Did you know London is the most haunted city in the world?
That makes London one of the best places to celebrate spookiness. It’s one of the best times of the year for going out in London. The best Halloween-themed events are taking place here. So make sure you don’t miss out the Most Spooky Events at this time of the year.
Get ready to be scared
Halloween at Fortnum’s
This Halloween, join Fortnum’s for spooky events at the Piccadilly store in the Cookshop Events Kitchen where they will be hosting pumpkin carving for adults and children, frighteningly delicious biscuit decoration and a few devilishly exciting surprises. Boo!
Fortnum and Mason pumpkin carving classes
ROYAL ALBERT HALL presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY IN CONCERT
Dress up and click along to a timeless family favourite.
Barry Sonnenfeld’s delightfully twisted comedy fantasy The Addams Family (1991) will enjoy its world premiere screening accompanied by live orchestra as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film!
The all-star cast features Golden Globe nominee Angelica Huston as the alluring Morticia, Raúl Juliá as the suave and devilish Gomez, Christina Ricci in her breakthrough role as daughter Wednesday, and the inimitable Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester.
The Addams Family in Concert, featuring composer Marc Shaiman’s charming and imaginative orchestral score, is kooky, spooky, ghoulish fun for the entire family.
Warner’s Studio Harry Potter Special Tour Dark Arts
Discover the secrets behind enchanted floating pumpkins and Death Eater duels as well as film making snot, blood and drool.
From Sunday 1st October – Sunday 12th November, fans of Death Eaters, daring duels and Hallowe’en feasts are invited to delve deeper than ever before into the Dark Arts as we host a special feature dedicated to the darker side of the Harry Potter film series.
New for 2017, the iconic Great Hall set will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, just as seen on screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Created by Head Propmaker on all the Harry Potter films, Pierre Bohanna, the pumpkins are modelled on those found in Hagrid’s pumpkin patch in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and are hand-carved by the Prop Making Department so no two are alike. The Great Hall tables will also be laden with a Hallowe’en feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops.
After learning wand combat moves in an interactive experience with Wand Choreographer, Paul Harris, you are invited to take part in an exciting live duel with Death Eaters in the Studio Tour’s backlot. Demonstrating how a crowd scene like the Battle of Hogwarts would have been created during filming, you will test out your newly learned wand techniques as you are directed through a battle with Death Eaters who are storming the Hogwarts Bridge.
As part of the feature, the original Death Eater costumes from the film series will be on dis-play allowing you to see up close the intricate details of the embroidered robes and hand-painted masks. During production, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s followers each wore a unique mask, handmade by the Prop Making Department that was designed to reflect their personality.
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Jack the Ripper Darkest Side of London
Thriller in London. The Theatre Drury Lane, said to be the most haunted theatre in London, we will tell you why! The Old Bailey – the site of numerous public hangings, drive along Fleet Street, home of Sweeny Todd – the demon barber of Fleet Street – and his accomplice, Mrs Lovatt, who was said to have baked pies from the flesh of his victims, selling them to unsuspecting customers.
As the shadows lengthen, approach London’s East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th century. During the autumn of 1888, terror struck when Jack the Ripper came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys just long enough to stalk and butcher his five victims.
Walk his death trail inspecting the murder sites, deciphering the evidence and discussing the suspects. The 10 Bells Pub, built in 1752 where many of Jack the Ripper’s victims were said to have drunk. To this day the case remains unsolved.
To experience the thriller in London Jack the Ripper Tour.
At the occasion of Halloween, The Luna Cinema, the UK number 1 open air cinema comes with a special program. Halloween Open Air Cinema – Spooky films under the stars at Hampton Court Palace.
Hampton Court Palace hosts three horror movie events. BeetleJuice, the Silence of the Lambs, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Murder In te West End! by Phoenix Artist Club
There’s ‘Murder in the West End’ this Halloween, as an ancient curse turns cast members of London’s leading shows into method-acting murderers! The curtain has fallen on unsuspecting cast, crew and front of house, meeting their maker in ghoulish fashion! Be it strangled by a lasso, bumped off by a dustbin lid or smothered by a chocolate gateaux!
Escaping through the stage door, the cursed cast celebrate by throwing the most theatrical, horror fuelled post-show party of all time at their favourite late night haunt, The Phoenix Artist Club. Originally the haunted rehearsal rooms of the Phoenix Theatre, the bar’s ghosts and ghouls leak delectable party de-tails, with rumours of potion cocktail-making and hauntingly good performanc-es from West End stars! Wicked tricks, tainted treats and a halloween disco with excessive special effects have also been whispered backstage and in the foyers.
But be quick, because the guest list is close to bursting! Only limited spaces remain! Those who dare to attend must follow the dress code, arriving as their favourite West End character, alive or dead. Those that don’t make a spectre of themselves will fall victim to the ‘usher’s curse’ and be doomed to sell pro-grammes and sweets ’til the end of time.
Origins of Halloween or TRICK-OR-TREATING
Halloween has its roots in the ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on the night of October 31. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, believed that the dead returned to earth on Samhain. People would gather to light bonfires, offer sacrifices and pay homage to the deceased.
During some Celtic celebrations of Samhain, villagers disguised themselves in costumes made of animal skins to drive away phantom visitors; banquet tables were prepared and edible offerings were left out to placate unwelcome spirits. In later centuries, people began dressing as ghosts, demons and other malevolent creatures, performing antics in exchange for food and drink. This custom, known as mumming, dates back to the Middle Ages and is thought to be an antecedent of trick-or-treating.
EARLY CHRISTIAN AND MEDIEVAL ROOTS OF TRICK-OR-TREATING
By the ninth century, Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and supplanted older pagan rites. In 1000 A.D. the church designated November 2 as All Souls’ Day, a time for honoring the dead. Poor people would visit the houses of wealthier families and receive pastries called soul cakes in exchange for a promise to pray for the souls of the homeowners’ dead relatives. Known as souling, the practice was later taken up by children, who would go from door to door asking for gifts such as food, money and ale.
Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy.
Source History of Halloween
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