With Halloween upon us and Bonfire Night looming, the Ham&High has conjured up some curious happenings so you can revamp(ire) your schedule… Here are our top 10 recommendations for spooky celebrations this week.
Calling all ghosts and ghouls, witches and werewolves, skeletons and sprites! Explore the spooky historic house and gardens on a magical adventure trail at Lauderdale House in Waterlow Park, Highgate, as part of a Halloween walk. Those coming are advised to dress up, wear your masks and be ready for the unexpected! Limited numbers can be accommodated so advance booking is advised. The walk runs from 5-5.45pm. Tickets cost £6 and can be bought at http://www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk.
21st Century Poe: Falling for the Ushers at the Etcetera Theatre
Storyteller and playwright Mary Ross brings his five star one man show from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the Etcetera Theatre in Camden. This is a chance to catch the last night of the London Horror Festival, a two-and-a-half-week celebration of horror in the performing arts. The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 at http://www.londonhorrorfestival.co.uk
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Spooky cruise at Vestal Voyages
Enjoy an evening ride through the historic canals of London, while drinking some seriously fine concoctions from Vestal Vodka. You will set sail from the King’s Cross Granary Square and journey along the Regent’s Canal. Vestal Voyages last an hour and a half and are £25 per person, with two cocktails included. Barges leave at 6pm or 8pm. Book quickly to avoid disappointment. http://www.designmynight.com
Not for the faint of heart, this immersive cinema experience running for three days features roaming zombie actors and fake SWAT teams freaking you out while you watch classic horror movies or chow down on burgers. Backyard’s Apocalypse will take over the entire Camden Lock indoor market and courtyard. There will also be a bar and blankets, although the screenings will be indoors. Films include Zombieland and Evil Dead (today); The Cabin in the Woods and 28 Days Later (tomorrow); World War Z and I Spit On Your Grave (Saturday). Visit http://www.backyardcinema.co.uk for tickets costing £12.
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Shriek week at Alexandra Palace
Spooky stories, pumpkin carving, jungle inflatable soft play area, dance macabre, freaky face painting and gory games – there is plenty in store for you if you take a trip to Ally Pally this week. You can buy your ice skating tickets online in advance and avoid the queues. Tickets prices from £8.80-£9.80 can be found at http://www.alexandrapalace.com or by calling 020 8365 4386. The fireworks display back at Ally Pally on Saturday after four years is now sold out.
Fright factor at London Zoo
If the lions and tigers and bears aren’t scary enough the rest of year round, London Zoo has upped the fright factor especially for Halloween. With a host of creepy creatures in the daily Animals in Actionshow, and a spooky schedule of special events, this will be an exciting time to pay a visit to the zoo. Events include bat mask making, a night zone trail with the nocturnal creatures, Terrifying Tigers Live, spooky stories for under 5s and much much more. Tickets can be at http://www.zsl.org for £0-£21.50, depending on your age.
Clockwork ‘Stanley Hotel’ Halloween Special at The Lock, Camden Town
This Halloween the Lock bar is transforming into the Stanley Hotel from the Shining. Burgers and spooky shots will be served as well as plenty of bourbon on the rocks. DJs will include SPC Eco, O Children and others. The night starts at 8pm and entrance is free.
Alexandra Palace fireworks
Back with a Bang! Fireworks at Ally Pally. Back after four years without, Alexandra Palace is hosting a fireworks display with a difference. As well as the amazing views of London, Ally Pally will be providing a traditional family Fairground, complete with Carousel, Helter Skelter, Coconut Shy and more. From 2pm-11pm the Great Hall will be home to the UK’s largest German Bier Festival (over 18s only), which will involve live tribute bands (including an Oasis tribute), oompah bands, premium German Beers and German food, a Bavarian Waitress Service and a British Beer and Ale section. Tickets are also available for the ice skating rink, only to be used in conjunction with a Fireworks ticket. Fireworks are at 8pm. Tickets are now sold out, so instead enjoy the view from across north London.
Puppet Grinder Cabaret at Jacksons Lane
Attend the grand finale of Suspense 2013 London Puppetry Festival, which seeks to dispel the myth that puppetry is just for children, by creating edgy and entertaining productions. Featuring polished live acts and short animations, from the beautiful and comical to the grotesque and wonderfully weird, this cabaret will be a feast of new and intriguing performances. Visit http://www.jacksonslane.org.uk or call 020 8341 4421 for tickets, which are £15.95 or £13.95 for concession.
Fireworks on Primrose Hill
Not a rigidly organised event per se, but the pilgrimage to Primrose Hill to watch London’s skyline light up with fireworks has become a must-do annual event nonetheless. Primrose Hill has long provided Londoners with an unrivalled vantage point to watch the capital’s displays after its own was scrapped some years ago due to safety concerns. Those making the trek up there have been warned not to bring any Chinese lanterns or their own fireworks (the police will be making their presence known at the park’s gates). The park is set to close at 9pm.
Originally published by The Ham & High.