October had almost evaporated into November and the air temperature was noticeably cooler.
Halloween has fallen and the homes were more elaborately decorated for all the extra time and attention: garages had become demonic dungeons, severed limbs poked from closed doors and dire warnings to trespassers were pasted dripping red paint.
Immersive experiences, is the name of the game this Halloween, and do we have a list of activities for you to go through.
Meme’s the theme: The Curtain’s Night of the Living Meme
Adding a bit of cultural topicality to Halloween this year is Shoreditch members’ club The Curtain, which is throwing open its doors to the public to host a meme-themed Halloween party. Dress as your favourite internet meme from 2019 and prepare to dance the night away to 80s, disco and Italo tunes, mixed by Jarreau Vandal and poundlandbandit.
Where: The Curtain club, 45 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT
When: 2 November, 9PM - 2AM
Scary CSI: Crime Scene Live at the Natural History Museum
Jump into your body suit and join the Natural History Museum's forensics experts in a live crime scene investigation. You will help collect the evidence and analyse the facts to hunt down a killer who's still on the loose. Do you have what it takes to crack the case? If you want to find out, you'd better book your space quickly. This event will sell out faster than you can say 'whodunnit'.
Where: Cromwell Rd, Kensington, SW7 5BD
When: Various dates incl. 1 November, 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Thrills and chills: Thorpe Park Fright Nights
Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without Thorpe Park's annual Fright Nights season – and the screams are just a short train ride away from London. Venture into the eerie Blair Witch maze, test yourself at Saw Alive, or simply ride Thorpe Park's most famous roller coasters in the dark. The thrill-seeking will continue until 10:00 PM during this special season so that you can really immerse yourself in the spooky fun.
Where: Staines Road, Chertsey, KT16 8PN
When: 28 September – 31 October, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Terror in 4D: Brentwood House of Horror
Londoners are in for a series of immersive treats over the next few months, and Halloween is be no exception. Brentwood House of Horror, tucked away in the middle of the Essex woods, brings a horror movie to life as visitors endure twelve torture rooms, unearthly demons and a series of psychological challenges. Do you dare to enter the final Room 13? If you do, you'll have to sign a waiver – the scares are just that relentless.
Where: Warley Gap, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3UJ
When: 4pm- 12am weekdays, 10am- 12am weekends
Freaky film festival: Cinema at the Rivoli Ballroom
Take in some classic horror at a pop-up cinema in the historic twilit Rivoli Ballroom. The only one of its kind in London, the ballroom was, in fact, originally a cinema before it was converted to a dance hall in the 1950s. Famed for its plush furnishings and fittings, the space has appeared in several films itself. This October, it will be playing host to a series of spooky films in the week leading up to Halloween, kicking off with A Nightmare on Elm Street and ending with a showing of The Shining. Tickets from £10.
Where: 350 Brockley Road, Crofton Park, SE4 2BY
When: 28 – 31 October, doors open at 8:00 PM
We, at The Mowbray Court Hotel, know what’s going on, when it’s happening, and where it all happens. We have the latest and greatest list of things to do in London ready for all our guests. When you are in Kensington, the Mowbray Court Hotel is the friendly and affordable hotel of choice designed around giving guests an epic London experience.