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London gears up for Halloween

Date Posted: 17/10/14

London gears up for Halloween

There are plenty of great places in the UK to spend Halloween, but on the scareometer, London outspooks them all. The capital's dark history includes many a terrifying tale about a persistent ghost or long-deceased spirit, and that's not counting the many horrifying true life events that have actually happened.

Scare yourself silly at London Dungeons

When a venue proclaims to be the 'Home of Halloween', you can be sure of being in for a treat. 20 actors and 18 individual shows make for a fantastic experience as you tread from plague-ridden Soho to the Tower of London under Henry VIII. You'll meet classic London villains such as Guy Fawkes, Sweeney Todd and even the famed Jack the Ripper. As always, you can be sure the actors will go all out during the Halloween season, with plenty of laughs, screams and cutting-edge storytelling to look forward to.

Frighten yourself at The London Bridge Experience

Like The London Dungeons, the London Bridge Experience aims to scare your socks off with a live actor-driven experience into the most gruesome parts of the capital's history. Long regarded the scariest attraction for miles around, you'll have the opportunity to learn all about the Legend of the Disfigured Mastern Brother's vengeful murderer, the Great Fire of London and the spirits of the criminals whose heads are mounted over Traitors Gate. It's all happening on Tooley Street this Halloween.

Enjoy a Devillish Dogwalk

If you want to do something this season that doesn't leave your beloved pooch curled up at home, the Devillish Dogwalk provided by All Dogs Matter is undoubtedly for you. Starting at the Spaniard's Inn, this special event offers a prize for those mutts that can be enticed into a fancy dress costume in the spirit of trick or treating. If they're not happy dressing up, then don't worry - there are prizes for the adults too. The fun starts October 26th at 10am.

Participate in a party

There are a lot of Halloween-themed parties happening around this time in London, but if you can only attend one, go for one being thrown by festivity-lover Found. The group is hoping to channel the spirit of Chicago in a scare-tastic extravaganza directed by George Fitzgerald, with the event set to be part super-charged disco and part interactive experience. You can count on having a good night on October 31st if you attend this party, anyway. Dressing up is compulsory.

Ride the Ghost Bus

Ghost buses are something of a hallmark in London legend, with many a drunkard claiming to have ridden an eerie vehicle at a ridiculous hour that has ceased to exist on the timetables the next day. This act brings the legend to life, with half-factual and half-fictional tales told in a spooky manner aboard a Gothically decked-out Routemaster. It departs from Trafalgar Square and booking is recommended, especially for Halloween.

Posted by Hayley Brent

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