Fun Halloween Dates for Grown-ups
Whoever said that the Brits don’t really celebrate Halloween was very much mistaken. London has positively embraced the annual spooky-fest, and there’s a huge range of events from all-out dressing up parties to horror film showings and supernatural themed dinners. Whether you and your date are reaching for the sugar skull makeup and wanting to be chased by zombies, or you both just want something far more laid back over a creepy cocktail, here’s a few ideas for a romantic fright night.
Chills in the Chapel
As Halloween celebration venues go, a gothic chapel is pretty high up there on the spook-ometer. Last year’s Halloween extravaganza at the Union Chapel sold out quickly, so get in there quick to experience a night (or two) of a classic horror film screened with the original score performed live and in full before your very eyes, by the original composer no less. Afterwards there’s a fancy-dress ball!
When: 30th and 31st October 2015
Where: Union Chapel, Islington, N1 2UN
If you like your ghostly experiences immersive, this one’s for you. Hold tightly to your date’s hand as you explore The Tower of London when it’s dark and closed to the public. Try to decipher the phone calls and messages as you learn about code breakers, law enforcers and religious extremists from modern times to the Elizabethan secret service. Part digital theatre, part history tour, this is one heck of a spooky time to be walking round the courtyards and corridors of London’s most notorious prison.
When: 28th – 31st October 2015, tours last 45 minutes and start at 6.15pm, 6.45pm, 7.15pm, 7.45pm, 8.15pm
Where: The Tower of London, EC3N 4AB
Halloween Supper Club
You and your date will be banqueting with others, and seeing as this five-course supper is held in a converted warehouse, and designed with a ‘decadent Victorian Halloween’ theme, you might be glad of the dinner table company. Tricks and treats are promised between each course, it’s bring your own booze, and fancy dress is optional.
When: 30th and 31st October 2015
Where: A secret London location
You might be too old for Hogwarts, but Witch Academy has evening classes for adults. You and your date can board the London Eye and learn how to be the best witch (or warlock) possible, ideal for being able to cast spells on noisy neighbours or Pete from accounts who’s used up the last of the office milk again. You’ll have two rotations on the Eye and see the breathtakingly spectacular sight of London lit up at night, and who knows – maybe spot a witch or two flying by on their broomsticks? If this all sounds impossibly silly for a date, you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll also have two Trick or Treat cocktails each, exclusively mixed by The Cocktail Trading Co, plus nibbles and priority boarding.
When: 24th – 31st October 2015, 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8pm
Where: The London Eye, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
The Theatre of Blood
If you’re looking for something more decadent to impress a date with, Halloween won’t be more spectacularly celebrated anywhere else in London than it will be at A Curious Invitation’s annual Halloween Ball. An abandoned London theatre is taken over to provide revellers with five stages of entertainment from 150 performers. Creepy installations, live music, copious cocktails, and even life drawing is on offer as you roam this huge building and explore four ‘immersive realms’. There’s a strict fancy dress code, though this can be as over the top or as subtle as you and your date like.
When: 30th October 2015 9pm-4am
Where: Coronet Theatre, New Kent Road, SE1 6TJ
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