Family Things To Do In London For Halloween

Humboldt penguins ZSL London Zoo (c) ZSL

BOO AT THE ZOO: ZSL London Zoo in Regent’s Park has plenty of spooky activities alongside the animals. Stroll through Europe’s only walk-through spider forest, then drop into The Widow’s Lair, where kids can hear stories and make spider-themed goodies. Learn about owls’ seemingly supernatural powers in the Owl Emporium and more. Included in zoo admission price, prebooking recommended24 October-1 November

MISCHIEF AND MAYHEM: Lee Valley Park Farms are taken over by mischief and mayhem throughout half term. Follow the trick or treat trail, have a go at pumpkin carving (extra charge) and look out for bats. Normal admission prices apply, prebooking recommended, 24 October-1 November

PUMPKIN CARVING: Eltham Palace and Gardens runs a series of pumpkin carving sessions for children. They’re encouraged to don their spookiest costumes to take part. First come first served on the day, 26-31 October 

THE ZOMBIE, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE: Head to Southwark’s Unicorn Theatre to play some spooky drama games. Bring some items along to transform into a trick or treat costume too. £8, prebook29-31 October

STRAWBERRY HILL HOUSE: The Gothic castle in Twickenham is the perfect spot for spooky goings on. Kids of all ages can take part in storytelling, potion making and witch and wizard workshops. Various events, prebook, 29-30 October

CREEPY CRAWLIES: Get dressed up in your Halloween finery and head to Bushy Park to go pond dipping and find out about the creatures that live below the water. You can also make your own creepy crawly to take how. £15 per family, prebook, 30 October

SPOOKY SHADOWS: Climb aboard the Cutty Sark and create a spooky shadow puppet show with ghost ships, sea monsters, and your own Halloween puppet to take home and play with. Included in admission price, prebooking recommended, 30 October

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS: There’s a free Halloween themed arts and crafts day in Victoria Tower Gardens. Children aged 11 and under can create a Halloween hat and make a pumpkin head. Free, just turn up, 31 October 

GHOST SHIP: The National Maritime Museum has a family fun day with Halloween themed activities and stories. Fancy dress is encouraged, with a prize for the best costume. £10/£6, prebook, 31 October

SPOOKY TRAIL: Ghosts and ghouls, witches and werewolves, skeletons and sprites are invited to Lauderdale House on Highgate Hill for a performance trail through the gardens where you’ll encounter all kinds of spooky characters. £7.50, prebook, 31 October

Know of any other family-friendly Halloween events in London? Tell us in the comments below. 

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8 October 2015 | 2:01 pm – Source: londonist.com

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