Interesting ways to celebrate Halloween in London
The tradition of Halloween is one of the most popular and ancient customs that is still followed in the UK and America. It originated way back in ancient times from the Celts traditional festival known as “Samhain”. The celebration commemorates the end of summer and the beginning of the winter. As per ancient beliefs it was thought that on 31st October every year, the spirits of the departed came back to earth. It was a period when the Celtic shamans or magic-men would make predictions about the crops and other important events for the next year. It became popular with the locals and since then is celebrated with enthusiasm by people both in the United States and in Britain.
If you are in London at the time of Halloween you can enjoy a number of special events that are organised on this day. Of course if you want to ensure you get suitable accommodation you can check out some of the Special Offers at Shoreditch Hotels. It is recommended to make hotel reservations before your trip as it is a time when visitors throng the city.
And on the best hotels in terms of luxury and location is the M hotel by Montcalm in Shoreditch London Tech City, which is well connected to the many venues where some of the best Halloween celebrations are to be held. Some of the top Halloween celebrations to be a part of are:
The London Dungeons: Probably the spookiest place in the whole city the London Dungeons epitomise horror and deception in its truest form. It has also earned the title of being the ‘the home of Halloween’ and just the place to experience horror in its original form on Halloween night. There are a number of activities that will scare even the bravest of souls with some mind-blowing special effects, impersonations by actors, sounds and smells that take you back to London’s scary and infamous past. You will come face to face and perhaps a little too close for comfort with villains like Henry VIII, Sweeny Todd, Guy Fawkes and that greatest ghoul of them all, the very terrifying but very real Jack the Ripper!! You will not only get a chance to get up close and personal with these horrifying historical figures but also have an opportunity to take two scary rides into the very bowels of hell! And for those who want to communicate with the departed on the other side, there is special séance held to send a chill down the spine of the bravest! With seats being limited you need to make your reservations in advance to avoid being disappointed.
Jack The Ripper Tour: When it comes to the worst criminals in England’s annals of history, probably one of the worst who conjures up images of pure malice and dread is Jack the Ripper! In the Victorian era his series of murders stoked fear in the hearts and minds of locals and particularly those who lived in the East End area of the city. And what made his legend more enduring is that he was never apprehended for any of the gruesome murders he committed and till this day his true identity remains a speculation. The Jack the Ripper Tour takes members to the same spots and areas that were his haunt and where he lay in wait for his unsuspecting victims to fall prey to his murderous ways! To give visitors a greater insight into the mindless murders committed by the Ripper, there is a professional ‘Ripperologist’ who will accompany the tour and brief the tour members with details, including facts and trivia. What makes it all the more exciting is that there is equipment and theatrical skills put to expert use to recreate that frightful period. Definitely not for anyone who has a weak heart, it is best to book your tickets online in advance.
Thorpe Park: Another interesting place to spend Halloween night is Thorpe Park that is located in Chertsey, on the fringes of London. It can be easily reached from Waterloo Tube Station. It is a fascinating theme park that is just the place to visit on Halloween when it is magically transformed into one of the scariest spots in the city. As the evening progresses the rides in the park become more terrifying with a number of other worldly apparitions putting in a frightening appearance to terrify the bravest of souls! It is best to visit the place on Halloween night when the fear and rush of adrenaline is at its peak. As it is generally packed on Halloween Night it is recommended to book your tickets well in advance. There also are special discounts offered to those visitors who book online which would help to cut costs on tickets. And if you are travelling with a group there are special group discounts available!
Ghost Bus Tours: One of the more unique ways to explore the city is by signing up for a Ghost Bus Tour of London on Halloween Night. It is conducted in the city’s iconic Routemaster bus from the 1960s and it takes tour members on a tour of hidden London that has never been experienced before! It is extremely well conducted with expert tour guides who conduct the tour in a most theatrical manner something which you will never experience on any other bus tour. Some of the scary tales that are narrated are about the ghoulish tombs of Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and the scary black dog of Newgate Prison along with several other horror tales. The tour begins at Northumberland Avenue and lasts from 19:30 to 21:00 hours. It is best to make reservations in advance, as tickets are subject to availability.