It’s all cool though, cause we’ve put together a selection of spooky stuff that’s going down this All Hallows’ Eve (or there about) for you to pick from/choose from/use as inspiration...
1) FREAK WEEK FESTIVAL
Winner of ‘Best Halloween Scare Attraction 2011’, Freak Week Festival sounds horrible… in the best possible way. Set in Hop Farm (where that festival is) in the Kent countryside, it’s a pretty freaky location with very freaky happenings. Taking the idea of a haunted house to a whole other level, The Slaughter House is an old pie factory that was closed down when human remains were found in their pies. It has been derelict for years, but recently smoke has been seen coming from the chimneys. Uh-oh. Brave visitors will walk the dark, twisting corridors, trying to avoid being cooked and eaten by the actors who roam the building. Quarantine sees a deadly virus spread across the country, turning humans in to rage-filled creatures with an insatiable desire for flesh. This is a show and pretty scary sounding live action horror maze. If you’re claustrophobic, unable to move quickly, or easily scared – jog on. If you like this sound of this and more – GET INVOLVED.
25-31 October - hopfarmfreakweek.co.uk
2) OLD VIC TUNNELS – ZOMBIE HORROR CAMP
In the middle of London, at the end of October, the already pretty creepy Old Vic Tunnels will be transformed into all sorts of frightening fun. For three nights, the tunnels will host voodoo doll making, a ‘grotesque strip club’ (which we can’t decide whether we like the sound of or not) and a zombie run. Nice. There’ll also be DJ sets by The Horrors, Guilty Pleasures, Robots In Disguise, and other appropriately named bands.
25-25 October – more info at oldvictunnels.com
3) DOCTORS, DISSECTION AND RESURRECTION
The Museum Of London is getting freaky for H-ween. Alongside their current Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men exhibition, the evening includes tasty internal-organ cakes, films on freaks, and graphic art workshops with a sculptor and medical artist.
31 October - museumoflondon.org.uk
4) THE LONDON DUNGEON
Or the Edinburgh Dungeon, or the York Dungeon, or the Blackpool Tower Dungeon… whichever is more convenient! If you haven’t already been to one of the afore mentioned, Halloween is the perfect time to lose your Dungeon virginity, which is almost as grim as it sounds. Walk around dark rooms full of horrible history, jumpy actors and topical rides. Be afraid. (We were). The mischievous trickster is a new addition for Halloween.
5) SCREAM SCREENING
The BFI Southbank are showing an extended version of one of the most terrifying films ever, The Shining. Club de Fromage at the 02 Academy will be getting down with Ghostbusters. Halloween film screenings will be going down all over the place. Book tickets for one near you.
Alternatively, have a party, dress like a zombie, watch horror films, you know, the usual...