Top things to do this Halloween

Carly -Ann Clements, October 2017

Shock horror, it’s already Halloween. And if the scariest night of the year crept up on you, don’t fear… well, maybe a little bit, because we’re rounding up some of London’s top events and goings on this All Hallow’s Eve.

Death Express at The London Dungeon until November 6 You probably consider your morning commute during rush hour a nightmare, but it has nothing on this temporary exhibit at the world-famous attraction. Venture back to 1850 when London’s cemeteries are overcrowded and a new train line has been opened for one reason – to transport the dead out of the city. Climb aboard that terrifying train and encounter some of the spirits that weren’t ready to face their final resting place. 

Halloween Afternoon Tea at the Royal Lancaster London until October 31 If fear makes you hungry, opt for something a little more decedent with this 1960s horror films inspired feast. Featuring absolutely no tricks and only monochrome treats, this black and white feast will give you all the flavour of a Hitchcock film without the raging stress headache afterwards. Featuring Axe-Carved Beef with Horseradish, a Pitch Black Pudding Scotch Egg, a Pyscho Marbled Lollupops and Cursed Blackbird Macaroon, it’s going to be terrifyingly good.

Beetlejuice Inferno Disco on October 28 Fancy turning on the juice and seeing what comes loose? Tim Burton’s cult classic Beetlejuice is the epitome of Halloween. So a party dedicated to the biggest troublemaker in the after life sounds like a spooktacular time. The Hoxton Bar and Grill will kick things off with a screening of the 1980s film before launching an immersive party full of fun, frolics and fear. Just remember to don your pinstripes, tease your hair and party like a ghoul. 

Beauty and the Feast until January 14 Always wanted to be a Disney Princess? This immersive show-cum-panto-cum-dinner party is your chance. Venture to the spooky tunnels of The Vaults where you can follow in the footsteps of the fairytale’s hero, Belle, and try to break the Beast’s curse. Full of fun characters, puns and food, plus a post-show disco that will even have Cogsworth letting loose, this will make you look at your favourite cartoon in a whole new light.

Teeth film screening and Q&A on October 31 Cast your mind back a decade. Do you remember the buzz around the crazy film about a girl who had teeth in her… nether regions? The feminist horror film was gossiped about by many but seen by few. Now’s your chance to not only see the grisly tale but to hear more about feminism and horror from Amanda DiGioia. 

Wahaca’s Day of the Dead November 2 – 4 Stepping away from the horror and ghoulishness, this annual event celebrates the Mexican tradition Dia de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead. The colourful, joyful festival at The Vaults will have everything from rituals and prayers to dance and theatrics. There will also be food provided by Wahaca – naturally – and a re-creation of the Cemetery Panteon General in Oaxaca, where guests will be encouraged to pay their respects to the loved ones they’ve lost. 

Young Frankenstein until February 10 For a more civilised evening, see the boo-rilliant new musical from Mel Brooks. Based on the hilarious 1970s film, a phenomenal cast featuring the sensational Summer Strallen, funny man Ross Noble and 1990s TV fave Lesley Joseph reanimate the story of Doctor Frankenstein and his monster. It’s alive with jokes, silliness and a monster dance number.  

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