Looking for a spooky, family-friendly Halloween party in London? Here is your guide

London has lots of fun Halloween events running until October 31st. CBC London has compiled a brief list of events to celebrate this spooky time of year.

Activities suitable for children and the family:

  • On October 27, from 6-8 p.m., the Central Library is hosting spooky family fun with games, STEM activities, and more, including a walk through the Haunted Halloween Forest, also known as the Garden of reading. This is a free event with no registration required.
  • On the 30th, there is a Downtown Candy Crawl, from noon to 3 p.m. Families will have the chance to have fun in the participating businesses.
  • Covent Garden Market is hosting its Halloween Pumpkin Patch event featuring a bouncy castle, face paint, glitter tattoos and more.
On the eve of Halloween, the Covent Garden Market encourages you and your family to dress up for treats. (Photo courtesy of Covent Garden Market)
  • Also on the 30th from 1 to 4 p.m., Eldon House is hosting a drop-in event where kids can decorate a spooky mini water bottle and find out how Trick or Treating came to be. Donations are accepted and registration is required.

For adults who like to have fun on Halloween without fear:

  • On the 30th at 8:30 p.m., Palasad SocialBowl hosts Johnny S. and Friends, who will perform the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack, followed by a screening of the cult classic. There is a note that public voice participation is welcome. However, throwing objects is not.
  • Hyland Cinema has a treat for movie buffs. There are still a few screenings left of their second annual series Horror at The Hyland. On the 28th, they present Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.
  • For a slightly different cinematic experience with a live component, there’s a screening of Dracula with a live score performed by Wormwood from London. This Words: Literary and Creative Arts Festival event will take place on the 27th at 7 p.m. for $20.
  • There are currently two live theater options. Grand Ghosts is at the Grand Théâtre until November 5th. And the Palace Theater is staging Finding Hyde until the 30th.
  • If you’d rather have a laugh, there’s a Halloween edition of the Wortley Village Comedy show on the 29th at 8 p.m.
  • And if you’re up for a 19+ party, Museum London is back with its Halloween party: Fright Night has Rsen! The party is hosted by Nicki Nastasia, featuring: drag performances, a DJ battle, live music from Willow Switch, costume contests with prizes, and weird activities like tarot reading, palm reading , Ouija boards. The Supernatural “Spectral” exhibit will be open to the public during the party. Fundraiser tickets are $40 per person.
museum london fright night has risen
Fright Night at Museum London is an adult party with drag performances, a DJ battle, live music from Willow Switch, costume contests with prizes and more. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of London)

If you are after serious frights:

  • Eldon House hosts: Morbid and Macabre Tours 28-30 7-10 p.m. For $15 you can embark on a tour of London’s oldest house to learn about its haunts and history. The tour explains how our current Halloween traditions grew out of pagan practice and fear of the unknown. The Morbid and Macabre Tours are not suitable for children under 12 years old.
  • If you want spooky scares, Byron Scary House has teamed up again this year with Fanshawe Pioneer Village for the Abandoned Village Return. This sprawling spooky attraction takes you on a winding tour through some of the village buildings that have been redesigned to disorient you and provide tons of hiding places for live actors to jump out and scare you. This one is rated 14+, with adult accompaniment for good reason. It’s frightening. Return to the Abandoned Village is ongoing until Halloween night for $30 per person.

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