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13 positively terrifying things to do with your little Londoner this Halloween

Let them scare themselves silly with spooky screenings, disturbing dress up, haunted house parties and monstrous messy play.
  1. Dalston Eastern Curve Garden’s annual Pumpkin Lantern Festival runs from now until the 28th. Every pumpkin carved this past weekend (20th-21st) will be lit each evening this week from 6-10pm to create an illuminated Halloween wonderland.
  2. Get yourself down to Wimbledon & Putney Commons from the 22nd-27th for the Children’s Halloween Pumpkin Hunt. Search the nature trail, take part in the colouring competition and collect a treat for coming in Halloween fancy dress.
  3. Halloween Horrors at Sutton House will be petrifying kids of all ages from the 24th-28th. Experience spooky spectacles – designed by Tea Break Theatre – throughout the 500-year-old house, dress up in creepy costumes and keep a look out for ghosts!
  4. Fenton House & Garden is running Halloween pumpkin trails plus awful art activities and spooky storytelling from the 24th until 4th November. Follow the trail around the walled garden in search of pumpkin pals and a goody-bag prize.
  5. Have a Hair-Raising Halloween with The Royal Parks’ scary Discovery Day sessions in Hyde Park on the 24th-25th. Investigate feely boxes, create a potion using herbs and plants from the garden, make your own bat mask and listen to a spooky story.
  6. Stepney City Farm will host Teenie Halloweenie: Spooky Craft Camp for Kids with Riverside Cares on the 25th. This free event for 0-7s will include Halloween decoration making, monster mash music and a fancy-dress competition.
  7. A Fine Mess is holding its Splatacular Messy Play event for 0-8s at St Georges & All Saints Church, Tufnell Park, on the 26th. Expect creepy edible trays, fluff floors, messy treasure boxes, slimy spaghetti, magic walkers and eerie tents.
  8. Royal College of Music is running two Thrills, Chills & Trills events for families with kids aged 4+ on the 27th. Join in with the Family Create! morning workshop before being taken on a spooky musical journey during the afternoon concert.
  9. Horniman is hosting a variety of eerie events during its Halloween Fair on the 27th-28th. Enjoy storytelling by Sandal Stick Theatre and a Halloween Parade led by scary skeletons, meet some creepy creatures and create a spooky lantern.
  10. On the 27th, Framed Film Club at the Barbican will present a free Sugar Skulls making workshop for children of all ages. This will be followed by a ticketed screening of Tim Burton’s classic animation The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  11. Funzing and The Londog will be hosting Hackney’s Halloween Doggy Dress-Up Party at Mick’s Garage on the 28th. There will be Crate pizza plus prizes for the scariest pooch, the best trick, the cutest canine and the best-dressed human.
  12. Boogie Monsters is throwing a Haunted Halloween Party at Under1Roof on the 28th. Come dressed to horrify and expect a spooky musical monster mash-up of Halloween-themed chart hits, rocked-up action songs and funky nursery rhymes.
  13. Okido is hosting a Halloween-themed Get Into Science event at the Doodle Bar in London Bridge on the 28th. This workshop aimed at 3-7s will explore blood, the body and slime, and include a screening of a new episode of Messy Goes to Okido.

Babu gets Halloween-ready with spooky street art in Covent Garden.

 

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