OUT AND ABOUT
The Prince in Brompton is hosting a pumpkin carving party on 28th October. On the night, each guest will be provided with their own pumpkin and carving kit to craft creations, alongside a Halloween cocktail or mocktail and pumpkin-spiced popcorn. Experts will be on hand to help first-time carvers create a masterpiece, with prizes for the best ghoulish creations. The Halloween vibe will run throughout the venue with fancy dress encouraged, a spooky playlist and pumpkin and Halloween-inspired food from on-site restaurants Wildcard, Jack’s Sprat and Utter Waffle.
14 Lillie Road, Hammersmith, SW6 1TT; 28th October
Skylight is throwing an all-day Halloween event on 31st October. Come the evening, Skylight will take on a dark alter-ego, with gruesome decor, pumpkin-themed igloos and Halloween-themed cocktails and DJ sets. Guests are encouraged to dress up and will be in with the chance to win costume prizes, which include ‘best current affairs parody’, ‘best decorated face mask’ and 'best overall costume'. Accommodating groups of up to six, the igloos are ideal for those in a bubble or household who want to feel protected without forgoing the Halloween atmosphere. Heated tables are also available to book.
Wapping, E1W 2SF; 31st October
Backyard Cinema has redesigned its seating plan and reduced capacity, so ticket holders can be transported to new worlds while rediscovering their favourite films. The recently converted TV studios is now offering drinking and dining spaces both indoors and outdoors, with food provided by Honest Burgers and Mother Clucker. This month, the cinema will keep the same winter theming but guests can expect pumpkins, themed cocktails and a few spooky surprises. Films on show include Casper, Hocus Pocus, Scream, Ghostbusters and The Shining.
13 Wandsworth Plain, Wandsworth, SW18 1ET; from 27th-31st October
Natural History Museum
For Halloween, Natural History Museum is opening its galleries after dark, giving visitors the chance to view some of its scariest specimens. For those after an especially atmospheric evening, you can add entry to Wildlife Photographer of the Year to your ticket at a discounted rate. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the occasion and there will be prizes for the most frightening face covering. Every ticket purchased for the event supports the museum’s work protecting the natural world. This event is recommended for ages 12+.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD; from 30th-31st October
All Star Lanes Brick Lane
All Star Lanes is throwing a ‘Mystic Tarot’ bottomless brunch on 31st October, offering guests a Dead Man’s Fingers rum cocktail on arrival, two hours of bottomless drinks, two courses and a divination from a tarot card reader or fortune teller. Choose from prosecco, mimosa or craft beer to accompany brunch dishes such as fried chicken and waffles or buttermilk pancakes. Guests that don their best ghoulish attire will also be in with the chance to win prizes.
95 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL; 31st October
Fortnum & Mason
The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason is the perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth. This year, diners can try a Halloween Sundae or Spooky Brew Hot Chocolate – and treat a family member or housemate to the second for free. We like the sound of the Halloween Sundae, which is layered with crushed raspberries and chocolate soil, with raspberry sorbet, mango sorbet and milk ice cream, before being finished off with chocolate soil, a gummy brain, liquorice bat, black shortbread ghost and green candy floss. The store itself will also sell a selection of Halloween treats to share at home.
181 Piccadilly, St James's, W1A 1ER; from 26th October-1st November
On 31st October, guests are encouraged to dress for a four-hour brunch at Coya Mayfair, where they’ll be greeted by Halloween-themed performers, an illusionist and tunes from Coya’s resident DJ. Those who attend can expect platters of ceviche, including lubina y calabaza made with pumpkin, sea bass, aji amarillo and sweet potatoes; and mixto with octopus, squid, sea bream, mussels, aji limo and ink. A picture-perfect dessert will be made with apple mousse, cherry jelly, pecan cake and almond crumble, and served alongside themed cocktails.
118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NW; from 26th October-1st November
Little Moons Mochi
By popular demand, Little Moons has brought back its limited-edition Halloween-inspired mochi. The Pumpkin Spice Latte mochi is available to buy from pop-up shops at Selfridges and Westfield Shepherds Bush. The recipe combines a variety of tasty autumnal flavours such as pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Each pud costs £1.50, or £1.25 for six or more.
Biscuiteers has got a number of items available for those celebrating Halloween at home this year. There’s a trick-or-treat theme running throughout – tins include a haunted house, witch’s potion, selection of ghosts and personalised pumpkins. If you’re looking to get hands-on, the DIY Sugar Skulls Kit gives you the chance to design your own biscuits and spooky biscuit bunting.
London City Island is holding a series of digital pumpkin carving workshops via Zoom. Reimagining Halloween to fit current guidelines, the carving workshops will be led by mixed media sculptor David Bradley (aka The Curious Confectioner). Workshops are free and suitable for those aged five and over and will run for an hour period on 31st October at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
The Grand Horror Hotel
With parties looking a bit different this year, the Digital Murder Mystery Co has launched three murder mystery themes for people to have an immersive evening together while adhering to government guidelines. For spooky at-home nights in, we like the sound of ‘The Grand Horror Hotel’ theme, where quintessential horror characters must band together to uncover who among them has committed murder. The games can host between 4 and 24 guests – remotely, of course – and offer a selection of themes, from ‘Vintage Circus’ to ‘1920s Paris’.
Sculpd has launched a limited-edition Halloween pottery bundle for £52. The kit contains everything needed to craft and paint realistic clay pumpkins and decorations at home, as well as a video tutorial to explain the pumpkin sculpting process step by step. Those feeling extra crafty can also make pumpkin candle pots that can be used as containers for their own hand-poured candles. Each kit has enough clay for two people to get involved.
Bun House, the Cantonese-style steamed bun specialist, has launched a collection of limited-edition pumpkin buns. For two weeks only, the buns will be available at Bun House’s Chinatown store and for delivery across London. Each bun is filled with sweet, roasted pumpkin spiced with star anise, cinnamon and cloves. The orange dough is then carefully scored to give the perfect pumpkin shape, before being steamed and studded with a goji ‘stalk’.
French macaron house Ladurée has created a range of Halloween treats flavoured with grenadine and presented in an orange shell. The gift boxes come decorated with a skull and bones motif and a fluorescent, glow-in-the-dark effect, making them ideal presents. The limited-edition macarons are available to buy in all its stores or there’s nationwide delivery online until 31st October.