EEK! This is our favourite time of year and this is our guide to some ghoulishly good times. Hope this round-up of Halloween events for kids near East London gets you in the mood for some monstrous fun! -Next year add Wapping and Bow trails and Wilton Way trick or treating
1 Big Fish Little Fish
Dance like a Dadzilla and get out your best Mombie moves for a classic Big Fish Little Fish family rave with a floor filled with foam, bubbles and balloons. This time Prime Cuts (scratch perverts) will be the headline DJs. Crafts, face painting, Villa Pia baby chill out.
Sat, 28 Oct 2023 2 pm- 4:30 pm
Colour Factory, 8a White Post Lane, London E9 5EN
Kids £7 – Adults £10
2 The Hotsy Totsy Halloween Party
Hotsy Totsy, a London networking and social club for women who want to be inspired is hosting a family Halloween Party at the brilliant Hackney Brewery & High Hill Taproom in E17! Expect ghosty tunes, spooky crafts, blood-sucking entertainment and fearful fun! Perfect for kids 8 and under. Come scary!
Sat 28 Oct 2023 11 am – 1 pm
Hackney Brewery & High Hill Taproom, Unit 10, Lockwood Way, London E17 5RB
£5 each or £20 for a family
3 Halloween at Mudchute
Get your creepiest costumes on for a family fun event with costume and pumpkin carving competitions. Pumpkins will be available to purchase on the day but you’ll need to bring your own carving tools. Enjoy some delicious farm fresh food and visit the animals while you’re there.
Saturday 28th Oct 2023 11 am – 3 pm
Mudchute Park and Farm, Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3HP
4 Halloween Family Fun Day
Weavers Fields Adventure Playground is promising the ultimate Halloween experience filled with exciting activities for the whole family. DJ’s, live Performances, toddler zone, trick or treat, adventure & soft play, a bouncy castle, face painting, costume competitions, games, prizes, raffles, arts & crafts and more. Prepare for the weather as there will be indoor and outdoor activities.
Sun 29th Oct 2023 12 -5 pm
Weavers Fields Adventure Playground, Mape St, Bethnal Green, E2
£5.99 each (5 for 4 deals available) Under 5s free entry
5 Pick a Pumpkin or two.
Or 3 if your kids are anything like my son who is obsessed and actually wants one to cuddle at night. Visit a pumpkin patch for the autumnal glory and choose one that’s just the perfect shape and colour for you. Lots of farms have brilliant entertainment alongside the pumpkin picking experience. Check out our dedicated pumpkin round up for all the information you need to find the perfect pumpkin this side of London or just outside this side of London.
All throughout October
6 Dalston Pumpkins Returns
The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is once again carving pumpkins with community groups for their annual display. There will also be a small number of sessions for other visitors to carve a pumpkin for display and carving enthusiasts are also invited to carve one at home to display with others in the garden. To enter the competition, share a photo with #dalstonpumpkins2023 on social media. Pumpkins will be on display from the 25th of October, with more turning up daily until All Hallow’s Eve. Last year there were 80 pumpkins and the atmosphere in the garden was spooktacular!
Wednesday 25th – Tuesday 31st October 2023
Dalston Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3DF
7 Lee Valley Animal Adventure Park’s Halloween Festival
Come in fancy dress and creep through this devilishly decorated farm. Enjoy some spooky shows, a Day of the Dead disco, spell classes, haunted walk-throughs, a pumpkin picking patch, adventure play, bouncy pillows and 𝘴𝘖𝘰𝘖𝘰𝘰 much more.
21st – 29th Oct 2023
Lee Valley Animal Adventure Park, Stubbins Hall Ln, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF
Tickets £17.49 each ages 2+, under 2s £4.50
8 Halloween at The Tower of London
This October half term, explore the Tower’s rich history and embark on a Halloween ghost hunt. Encounter spectral figures gliding on staircases; a glimpse of a Tudor gown, a medieval queen sits upon her throne while vigilant Roman soldiers guard the London Wall for all eternity. The Wizard Earl concocts potions in his apothecary while spirits haunt in the shadows of the White Tower. A family-friendly adventure full of spooky fun. Track the ghosts you find with a provided trail, and remember, you see them, but they won’t see you… Don’t forget your proof of address for Tower Hamlets residents.
21st – 29th October 2023
Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB
Adults £33.60, Kids £16.80, under 5s Free
9 Halloween Festival Old MacDonald
Things are getting spooky at Old MacDonald’s Farm this Halloween with a Haunted House and Magic School. There will be scary stories and a ghost trail along with a pumpkin patch and animal talks with Sunny the Owl. Kids can get crafty with Artbound on the 21st-29th. Oh, and there’s a hair raising roller coaster!
Saturday 21st to 31st Oct 2023 from 10 am
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, CM14 5AY
£17-£19.50 pumpkin included for kids – Free for under 2s but some kind of proof is required?!
10 Cut A Shine Halloween Ball Special
Get your folk on with Cut A Shine! Join the giddy fun of a Ceilidh at the Roundchapel with a Halloween theme. A live band on stage provides the music while a “Dance Caller”, calls out and teaches you all the moves from really easy dances for the smallest kids to a couple of proper ones for the grown ups. All ages and abilities are welcome and while the dances may be traditional, Cut a Shine welcomes families of all sizes, genders and ethnicities. Food and drink available. Soft play area of crawlers. Get into the spirit of Halloween with face painting for just £2.
Saturday 28th October 2023 1 pm – 4 pm
Round Chapel, 1D Glenarm Road, London, E5 0LY
£6 advance per human, under 1s are free (£7 on the door)
11 Wizard’s Exploratorium
Join the Wizarding world in this Harry Potter-inspired immersive experience. Book a Wand or Potion Making experience or a Wizard’s Afternoon Tea. Indulge your inner child in the atmosphere of this magically crafted townhouse in Soho. Your children needn’t know it’s really all about you. It can be your little secret. They’ll love discovering the extraordinary sweets featuring fun and delicious science. Borrow a magic wand to dispense candies and try out a selection of working illuminated magic wands.
Open daily, keep an eye on last booking times for Little Wizards
The Wands & Wizard Exploratorium, 26 Greek Street, London, W1D 5DE
Afternoon Tea £42 adults £32 kids
12 Ray & Cici’s Extraterrestrial Dance Party
Come in your frightful best and win prizes, find out what’s in their ‘mystery box’ and have mega fun playing their interactive games, while listening to spooky tunes and dancing the day away on the Cateen’s bubble and alien-filled indoor terrace! The Canteen will also have some Halloween themed pottery and kid’s films.
29th October 2023 11 am – 1 pm
Canteen Food Hall & Bar, Soames Walk London SE10 0AX
13 Covent Garden Halloween Trail
This October half term, enjoy Covent Garden’s Halloween Trick or Treat Trail with the family. Explore new areas, test your observation skills, and learn fun facts while collecting treats and offers from contributors like Royal Opera House, Neuhaus Chocolate, and more. Adults get drink discounts at select pubs. Register for the trail, and there’s a photo competition on Instagram with a Halloween prize. Dressing up earns bonus points!
Friday 27th October 2023 12 pm – 5 pm
Around Covent Garden