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HAUNTED HAUNTS

28.10.13

As darkness descends on London come October the 31st, make sure that you're prepared for the most macabre night of the year with our comprehensive guide to the city's haunts which are sure to scare. 

HALLOWEEN AT HAUNTED HAM HOUSE & GARDEN

Taking pride of place in our Reiss Guide, Ham House is a historic 17th Century mansion set in sprawling manicured gardens. While the mansion usually plays host to stately tours, for Halloween this grand abode reveals why it has garnered a reputation as one of the most haunted buildings in Britain. Offering everything from haunted tours to screenings of seminal horror films, Ham House's Halloween schedule looks set to be spine-tingling.

Ham St, Richmond-upon-Thames, Hampshire TW10 7RS. Closest train: Twickenham. 

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

HALLOWEEN AT BOXPARK

At Shoreditch's achingly-trendy shipping container pop-up mall, Boxpark, prepare for spooky sounds and horror galore this Halloween. Simply turn up in costume between 6-9pm on 31st of October to enjoy complimentary beers, pumpkin carving, cocktail flavoured candy floss and Halloween nail art. For aficionados of cinematic gore the upper deck will screen Day of the Dead, while local DJs will provide the soundtrack for those who want to try out their best attempt at the Thriller routine.

2-4 Bethnal Green Rd London E1 6GY, UK. Closest tube: Shoreditch High Street.

www.boxpark.co.uk

POP UP SCREENS HALLOWEEN AT HAMPSTEAD

Share your scare this Halloween by heading down to St James Church at West Hampstead for Pop Up Screens' cinematic scarefest. Over four dates (31st Oct-3rd Nov) you'll be able to enjoy Hellraiser, Saw, Scream or Beetlejuice at a pop-up open air screen in leafy Hampstead. It goes without saying, wrap-up well and be prepared for the possibility of frightful weather.

St James Church, 2 Sherriff Road, West Hampstead, NW6 2AP. Closest tube: West Hampstead. www.popupscreens.co.uk

HALLOWEEN CYCLE RIDE AT HOLLAND PARK

Combining cycling, Halloween and history, Bikeminded's now-annual Halloween Cycle Ride pedals all the way back to 1899 this year to tell the precautionary Ballad of Lord Stanley Oberwain. Guests are invited to dress in period costume as they cycle around London in the fading light and bear witness to a re-enactment of Lord Oberwain's frightful folly.

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London W8. Closest tube: Holland Park.

 www.bikeminded.org

TWILIGHT TOURS AT ASPLEY HOUSE

Aspley House served as the Duke of Wellington's residence during the Regency era, and while he may not occupy this imposing townhouse any longer his impressive collection of art remains - it can be viewed on a candlelight twilight tour on each Wednesday of October. Every dimly lit excursion will provide an atmospheric tour de force in fine art. Keen-eyed culture vultures will be able to spot pieces by celebrated artists Velazquez and Rubens.

149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, London W1J 7NT. Closest tube: Hyde Park Corner.

www.english-heritage.org