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Spooktacular Family Halloween Events in London 2019

We’ve put our blood, sweets and tears into making a family guide to London Halloween events that are too ghoul for school

Halloween’s coming up, and everyone knows that people only have kids so they have an excuse to watch a Nightmare Before Christmas and go trick-or-treating again. You can take the kids along to these events as a treat to apologise for telling them you ate all their candy to make a funny video for Jimmy Kimmel…

Have a Halloween-alicious time at the Horniman
The Horniman has several fiendishly fun Halloween events going on this year for families, including their annual Halloween Fair. Bug-lovin’ lovebugs can meet creepy crawlies up close in the Wild Fangs cave, scary shoppers can browse for gifts and treats (no tricks allowed!) at the markets and food stalls.
27 - 28 October, Forest Hill

Make some mischief at Lee Valley Park Farms
Lee Valley Park Farms has a whole two weeks of mischief and mayhem this Halloween, where visitors can enjoy a range of fun and frightening activities. Little ones can get creative in the farm’s very own pumpkin patch where they can carve and decorate an array of pumpkins before joining the family for a walk along the eerie trick or treat trails. Those brave enough can also visit the Haunted House… if they dare!
26 October – 3 November, Waltham Abbey

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Get creepily crafty at Lightbox
The Lightbox gallery and museum is celebrating Guy Fawkes Night and Halloween in an explosion of Halloween creative fun. 5 - 7 year-olds will have fun designing their own spooky Halloween Lanterns on Tuesday 29 October, whether that be a pumpkin or ghoulish ghost - just make sure you book in advance. More creepy crafties are on the next day at a more ad-hoc drop-in workshop making Spooky Spiders from recycled materials between 1.30 - 4.00pm. There are also a whole host of other, less spooky activites - take a look at their website.

28 October - 1 November 2019

Take a terrifying twilight Tower tour
It's well-known that the Tower is one of the best places in London for spotting ghosts and ghouls, whether that be the shade of Sir Walter Raleigh or the long-dead Anne Boleyn - but it's also one of the best places in the capital to entertain the kids. On these twilight tours, you'll follow the Tower’s iconic Yeoman Warders as they lead an atmospheric after-hours look around the castle, taking in world-famous sites including Traitors’ Gate, the infamous scaffold site and the Bloody Tower. Booking in advance is advised - these terrifying tours are eye-poppingly popular.

Selected Sundays, November 2019 – April 2020

If this list came in candy for your family, check out our guide to five fun activities for a fabulous half-term!