Be prepared to feel your blood freeze this Halloween as the London Dungeon unveils its terrifying new character, The Pumpkineer, who has decorated the dungeon with thousands of blood-curdling pumpkins. He's joined by a cast full of horrible names, from Jack the Ripper to Sweeney Todd to the Rat Catcher and his horde of live rats. The eerie screams of tortured souls, (discovered by Siberian scientists when they drilled down 14.4 kilometres deep under the Earth's crust) will have guests feeling the flames of hell and screaming for a reprieve from the fiery maze. Besides all the usual twisted experiences - which take around 90 minutes to tour around - there are three thrilling rides: the 5D ghost hunting laser ride Vengeance; drop ride Extremis - a re-enactment of a hanging with a drop at the end; and Traitor: Boat Ride to Hell - a boat ride in the dark with a small drop at the end. In 2013, there will also be a free Halloween treat for every visitor. If it's horror you're after this Halloween we'd recommend a trip to the world-famous Dungeons - just don't expect a good night's sleep once (if) you get out alive.
London Halloween Tours
You'll never look at a pumpkin in the same way
London Dungeon, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB
Dates: 25th September - 09th November 2013
A ghostly tour visits the mysteries and histories of this grand 17th-century Stuart mansion
NB: No stiletto heels allowed in the house. Not suitable for children. Booking essential. Wrap up warm as it can get chilly inside the house and tours include part of the garden. 2013-10-262013-10-31 Where:
Ham House & Gardens, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, London, TW10 7RS
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 26th - 31st October 2013
Tap tap tap tap. The ghost of the Duchess of Lauderdale still stalks the corridors of Ham House with her silver-tipped cane, over three centuries since her death. Join National Trust guides for the spooky after-dark Halloween Ghost Tours talking you through the mysteries and histories of this grand 17th-century Stuart mansion, reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in England. Legend has it that the Duchess murdered her first husband so she could marry John Maitland, First Duke of Lauderdale. Keep your eyes peeled for the phantom dog that appears randomly about the estate too. Ghosts aside, the house is an excellent example of Stuart opulence and boasts an important collection of textiles, furniture and paintings. The hour long tour finishes with drinks and canapes in the 17th century Orangery.
NB: No stiletto heels allowed in the house. Not suitable for children. Booking essential. Wrap up warm as it can get chilly inside the house and tours include part of the garden.
A spine chilling look back at what London's horrible history had to offer
Museum of London, 150 Wall, City, London, EC2Y 5HN
Dates: 31st October - 01st November 2013
Let the Museum of London lead you on a spine tingling tour through London's murky underworld this Halloween, the Hauntings and Hangings walking tour gives visitors a glimpse into what life may have been like with historic tales of public executions and visions of eery churchyard murders.
Those daring enough are given the opportunity to roam the house and its horrible histories
Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, London, TW8 8JF
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 25th - 26th October 2013
Is Syon House Haunted? Paranormal specialists and Syon staff have expressed their opinion over the years and now this may be a question that you can answer for yourself - if you dare to take this ghostly tour that is. Taking place for two nights in October, the historical house will be hosting the tours that will allow visitors to delve into the horrible histories that took place. From the time of Syon Abbey, which Henry VIII destroyed, the imprisonment of his 5th wife Catherine Howard before her execution, to the story of the fated Lady Jane Grey, there will be plenty of reasons to be spooked.
Tackle the gruesome mystery of London's most elusive criminal
118 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 7PT
The gruesome stories of Jack The Ripper remain part of the greatest mystery in the history of UK crime. The unsolved questions and mysterious stories of this elusive criminal are the stuff of London legend and the Jack The Ripper Tour is perhaps the most shocking and exciting Ripper experience in the city. A team of expert guides and 'Ripperologists' will take visitors on a chilling tour around the streets of London, visiting the scenes of his notorious murders and examining evidence and clues. All guides are members of the Cloak and Dagger Club, a theatrical performance team that helps lend a sense of authenticity and drama to the tour. And with the help of RIPPER-VISION, top of the range, hand-held projectors which emblazon 5ft images upon the dark streets and alleyways of Whitechapel, this is definitely not an experience for the faint of heart. Tours takes place daily at 7.30pm and begin at Aldgate East Tube Station, lasting just shy of two hours.
An award-winning horror tour of London.
This award-winning horror London tour began in 1999 and features the worst aspects of London's history including serial killers (Jack the Ripper and others), grave-robbing, execution sites, conspiracy theories and much more. The walk has been rave-reviewed in the media and by the thousands who come on it each year. It has recently been awarded Certificate of Excellence 2013 by TripAdvisor. Your tour guide, Declan McHugh, is a former professional actor and has recently written a book called Bloody London, a copy of which you can include in the purchase of your Blood & Tears Walk . The Halloween Special tour takes place on October 31st, with a tour at 7pm and 9.45pm. The two-hour tour starts outside Barbican tube and finishes at Holborn tube - and children under 12 years are not permitted. Tour highlights include Jack the Ripper's stomping ground, dark and creepy alleys, a psychic experiment, execution sites, some grave-robbing history and a pub where the serial killer targeted his second victim. To book a place on the Tour click here .
14th March 2014
IN THIS ARTICLE
Halloween at the London Dungeon
Ham House Halloween Ghost Tours
Hauntings and Hangings
Is Syon House Haunted?
Jack The Ripper Tour
The Blood and Tears Walk
Autumn 2013 in London
Autumn 2013 in London's Bloomsbury
Autumn 2013: Art in London
Autumn 2013 in London's Greenwich
Autumn 2013 at London's South Kensington Museums
Autumn 2013 on London's South Bank
Autumn 2013 at London's Barbican Centre
Autumn 2013: Royal Opera House
Autumn 2013 pop-ups and events
London's Top Autumn Musicals
Best Autumn Theatre in London 2013
Halloween 2013 in London
Bonfire Night in London
- Autumn 2013 in London's Bloomsbury
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