Halloween in London

You don’t have necessarily to get gruesome dressed to enjoy the weekend around London. I leave you with a random selection of plans for this Halloween and a wonderful Pumpkin Tart recipe…Buh!

The Thirteenth Ghost of Gruesome Greenwich

Oct 29-30 Charlton House, Charlton Rd, London, SE7 8RE 

Two evenings of Halloween-inspired performance by Phantasmagoria Events, taking in ghost hunting with London Paranormal, haunted history walks, The Original London Ghost Festival, Revolting Skoolz walks, Theatre of Blood shows and living history performances, taking place in an atmospheric Jacobean mansion. The event is unsuitable for under-12s.

Boo at Bermondsey

Sat Oct 29 Bermondsey Square, SE1 3UN 

Bermondsey Square hosts Halloween activities including apple bobbing. There’s also a seasonal farmers’ market and the Shortwave Cinema is putting on an outdoor screening of ‘Casper’ (5pm) and ‘Ghostbusters’ (8pm). Local restaurant Del Aziz is serving Halloween cocktails and running a kids fancy dress competition. Don’t hesitate and bring your kids along, as this is a family friendly gathering.

Selfridges: Dead Cool fashion edit Halloween pop-up

Until Sun Oct 30 Museum of Everything at Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, London, W1U 1AT

Any excuse to go shopping is always welcome so if you enjoy wearing black, powdering your face white and heartily admire Morticia Addams as a style icon, head along to Selfridges this October to make the most of their ‘Dead Cool’ October Halloween edit. Throughout the store there will be pop-ups offering Halloween-inspired wares. Vogue stylist and second hand aficionado Bay Garnett will be curating a thrift store inspired by dead icons; there will also be an A.F. Vandervorst pop-up shop and an installation in the Shoe Galleries.

Torture Garden: The Masque of the Red Death

Fri Oct 28 Mass, St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1JF

The massive fetish event returns with its annual grope-tastic Halloween special, this time over two nights. For the first night, Mass will be split up into a Masquerade Ballroom (burlesque, swing, electro, sleazy R&B), The Pit & Pendulum (house and drum’n’bass), The Imp of the Perverse (atmospheric soundscapes) and The Tell-Tale Heart (a couples’ playroom). Cabaret acts include Joe Black, Vivid Angel, Ginger Synne, Missy Macabre and Eastend Cabaret. DC: Mask essential. No street clothes. Expect a hot night…

Fortnum & Mason’s Pumpkin Carving Competition

Fri Oct 28 Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LE

GO, pumpkin, GOOOO…Two pumpkin carving competitions at Fortnum&Mason this weekend. The first, for kids (3pm; age up to 10) takes place in the first floor demonstration kitchen, with a prize also for the best fancy dress. The adult competition (6pm age 11+) takes place in the ground floor Gallery Restaurant, with a £1,000 Fortnum and Mason hamper up for grabs. There are pumpkins for sale in-store. Winning entries will feature in the Halloween window display. Participants must sign up in advance.

A different Afternoon Tea

Sat Oct 29 Tour de Force Theatre, London, E9 7PX

Experimental high tea – cucumber sandwich punch and the chance to ‘inhale’ Victoria sponge cake from balloons are on the menu – along with a taxidermy master class hosted by Amanda’s Autopsies. Brave attendees will be treated to an experimental high tea and a DIY taxidermy master class taught by the field’s leading specialist Amanda’s Autopsies. Advance tickets only – £25

Saturday, October 29th, 2011Two screenings – 3:00pm and 7:00pm,

Chapeau!

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