Halloween fun for kids in London: 15 ideas
I am a big fan of Halloween fun, and love to do Halloween with my kids. In London there are plenty of things to choose for kids for Halloween. There are Halloween trails in many popular attractions, and plenty of extra activities refashioned in Halloween style. In this post I will share some of my top tips for Halloween fun for kids in London, and will include free Halloween events for kids as well!
So here is some spooktacular fun for London kids!
Halloween activities for kids in London
There are both extra special trails that some museums and attractions put on, as well as full on Halloween themed areas some places have. There are also some free Halloween events for kids, so I hope you can find something you like in this list.
Kidzania is running a special Halloween event from 22nd to 30th October - this includes Festival of Fright, where many of the usual workshops have a Halloween twist and kids can visit haunted spots in Kidzania and listen to spooky stories. Suitable for ages 4 to 14 and expect to be set back by almost a £100 for a family of four. See here my tips on how to make the most out of your Kidzania visit.
2. London Dungeons
London Dungeons on South Bank have a regular Halloween event running from 15th to 31st October. This tends to be a limited-edition show, so different from the usual fare. London Dungeons is a great attraction for Halloween time anyway, as it is delightfully creepy and scary - check here for my thoughts on how kids will fare with it. Overall, I'd say minimum age recommendation is 8+, tickets around £25-30.
3. Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens is running a Mexico Festival in 2022 - this includes Mexico-inspired artworks in the Temperate House, and a Mexico Family Fiesta celebrating the Day of the Dead between 22nd and 31st October. The Family Fiesta includes carneval and movement workshops, On Saturday and Sunday also story-telling and a mariachi band.
4. Eltham Palace
English Heritage events are always fun, and Eltham Palace is running a Halloween trail inspired by Dennis, Gnasher and friends. There is a trail, and performers with whom you can hunt witches! Also a pumpkin-carving workshop for £4. Tickets free for English Heritage members, otherwise normal admission prices apply. Family ticket price typically around £45.
5. Tower of London
What a better place to visit to hear spooky stories than Tower of London? A family-friendly creepy trail and extra spook-factors apply! from 22nd to 31st October. Family ticket price typically around £55.
6. Hampton Court Palace
The notoriously haunted palace of Henry the VIII - Hampton Court Palace is running an extra spooky sessions between 22nd and 31st October. In addition, the very popular Hampton Court Palace After Dark tour is available on 29th and 30th October only! This needs an additional ticket, so if you want to visit the Palace during the daytime, book normal tickets too. Family ticket price typically around £55.
7. Chelsea Physic Garden Halloween
Chelsea Physic Garden is hosting a few different Halloween activities - there is the pumpkin carving workshop, the broomstick workshop with foraged materials, and an immersive theatre show Hunt for the Lost Dragon. Tickets from £10 to £20 per person.
8. Dark Arts at Warner Bros Studios
A bit outside London in Watford, this is a must visit for any fans of Harry Potter and Halloween... Between 23rd September and 6th November the Warner Bros Studios Hogwarts will transform into Halloween time... there are flying pumpkins, Death Eaters marks and Death Eater processions... Family tickets typically around £160.
9. Halloween Fair at Horniman Museum & Gardens
Horniman Museum & Gardens hosts a Halloween Fair, with plenty of free activities, and some additional paid-for workshops and activities. Kids go free, but adults at £5.
10. Capel Manor Gardens Halloween
A North London gem, this garden holds a big Halloween event every year. This year 24th to 30th October, there is a pirate trail, interactive bewitching forest, creepy crafts, animals and other activities. Family ticket at £34.
Free Halloween fun for kids in London
11. Free Lego
Participating Lego stores typically run a Halloween trail in-store - hunt for pumpkins around the shop and get a free polybag as a treat! Running form 24th to 30th October. On 29th and 30th October you can also participate in a Make and Take event, and do a Frankenstein head - and take it home with you. Check the two-hour workshop timings on Lego store site.
12. Covent Garden Mum Halloween Trail
Covent Garden Mum blogger has set up a Halloween trail for 28th to 30th October. with the help of several local companies. The trail includes points of interest and spooky sightings of ghosts in Covent Garden, and participating retailers who often have a little treat for the kids doing the trail. Sounds great to me!
13. The Charterhouse Museum
The Charterhouse Museum is running a free Halloween trail 25th to 29th October - this was a 14th Century plague pit and you can hunt around the museum for a medieval plague remedy... Tickets here.
14. Benjamin Franklin House
Benjamin Franklin House is running free Family Halloween events on 26th and 27th October - lots of spooky crafts. There is also an after hours haunter tour at £15 per person, although more suitable for teens and older kids.
15. Hyde Park Discovery Days - Hair-raising Halloween
Hyde Park The Lookout Centre is hosting a Discovery day on 25th to 27th October 11AM to 3PM - drop-in events that may involve some waiting if they are full, but they are free and relaxed. Creepy crawly activities and spooky stories!
Lots of fun acitivies, and some free ones too. Have you got any other ideas for Halloween?
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