Halloween is creeping up on us (or rather announcing its impending presence rather loudly in shops and on cinema screens), so to get into the spirit (pun very much intended), I’ve hunted down the top five most spine chilling, horror inducing or just plain weirdest events to zip to this spook season.
Leavesden, near Watford, 19th October – 3rd November, adult ticket £29
For a family-friendly spook night, or if you’re just a big kid like me, head to Warner Bros. Studio for the Harry Potter Studio Tour. As well as the opportunity to practice your wizardry among the sets and props from the movies, you can battle against He Who Must Not Be Named’s Death Eaters down Diagon Alley and learn how to make slimy troll snot and silvery unicorn blood.
Concrete Shoreditch, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ, 25 October, £4 before 10pm
If you love hip hop, and even if you don’t, this inventive and creative club night will make for an interesting Halloween night out. Come for the music by dead rapper favourites like Tupac and Biggie Smalls; stay for the free gruesome Halloween make-up, homemade dead rapper masks and the hip hop fancy dress parade (with free drinks for the winner).
Staines Road, Chertsey, KT16 8PN, every weekend in October plus 25 October – 3 November, adult ticket £49.99 or £34.99 advance
Not only can you experience the extra suspense of riding the UK’s most terrifying roller coasters in the dark until 10pm, but actors will bring some of the most horrifying movies of recent years to life throughout the park.
Tabard Street Piazza, Borough High St, London, SE1 1JA, 28-31 October, adult ticket £8 and £10 on 31 October
Take a paradoxically lively walking tour of London’s deathly and demonic history and tales, led by local writer-performer John Constable. Constable will weave ghost stories and supernatural stories with performances from his own work as the tour takes you to haunted pubs, the scariest stretch of the Thames and reveals the bizarre but true history of Cross Bones Graveyard.
The London Bridge Experience, 2-4 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2SY, 26 October – 2 November, adult ticket £23
Translated as the fear of all fears, this event will surely terrify even the hardiest of souls. They’re giving away no surprises, but it has been a sell-out show every year since its launch in 2008 – so expect a chilling, horrifying event sure to give you nightmares!
If you know of any other gruesomely good Halloween events or parties you can recommend, please feel free to share in the box below. Or book your Halloween ziptrip today.
Thanks to Merlin Entertainment for image use.