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Halloween Special: Unusual Things To Do In London This Week | 26 Oct – 1 Nov

Here’s our list of unusual things to do in London this week for Halloween including a gory magic show, 8 party suggestions, all night movie marathons & loads more!

Monday 26 October – Sunday 1 November 2015


Harry Potter and the Inappropriate Hallowe’en | Leicester Square Theatre | Sat 31 Oct | 7.15pm | £12.50/10

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Can’t be bothered to wait for Harry Potter & The Cursed Child (tickets on sale by at 11am Fri 30th btw)?

Then join our fave offbeat comedy jimbo Adam Larter assembles a talented cast of misfits inc the hilarious Cassie Atkinson to present the un-official sequel to the Harry Potter series takes place on Hallowe’en (the anniversary of the death of Harry’s parents). A perfect setting for a party.

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Suburbaret: Suburban Horror Show | Lost Theatre, Stockwell | Sun 1 Nov | 7pm | £14/11

suburbaret suburban horror show

Suburbaret is the perfect way to round off a Halloween weekend with an unbeatable line up of cabaret royalty including: Des O’Connor, Baby Lame & Blanche Dubois.

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Casting the Runes | Wilton’s Music Hall, Tower Hill | Tue 27-Sat 31 Oct | 8pm | £12.50/£6 (u 18s)

casting the runes wiltons

An intense experience journeying into a classic ghost story in the gloriously ghoulish Wilton’s Music Hall.

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Spooks! A Halloween Cabaret | Jackson’s Lane, Highgate | Sat 31 Oct | 7.30pm | From £20

spooks halloween cabaret

Circus, sideshow & proper great burlesque (no fan dances) combine to make Jackson’s Lane the killer halloween haunt with our faves Duo Bogof & Queen of erotic neo-burlesque MisSa Blue;

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Dead Famous | EFES Snooker Bar, Dalston | Fri 30 Oct | 9pm | From £5 advance

Dead Famous

A free bubbling cocktail awaits for you if you dress up as a deceased sleb. Plus Monster-mash dance off, toilet roll mummy makery & FREE facepainting.

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Dead Ringer Singers | The Piano Works, Farringdon | Fri 30 & Sat 31 Oct | From 6pm | Free before 9pm/£5/10 after

dead ringer singers - The Piano Works

Quirky concept venue ‘The Piano Works’ are ‘SINGing the dead back to life’ with live musicians playing your wretched requests all night.

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Classic Horror All-Nighter | Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Sq | Sat 31 Oct | 11.59pm | From £22.50/20



London’s best and most cheeky independent cinema presents an all-nighter of the classix: HALLOWEEN, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, THE SHINING & THE EXORCIST. Take a cushion to hide behind/prevent numb bum.

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All Hallow’s Eve All-Nighter | Regent’s Street Cinema, Picadilly Circus | Sat 31 Oct | 11pm | £25-17

The gorgeous Regent Street Cinema goes for some truly offbeat underdog classics that are rarely shown on the BIG screen:

Tourist Trap
Halloween III
Salem’s Lot
Zombie Flesh Eaters

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8 Halloween Parties Worth Dressing Up For

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From top left to bottom right

Hallokween (Fri 30 Oct, £5 at BGWMC): DRAG, LIVE ART, COMEDY, MUSIC AND MORE!

Straight Nasty Halloween Special (Sat 31 Oct, £5/3 at Vogue Fabrics): Pure pop plus a live performance from Hocus Pocus’ Sanderson sisters*

La Danse Macabre (Fri 30 Oct, £22 at Clapham Grand): The Last Tuesday Society present a high-class affair full of great acts & dancing.

Haunted House Party (Sat 31 Oct, £15/12 on the door at BGWMC): Go-go ghostly dancing girls, banned nasty videos & a carn-evil funhouse are just some of the reasons this party is a great bet.

A Curious Invitation presents Theatre of Blood (Fri 31 Oct, £30 at The Coronet): We were looking forward to this epic bonanza at the Coronet but think it’s sold out. Always worth a try on the door though…

White Mischief’s Heaven & Hell Halloween Ball (Sat 31 Oct, £26.65 at The Scala): Electroswing, circus & mind boggling spectacle at this classic night.

The Magic Theatre: Halloween (Sat 31 Oct, £15.40 at Rivoli Ballroom): Get down to south London’s hidden gem to show off your vintage halloween dance moves.


Haunted Hangouts in Midtown | Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles | Mon 22-Thu 29 Oct | 7.30pm | £5 (+fees)

midtown haunted hangouts

Get to know the spookier side of one of London’s oldest neighbourhoods with ghost hunters. Haunted Hotspots include: St Giles in the Field, The Atlantic Bookshop and Shaftesbury Avenue. Plus free glass of wine to complete the hunt!

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Drink from a human skull with Bompass & Parr | Borough Market | Until Mon 30 Nov | Various Times | £12.50/10

bompas and parr alcoholic architecture

Maverick food empresarios Bompas & Parr give you the chance to breathe in alcohol in a mist and then drink from a skull.

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Grant Museum After Hours: Halloween | Grant Museum of Zoology, Euston | Sat 31 Oct | 11pm | £25-17

Mega creepy museum full of heads in jars opens it’s doors for an open eve, which includes this CREEPY FISH!

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Severndroog Castle After Dark Tours | Shooter’s Hill, Woolwich | Sat 31 Oct | From 6.30pm | £5

severdroog castle after dark tours

Head to the woods to start your evening with a tour of the haunted castle in South East London.

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Stay at home and watch American Horror Story on Netflix or FOX

american horror story freakshow

American Horror Story is quite possibly the best TV in years. We loved the ghost house, asylum, witches & now freak show is on Netflix to make for a great night on the sofa. Plus if you’re all caught up catch new episodes of AHS: Hotel on FOX.


I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.