Top shows and attractions in London for Halloween

Trick or treat! Discover a wide variety of fun activities and events to book for Halloween in London, ranging from spine-chilling shows to eerie attractions.

Marianka Swain
Marianka Swain

Something wicked this way comes… and London is packed with spook-tacular shows and activities that are perfect for Halloween 2023. The annual fright night falls on 31 October, which is a Tuesday this year, and if you just love everything about this spine-tingling holiday, then you’ll want to start thinking about your plans now.

One ghoulishly great way to celebrate Halloween is with a play or musical – perhaps one that centres on witches, like Wicked, or which has a murder mystery at its heart, such as London’s undying long-runner, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.

You could also test your Halloween courage by exploring London by night in a special tour, learning about the grisly goings-on at the Tower of London, or revisiting some of history’s most chilling horrors at the London Dungeon.

Read on for our guide to all the best spooky things to do in London this Halloween.

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Wicked

She’s the cackling villain of The Wizard of Oz, who struck terror into many a cinemagoer’s heart – but is there actually more to the Wicked Witch of the West’s story? That’s the clever premise for enduring West End favourite Wicked, which offers the ideal mix of scares and heart for a memorable Halloween outing.

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Frozen

For a show that offers just enough magical drama to thrill, but not terrify, younger audiences, Disney’s Frozen is a great choice for Halloween. There’s definite jeopardy in Elsa’s fear of discovery, plus jaw-dropping theatre magic when she finally unleashes her icy powers, but it’s also a sweet celebration of sisterhood.

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The Phantom of the Opera

Looking for a haunting this October? There is a ghost, of a kind, lurking at the Paris Opera House in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spectacular The Phantom of the Opera. Thanks to its atmospheric staging and spine-tingling score, this gothic West End staple is the ultimate Halloween musical.

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Rebecca

There’s another ghost lurking at Manderley. Maxim De Winter’s new wife has moved into his Cornish estate, but she can’t escape the shadow of Rebecca, who apparently died in a drowning accident. The musical adaptation of this classic thriller will add intrigue and suspense to your Halloween.

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The Mousetrap and Witness for the Prosecution

Agatha Christie is still the reigning Queen of Crime, and you can experience not one but two of her fiendishly plotted whodunits in London theatres this Halloween. The Mousetrap sees a group of strangers stranded in the countryside with a killer in their midst, while Witness for the Prosecution is a riveting court case, with a man on trial for murder, staged in the imposing London County Hall.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A man revisits his childhood home and recalls his strange adventures as a boy, teaming up with his supernatural neighbours to defeat a menacing otherworldly force. Neil Gaiman’s novel, inventively translated to stage, would make for a jaw-dropping Halloween family outing.

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Do You Believe in Ghosts?

You couldn’t ask for more creep-tastic Halloween entertainment than this experiential ghost story. Join paranormal investigator Adam as he explores the legends of theatre ghosts – and, plunged into darkness, the only thing that can guide you is the Ghost Light. Expect thrills, chills and theatrical tales galore.

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Tower of London

There’s almost 1,000 years of history to delve into at the Tower of London. From its time as a medieval palace to fortress and, most famously, a prison and place of execution, there are plenty of ghosts lurking here – including the beheaded Anne Bolyen and the Princes in the Tower. It’s ideal for a Halloween outing.

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See London By Night

Our great capital city transforms at night, with familiar attractions like Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye illuminated against the dark sky. This brilliant bus tour gives you a whole new view of London, and would allow you to experience Halloween in style.

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London Dungeon

Enter if you dare! The London Dungeon plunges you into a petrifying past, teeming with the most notorious figures from history – like Jack the Ripper, Guy Fawkes and Sweeney Todd. You can experience the gallows with the vertical ride Drop Dead – and finally raise a Halloween cocktail to the departed in the Victorian tavern.

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Roller coaster ride

If you’re looking for a different kind of scare this Halloween, one that comes with twists, turns and terrifying drops, then head to one of our outstanding white-knuckle theme parks. Alton Towers has heart-pounding roller coasters like Wicker Man and Oblivion; Legoland boasts Flight of the Sky Lion and Fire & Ice Freefall; and Thorpe Park tests your courage with The Swarm, Saw The Ride, Tidal Wave, and Rumba Rapids.

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