Halloween and scary London
Dogs aren’t just for Christmas and screaming isn’t just for Halloween – not in London at least. Even if you’re not in the capital on 31 October, there’s always something scary to do. Watch our video guide to spooky London below, for five terrifying ideas.
There’s plenty on maniacal murderer Jack the Ripper to feed your nightmares. Jack stalked London’s East End in the 1880s, killing six female prostitutes in a gruesome manner. Set in a Victorian house in Whitechapel, the Jack the Ripper Museum fills six floors with details of the crimes.
Try the two-hour Jack the Ripper Tour by Discovery Tours & Events, which was established by Richard Jones in 1982. It meets outside Exit 4 of Aldgate East underground station every night at 7pm – book ahead for this one.
Head to the South Bank for the London Dungeon, where you can join Anne Boleyn on her final boat journey to the executioner’s block, or experience a ride that recreates a 1783 hanging technique.
The London Bridge Experience & Tombs is another year-round scare fest, inside the bridge’s old vaults. In 2007, a plague pit was discovered here during the development of the Tombs attraction.
Almost every day in October brings an activity to sink your teeth into, thanks to the annual London Month of the Dead. Events include finding out how maggots can solve murders, and walking through cemeteries by torchlight.
Book tickets to see The Woman in Black. This West End play has been showing in London since 1989 and tells the ghost story of a haunted lawyer… prepare to scream in your seat.
Still not scared? Then read about our terrifying experience visiting Séance at The London Dungeon.