Halloween is fast approaching, and of course as Goths, we’re all supposed to turn into darkly gloating little balls of delight around the end of the month. I’m one of the biggest Halloween fans out there, and really, what’s not to like? Everyone else’s homes finally get decorated like mine for a week, there’s buttloads of fancy food doing the rounds, and the Goth look doesn’t make anyone bat an eyelid.
However, if trick or treating does your head in and bobbing for apples has lost its appeal, why not try one of my suggestions of alternative Halloween events in London to attend this year instead? Read on for some dates for your diary!
Chills in the Chapel
London’s Union Chapel, a Gothic revival venue in Islington, is hosting “Chills in the Chapel” on Halloween itself, with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” Tickets for the screening are £22.50 per head, with tickets to the “Bates Motel Ball” after party available separately.
Death in the Archives
Death in the Archives is hosted on Halloween night by the Royal Museums Greenwich, and offers visitors a chance to explore some of the highlights from The Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum. The archives are filled with tales of gruesome and mysterious deaths at sea, and the evening’s entertainment also includes a candlelight tour, death drawing master class and taxidermy demonstration for your dark delight, all for just £15 of your English pounds.
Devilish Dog Walk
Got a dog? Check! Do something both spooky and good by attending the Devilish Dog Walk at the Spaniards Inn in Hampstead on Sunday, 26th October. This is an organised group walk for dogs and their people, finishing back at the Inn in time for lunch. Prizes will be given for the best dressed dogs, and all proceeds from the event go towards supporting the All Dogs Matter charity and rehoming centre.
Hopefully this one will be muzzled…
Batty for Bats
Halloween entertainment and education for all ages comes to your courtesy of Hyde Park’s Isis Education Centre on 29th and 30th October, and if “free” is your favourite price, this is not to be missed! As well as learning bat fact from bat fiction and following the garden’s bat trail, themed Halloween events will also run simultaneously, and young and old alike are encouraged to turn up in fancy dress, should they so wish. Book your place in advance, or just rock up on the day.