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9 Halloween Activities that Won’t Make Your Skin Crawl

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9 Halloween Activities that Won’t Make Your Skin Crawl

…No novelty devil horns or trick or treaters in sight


Looking for an alternative Halloween activity to get involved in the festivities this year? Look no further. We’ve found a host of spook-tacular goings on in London to make this Halloween the classiest All Hallows Eve yet. 


Malice in Wonderland at Mondrian London’s Rumpus Room

Malice in Wonderland at Mondrian London’s Rumpus Room

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Nightmare at Blakes

Blakes Hotel Halloween

When? 31 October

Where? Blakes Hotel, 33 Roland Gardens, Kensington, SW7 3PF

What? If you enjoy your Halloween thrills with a side-helping of really good food and a few creepy cocktails, head to Blakes Hotel on 31 October. Nightmare at Blakes is serving up a ‘macabre menu’ between 8pm and 2am while Blakes Below will offer revellers Thriller scenes, a chance to show off your scariest dance moves, and a tarot reader to predict your future. Or what remains of it…

Book it: Reserve your table by emailing [email protected]

London Cabaret Club Twisted Cabaret Special

London Cabaret Club Twisted Cabaret Special

When? 25 – 27 October

Where? The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA

What? Expect the unexpected at this weird and wonderful new production at the Bloomsbury Ballroom. Guests will be greeted by a host of spirits and transported through a tunnel of fear into the 1920s-haunted ballroom, where they will witness a weird and wonderful showcase featuring live performances from contortionists to spook-tacular dance spectacles. Served up during the show will be a three to five-course tailor-made menu, featuring delights such as pumpkin risotto, beef tartare, quail egg and parmesan shavings plus a selection of sweet treats including oozing chocolate fondant and passion fruit tartlets.

Book it:

Thriller Night at The Ivy Soho Brasserie

Thriller Night at The Ivy Soho Brasserie Dessert

When? 31 October, 7pm

Where? Ivy Soho Brasserie, 26-28 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 8JB

What? Head to the heart of Soho for a night of thriller-themed food, cocktails, entertainment and more. Expect a special Halloween installation, Zombie cocktails (featuring Brugal 1888, apricot brandy, lime juice, pineapple juice and Grenadine) and á la carte menu offerings, plus DJs, live ghoulish acts and surprise performances. Fancy dress will be encouraged, with the restaurant’s General Manager offering a special prize of dinner for four up to the value of £400 on the night to the best dressed table of guests.

Book it: To attend, simply make a table reservation as no tickets are required. The Ivy Soho Brasserie will be serving up a selection of seasonal treats, available for one week from 24 to 31 October. For further information or to book a table for “Thriller Night,” please visit or call 0203 301 1166. #IvyThrillerNight

Curse of the Red Kiss at The London Edition

Curse of the Red Kiss at The London Edition

When? 31 October, 7pm-3am

Where? The London EDITION, 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP

What? Head down to The London Edition this Halloween to witness an original, site-specific theatrical experience. Throughout the evening, guests will unravel the mystery of The Curse of The Red Kiss, an urban legend that claims in 1835 a beautiful young singer, with skin as pale as the moon and lips as red as blood, came to London to attend the city’s most glamorous Hallows Eve Ball. Opt for the full package to enjoy dinner at Berners Tavern to kick off the evening in style, with live entertainment and surprises throughout the night. Tickets will include a cocktail reception followed by a four-course feast including tuna crudo, beetroot tartare; Buccleuch Estate beef rib eye; and Graveyard pumpkin pie. After-party tickets are also available.

Book it: Dinner, priced at £150 per person, reservations made via: [email protected] or by calling +44 (0) 20 7908 7979. After-party tickets are £25 per person and can be booked at

Halloween at Skylight Rooftop

Halloween at Skylight Rooftop

When? 26 & 27 October

Where? Skylight Rooftop, Tobacco Dock

What? As part of its HarvestFest season, Skylight calls for all ghouls and ghosts to join for two nights of Halloween fun, with Friday’s focus on 90s Club Classics and Saturday’s on Deep House Disco. Guest DJs including JakJax, Joaz, Because of Art, Freddie Ried and Alex Glover, with the drink of choice being the ‘Black Autumn Widow’, a mix of Aqua Riva Blanco Tequila, Lime Juice, St-Germain, Basil Leaves, Blackberries and Agave Syrup.

Book it: £15 – £25 | Tickets:

Malice in Wonderland at Mondrian London at Sea Containers’ Rumpus Room

Rumpus Room photo by Niall Clutton

Rumpus Room photo by Niall Clutton

When? 27 October

Where? Rumpus Room, Mondrian London at Sea Containers

What? In celebration of All Hallows Eve, Mondrian London at Sea Containers is transforming its rooftop bar into a macabre homage to Alice’s adventures into the unknown. With immersive experiences and themed performances from the likes of The Nightmare of AliceMad Hatter MagicianShrinking Alice and the Cheshire Cat Acrobat, celebrations will continue into the early hours.

Book it: From £30. Book at

Stranger Things at All Star Lanes

Stranger Things at All Star Lanes

When? 10 October – 4 November

Where? All Star Lanes White City, Stratford, Manchester, Holborn and Brick Lane

What? Want your Halloween fun with a side-helping of sci-fi (and, er, bowling) this year? All Star Lanes is celebrating with a Stranger Things menu this month. The Halloween package allows a Halloween burger (The Stranger Pin), side, dessert shake, cocktail and a game of bowling from £30pp.

Book it:


Pumpkin Carving Classes by Lavender Green Flowers

Pumpkin Carving Classes by Lavender Green Flowers

When? Throughout October

What? If you simply can’t celebrate Halloween without your carved pumpkin, Lavender Green Flowers has you covered with their pre-carved pumpkin service or carving masterclass. The Chelsea-based florists will help you create the perfect sweet or scary decoration, with appointments available for groups of up to six people at the Chelsea shop. Trained florists will be on hand to assist, serving hot toddies and pumpkin pie.

Book it: From £100 per person, for a minimum of 4 people, subject to availability.  

Staying In

Who says you have to leave the house to get into the Halloween spirit? Host the most fabulous party of the season and serve up some seriously good punch. Follow our recipe for Candy Corn gin punch, below…

Halloween Candy Corn Punch

Recipe: Halloween Candy Corn Punch

  • 1 part Slingsby London Dry Gin
  • 2 parts orange juice
  • ¼ part maraschino liqueur
  • 1 part pineapple juice
  • ½ lime juice
  • Slices of orange, pineapple, apricot and lime

Serve in a copper bowl or place a glass bowl inside a hollowed out pumpkin and add cocktail, garnish with fresh fruit.

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