London’s budget Halloween haunts revealed
Tuesday 26, October 2010
With London set to turn into a city of ghosts and ghouls on October 31st many consumers will be looking for a cheap way to get in the spooky mood.
Based upon its experience of welcoming nearly a quarter of a million budget travellers to London this year, Generator Hostels has compiled a list of the city’s top five free Halloween haunts.
1. A pint and a fright
London boasts a range of terrifying taverns with many of the city’s pubs having a horrifying history. Try the Morpeth Arms at Westminster, haunted by a long dead prisoner of the nearby Millbank prison. Alternatively visit The Spaniards Inn at Hampstead and have a drink with the ghosts of Dick Turpin and Jack Sheppard.
2. Chills in the chapel
Union Chapel in Islington plays home to a three day free festival of film and fear. The London leg of the Jameson Cult Film Club has vintage horror movies and a terrifying atmosphere in abundance. Films showing from 29-31 October 2010 at 7pm. Over 18s only, book ahead at www.jamesoncultfilmclub.com
3. For frightening foodies
Head to St James’s Park on October 31 for Inn the Park's Halloween Suppliers Market. Do a little shopping while witnessing pumpkin carving, cake decoration, face painting and lots of free fun for kids. There’s even a barbecue and pumpkin soup to warm you up. A free ghost walk is on offer for those that book ahead.
4. Get ready for some creepy crafts
Get your little goblins to Greenwich Market for its special Halloween costume making workshops from 29 to 31 October. All materials are provided and adults can even get involved over the weekend.
5. Halloween horror – it’s a walk in the park
This Halloween head to St James’s Park as it goes dark for a guided ghosts and legends walk. The guide will shock you with games and ghost stories along the way. Takes place on October 31, places are free but fill up quickly so book ahead by calling 020 7930 1793.
“If our guests are anything to go by then visitors to London seem to get more carried away with Halloween every year,” said Alison Armitage, director at Generator Hostels.
“It’s tempting to go mad but if you’re not careful then once you’ve bought a costume and paid to go out, cost can be the true scare of Halloween,” she added. “London has lots of history so if you look a little further than billboards and ad campaigns it’s possible to have the fright of your life for free.”
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