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Top 5 Halloween family fun things to do in south-east London and north Kent
Looking for some spooky but fun things to do with the family this Halloween? Here is a selection of some of the best events in south-east London and north Kent.
Queen’s House and Cutty Sark, Greenwich, October 28, 11am-4pm:
Be prepared to be spooked out this Halloween as the Queen’s House and Cutty Sark welcomes all witches and warlocks to participate in a day of frightful activities.
The spooky story of Cutty Sark’s resident witch, Nannie, will be revealed along with other terrifying tales. Children will be encouraged to get involved in the Witches and Warlocks dance, sing along to witches’ songs as well as creating eerie fancy-dress accessories, plus much more.
This event is suitable for all ages. Admission is £10 per person although a paying adult must accompany children. Visit www.rmg.co.uk
Time Travellers Go... Ghosts & Ghouls at Eltham Palace, October 28-31, 11am–4pm:
Meet the resident ghost hunter at Eltham Palace and let your children free to wonder the creepy grounds in search of spooky sightings.
Children are also encouraged to get spooked out by taking part in other mysterious activities including chilling crafts.
Ticket prices vary and are purchased on the day of entry. Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk for more information.
Broadwitch Hauntfest, Manor Farm, Southfleet:
Manor Farm is transformed into a terrifying showground hosting an array of attractions featuring some of the scariest haunts in Kent.
The spectacular gruesome showcase at the Spooky Castle will have you gripped as you walk through the corridors of ghoulish surprises. Be prepared to see some of your most dreaded phobias and anxieties come to life in The Vault and witness the world suffering from a deadly virus in the chilling Containment area.
Experience a fairytale transform into a living nightmare in the twisted Field of Fear and wander the Haunted Acres down into the darkest depths of the woods where the scariest characters await you.
The Pumpkin Palace feature holds lighter Halloween entertainment for the younger members of the family.
An adult must accompany children under 16 years. Prices vary depending on how many attractions are entered. For more information, including entry times and dates, log onto www.spookycastle.co.uk or call 01474 834161.
Live Canon’s Halloween Poetry Party at the Horniman Museum, October 31, 11.30am and 2.30pm:
Poetry pumpkins and witching word games are just some of the Halloween themed activities that are available to kids at the Live Canon’s Poetry Party.
You are invited to join in with the celebrations of words, live music and live interaction, including some of the most cherished children’s poems.
The party is guided by award-winning children’s show director Helen Eastman and features members of the Live Canon ensemble, who perform memorised poetry in theatres and festivals across the UK.
Tickets are £3 each can be obtained by calling 020 8291 8686 or visiting www.horniman.ac.uk.
Up at The O2 – Climb of the Cursed, October 27 – November 4:
London’s newest outdoor attraction – Up at The O2 – is upping the thrills for its first ever Halloween event.
Up at The O2 – Climb of the Cursed gives visitors the chance to experience the exhilarating walkway above one of the capital’s most iconic venues and explore the horrors of London along the way.
Climb of the Cursed will take visitors from a creepily-themed and eerie base camp across a tensile fabric walkway suspended 52m above ground level. An observation platform at the summit enables climbers to take in spectacular 360-degree night views of the capital before descending back to base.
Along the way there’ll be tricks, treats and surprises, including hidden trick-or-treat pockets in bespoke and cosy climb suits donned by visitors at base camp. At the summit, climbers will be given a gothic-style spooky map of London enabling them to pinpoint and view some of the many horror hotspots of London.
Climb of the Cursed is suitable for anyone over 10 years old (and 1.2m high) who is physically and medically fit. Priced at the same amount as the Up at the O2 experience - £22 on weekdays and £28 on weekends. Visit www.UpatTheO2.co.uk for more information.
See lots of listings for other things happening this Halloween in our Events section