If you found our post on what’s a’happenin’ in London for Halloween helpful, here’s the sequel. It’s a bit of an unexpected sequel, for no better reason than our original list was too long for one blog. Yep, if there wasn’t enough to tempt your culturally curious or thrillseeking side in our last post, there’s more in this one. Here we’re focussing on the burgeoning
Dracula – at the Old Operating Theatre
We’ve mentioned the old operating theatre in Southwark before. It’s a time capsule of 19th Century medicine rediscovered in 1958 – the only one of its type in Europe. For Halloween – on 27th October, they’re showing the 1958 Horror cult classic – Dracula. So if you fancy a fright night in a location that’s genuinely seen some blood on the floorboards. Strictly for Adults, you can find out more here.
Charles Dickens – Halloween Special
Experience a Victorian House after dark – and not just any Victorian House, the one that belonged to Charles Dickens. From 1800-2200hrs on October 26th, the Charles Dickens Museum will be opening its doors for a spooky night of Fortune telling and Victorian Parlour tricks. Tickets are £16, book here.
Night Owl’s Sleepover
One for the youngsters – the Museum of London are holding a sleepover for 7-10 and 11-13 year olds. In a journey through their Galleries, youngsters can enjoy the excitement of being spooked by various Victorian tales including Dr Jekyll and Sweeny Todd, with tricks and treats to be found along the way. Tickets are £60 and include breakfast.
Library of Screams
If you’re a fan of a well-read spooky story – then the mysterious librarian Nathanial Caldicott will be reading works from W F Harvey and E Nesbit at Strawberry Hill House on 26th October. Tickets are £20 and it’s an event for over 18s only. In addition to the Librarian’s prose, Philip Jennings will be making the most of the Gardens with a Creepy Woodland Walk and the Gothic Castle. Book here.
Barts Pathology Museum – Stuff and Nonsense
If the NHM’s Forensic Detective extravaganza that we mentioned in blog one isn’t enough, then how about a visit to Barts Pathology Museum? It’s the perfect macabre day out for Halloween. Named ‘Stuff and Nonsense’ it’s an introductory foray into Taxidermy. The special Halloween event is a tad early (21st October) but if hands-on pathology excites you, keep your eye on their event calendar for more.