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Top 10 Things to Do This Halloween

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Halloween

With Halloween rapidly approaching, here's our guide to the spookiest things to do around the capital. 

1. Find the perfect costume

Get your disguises at Mad World Fancy Dress (69-85 Tabernacle Street EC2A 4BD): Staff will help you navigate some 35,000 costumes, and make sure you have a bespoke outfit to take away. If you are looking for incredible special effects, Screenface (48 Monmouth Street WC2H 9EP) is the perfect place to buy fake blood, adhesives and removers, plus all types of facial hair, from handlebar moustaches to mutton chops. Charles H Fox (22 Tavistock Street WC2E 7PY) is renowned for creating and applying make-up, wigs, latex and lashes in the film and theatre industries.

2. SCREAM at Madame Tussauds
Located deep in the Chamber of Horrors at Madame Tussauds, SCREAM is a scary place where your worst nightmares come true. Here, visitors are taken into a maximum-security prison taken over by the unhinged inmates. A terrifying experience!

3. Jack the Ripper Tour
At nightfall, you can take a Jack the Ripper walking tour and discover one of the most infamous serial killers in history. Jack the Ripper was never caught, and to this day his identity is still unknown. Keep away from the shadows and visit many of the locations where his victims were found. Thrills guaranteed!

4. The London Dungeon
The London Dungeon allows visitors to delve into the ancient capital’s most horrible history experience. Featuring live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects, the Dungeon recreates various frightening and macabre historical events in a gallows humour style.

5. Chills in the Chapel: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, the mother" of all modern horror suspense films, returns to the big screen at the Gothic-revival Union Chapel. There'll be fancy dress, creepy cocktails and few other surprises along the way to make this a truly immersive cinematic experience. Booking recommended - find out more

6. Grant Museum of Zoology - Late night opening
Where better to spend Halloween than in a room of scary skeletons and skulls at the Museum of Zoology? On Friday 31st October, jump at the opportunity to discover the Museum after dark and learn some creepy animal facts along the way. Tickets are sold on the door and include a free glass of wine.

7. Nightmare Festival
Taking place across 13 venues in Camden and Chalk Farm, this new one-day Halloween festival by the organisers of Camden Rocks sets to honour the horror of Halloween like it has never been celebrated before! The terror and nightmares will feature a host of cutting edge rock, indie, metal and punk bands. Fancy dress is will be VERY much encouraged so be as horrific as you possibly can be!

8. All Dogs Matter Devilish Dog Walk
You may well need to trick and/or treat your dog to get them into a Halloween costume, but those whose pups don't mind fancy dress will be rewarded at this charity walk in aid of All Dogs Matter on Sunday 26th October at the historic Hampstead pub The Spaniards Inn. Post-walk there are prizes for the best dressed dogs, but if your pooch is having none of it, there are prizes for owners too.

9. Halloween Late: Death in the Archives
Come and discover stories of the gruesome deaths and mysterious disappearances of explorers at sea from the archives of the Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum. You will also be able to attend a 'death drawing' session run by London Drawing Room and observe live taxidermy demonstrations.

10. Take part in a pumpkin carving competition at Fortnum and Mason
Pumpkin lanterns are an integral part of Halloween so why don’t you take part in a pumpkin carving competition this Halloween at Fortnum and Mason? Kids aged 10 and under can take part in the children's competition from 3pm - 5pm on Friday 31st October 2014. 

 

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