The spookiest event of the year is on the horizon. Halloween is a time for witches, goblins, spectres and things that go bump in the night, and what better place to celebrate it than in the capital city? Hull Trains can take you direct to London from Beverley, Hull, Brough, Selby, Doncaster, Retford and Grantham, so book yourself some tickets and get set for some spine-tingling fun!
Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB
Open daily, various ticket prices
The London Dungeon has been scaring people silly for forty years with its 90-minute journey through 1,000 years of gruesome London history. Its many shows take place in rooms, corridors and alleyways designed to educate and entertain as well as give you a fright, with professional actors sharing true tales of blood, murder, mayhem and gore. From Guy Fawkes to Sweeney Todd, the 360° sets will make you feel as if you're rubbing shoulders with history's murkiest characters.
London Museum of Water and Steam, Kew Bridge Road, Brentford, London, TW8 0EN
Saturday 24 October, various ticket prices
This fascinating Victorian plumbing station hides sinister secrets amongst its historic engine houses, including a Ghost Train, an eerie woodland area, and (witch)crafty activities for little ones. Well worth a visit throughout the year but especially at Halloween.
Cheeseman Green Lane, Sevington, London, TN24 0LL
Running each weekends up to and including Saturday 31 October, £1-£4 per pumpkin
Jack-o'-lantern carving is great fun for all ages and an excellent opportunity to get creative and show off your skills, but first you need a good pumpkin. Rather than just buying one from the supermarket, turn choosing the right pumpkin into an event in itself by visiting Jake and Mark Thompson's farm. Here you'll be greeted by a field of vibrant orange, allowing you to pick your own for a very reasonable price. Be warned: the place gets very muddy so please dress accordingly.
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN
Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October 6:30pm, £20
From Dracula and Frankenstein to The Monster Mash, hair-raising tales are often set in Gothic surroundings. Chills in the Chapel offers exactly that, with classic slasher horror screenings followed by after-show balls. Fancy dress is very much encouraged.
Richmond Park, Kings Road, Surrey, London, TW10 5HS
Sunday 1 November, 10am and 2pm
If you're the type who takes Halloween as an opportunity to keep fit during crisp weather, the Trick or Treat Run is for you. Choose between a 2k, 5k or 10k run through the Royal Park whilst wearing your scariest costume in this fundraiser that's perfect for all ages and abilities. There are even themed zones featuring skeletons, witches, zombies and pumpkins, and everyone who takes part receives a medal and bundle of goodies. There's no minimum fundraising target, but runners are encouraged to raise as much as they can for the official charity race partner, Breast Cancer Care.