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Halloween in London's South Bank

The witching hour is fast approaching, when the streets are stalked by ghastly ghouls, bloodthirsty vampires and catatonic zombies. Get into the spirit this Halloween with a trip to London’s South Bank, where you’ll find an array of events to scare the whole family, from spooky fun to terrifying spectacles.

The London Dungeon delivers thrills and chills to unsuspecting visitors throughout the year, but for Halloween these riverside spooksters ratchet up the terror an extra notch! Journey back to the 17th century to join The Witchfinder General in his quest to identify and execute suspected crones and sorceresses. Would you survive interrogation by this merciless investigator as he sets his evil sights on you?

For family fun without the fear factor, the Coca-Cola London Eye is serving up A Slice of Pumpkin Eye. This Halloween celebration of our favourite autumn vegetable includes activity packs and a themed trail to enhance your trip on the world-famous observation wheel.

London’s skateboarding mecca presents the ultimate immersive horror experience from 29-30October, as The Haunted House of Vans returns with gory performances and scenes of terrifying torture to a pumping grime soundtrack. Experience your worst nightmares in a fight-to-the-death Halloween Skate Jam, or step into the unknown darkness of the cinema for an all-nighter of horror classics on the big screen. Throughout October, the House of Vans offers free Gnarly Movie Nights showing films including The Blair Witch Project, The Visit and Frankenweenie.

It’s Hallow-marine at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium this October: a chance to come to face-to-face with some of the spooky creatures that lurk in the ocean’s murky depths. Look out for strange bogey-fish and deadly predators including the Devil’s Scorpionfish and the Longhorn Cowfish. And on Halloween the rare green marine crone known as The Fish Witch makes her annual appearance to cook up a cauldron of creepy fun for intrepid visitors.

For one night only, the stunning Rumpus Room at Mondrian London is transformed into a hellish Big Top as the Twisted Circus comes to town. Strictly for the grown-ups, this macabre cabaret features a line-up that is by turns gruesome, titillating and downright scandalous. With Halloween FX make-up artists on hand to turn you from Dr Jekyll into Mr Hyde, DJ Henry Relph spinning dark and dangerous tunes on the dance floor, and complimentary champagne on arrival, this is one Halloween party you don’t want to miss!

The National Theatre’s craft beer pub, The Understudy, will be taking inspiration from one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedies this Halloween. The Saturday night party will herald the launch of a brand-new Macbeth-themed ale, The Scottish Play, served up in medieval surroundings thanks to the theatre’s extensive prop store.