What comes to mind when you think of Halloween? Ghosts, parties, sweets? All of the above?

In fact, it actually started off centuries ago as a religious festival, but over the course of the past millennium it has developed into the modern phenomenon it is today. Arguably the best place in the world to celebrate the Halloween of today is the capital city of where it all started: London.

More sweets, better costumes and more events: Halloween in London is bigger and better every year. This year is no different, with more Halloween-themed events and activities than ever before.

But with so much choice and limited time, how do you know what to go for? Well, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 things to do this Halloween so you don’t have to.

1. Pumpkin Decorating Workshop

The first event on this list is a classic, and an absolute must for those spending their first Halloween in London. Immerse yourself in the Halloween spirit and learn how to carve pumpkins from the experts. You can even take your pumpkin home with you at the end to put outside your door! Pumpkin Adventures at Tate Modern and the workshops organised by Horniman Museum are a great chance to test your decorating skills!

2. Crystal Maze

Navigate your way around the maze and battle the obstacles to complete the challenges. This popular game show activity has been given a spooky twist for the Halloween period with the introduction of vampire Blood Baron. Perfect for groups looking for a day of fun! More info and tickets here.

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3. Horniman Halloween Fair

If you’re looking for an excuse to dress up and experience a true Halloween market then get down to the Horniman for a day filled with entertainment and mystery. Here you’ll find countless stalls selling delicious food and drink as well as a variety of a magic markets with tricks and twists galore.

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4. Hogwarts After Dark

Experience the ultimate Harry Potter fan fantasy and spend Halloween at Hogwarts this year. Dine in the Great Hall with pumpkins lining the wall, and then pay a visit to the Forbidden Forest (if you dare). For anyone looking for their most marvellously magical Halloween yet then this is the real deal.

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5. The Luna Cinema Halloween Screenings

What better way to end an action-packed, Halloween-themed day than by heading to the spectacular Natural History Museum to watch a Halloween thriller in a spooky setting. Films include classics such as The Blair Witch Project, Ghostbusters, The Shining and Silence of Lambs. Just don’t forget to leave the light on when you go to bed!

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