Over the past years London has become more and more of a Halloween-friendly city, bringing the fancy dress and ‘trick or treat’ culture from America into our homes. Every 31st October houses and streets have been decorated with carved pumpkins, candles, and fake spider webs as an invitation to the youngsters to come in for traditional trick-or-treating.
The Halloween culture has been getting better over the years, filling the city with many events and fun activities to do, and London has now become one of the best places to spend Halloween in the UK.
We’ve gathered a few of London’s Top Halloween Attractions to see and to do this year, to help you explore the history and spooky side of the city.
Warning: A few of the Halloween attractions below may be a bit too scary for the little ones…
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Not recommended for those afraid of the dark, this is definitely one of London’s scariest attractions. This tour is the best way to learn about the history within the most famous and haunted bridge – the London Bridge.
You’ll step back into the London life from the Roman times as soon as you get inside this experience, and come face to face with some of the characters from the past who are incredible actors disguised and trained to scare the life out of you, whilst they talk you through 2000 years of gruesome history and tell you dark secrets of London Bridge.
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Halloween isn’t complete without paying a visit to The London Dungeon. Located on the South Bank, The London Dungeon is packed with twisted tales of London’s past and terrifying stories. Just like the London Bridge experience, you’ll be guided by professional actors playing some of London’s history most notorious characters, who will take you on a 90 minute journey through the city’s scary past. Expect a load of spine chilling experiences, so it’s probably best to leave the kids at home for this one!
This attraction used to be located on Tooley Street but they have moved to an even bigger space now, bang in the middle of the South Bank, which is easier to get to!
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Head over to London’s most iconic landmarks and learn the dark history about each of them by stepping on board a 1960’s red bus with The Ghost Bus Tours.
The bus takes you over London’s most sinister places and you’ll hear tales of supernatural activity. Some of the stops include the Tower of London, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge, so it’s a perfect way to do some sightseeing and learn about the history of the city whilst you travel on a journey full of fun facts about the dark sides of London. The tour promises to be even spookier this Halloween.
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Definitely not a tour suitable for children!
This 2 hour tour will take you around the backstreets of London’s East End where Jack the Ripper used to commit his crimes. You’ll be transported back in time to a 19th Century East End and learn stories from Victorian detectives when they were attempting to catch Jack before he killed again.
Roman London, haunted pubs, churches and hospitals are all part of this tour which follows in a chronological order whilst told by Ripperologist guides who will make you feel like you were there at the time it all happened. This experience will let you get the sense of the panic and terror that Jack used to cause to his victims, so if you like spooky stories and history, this is the right tour for you!
Coinciding with Halloween, the Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday where people honor their loved ones who have passed away.
It is believed that the deceased return from the dead and visit their old homes and family. Many people celebrate this holiday out of fear as there are many folk tales which say that if a spirit returns to find that no one has made them any offerings, they may seek revenge.
Because Day of the Dead is a very festive holiday, the best way to celebrate is to join the festivals, parades, and the making of Dia de los Muertos crafts.
On the 7th November, Wahaca is throwing an immense Day of The Dead fiesta at the Tobacco Docks bringing together the best of Mexican and British on an all day and night festival with live music, djs, contemporary and street art, film debates, theatre and of course, lots of drinking, eating and dancing!
For more options of things do in London and the UK for Halloween this month, check out our exclusive Halloween page where we gathered tickets to some of the best Halloween attractions happening this month!
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