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Five spooky things to do in Westminster this Halloween

Published: 21 October 2021

Halloween is back with a vengeance this year, with everything from Transylvanian bar take-overs to spider-infested nature trails to add to the fun. With the spookiest day of the year just round the corner, the City of Westminster is full of hair-raising activities for all the family. Here are some of our favourites - fancy dress encouraged!

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A child holding a bug in her palm, she also has a pumpkin painted on her cheek

Creepy crawly discovery day in Hyde Park

A variety of free activities are being laid on for children from Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 October, the perfect half term outing to get them in the mood for Halloween. There’ll be spooky interactive stories, eerie nature trails, potion making using herbs and plants from the garden, and much more. Find out more about the creepy crawly day.

Pergola’s Transylvanian castle

The much-loved flower-festooned venue in Paddington will take on a darker twist for the weekend of Halloween, with Octoberfest’s Bavarian Beer Hall becoming a Transylvanian Castle for one weekend only. Set to be Pergola’s biggest Halloween party ever, tickets are now on sale for a night of debauched Halloween revelry. Fancy dress welcome; Luciferian Lederhosen strongly encouraged! Find out more about Pergola’s Transylvanian castle.

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A waxwork of the Alien from the film of the same name

Madame Tussauds’ Alien: Escape Experience

Lifelike waxwork figures are already rather creepy, but fans of the Alien movies will find new horrors in the Marylebone museum this Halloween. Run for your life along a trail of blood, gore and horror, and come face-to-face with a killer line-up aboard the Covenant spaceship. Find out more about Alien: Escape Experience.

Pumpkin selfies in Covent Garden

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A display of pumpkins all decorated in an autumnal theme

Fill your Instagram feed with aesthetically pleasing autumnal pics from Covent Garden, which is transformed with a lavish pumpkin display at this time of year. Pick one up to take home and carve, or just enjoy them here. There will be family treasure hunts, goodie bags and photo ops galore. Find out more about the pumpkin display in Covent Garden.

Spooktacular Halloween quiz in Green Park

Conference centres can be scary places, especially when kitted out for a spooky quiz focusing on all thing’s horror. Teams of between four and eight people are invited to take place in a lunchtime quiz on 28 October, with all participants enjoying a free lunch. Find out more about the Spooktacular Halloween quiz.