13 positively petrifying things to do with your little Londoners this Halloween

  1. Dalston Eastern Curve Garden’s annual Pumpkin Lantern Festival returns from the 19th-27th. Head down from 12-3pm on the 19th-20th to carve your pumpkin, or any of the following evenings from 5pm to see them in their glowy, gory glory.
  2. Slime Planet’s Halloween Spooky Slime Slimetacular runs from the 19th-27th. Suitable for ages 2+, this eerie event will offer kids a chance to make glow-in-the-dark slime, add creepy mix-ins and work together to create giant Dracula slime.
  3. Fenton House is hosting a Hallowe’en Pumpkin Trail along with themed art activities and storytelling from the 19th-31st. Follow the self-guided trail around Fenton’s walled garden in the search for pumpkin pals and win a goody-bag prize.
  4. Wembley’s LDO is running its No Tricks Just Treats event from the 21st-31st. Expect ghoulish actors, face painting, a replica of the Ghostbusters Cadillac and a chance to catch the latest freaky films, including the animated Addams Family remake.
  5. The Bring Your Kids Horrid London at Halloween guided walking tour takes place on the 22nd. Designed for ages, the tour invites kids of all ages to discover stories from London’s gruesome past and look for answers to a set of clues to win a prize.

  6. Sutton House’s Halloween Half Term event is back from the 23rd-27th. Go on a ghostly trail and fill your own souvenir ghost booklet with stickers before settling down to make magical witches’ wands, monster pom poms and mini mummies.
  7. Don your best fancy dress and head to Hyde Park’s LookOut for its Hair-Raising Halloween-themed Discovery Day on the 24th. Investigate ‘feely boxes’ in the Witches’ Den, create potions, build a bat box and listen to spooky stories.
  8. The A Fine Mess Splatacular Messy Party for 0-10s returns to Tufnell Park on the 25th. This monstrously messy event will be packed with creepy edible trays, slimy spaghetti, terrifying tents, treacherous treasure boxes and lots more spooky treats.
  9. The Horniman Halloween Fair returns on the 26th-27th, featuring the Wild Fangs Creepy Creatures Cave, a Halloween costume parade with scary skeletons, a Halloween trail and spooky storytelling, plus arts and crafts markets and food stalls.
  10. Boogie Monsters has announced two Halloween Gigs – at Woolwich’s Under One Roof on the 27th and at Boxpark Croydon on the 30th. Suitable for under-7s, gigs will feature Halloween-themed hits performed by a fun four-piece acoustic band.
  11. Head up to the John Lewis Oxford Street roof garden on the 31st for its annual Halloween Fancy Dress Party. Arrive in fancy dress or head to the on-site dress-up area before getting stuck into cookie decorating, face painting and other activities.
  12. Also on the 31st, Granary Square will be the setting for the King’s Cross Halloween Spooktacular, featuring illuminated dance performances from the Skeleton Squad, giant skeleton puppets, free face painting, best-dressed skeleton prizes and more.
  13. Camden Market’s Day of the Dead Festival runs from the 31st-3rd, featuring art installations, a roaming mariachi band, children’s arts and crafts including skull mask jewellery making, and a mini Mexican market serving native delicacies.

Babu and Elle play hide and seek at Kinska’s My Opera House, Now Gallery, North Greenwich.