders use their venom to snare their prey, learn about owls' seemingly supernatural powers, and create a terrifying bat mask. They will also be the chance to explore Europe's only walk-through spider forest, create eerie enrichment for the bearded pigs, and enjoy spooky story time in the Grimm Curiosity Shop. All activities are included in the ZSL London Zoo standard price admission.


Halloween Fun Day at Ham House

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 24th October - 01st November 2015


Kids go free this at Ham House this Hallowe'en half term (from Saturday 26th October until Sunday 1st November) so dress up in your scariest outfit and enjoy free family art activities, a spooky garden trail and scary story time. From Monday 27th October and throughout the half term week until Friday 31st October there are free spooky tales for little ones.


Halloween Sleepover

Cutty Sark, King William Walk, West Greenwich, London, SE10 9HT

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)


Dates: 31st October 2015


Cutty Sark is staying open after-hours this October for a Halloween Sleepover. Children aged 7 to 11, and an accompanying adult, are invited to spend the night on the ship and take part in a number of games, Halloween-themed workshops and crafts, and spooky storytelling. An astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich will also stop by to point out the stars and planets in the sky and guests will be treated to breakfast the following morning, served underneath the ship's hull and the Master's Saloon, depending on which ticket you purchase.


Kids' Kino Club: The Corpse Bride

Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 31st October 2015


Part of the Kids' Kino Club, which runs every Saturday morning, showing recent and classic films for kids, the Regent Street Cinema will be screening The Corpse Bride this Halloween. The charming film tells the story of a shy groom who practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a diseased woman. What he didn't anticipate, however, was that she would rise from the grave assuming he has married her. Tickets are creepily cheap at just 1.75 for children and there will be prizes for the best costumes.


The Making of Harry Potter: Dark Arts

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

Tube: Watford Station


Dates: 16th October - 01st November 2015


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.

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