Halloween is almost here and London is gearing up to scare the socks of anyone who wants to get involved! Here are four events that will be taking place at the end of October, but beware: they aren’t for the faint-hearted.
Halloween Ball at The Mansion
When: October 29
Up until recently, The Mansion has kept the details about their Halloween Ball under lock and key. In fact, this ball is so mysterious the venue will only be revealed to ticket holders 48 hours before the event takes place on October 29th.
We do know that fancy dress is absolutely mandatory and that the line-up looks incredible! There will be three DJs, fire shows, cage dancers, artists, singers and musicians including much-loved percussionist Sam Baws. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, famous psychic Erica Maxwell will also be attending the ball to give free tarot readings to anyone wanting a sneak peek into their future. Tarot readings are one of the oldest forms of fortune telling so it’s sure to be a night of intrigue and revelation!
Horror Films at the Rivoli Ballroom
Where: The Rivoli Ballroom, Brockley
When: October 27th / October 28th
Crofton Park Pictures will be screening two classic horror films over this Halloween season in the eerie rooms of the Rivoli Ballroom. The 1950s style ballroom itself used to be a cinema and has featured in plenty of movies including Brian Helgeland’s Legend, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Spy Game since it first opened in 1913. Where else would be better to watch some creepy horror movies?
Michael Myers’ Halloween will be screened on October 27th, followed by The Shining on October 28th. Doors open at 8pm on both evenings and the two bars will be serving alcohol as well as hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream to complete the experience.
Where: Barts Pathology Museum, Smithfield
When: October 28th / October 29th
Speaking of food, if you’re in the mood to get back to the days of trick or treat then you’ll definitely want to visit Barts Pathology Museum towards the end of October.
On Friday 28th from 6.30pm, there will be graphic talks on body farms and the cannibalistic undertones of funerals followed by some incredible food art by Annabel de Vetten-Peterson. On Saturday, the fun starts at noon when guests have the chance to dig for edible body parts and view the second floor of the museum, which is rarely open to the public. If you like fear and food this is definitely the event for you!
The Signal-Man and Other Horrifying Tales
Where: Charles Dickens Museum, Holborn
When: October 29th
For a more relaxed yet creepy Halloween experience, there’s also an evening of drama lined up at the Charles Dickens Museum. There, Dominic Gerrard will return to perform three of Dickens’ most haunting ghost stories: The Signal-Man, The Ghost in the Bride’s Chamber and Captain Murderer.
Gerrard is renowned for his incredible dramatic readings, particularly when it comes to Dickens’ work. Gerrard’s reading of A Christmas Carol was critically acclaimed by The Stage and named “a worthy rival to Simon Callow’s one-man Carol” by The Independent on Sunday. Needless to say, it’s an event you cannot miss!