1 | The Cultural Option: National Theatre Live Presents: Frankenstein
For those wanting a bit of culture among the mayhem of All Hallows’ Eve, there is a high-brow option available. Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller are directed by Danny Boyle in the National Theatre’s production of Shelley’s famous monster tale. Enjoy a live stream of the performance in The Soho Hotel’s plush private cinema, followed by dinner in their restaurant, Refuel. Halloween with class – sorted.
31 October, 1st November. The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D 3DH. Tickets are £45pp, including a two course mean with a Halloween cocktail, and tickets to the live screening. firmdalehotels.com. ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk
2 | The Romantic Option: A Horse-Drawn Halloween Ride Through Richmond Park
Struggling for ways to marry horror with romance? A nighttime horse-drawn carriage ride through Richmond Park might just be the answer. With ghost tales to add to the chill in the air and a blanket to huddle under, it beats heading to a horror movie any day. They’ll ply you with sloe gin, too.
30 October – 1 November. Richmond Park, Sheen Gate, SW14 8BJ. Tickets are £48pp. royalparks.org.uk
3 | The All-In Option: A Grimm Halloween Party
Sometimes, it’s a case of not beating but joining them. If you or your other half wants to go the whole hog, with make-up and enough booze to send a vampire to sleep, book in for Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Grimm Halloween Party at The Grand Hall, in St Pancras. Décor, food and drink will be dictated by the Grimm brothers’ sinister fairytales, with gingerbread houses, magic mirror menus, poisoned apple cocktails and, obviously, a glass coffin photo booth. Dress up is practically mandatory, so start planning now.
1 November. The Grand Hall, Euston Road, WC1H 9JE. Tickets are £25pp. bourneandhollingsworth.com
4 | The Token Nod Option: The Spaniard’s Inn
If ghosts, ghouls and witches just aren’t your bag then you could get away with a token nod to this weekend’s theme by patronising one of the capital’s haunted pubs. Our pick for a laid back weekend lunch is the Spaniard’s Inn, Hampstead. Built in 1585 it lays claim to three ghosts, including that of Dick Turpin. It also featured in Dracula, cementing its spooky credentials. Most importantly, it does bloody brilliant food (that you can walk off with a gander on the Heath, if you’re feeling energetic).
Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JJ. thespaniardshampstead.co.uk
5 | The Alternative Option: Day of the Dead At The Oxo Tower
If you're so inclined you could sidestep Halloween completely, and celebrate the Day of the Dead instead. That’s what the Mexicans do – by commemorating lost loved ones with two days of festivities. You can join in at The Oxo Tower, where an exhibition in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy includes tequila masterclasses put on by Jose Cuervo.
30 October – 2 November. Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH. Admission is free. dayofthedeadfestival.co.uk