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Wonderfully Weird and Offbeat Halloween Events

19 October 2018 Billie Manning

Forget stale skeletons and tired old trick-or-treating: these events are more off the wall than Michael Jackson’s fifth album. Whether you’re a lover of all things bright and boo-tiful or a Halloween Grinch, this selection of London’s most offbeat and outlandish Halloween events is sure to come in candy.

Crack a mystery harder than hairspray at Scream All About It
Set in 1988 and featuring shoulder pads galore, this unusual murder mystery will have you puzzling over clues, grilling suspects and – hopefully! – discovering whodunit. Featuring an appropriately synth-heavy soundtrack and a special 80’s themed food and cocktail menu, this night of immersive theatre will also be raising money for charity Children With Cancer as it celebrates its 30th year. You can even try your hand in the I Should Be So Lucky fundraising raffle, adding extra pennies and pounds to the charity’s pot. 80’s fancy dress is very much encouraged, although if you’re an East London local, you’re probably wearing the appropriate retro clothing already.

Image: Children With Cancer Charity

Scream All About It Murder Mystery Party, 2 November, The Red Lion, 640 High Road, Leytonstone E11 3AA
Discover sunken treasure on GoBoat’s Pirate Treasure Hunt
Camden won’t just be home to scarily skinny jeans and hair-raising high-tops this Halloween – just for the festive period, GoBoat is holding a frighteningly fun pirate treasure hunt on Regent’s Canal. Perfect for anyone who wants to get in the dressing-up spirit without any blood or gore, the trip will start at Paddington Basin and see you set sail for Camden Lock (after a briefing, of course, me hearties) in search of the pieces of eight to claim a prize. Loot includes a free round of drinks at Heist Bank for grownups and booty bags for kids. GoBoats are self-driving, so no cap’n needed, and can fit eight shipmates on board, with littl’uns and even dogs welcome.

Image: GoBoat

GoBoat's Pirate Treasure Hunt, 24-31 October, Merchant Square, Paddington W2 1JZ

Cast a spell on your dinner at Goatwarts
Ride your broomsticks over to Chelsea to enjoy a spellbinding night at Fulham Road Italian eatery Goat, where the Potterheads amongst us will be able to fulfil their magical dreams. On the evening of the 31st, Goat will be sending out acceptance letters to the wizarding school only slightly less prestigious than Hogwarts itself: Goatwarts. Students accepted onto this prestigious scholarly roster will then be able to partake in several magical ‘classes’ – which we’re sure involve rather less tricks than tasty treats. And it’s on Halloween night itself, which means you don’t have to hide from trick-or-treaters in the living room with the lights off. Wizard!

Image: Goat Chelsea

Goatwarts, 31 October, Goat Chelsea, 333 Fulham Rd, Chelsea SW10 9QL
Enjoy the wildest night of the year at the Suburban Horror Show
The leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping – it must be cabaret season! Suburbaret, the surreal and sensational suburbia-themed cabaret variety is putting on their annual Suburban Horror Show in Walthamstow. Now, if you’re looking for a truly unique Halloween experience, you’re sure to find it at Suburbaret’s blend of bizarre talents. From political lip-sync from TV/TV to surreal comedy from Cheekykita, alongside drag from the wonderfully-named Kate Butch, there won’t be a split second to even think about the horribly boring costume parties you could have been at instead. There’s even a rumour that a certain Theresa May could be in attendance…

Image: Suburbaret

Suburban Horror Show by Suburbaret, 2 November, Rose and Crowne Theatre, Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4SA
Get lost in a world of horror at East Village E20
There's a whole host of fun in store for Stratford residents, as the whole of the East Village E20 will be subject to an alien invasion on the pre-Halloween weekend, with roaming space monsters and an intergalactic photo booth available to make your scariest faces in, as well as free trick or treating for the little ones. But what makes it really worthy of this list is Trapped Escape Rooms' ‘Trapped with a Zombie’ experience, where visitors can expect to be frightened out of their skins as they try desperately to escape his bite. And the hyper-realistic horror doesn’t end there – you can test your spooky stamina with a horror VR experience at Star Command where a selection of the scariest virtual reality games will be available to play.

Image: East Village E20

Star Command, Trapped Escape Rooms, Trick or treating, 27 October, East Village E20, Victory Parade, London E15 2ER

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