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Top five fright nights in and around south west London

Celebrate Halloween this season with a host of unmissable spooky events and fright nights across and around south west London. If you’re brave enough.

Strawberry Hill House

As Halloween approaches, Strawberry Hill House invites you to explore the extraordinary gothic home filled with gruesome histories in Twickenham built by Horace Walpole, an 18th-century writer, antiquarian, politician and novelist. 

On 26 October, children can dress up and partake in Wake the Wizard, running for approximately 45 minutes featuring a spooky woodland walk around the grounds of the House trying not to wake the sleeping Wizard.

Also on 27 and 28 October (from 6:30 and 7:30pm each evening) the Gothic Twilight Tours invite older visitors to embark on a guided walk around the birthplace of gothic horror, sharing macabre stories, exploring hauntings and enjoying a glass of fizz.

Covent Garden Halloween Pumpkin Market

Get in the Halloween spirit at Covent Garden’s Pumpkin Market returning to the iconic Market Building.

Taking place from 29 to 31 October, the display will feature over two hundred pumpkins, squashes and gourds available to purchase in various shapes and sizes. 

Hampton Court Palace

Explore Henry VIII’s notoriously haunted Hampton Court Palace at the spookiest time of the year on a family-friendly adventure taking place from 22-30 October.

Go on a guided tour taking you through dark winding corridors and courtyards as you can watch eerie portraits come to life and take part in a spine-tingling séance. 

Watch out for the palace’s famous phantoms including James I, Jane Seymour and Catherine Howard.

Standard adult ticket prices start from £26.10. 

Thorpe Park Fright Nights

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, Thorpe Park Resort’s award-winning Fright Nights returns for a celebration like no other. 

Travel to Staines to give yourself a scare as you walk through spine-tingling mazes, spooky shows, terrifying fright zones and three brand-new scare attractions alongside the park’s thrilling rides which can be ridden in the dark. 

With tickets starting from £39, this is not for the faint-hearted. 

Howl’o’ween at Chessington World of Adventures

For a family-friendly Halloween extravaganza, take a trip to Chessington World of Adventures this October for a range of activities including a Trick or Treat live show, potion making, mazes and thrilling rides as well as meeting spooky characters.  

Featured image courtesy of Strawberry Hill House

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