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Halloween Shows and Events in London

 
 
 
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FrightFest Halloween
Halloween at Covent Garden
London Horror Festival
Fright Club: Jitters
CinemaLive and Northern Ballet: Dracula Live
Darcy Oake
Jeff Wayne's War of The Worlds, The Immersive Experience
Ghost Stories
A Haunted House at Bloomsbury Ballroom
Ghost Quartet
Brian May's Halloween Exhibition
Keith & Paddy's MovieFest
The Candlelight Club's Halloween Ball
Journey To The Underworld
Red Palace
Halloween Fright Night at Rivoli Ballroom
Brixton Village: Day of the Dead
 

 

Halloween is a great excuse to roll out some classic horror movies from years gone by and if you've got a favourite, the chances are somewhere will be showing it as part of a Halloween themed screening. There's also plenty of on-stage events and pop-ups taking place with a scary twist, including workshops, masterclasses and parties.

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Jeff Wayne's War of The Worlds, The Immersive Experience

Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds gives a whole new meaning to a Brexit Party.

The Hallmark Building, 56 Leadenhall Street
, London, EC3A 2BJ

Tube: Aldgate Station , Tower Hill Station, Liverpool Street Station, Aldgate East Underground Station

 

Dates: 15th May - 13th November 2019

 

The immersive version of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds is giving a whole new meaning to a Brexit Party. On Thursday 31st October they're hosting The End of The World Brexit Party which kicks off a whole weekend of apocalyptic celebrations. Live DJs, extra scares within the immersive experience and themed cocktails - Bo-jito anyone? - bring a party vibe to outlive the impending doom. There'll even be a special guest appearance from the PM himself (well, sort of). The experience, as it usually does, draws on a cast of live actors and virtual characters as groups of up to 12 walk, crawl and travel through the 1898 Martian Invasion, staged within a 22,000-square foot multi-level site in The City of London. 

 
 
 

Ghost Stories

Creepy tales and paranormal things to think (and shriek) about.

Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 3rd October 2019 to 4th January 2020

 

Having premiered at Lyric Hammersmith back in 2010, Ghost Stories has since become a global phenomenon, and after returning to Hammersmith earlier in the year, it's set to transfer to the West End with a limited run at The Ambassadors Theatre. Not recommended for those with a nervous disposition, the show is a series of short stories strung together by academic presenter, Professor Philip Goodman (played by Andy Nyman, co-creator of Derren Brown's stage and TV shows), and there are plenty of moments when you'll want to hide behind the sofa. Written and directed by Nyman and the League of Gentlemen's Jeremy Dyson, it is billed as a selection of stories whose creepy tales "will bleed off the stage and into your dreams". That's not quite the case - there's enough humour to soften the truly scary stuff - but it certainly gives you plenty of paranormal things to think (and shriek) about. You may notice your step quicken on the walk home after dark. Not suitable for anyone aged 15 and below, or those of a nervous disposition.

 
 
 

Journey To The Underworld

Enjoy a dark and romantic fairytale while feasting on a devilishly tasty last meal.

Arch 63 Pedley Street, Pedley Street, London, E1 5BW

Tube: Whitechapel Station

 

Dates: 26th September to 10th December 2019

 

Take a train to the Underworld as you experience a dark and romantic fairytale while feasting on a devilishly tasty last meal curated by a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist. Part immersive theatre, part dining experience, this is dinner-meets-drama as actors play out the Journey To The Underworld while you enjoy a four course meal by Louisa Ellis. Dine on black garlic gnocchi, pan-seared guinea fowl and chocolate ganache while on board a luxury train carriage with a conductor and a driver to guide you on your mysterious journey. Co-founded by entrepreneur, actor and scriptwriter Craig Wilkinson and production director Ed Borgnis, the Funicular teamhave previously brought immersive murder mysteries, The Murder Express and The Jewel Of The Empire, to Pedley Street Station.

 
 
 

London Horror Festival

Over 30 productions of horror in the performing arts.

The Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, Camden Town, London, EC1V 4NJ

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 08th October - 02nd November 2019

 

The London Horror Festival returns to London this October extending to two venues and three theatre spaces as the Pleasance Theatre joins the Old Red Lion Theatre. Between them they host over 30 productions of horror in the performing arts. The UK's biggest festival of horror is jam-packed with theatre, puppetry, cabaret, spoken word, body horror, clowning and comedy as well as mummies, zombies, ghosts and vampires. Show highlights include the world premiere of a new play by David Pinner, the author of the novel that inspired The Wicker Man, the Knock Knock Club's show based on paranormal investigations into the 600 year old pub and Nicholas Vince who brings his first one-man I AM MONSTERS!, to the Pleasance stage. You can expect a comedy about demonic milk-deliverers, Horror Cabaret, drag slasher panto, House of Macabre's new shocker What The Dolls Saw and frightening tales of Late Night Horror.

 
 
 

Brixton Village: Day of the Dead

Head to Brixton for an evening of Latin American fun, food and a Mariachi band.

Brixton Village, Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PR

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 02nd November 2019

 

A Mariachi band, Latin American food and chill rum hot chocolate bring the Day of the Dead to Brixton Village at a free party this Saturday 1st November. Find the female-fronted Mexican duo, Las Guadalupes, in the courtyard on Coldharbour Lane where they'll host a talk exploring the folklore behind the Mexican festival, demystifying their art form in between songs. Enjoy the music while Brixton Village favourites, Jalisco and Casa Morita - both family-run restaurants with deep ties to Latin America and the Dia de Muertos - serve up authentic Latin American dishes. Temporary taco and margarita bars will be set up and churros and tacos served outside Casa Morita in Brixton Market. Next door, Seven cocktail bar is offering five pound margaritas and a smashing pinata for all ages.

 
 
 
 

Red Palace

Journey into a world of glamour and danger inspired by the carnivals of Venice.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 24th September 2019 to 12th January 2020

 

Following on from last year's Divine Proportions, Shotgun Carousel return to The Vaults with another immersive experience, this time presenting Red Palace. Inspired by the carnivals of Venice, the narratives of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, and the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, the evening offers an intoxicating mix of cabaret, circus, dance and genre-defying performance, all accompanied by a menu courtesy of Masterchef semi-finalist Annie McKenzie. Guests are invited join The Prince and other fairy tale characters in a Gothic masked ball within the walls of the Red Palace. Don't expect your typical fairy tale sweethearts, however; watch out for assassins, alchemists and prophetesses as you journey into a world of glamour, danger and elegance.

 
 
 

Halloween at Covent Garden

See a monster pumpkin and a carriage fit for Cinderella.

Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 16th October - 03rd November 2019

 

Covent Garden is getting in the spirit of things for Halloween and bringing a giant pumpkin to the covered market. The monster pumpkin, weighing over 2,000 pounds, is part of a pumpkin carriage installation inspired by the fairytale of Cinderella. Many of the shops and restaurants in Covent Garden are putting on specially spooky events. Charlotte Tilbury is hosting make-up masterclasses, Laduree, Hotel Chocolat and Godiva have exclusive Halloween treats while Balthazar concocts special cocktails and Buns & Buns serves warming pumpkin soup in mini pumpkins. With Petersham Nurseries and Frenchie in the neighbourhood, a stroll around Covent Garden reveals a treasure trove of gift ideas, floral displays and seasonal dishes. On Halloween night itself, The Ivy Market Grill welcomes you into its haunted house where Candy Graveyard dessert and spooky surprises lie in wait.

 
 
 

Keith & Paddy's MovieFest

The madcap comedians share their love of '80s horror movies.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 18th October 2019

 

British comedy duo Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness host a big screen cinema experience and madcap comedy performance rolled into one at MovieFest Halloween. For one night only this October, the gothic Theatre at Alexandra Palace provides a stage for the pair to share their love of '80s movie The Lost Boys. As well as showing the classic teenage vampire flick on the big screen, the pair are putting on a whole host of comedy sketches and DJ sets before the film and throwing a post-screening party afterwards. The whole thing has a Halloween twist and there's a bottle of Champagne for the best costume so best get dressed to thrill.

 
 
 

Ghost Quartet

An intoxicating musical of love, loss and spirits - of both the spectral and alcoholic kind.

Boulevard Theatre, Walker's Court, London, W1F 0BS

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 24th October 2019 to 4th January 2020

 

The brand new Boulevard Theatre in Soho opens to the public for the first time on 24th October with Ghost Quartet, an intoxicating musical of love, loss and spirits - of both the spectral and alcoholic kind. Bill Buckhurst reunites the creative team behind his sell-out production of Sweeney Todd, which transferred from a pie shop in Tooting, to the West End, and eventually to a sell-out New York run. Wildly inventive, this haunting song cycle is a story about stories themselves; how we tell them, how we hear them and how they evolve. As well as the drama on the main stage, London's newest theatre is the place to go for late-night and Sunday performances of cabaret, improv, jazz, comedy, classical music and poetry.

 
 
 

A Haunted House at Bloomsbury Ballroom

The London Cabaret Club puts on a spine tingling show with dinner and dancing.

The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, 37-63 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA

Tube: Holborn Station , Russell Square Station

 

Dates: 24th - 26th October 2019

 

The haunted 1920's Bloomsbury Ballroom takes inspiration from The Shining for three especially spooky nights as the London Cabaret Club presents a weird and wonderful showcase for the scariest season of the year. You'll be greeted by a host of spirits and transported through a tunnel of fear into the haunted ballroom. While enjoying the ghoulish cabaret show, filled with spine-chilling contortionists and spooky dance spectacles, you'll be treated to a seasonal menu of pumpkin risotto with parmesan and kale crisps alongside beef tartare, quail egg and parmesan shavings. Finish with oozing chocolate fondant and chilling vanilla ice-cream, homemade profiteroles with dark chocolate sauce and passion fruit tartlets. Try the trick or treat cocktails at the bar and dance in the decadent dungeon. Dress code: scary and stylish.

 
 
 
 

The Candlelight Club's Halloween Ball

Time travel to the 1920s for a night of gothic burlesque and Charleston dance.

Secret Location, , London, XX1 0LL

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Dates: 26th October 2019

 

Clandestine 1920's pop-up cocktail bar the Candlelight Clubis hosting an elegant Halloween Ball in a long-forgotten east London hall. Lit by candelabra and flickering jack-o-lanterns, Lord of Cabaret Misrule Champagne Charlie introduces live music from swing band the Bubbly Boys and Charleston dance troupe the Gatsby Girls. When the band aren't playing DJs the Bee's Knees play tunes by long-dead artists so you can show your best flapper moves. In the Cabaret Lounge, string ensemble the Creep Quartet play classic horror movie themes and musical androgyne Victor Victoria, of the award-winning East End Cabaret, is followed by gothic burlesque from Suri Sumatra, Jess Love's circus act, and magic and mind-reading from Neil Kelso. Indulge in a three-course dinner or reserve tables for Champagne and get your fortune told at this Halloween bash where artist Daniela will capture you in your best Gatsby ghoulish finery.

 
 
 

Halloween Fright Night at Rivoli Ballroom

Four nights of frightful films in a 1950's ballrooom.

Rivoli Ballroom, 350 Brockley Road, London, SE4 2BY

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

 

Dates: 28th - 31st October 2019

 

For four nights leading up to Halloween the 1950's Rivoli Ballroom, one of the oldest ballrooms in London, is hosting a pop up cinema in partnership with Crafton Park Pictures, showing a quartet of classic horror films. Monday 28th October sees Freddy Krueger haunt your dreams in Nightmare on Elm Street, the 1978 film Halloween is screened on Tuesday 29th October, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the focus of Wednesday's fright nightwhile Thursday 31st October - Halloween itself - is set aside for the spookiest film of them all, an extended version of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. At the cinema, there will be two bars, ghoulish themed cocktails, popcorn, hot dogs and ice cream.

 
 
 

Brian May's Halloween Exhibition

A gothic crypt of temptation and seduction, seen through 3D stereoscopes.

Century Club, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6LQ

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 28th October 2019

 

For one day only, Brian May, together with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming, present their Diableries exhibition, a collection of colourful and detailed three-dimensional images of the underworld, originating from Victorian times. Soho's Century Club is transformed into a gothic crypt of temptation and seduction. As well as being a rock legend and Queen guitarist, Brian May has a passion for collecting Victorian cards known as Diableries or 'Devilments'. This free exhibition gives you the chance to see these stereo cards in 3D using the stereoscopic viewer, Owl, which Brian May designed. Surrounded by fantastic imagery depicting demonic scenes with debauched skeletons, devils and satyr, you will have the opportunity to see a 3D screening of the Diableries film, One Night in Hell, and the skull guitar from Queen's It's A Hard Life video, on public display for the first time. The exhibition celebrates the launch of the trio's book, Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell, The Complete Edition, published by The London Stereoscopic Company. Signed copies will be available for purchase at the exhibit.

 
 
 

Darcy Oake

The dare devilish Canadian magician performs thrilling illusions for one night only on Halloween.

Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BX

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 31st October 2019

 

Having wowed the Britain's Got Talent audience back in 2014, a breakthrough performance watched by more than 200 million people worldwide, Darcy Oake brings a blend of illusions, audience interaction and death defying escapes to the Leicester Square Theatre this Halloween. The dare devilish Canadian magician is known for his thrilling illusions, ranging from sleight of hand tricks to death-defying escapades. One stunt saw him being handcuffed and locked in a box 20 feet in the air with 56 seconds to free himself before the box exploded. His success prompted Simon Cowell to call Darcy "the ultimate showman". Now this live show offers audiences the chance to witness the illusions live in London for one night in October.

 
 
 

CinemaLive and Northern Ballet: Dracula Live

Bloodthirsty ballet screened live to the Vue West End and Islington.

Vue West End, 3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7AL

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 31st October 2019

 

Broadcast live by satellite from Leeds Playhouse to cinemas nationwide especially for Halloween, Northern Ballet's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula comes to a screen near you. David Nixon's take on the Gothic creation reveals how the legendary vampire travels to England after becoming transfixed by a vision of Mina Murray, the innocent young fiancee of Jonathan Harker. Featuring music by Schnittke, Rachmaninov, Part and Daugherty, this dance by one the UK's leading ballet companies continues the tale as Mina realises she is powerless to resist Dracula. This cinema screening offers a chance to see the ballet before it comes to the Royal Opera House from 7th November.

 
 
 
 

Fright Club: Jitters

Magic, comedy and Halloween shocks to give you the jitters.

The Comedy Pub, 7 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 31st October 2019

 

A fright-tastic comedy show, Jitters blends morbid magic with ghoulish giggles, taking its audience on a bloodcurdling yet hilarious journeyat The Comedy Pub this Halloween. A beguiling double act, Kyle Wallace uses magic, storytelling and an often-macabre sense of humour while Stu Turner combines magic, comedy, visual humour as well as pure nonsense to create offbeat style. This strictly over 18s show toys with your love of horror and uses magic, comedy and Halloween shocks to give you the jitters. Choose one of three one-hour special performances on the spookiest night of the year.

 
 
 

FrightFest Halloween

An all-day festival of spine-chilling movies.

Cineworld Leicester Square, 5-6 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7NA

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 02nd November 2019

 

Screened at the Cineworld Leicester Square, the FrightFest Halloween special presents an all-day festival of spine-chilling movies in honour of Halloween on Saturday 2nd November. Running for the whole day, the programme is announced on Thursday 3rd October 2019 but you can expect a world premiere or two, sinister ghost stories, nerve-shredding thrillers and gothic horrors with twists galore and horrific jolts. Stars and directors of the films typically attend for intros and Q&As and there's usually a number of prizes and giveaways.

 
 
 
 
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