Before moving to London, we were not that into Halloween, mostly because it was not a big thing in France or at least near where we lived. But since we moved, the kids have been loving everything Halloween, from pumpkin picking to trick or treats.
With October half term around the corner, I decided to spend some time and look for things to do for Halloween in London with kids. I found so many activities to choose from!!
Our kids being 4 and 6, I made a selection of activities suitable for families with kids under 8. This should hopefully give you some inspiration for this Halloween!
Free things to do for Halloween in London with kids
1 – Carve pumpkins and leave the mess at Ramsey Flowers
If you don’t like the mess of pumpkin carving, you can carve a pumpkin, make compost or do some gardening in Ramsey Flowers.
Entrance Fee: Free but you need to register.
When: Sunday 28 October 2018 from 12pm to 3pm.
Where: Ramsey Flowers N1, 27 Ramsey Walk, London N1 2SQ.
2 – Carve pumpkins in Lloyd Park
Prepare for Halloween by carving your own pumpkin! Spooky crafts and recipes for pumpkin leftovers will be available too in Lloyd Park.
Entrance Fee: Free.
When: Thursday 25 October from 10am to 1pm.
Where: Lloyd Park Forest Road London E17 4PP.
3 – Make some Halloween Family Crafts
Epson EcoTank Popup is holding a colourful, creative and totally free Halloween themed craft workshops. You will be provided craft material and have access to a printer for your photos!
Entrance Fee: Free but you will need to be registered.
When: Sat 27 October 2018 from 12 to 2 pm.
Where: Epson EcoTank Pop-Up, 21 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9LD.
4 – Visit the Horniman Halloween Fair
Meet creepy crawlies, hear spooky storytelling, and browse for gifts and treats at the arts and crafts markets and food stalls. Check out this page for all the activities available.
Entrance Fee: Free but charges apply for some activities.
When: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October at 10:30am.
Where: 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ.
5 – Explore the Discovery Center for a Hair-Raising Halloween
A great spooky activity for children, visit Hyde Park Discovery Centre for this amazing and free Halloween event.
Explore a hair-raising nature trail, make a magic potion from garden herbs and plants, make your own bat mask or discover the ‘feely boxes’ in the witches den!
Entrance Fee: Free – bat box costs £15.
When: Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 October from 11 to 3pm.
Where: The LookOut Discovery Centre, Hyde Park, London, W22UH.
These are some of the free activities for a Halloween in London with kids, I found online, but I am sure there are more events, in particular, local ones. Do not forget to check out your libraries as they often tend to host events for the holidays.
You could also consider some crafting at home, in this case check out the Halloween TP rolls we made for some inspiration.
Other things to do for Halloween
6 – Be scared by the Gruesome Nature Live in ZSL
Head out to ZSL London Zoo this October half term for an interactive musical show. Kids will learn frightful facts about some truly grisly creatures: a lizard that squirts blood out of its eyes, a tongue-eating parasite.
Entrance Fee: ZSL regular fee.
When:Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 October.
Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park Outer Circle, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 4RY.
7 – Help a Sea Witch at the Ascarium
The London Aquarium will become the Ascarium. Help the Sea Witch unlock her treasure chest, by looking all around the aquarium, for the magic ingredients she needs.
Entrance Fee: included in admission – booking is recommended.
When: Saturday 20 to Wednesday 31 October.
Where: SEA LIFE London Aquarium, County Hall Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7PB
8 – Win a costume competition at the Hampstead Museum
Get your best Halloween costume on for this party as there will be a costume competition, spooky storytelling and creepy craft activities at the Burgh House and Hampstead Museum.
Entrance Fee: £10.
Age:3 to 8.
When: Friday 26 October.
Where: Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, New End Square London NW3 1LT.
9 – Have a sleepover at the Museum of London
Why not join the Night Owls Halloween Sleepover and solve spooky crimes and hear stories of terrifying crimes.
This event is open to 7-11 year old and their families.
Entrance Fee: £60 per person.
Age: 7 to 11.
When: Friday 26 October at 6:30pm.
Where: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN.
10 – Join a family rave party in Hackney or Vauxhall
Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave are hosting two events this Halloween in Vauxhall and Hackney.
Dance together on a dance floor filled with bubbles, balloons, glitter and topped by the parachute dance.
If you miss partying, that’s your chance!!
Entrance Fee: £7 for children and £10 for adults.
When: Saturday 27 October (Vauxhall) and Sunday 28 October (Hackney) from 2pm to 4:30pm.
- Vauxhall: Fire & Lightbox, 6 South Lambeth Place London SW8 1SP.
- Hackney: Hangar Sidworth Street London Fields, London E8.
11 – Get ready to scream at the Screamfest in London Dungeon
Alongside its usual shows, this year’s Halloween Screamfest promise to be even better with some new additions, including a new Jack the Ripper show.
Entrance Fee: £21 for kids and £27 per adults – book ahead.
When: 1 to 31 October.
Where: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB.
13 – Dance with DJ Vampz at the Halloween Spooktacular Disco at Woodcote Green
Join DJ Vampz for Halloween themed music, dancing, games and much more!
Get your best Halloween costume on as there will be a prize to win.
The show will last approximately 30-40 minutes.
Entrance Fee:£3 Per Child (Children under 3 years old attending with a valid ticket holder do not require a ticket).
Age: 3 to 11 but all ages are welcomed.
When: Monday 22nd to Friday 26th, 10:00am, 11:30am, 2:00pm and 3:30pm.
Where: Woodcote Green Garden Centre & Nurseries, 4a Woodmansterne Ln, Wallington SM6 0SU.
14 – Pick a Pumpkin at Garson Farm
There are several pumpkin patches all around London that grow pumpkins and allow you to pick your own. Some farms even have activities for kids: we have tried Garson Farm last year and the kids loved it!
They also have a shop where you can buy sweets, Halloween decorations as well as carving tools.
Entrance Fee: Free but you have to pay for the pumpkins you pick.
Where: Garsons, Winterdown Road, West End, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8LS.
14 – Decorate biscuits at Ham House
Track down the evidence of the ghostly goings on at Ham, decorate a pumpkin biscuit and have some fearsome fun!
Entrance Fee: £2 for the trail and £1 per biscuit.
When: Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 October.
Where: Ham St, Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 7RS.
15 – Celebrate Halloween in a Barn! Headstone Horrors Halloween Spooktacular
Celebrate Halloween in style with a Spooktacular event inside a 500-year-old Great Barn!
You can enjoy more than 10 children’s activities including Spooky Storytelling, Meet a Friendly Ghost, Potty Potion Brewing, Headstone Trail Hunt and plenty more.
Entrance Fee: £2 per person.
Age: 1 to 11.
When: Saturday 27 October, from 12pm to 5pm.
Where: Pinner View, Harrow, Middx HA2 6PX.
16 – Experiment with Spooky Sensational science
The kids will love the slime making, the glow in the dark experiments and more in the Spooky Science Camp. Each session will last an hour.
Entrance Fee: £10 – booking required.
Ages: 4 to 8.
When: Wednesday 25th October, at 10am and 11:15am.
Where: Trinity Church, 15 Nether Street N12 7NN.
17 – Dantastic Monster Ball
Head to Wimbledon for a spooktastic party including a Francy dress competition, Face painting, tricks and treats and much more.
Entrance Fee: £18 for one adult and one child.
When: Saturday 27 Oct 2018 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Where: St Mark’s Church Hall, Compton Road, SW19 7QA, SW19 7QA.
18 – Take a boat ride through Islington Tunnel
Take a narrowboat ride through Islington Tunnel, specially decorated for the occasion. There will be ghost stories, face painting, treasure hunt, sweets and more.
Entrance Fee: £12 peak/£11 off-peak for adults, £9 peak/£8.50 off-peak for children.
When: Saturday 27th October and Sunday 28th October with departures between 3pm and 9pm.
Where: New Wharf Road, N1 9RT.
19 – Finally watch Hotel Transylvania 3 + Halloween Party
If you have not seen it already, this is a great opportunity to see a special screening of Hotel Transylvania 3 (at Electric Cinema) and enjoy a spooky party.
There will be a Scariest costume competition, Mummy Madness games, the Haunted House orchestra and much more.
Entrance Fee: £8 for an armchair seat – booking by phone required.
When: Saturday 27 October at 9:30am.
Where: 191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill London W11 2ED.
A lot of these activities require booking even some of the free ones.
We’ve been to the Zoo during Halloween two years ago, we tried pumpkin carving and pumpkin picking, so we might opt for a party this year! The family rave maybe, but I will need to convince Hubby for that!
What are your favorite activities over the Halloween period?
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