Trick or treat? With Halloween just around the corner, this month boasts many exciting events appropriate for all ages that are sure to be a treat for the whole family.
Up at the O2: Climb of the Cursed
Calling all thrill-seekers – those who are brave enough to climb the 52-metre high dome of the O2 will be treated to spooky twists and turns along the way. With eerie sounds and visuals to enhance the mood, participants outfitted in jumpsuits and safety harnesses will climb their way towards the summit to receive a Gothic-style map that pinpoints some of London’s horror hotspots. While making their way to the top, they can also enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views of the city that the dome has to offer. Suitable for anyone over 10 years of age and 1.2 m high, the Climb runs from 27 October to 4 November.
The Old Operating Theatre Museum
Get the weekend started off right by going to the Old Operating Theatre Museum’s 50th anniversary! To mark the occasion, visitors get in for free on Saturday, 27th October. The museum also hosts fun and informative events for the half-term that are perfect for the entire family. Kids will love “The Surgeon’s Apprentice” where they’ll learn about hospitals of the era and make a cut-out kit, as well as “Break Your Leg and Die!” a historical re-enactment and lecture about 19th century surgeries.
Fortnum and Mason’s Pumpkin Carving Competition
Celebrate Halloween by participating in Fortnum and Mason’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Competition. Watch people of all ages put their pumpkin carving and artistic skills to the test on the 31st of October. The first competition, for kids ages 10 and under, will take place between 3pm and 5pm in the Demonstration Kitchen with a prize of a Crate of Splendid Sweets up for grabs. The second competition, for adults ages 10 and up, will take place between 6pm and 8pm in the Lower Ground Floor with the exclusive Fortnum’s Experience package as the prize. The winners will have their creations featured in Fortnum’s famous Windows for the entire world to see.
Spend this Halloween weekend at Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. Perfect for the entire family, children can learn about Tudor superstitions, listen to myths and legends from Shakespeare’s time, and experience what it was like living in the period as well. For the brave ones, there’s a ghost walk on Halloween itself where visitors can hear dark tales of bloody deeds and ghostly happenings. There is also free entry for any child (ages 5 to 12) named William and Anne when they visit in the day time during half-term.
London Eye – Witch Academy
Visit the London Eye for Halloween as the attraction plays host to an interactive storytelling experience, Witch Academy, from Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th September. Children, ages 4 to 9, can help the host, High Witch Annabella, discover the whereabouts of her two kidnapped sisters by solving riddles and casting spells before the villain, Grimly Grim, eats them at midnight. With priority boarding and a 30-minute flight on the London Eye, it will be a treat for both parents and children!