Halloween Activities 2020: Pumpkin Carving, Haunted Brunches & More
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How To Celebrate Halloween in 2020

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Ditch the trick or treat for ghoulish glitz

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Although many Halloween festivities won’t be able to go ahead this year, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. We’ve found a whole host of spook-tacular goings on across the UK, from pumpkin grottos to wizard-themed afternoon teas.

How to Celebrate Halloween in 2020

Covent Garden Pop-Up Pumpkin Market

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Head to Covent Garden this Halloween for its first ever pop-up Pumpkin Market, in partnership with Classic Veg Box home delivery and New Covent Garden Wholesale Market, with over 200 pumpkins for the whole family to enjoy. Indulge in a boozy blood orange margarita and pumpkin spiced latte at the Ivy Market Grill or warm yourself up with a Rumpy Pumpkin cocktail at Gentleman Baristas, who are also spookifying their yummy sticky toffee pudding. With orange colouring, lush candy floss and a hot caramel sauce, it’s enough to satisfy any sweet tooth. Make sure to drop by Ladurée and experience their new limited-edition glow in the dark Halloween macaron treat box, with free brownies gifted to any child wearing fancy dress. 30 – 31 October, coventgarden.london.com

Selfrides Cinema x Brasserie of Light

Brasserie of Light

Head to Selfridges this Halloween for an evening of food and cocktails at Brasserie of Light followed by a scary film at the in-store cinema. Dishes on the menu include yellowfin sole, chargrilled chicken paillard, and miso aubergine with cauliflower couscous – washed down with their brand-new cocktail, The Pennywise, mixed with spiced pumpkin syrup, garnished with a candy floss web and served in an illuminated smoked cloche. Screenings at the cinema, meanwhile, include The Conjuring, Get Out and The Exorcist. £55pp, available 26 – 31 October, eventbrite.co.uk

Halloween at COYA Mayfair

Guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion at COYA Mayfair’s four-hour brunch extravaganza, which will feature Halloween-themed performers, illusionists and music from the restaurant’s resident DJ. Don’t miss the Halloween dessert: La Manzana del Pecado (the Apple of Sin), made with apple mousse, cherry jelly, pecan cake and almond crumble. coyarestaurant.com

Pumpkin Carving at The Prince

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Who says pumpkin carving is just for the kids? At The Prince’s Halloween party each guest will be provided with their own pumpkin and carving kit, alongside a cocktail and pumpkin spiced popcorn. Themed music and food will also feature, with prizes for the best pumpkin creations up for grabs. 28 October, theprincelondon.com

The Forbidden Forest Cinema by Pop Up Screens

Pop Up Screens

Brave your way through the forbidden forest in Peckham’s Bussey Building to find Pop Up Screens’ latest cinema setting. Films being screened for their spooky special include The Blair Witch Project, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Invisible Man. 23 October – 15 November, popupscreens.co.uk

Wizard Afternoon Tea at Georgian House Hotel, Pimlico

Head-popping chocolate lollipops, newt scones and lemon cursed tarts are all on the cards at Georgian House Hotel’s new afternoon tea. But the magical festivities don’t stop there: guests can also book a stay in one of the hotel’s Enchanted Chambers, a series of wizard-themed rooms featuring stained glass windows, stone arches, cauldrons, velvet-clad four-poster beds and wood burning stoves. Afternoon tea with bottomless bubbles from £49 for two, Enchanted Chambers from £150 per night, georgianhousehotel.co.uk

PopUp Painting

Unleash your creativity at PopUp Painting’s Halloween edition, which is themed around Edvard Munch’s Scream. Taking place at The Horniman at Hays in London Bridge, the class will include guidance from a practicing artist, alongside prosecco and themed playlists. 31 October, popuppainting.com

Halloween Party at Skylight

Skylight

Rooftop hotspot Skylight is hosting an all-day Halloween bonanza, featuring drinks, entertainment and games. Party in pumpkin-themed igloos, sip on devilish cocktails and enjoy food from one of the venue’s many stalls. If you’re a fan of fancy dress, try your luck in the costume competition – there are various prizes to be won including ‘best current affairs parody’ and ‘best decorated face mask’. 31 October, 12 – 10pm, tobaccodocklondon.com

The Digital Murder Mystery Co.

Stuck in isolation this Halloween? Fear not: you can still celebrate the occasion with friends with the help of The Digital Murder Mystery Co. The company organises virtual parties for anything from four to 24 guests, with an array of themes to choose from including a newly launched Grand Horror Hotel package for Halloween. digitalmurdermystery.com

Haunted House Halloween Brunch at Gaucho

Fancy dress is very much encouraged at Gaucho’s Haunted House Halloween Brunch, a socially distanced event taking place at their Piccadilly restaurant. Think DJs, live entertainment, make-up artists and Halloween-inspired décor – plus some of the best steak in town. 31 October, gauchorestaurants.com

Pumpkin Grotto at Groombridge Place

Groombridge Place

Hidden around a stream tumbling down rocks into a moat you’ll find the secret garden of 17th-century manor house Groombridge Place. This Halloween it’s being transformed into a pumpkin-inspired grotto, with pumpkins dotted around for children to spot before heading to Crusoe’s World next door. Throughout October, groombridgeplace.com

The Fore’s Festival of Fear

For a real fright this Halloween, head to The Fore for a candlelit fitness class filled with burpees, sprints and pikes. Expect Halloween décor, a spooky playlist and slime shakes. 31 October, 6.30pm, the-fore.co.uk

Halloween Jack The Ripper Walks at Discount Suit Company

Embark on a tour of Jack The Ripper’s stalking grounds on a guided walk, led by London Walks tour guides and blue badge holders. After learning about the notorious killer’s exploits, steady the nerves with cocktails at speakeasy bar Discount Suit Company. 31 October, 12pm, 2.30pm and 5pm, umbrella-london.co.uk

Pumpkin Carving at All Star Lanes

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Fine tune your pumpkin carving skills at All Star Lanes on Brick Lane – all while drinking Dead Man’s Fingers rum cocktails. Sessions run every Wednesday during October, with three slots to choose from each evening. £5, allstarlanes.co.uk

Pleesecakes’ Build Your Own Kits

Halloween Pleesecakes

Hosting a Halloween dinner party? Impress your guests by creating your own Pleesecakes dessert. Their new ‘No Tricks, All Treats’ delivery kits come with a ready-made ‘witches ashes’ Oreo biscuit base, a ‘dirt and blood’ cheesecake, a ‘slime ganache’ and an assortment of sweets and chocolates to decorate it with. £32, pleesecakes.com

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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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