Bumper guide to Halloween events in London for kids
There'll be no resting witch face happening this year with these skele-fun Halloween events in London for kids!
Shrek's Adventure! London
Try not to get scared Shrek-less at this immersive and interactive family Halloween adventure that involves everyone's fave ogre and a rather clumsy witch! We love Shrek’s Adventure! London all year round (look out for our review, coming soon) and aside from the usual fairytale walk-through Far Far Away, this Halloween you can also expect to have a whole heap of fun helping a witch who's dropped all her belongings after crash-landing her broom in London. Pick up a trail card from the entrance and keep your eyes peeled for spooky items and a special treat from her magic cauldron once you've helped her out. #thewitchisback runs from 23 to 31 October and the activity is included in the price of tix (don't forget to book online to bag yourself up to 20% off the entrance fee). www.shreksadventure.com
Covent Garden Mum Halloween Trail
If you are heading to Covent Garden with your kids this October then be sure to follow this treat of a free activity thanks to Covent Garden Mum. There's also a photo competition happening for anyone who snaps pics along the trail, and bonus points for those creeping it real dressed in their Halloween costumes. www.coventgardenmum.com/halloween
Ghost Raiders at The Tower of London
This Halloween, spirits of the Tower of London have been inadvertently released and are roaming the castle. Among them, an unknown force is hellbent on taking the Tower, threatening the Realm itself. There are a team of Ghost Raiders on site, but they urgently need your help to investigate spooky occurrences and defeat the spirit trying to capture the Tower...
Thames Rocket: Thames Thriller Halloween Special
Thames Rockets is making Halloween a real family affair with a Halloween special that will definitely blow the cobwebs away. It's ‘gruesome guides’ will be ready for your arrival with Halloween treats and to get you ready for your thrilling Thames experience as you creep on board with your fellow ghosts and ghouls and get involved in some seasonal silliness. Expect plenty of London’s creepiest and spookiest stories (all family friendly! as you whizz along the Thames with your spooky skipper as the sun sets.
Go pumpkin picking
We've got a whole gourdeous guide to the best pumpkin patches around London to bring your little squishy squashes to. Don't forget to #londonforkidz on your social media pics so we can catch a look at your cute ickle pumpkins!
KidZania London Halloween Trail
There are spine-chilling activities aplenty happening this October half term at KidZania London including a ghost tour, a Halloween boo-gie, a Halloween trail and a kooky and creepy costume competition.
Mudchute Farm Halloween Party
One of our fave London farms, The Mudchute, is skelebrating spooky season with a Halloween Party on Sunday, October 31st from 12-3pm. Activities will include family fancy dress and pumpkin carving competitions (bring your own pumpkin on the day or buy one at the farm).
Halloween party at KidSpace Romford
For one night only on Friday 29th October, KidSpace Romford, in the east of town, is throwing a Halloween bash that includes prizes, games, entertainment, dancing, music and non-stop soft play adventure. Pizza and juice will also be provided to refuel your mini monsters during all the fun. Don't forget to come dressed in your Halloween finest: the best fancy dress will bag a whole heap of cool prizes! This two-hour extravaganza is recommended for witches, vampires, werewolves and humans age 4-12 years.
Howl'o'ween at Chessington
Hold on to your Howl'o'ween hats! Shows, rides, sorcery, creepy caves and spooky sleepovers are just a snippet of the ghostly goings on happening at Chessington World of Adventures this October.
London Dungeon Hide and Seek
This Halloween, come eye-to-eye with one of London’s most infamous characters in the London Dungeon's new seasonal show, Hide and Seek. As you make your way through the darkness, you will be faced with a shadowy and uncertain scene before you... that's all we're going to day but this is deffo a Halloween event in London - running from now until 3rd November - that you'll be dying to check out.
Halloween Afternoon Tea at Wizard Exploratorium
We love Wizard Exploratorium all year round, but it comes as no surprise that it's putting on a special event for Halloween in the form of a magical afternoon tea. Available from 23rd to 31st October, you'll be using magic wands to brew interactive Autumnal teas and taste fantastical treats in a feast for all your senses.
Hobbleween at Hobbledown
Between October 26th and November 3rd the fab-boo-lous activities at Hobbledown Adventure Farm include a meet-and-greet with creepy crawlies, mystery feel boxes, spooky mazes, fire shows, Halloween puppet shows, ghostly tales, a creepy creation station packed with arts and crafts, and pumpkin bowling. Oh how we love this place!
Old MacDonalds Halloween Festival
Just out of town in the Essex countryside your little witches and wizards will love the Halloween Festival happening at Old MacDonalds Fun Park & Farm from 23rd to 31st October. From a haunted house to a ghost trail, a pumpkin patch to magic school, there's plenty to keep your small ones howling with delight.
Ghost Ape at Go Ape
Fearless families are invited to take on a spook-tacular series of twilight adventures in the trees, where Go Ape are hosting the ultimate trick or treat activities in the dark woods. Navigate the high ropes with a terrifying Treetop Adventure, or experience some bizarre bouncing, 30-feet up in the air, with Nets Adventure in a Halloween adventure with a difference. You'll find London locations of Go Ape at Alexandra Palace, Battersea Park and Cockfosters.
SEA LIFE London Aquarium Pumpkin Trail
From 27th October to 2nd November the SEA LIFE London Aquarium will be celebrating Halloween by challenging young guests to spot some intricately hand-carved pumpkins featuring marvellous marine inspired designs, all carefully hidden for children to discover on their journey through the deep. If you head on over on 31st October you'll also get to meet the Fish Witch who will be making a special appearance for the day as she cooks up a cauldron full of eerie fun and tells her spooky stories of the sea. Make a splash by wearing your fancy dress on the day and you'll also be in for free treat!
Pumpkin carving at The Terrace Café
Head over to White City to The Terrace Café and get busy flexing your pumpkin carving skills: pumpkins and décor will be provided, you just need to provide the creative flair. Tickets are our fave word, free, but you'll need to book a spot.
That's all we've got for now, folks, but we'll keep updating as and when news of other Halloween events in London for kids fly our way.
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