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Top 5 Spooktacular Family Halloween Events

11 October 2018 Billie Manning

Halloween’s coming up, and everyone knows that people only have kids so they have an excuse to watch a Nightmare Before Christmas and go trick-or-treating again, so we’ve put our blood, sweets and tears into making a family guide to London Halloween events that are too ghoul for school. Maybe you can take the kids along as a treat to apologise for telling them you ate all their candy to make a funny video for Jimmy Kimmel…

1. Have a night at the museum
If older kids and their parents really want to test the limits of their spookiness tolerance, the Museum of London Docklands is opening its doors after dark for Halloween for all families brave enough to spend a night at the museum. Guests will tiptoe their way through the museum with torches before nestling down for the night in the galleries. You’ll settle your nerves in the morning with a film and some breakfast… if you survive the night. Dress code: petrifying pyjamas!
 
Image Credit: Museum of London Docklands

The Night Owls Halloween Sleepover takes place 26 October at Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
 
2. Have a Halloween-alicious time at the Horniman
The Horniman has several fiendishly fun Halloween events going on this year for families, including their annual Halloween Fair. Bug-lovin’ lovebugs can meet creepy crawlies up close in the Wild Fangs cave, scary shoppers can browse for gifts and treats (no tricks allowed!) at the markets and food stalls. For any little Grimms, the museum’s Hansel and Gretel Halloween Storytelling will see the classic fairy tale told through song and puppetry. Suitable for ages 3+. Dress code: creepy!

Image Credit: Sophia Spring
 
The Halloween Fair and Hansel and Gretel Storytelling take place 27 - 28 October at the Horniman Museum, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ
 
3. All aboard the Halloween Express!
 What’s the scariest thing a British person can think of? That’s right: trains. Delays… no seats… bad coffee… Luckily, the horror at Audley End Miniature Railway’s Halloween spooktacular is of a slightly different kind! Your little devils will be given a trick or treat bag before boarding the haunted Halloween express before journeying deep into the woods to visit the coven of witches who live on the Audley End Estate together with their pumpkin friends.  But the kiddos better make sure they behave themselves as the coven perform their witchy dance, or they might cast a spell on you… Parents, do be warned: this event may require a real train journey outside of the M25. Dress code: spooky!

Image Credit: Audley End Miniature Railway
 
Audley End Railway is located at Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB. Their Halloween Special runs from 20-31 October.

4. Make some mischief at Lee Valley Park Farms
Lee Valley Park Farms has a whole two weeks of mischief and mayhem this Halloween, where visitors can enjoy a range of fun and frightening activities. Little ones can get creative in the farm’s very own pumpkin patch where they can carve and decorate an array of pumpkins before joining the family for a walk along the eerie trick or treat trails. Those brave enough can also visit the Haunted House… if they dare! Dress code: sinister!

Image Credit: Lee Valley Park Farms
 
Mischief and Mayhem takes place 20 October – 4 November at Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 2EF    

5. Have a boo-tiful breakfast at the ShaaaaAAAHHHrd
Let’s hope heights aren’t one of the things that scare you this Halloween, as the Shard will be hosting a special Halloween breakfast during half-term, with parents and their mini monsters gaining exclusive access to the skyscraper’s summit for a fangtastic breakfast with unlimited tea and coffee. Activities the kids can enjoy (apart from running terrifyingly close to the windows) will include frighteningly fun face-painting, ghoulish competitions and a hair-raising Halloween trail. Dress code: spine tingling!

Image Credit: Little Bird

Little Bird’s Halloween Breakfast takes place 27 October at The View from the Shard, London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG
 
If this list came in candy for your family, check out our guide to five fun activities for a fabulous half-term!
 
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