If you don’t want to spend next weekend answering the door and handing out sweets, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy over Halloween. These are five of the most thrilling events the city has to offer.
Hello, Hello it’s Hallowe’en at Fortnum and Mason is a free pumpkin carving competition on Saturday (29 October, 6-8pm), which doesn’t sound very exciting until we add that there are complimentary ‘nibbles, bites and libations’, that the winning pumpkins will be displayed in the window of the store, and that the winner will receive a £1,000 Fortnum and Mason hamper. There’s a separate competition for the under elevens beforehand (3-5pm).
Guilty Pleasures Halloween Ball may not be the club night to up your cool credentials but it will be the one where you can dance ’til you’re dead (on your feet). Saturday (29 October, 9pm-3am) at Koko will bring pop classics, songs that you’d forgotten you knew all the lyrics to and ridiculous, hilarious entertainment to keep hundreds of fancy-dressed party fans on the dancefloor right until the end. If they don’t play ‘Thriller’, we’ll eat our witch’s hat.
Halloween Screamings is bringing four classic horror films to the spooky surroundings of The Round Chapel in Hackney from Friday (to Monday). Choose from The Omen, The Exorcist, The Blair Witch Project and Halloween, and make sure you take a pillow to hide behind.
Phobophobia is The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs’ extra terrifying Halloween installment (to 1 November). As if they weren’t frightening enough as they were to start with. Challenge every phobia you might have lingering in the recesses of your psyche to the point where you could well end up with phobophobia – the fear of fear itself.
A Danse Macabre is presented by masters in the creepy and occult, The Last Tuesday Society. Visit The Coronet in Elephant and Castle on Friday (10pm-4am) for a ‘baroque carnival of lust and disgust’. Your costume had better be spectacular, and you can road test it in the hour-long class before the ball in which you’ll learn to swing, waltz and pole dance.
For more spooky ideas, see our Halloween guide.