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  • Writer's pictureMarine Lienard

Halloween in London: Kid-friendly spooky adventures

As the days get shorter and the leaves turn orange, Halloween is just around the corner. It's a time for costumes, candy, and some spooky family fun. If you're in London and wondering how to make this Halloween unforgettable for your little ones, you're in for a treat. London offers a variety of kid-friendly Halloween activities that will keep the whole family entertained. Let's dive into the spooktacular world of Halloween in the city.


Children in halloween costumes with carved pumpkins

1. Harry Potter magic: A truly enchanting Halloween

London is a city steeped in magic, and what better way to celebrate Halloween than with a dash of wizardry? The Harry Potter Studio Tour is a fantastic destination for young witches and wizards. The studio often hosts special Halloween events, complete with eerie decorations and a magical atmosphere. It's a bewitching experience your family won't want to miss.


2. Boo at the Zoo: A roaring good Time

For a Halloween adventure that's both fun and educational, head to London Zoo for their annual "Boo at the Zoo" event. Kids can enjoy themed animal talks, a creepy cottage, and various Halloween activities. It's a fantastic opportunity to learn about animals and have a blast.


3. Royal Observatory Greenwich: Stars and spookiness

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich offers a unique Halloween experience. Explore the night sky and learn about the stars, planets, and the mysteries of the universe. It's an enlightening and somewhat eerie way to spend Halloween night.


4. Haunted History at Hampton Court Palace

If your family enjoys a touch of history with their Halloween thrills, visit Hampton Court Palace. This historic site hosts ghost tours and spooky storytelling sessions, perfect for older kids who love a good ghost story.


5. Creepy, crawly afternoon teas

London's famous afternoon teas aren't just for adults. Many hotels and tea rooms offer Halloween-themed teas for children, complete with spooky treats and ghoulish delights. It's a sweet way to celebrate.


6. Pumpkin picking: Create your own Jack-O'-Lantern

Take a trip to the outskirts of London, where you can visit farms that offer pumpkin picking. Let your children select their own pumpkins, and then carve them at home. It's a wonderful way to encourage creativity and celebrate the season.


7. Halloween costume parades

Check out local community events and parades that encourage kids to dress up and showcase their Halloween costumes. It's a great opportunity for kids to display their creative side and have fun with their peers.


8. DIY Halloween movie nights

Not all Halloween fun needs to be out and about. Organise a cozy Halloween movie night at home with some classic family-friendly Halloween movies and a big bowl of popcorn. It's a great way to bond and enjoy the holiday in the comfort of your home.

  • Hocus Pocus.

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas.

  • Casper.

  • Coraline.

  • The Addams Family.

  • Monster House.

  • Hotel Transylvania.

  • Monster, Inc.

  • Beetlejuice.


This Halloween, make London your family's haunted playground and create memories that will last a lifetime. Have a fantastic time with your little ones, and may your Halloween be filled with spooky, but safe, adventures!


Marine, mother and founder of St Pancras Recruitment


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