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11 Halloween Activities that Won’t Make Your Skin Crawl

Ditch the trick or treat for ghoulish glitz

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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. 

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Scary Fish at Sexy Fish

Sexy Fish Bar

What? Sexy Fish has partnered with The House of Suntory to throw a suitably lavish shindig this Halloween, the first of four immersive dining experiences taking place at the famed Mayfair venue. Guests will be treated to an electrifying array of acrobats, dancers and vocal artists surrounding the Day of the Dead theme, alongside a special feast and cocktail menu. To complete the spectacle, everyone from bartenders to wait staff will be transformed in dramatic body paint and theatrical make up – and if visitors fancy getting involved, on-demand beauty app Ruuby will travel to their homes ahead of the event to get them looking suitably spooky.

When? 1 November

Where? Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR

How? For table bookings call 020 376 4200 or visit

Voodoo Brunch at COYA Angel Court


On 2 November COYA’s famous bottomless brunch is getting a spooky spin, with cocktails, live music and decorations all being given a Halloween twist. Kick things off with cocktails and starters (which include bao buns, ceviches and tacos) in the Pisco Bar & Lounge before sitting down for your main course, with options like corn fed baby chicken with aji panca, and Chilean sea bass with rice and lime. Music builds up throughout the afternoon, culminating in special performances which inevitably turn the room into a dance floor.

What? 2 November

Where? COYA Angel Court, 31-33 Throgmorton St, London EC2N 2AT

How? £75pp.

Magic & Mayhem at Sea Containers London

12th Knot

What? Riverside hotel Sea Containers London is throwing a Halloween bash to remember at their rooftop bar 12th Knot, complete with interactive performers, wandering acts and secret playrooms. The eclectic line-up includes magicians Josh Brett and Keelan Leyser, alongside professional hip-hop dancer turned illusionist, levitationist and dancer Sonia Benito. Feeling daring? Head to one of the immersive rooms around the hotel, which include a photography experience offering guests the opportunity to get the perfect Instagram shot – with a selection of Halloween costumes up for grabs. Grey Goose and Bacardi have created a special drinks menu for the occasion, with three-hour drinks packages for guests keen to go big.

When? 26 October

Where? 12th Knot, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD

Book it: To book or for more information, call + 44 (0)203 747 1063 or email

Psy-chic at Blakes Hotel


What? With its black-fronted façade, sultry décor and low lighting, Blakes Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy some chic chills and thrills this Halloween. On the night of the 31st, they’re throwing an occult-themed party in their subterranean bar Below featuring Ouija boards, fortune tellers and shamans. Canapes will come in the shape of crystal balls and tarot cards, with the cocktail of the night being Sangrenta Maria: Casamigos Blanco mixed with agave syrup, tomato juice, grapefruit, lemon juice and Grand Marnier.

When? 31 October from 9.30pm to late

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

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Halloween Ibiza Style at Sanderson London

Sanderson London

What? It might be cold outside, but who says you can’t party like you’re in Ibiza? Sanderson London’s Halloween bash sees three DJs playing some of the biggest Ibiza tunes, alongside tarot readings, face paint and devilish Bacardi cocktails.

When? 31 October, 7pm-1am

Book it: Free to attend, register at

Halloween Party at King’s Cross

King's Cross Halloween

What? As the darkness creeps in on All Hallow’s Eve, the King’s Cross Skeleton Squad will raise from their Canalside graveyard to take over Granary Square, where they’ll perform an illuminated dance of the dead. Keen to get involved? Free dance workshops will take place from 5.30pm, giving us mere mortals a chance to join the squad and take part in the performances, scheduled for 6.30 and 7.30pm. Visitors are encouraged to don their best skeleton attire in the hopes of winning gold in the fancy dress competition. Afterwards, head for a bite to eat from one of the many King’s Cross eateries, many of which are serving special Halloween-themed delicacies.

When? 31 October

Where? Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH

Book it: Free for all to attend.

Day of The Dead Party at Oblix

Oblix Halloween

What? The Shard is known for throwing some of the capital’s buzziest bashes, and it sounds like their Day of the Dead party will be no exception. Live entertainment will take place throughout the evening, with DJ Tony keeping things lively until the early hours. Extravagant fancy dress is very much encouraged, with a make-up artist on hand to add the final touches – all to be documented via the step and repeat photo wall. A nod to the Mexican origins of the Day of the Dead, tequila and mezcal will feature heavily in the specially created Casamigos cocktail menu, with one drink included in the ticket price. All this will take place against the backdrop of the glittering London skyline, all the more magical as darkness descends upon the capital.

When? 1 November

Where? Oblix at The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY

Book it: Tickets are priced at £25 per person and will include a Casamigos cocktail on arrival. Tickets can be purchased here

A Haunted House at Bloomsbury Ballroom

London Cabaret Club Twisted Cabaret Special

When? 24-26 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 sinister series of live performances, from contortionists to 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.

Book it: Tickets from £35, book via

‘Interpreted Magic’ at The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar

The Savoy – Covent Garden, WC2

What? For a classy alternative to Halloween festivities, delve deep into the history of magic at The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar. The team are launching a new menu for the spooky season titled ‘Interpreted Magic’, a three-part story exploring the secrets, tales and tricks of magic throughout the ages. The format mimics the ‘three pillars’ of magic, each of which is a vital stage in traditional magic performance: The Pledge, The Turn and The Prestige. Cocktails are inspired by all kinds of magical figures, from fairy-tale characters to modern day scientists to some of the world’s most famous magicians. Enjoy alongside a specially created food menu, featuring everything from oysters to miso black cod tacos to truffle pizza – not the scariest dishes, but definitely delicious.

When? Menu launches 16 October

Where? The Savoy, 2 Savoy Ct, Strand, London WC2R 0EZ

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Halloween Afternoon Tea at London Hilton Park Lane

London Hilton On Park Lane

When? Keep things classy with London Hilton on Park Lane’s wickedly delicious afternoon tea. From 21-31 October, visitors will have the chance to enjoy a selection of spooktacular treats, including a blood orange and strawberry parfait topped with a chocolate ‘spider web’; a passion fruit and chocolate ‘coffin’; and an orange marmalade and chocolate macaron resembling a pumpkin. Pair with one of the organic Hope and Glory teas on offer, or toast to the ghosts with a glass of Pommery Champagne.

When? 21-31 October

Where? London Hilton Park Lane,

Book it: For more information on Podium Restaurant and Bar visit or call 020 7208 4022 to make a reservation.

Pumpkin Carving Classes by Lavender Green Flowers

Pumpkin Carving Classes by Lavender Green Flowers

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 ten people at the Chelsea shop. Trained florists will be on hand to assist, serving hot toddies and pumpkin pie. If you’re hosting a Halloween party, book a private consultation with Lavender Green Flowers, who will help deck out the whole house – think hanging candles, pumpkin centrepieces and jars full of sensory items.

When? Throughout October

Where? Lavender Green Flowers, 46 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HH

Book it: Pumpkins from £40, masterclasses from £25, home-decoration service POA.

All Star Lanes

All Star Lanes Halloween

What? Fancy a spot of night time bowling? Brick Lane’s All Star Lanes will be hosting Halloween parties every night from 31 October-2 November, complete with a ‘Spooky Sips’ cocktail menu. Alternatively, get stuck into bottomless Bloody Mary’s at their ‘Bloody Brunch’ extravaganza, with drag queen performances to keep things lively.

When? Halloween parties take place from 31 October-2 November. The ‘Bloody Brunch’ takes places on 2 November.

Where? All Star Lanes, 95 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

Book it:

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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