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Our Guide to Halloween on South Bank

The full moon rises, the wolf/urban fox howls, the witching hour is approaching. It can only mean one thing, Halloween is here. Whether you want to be scared silly or just mildly horrified, there is something for everyone on South Bank. 

London Dungeon After Dark

Feel like you are a bit too old for trick or treating, but still love a good excuse to wear fancy dress and get spooked?  Well, we have the perfect event for you, London Dungeon After Dark. On Friday the first of November, head to the London Dungeon for a Halloween experience like no other. Take a horrifying journey through the backstreets and sewers of ye olde London town, as dodgy characters such as Sweeny Todd and Jack the Ripper do their best to slit your throat. During this special after hours event, you will enjoy 18 shows performed by scarily convincing actors (or are they actors?) as well as two thrilling rides, brand new to the London Dungeon’s new South Bank location. To ease the pain and calm your nerves, Dutch courage will be supplied on the door in the form of a FREE cocktail on arrival. Gulp!

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Scrimo Party at Primo Bar

If you like your Halloween frivolities to be a little less cardiac arrest inducing, but only slightly, then head to Primo Bar’s ‘Scrimo’ party at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. You won’t escape the dungeons for long as resident spookers, Mrs Lovett and the Torturer, have created two bespoke cocktails for the evening, topped with some juicy eyeballs. Don’t worry if you haven’t got time to make a costume, theatrical make-up artists will be on hand all evening to give you a truly horrifying makeover, warts and all, if you want them! Coming with a group of friends? Jump in the bespoke photo booth and create some gruesome memories of your evening. Best of all, it’s FREE entry.

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The Hallowe’en Story-telling Experience aboard The London Eye – 50% off tickets

If you’ve got kids to entertain, give them a real fright this Halloween with the Halloween Storytelling Experience aboard the EDF Energy London Eye. Join the esteemed sorcerers of the Witch Academy as they join you in your London Eye capsule and regale you with tales of the ghosts and ghouls of London town. Maybe you’ll even spot a few ghosties flying over the London skyline.  If that doesn’t temp you, this might. The London Eye are now generously slashing the price of children’s tickets in half. Get 50% off a child ticket, making this one-off experience just £8.70. Or, save 30% on a family ticket for four, now a miniscule £64.68. Suitable for children aged 4 – 9.

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Hallowe’en Kids Menu at L’Italiano

For a food based Halloween celebration, L’Italiano restaurant is the place to be. Tuck into the spooktacular three-course Hallowe'en menu, specially created for your little ones by the classic London Dungeon character, Mrs Lovett, with goodies from her infamous Bell Yard Pie Shop. Tasty treats on the menu include pumpkin soup with mozzarella eye balls, coffin calzone served with black ink squid, and for dessert, Eyes-cream, what else? All of the above can be enjoyed for a miniscule £6.95.

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Gothic at BFI Southbank

Take a more artistic approach to Halloween at BFI Southbank. Their monumental Gothic season actually lasts for four months, but what better excuse to see a spine-tingling thriller than on Halloween? Spooky spectaculars showing this week include Dracula, the film that kicked off the horror genre.  Enjoy more Boris Karloff in the form of 1932’s The Mummy, the story of an Egyptian priest who returns to Cairo to search for the soul of his long dead lover.  Vampirism gets a modern twist in Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos, a crippling story of an old man’s addiction to blood. Nosferatu the Vampyre,is German ingénue Werner Herzog’s 1979 tribute to Horror, and a genre-defining film in its own right. With so much more to explore during the BFI’s Gothic season, you really are spoiled for cinematic choice this Halloween.

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Can You Carve the Perfect Pumpkin?

Hosting your own Halloween party, or just entertaining the local trick or treaters? Your party will surely not be complete without a perfectly carved pumpkin? If you are a dab hand with a carving knife, or just enjoy getting creative with root vegetables, put your skills to the test and enter your pumpkin into OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie’s Perfect Pumpkin competition. The winner will receive a bottle of OXO Champagne is the OXO Tower Bar, accompanied by some tasty nibbles. Enter by adding a photo of your pumpkin to Twitter plus by the hashtag #OXOPumpkin.

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