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Top Five Scares this Halloween

25 October 2013 Mary Howell

Halloween’s around the corner and everyone’s looking for a fright. If you’re happy as Larry down the pub as a cross dressing zombie, or going dewy eyed at baby pumpkins and miniature ghosts knocking at your door, then that’s just fine. On the other hand, if you’re searching for a unique way to send shivers up your spine, you’ve come to the right place! This weeks top five draws on the best experiences that’ll be haunting London over Halloween.

SHRIEK WEEK

26th October – 3rd November, Alexandra Palace

Shriek Week (I love a good rhyme!) is filling up city treasure Alexandra Palace with scary specials. This is a one off chance to explore the biggest, scariest, permanent ice rink in London in a whole new way. Prepare yourself for frightening family fun with spooky stories, pumpkin carving, jungle inflatables and a Dance Macabre Halloween Spooktacular on ice!

They’ve got freaky face painting, gory games and creepy arts and crafts fun thrown in for good measure too. Remember to come dressed to scare and you could win some fabulous prizes!

 

THE HALLOWEEN PLAYGROUND

31st October – 2nd November, The Vaults

What lurks in the darkness below waterloo station? If you dare to venture down into the depths of its tunnels, expect to find spine-tingling cabaret, musical voodoo, haunted graveyard cinema and devilish DJs spinning the slickest vintage and modern tunes from 8 ‘till late, three nights straight.

Halloween treats, resident zombies and masters of the morgue hide around every corner, so don your favourite fancy dress (compulsory) and join the hair-raising antics in this year’s subterranean celebrations.

Just remember, once you enter The Vaults, no one can hear you scream…

 

FOOLISH PEOPLE: STRANGE FACTORIES

26th October – 9th November, The Cinema Museum

Scary film screenings are everywhere this time of year. Ever thought you could step inside one? Foolish People present the haunted film Strange Factories, an immersive, theatrical, cinematic and seemingly impossible voyage into the heart of the moving picture and the dreams of violent imagination.

Drawing on ancient theatrical traditions and mystical exploration, witness the film unravel whilst you lose yourself in the madness of the haunted cinema. The Cinema Museum will be transformed into a dark and disturbing world, allowing the characters to come to life, revealing the gruesome truth that plagues the film.

 

EERIE TOURS

30th October – 2nd November, Kensington Palace

The Palace has a long, dark history: a history of strange happenings and mysterious sightings, stories of gruesome medical disasters, painful and undignified deaths and heartbroken Kings and Queens. If only walls could talk, eh? Well, across the Halloween weekend, Kensington Palace welcomes you behind closed doors to hear the building’s stories. As you’re lead around its corridors, the palace will be locked up tight. That means no escape from its chilling tales, but doesn’t necessarily mean no-one’s home.

Tours last 90 minutes and provide a unique way to have a nosey around an ordinarily off limits royal residence.

 

DAY OF THE DEAD LATE

7th November, Horniman Museum

Don’t forget about the traditional Mexican celebration of spirits, ghosts and those who’ve passed away. The Horniman Museum, being the anthropological collection it is, gives the perfect backdrop to a holiday decorated in skulls and bones.

It’s not just fascinating facts about skeletons from the museum’s collection that will keep you entertained. Opening up after hours, prepare yourself for an army of fluorescent skeletons and Mexican musicians in a carnival procession through the galleries. Get involved with their otherworldly, 4D art piece story telling, dance with giant puppets at the dance of the dead, keep yourself alive with Mexican street food and see the lighter side of death with short films and animation by international young film makers. Beware, this event is over 18s only.

 

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