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Your Guide to a Spooktacular Halloween in London’s West End

Experience The Art of Halloween in London!

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The West End is bursting with chillingly fun activities. Check out our top picks of the best things to do this spooky season.

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An Evening of Ghostly Tales at Waterstones Piccadilly

Join Waterstones Piccadilly for a spine-tingling Halloween evening featuring 'The Winter Spirits,' a spooky collection of twelve stories from today's most beloved historical and gothic fiction authors.

Meet the incredible storytellers Imogen Hermes Gowar, Laura Purcell, Catriona Ward, Andrew Michael Hurley, Bridget Collins, and Natasha Pulley. They'll lead you on an eerie journey, from a ghostly Tuscan villa to a secluded Scottish island hiding a dark secret. These eerie stories are the perfect companions for a chilly Halloween night.

The authors of "The Winter Spirits" are renowned for their exceptional literary talents. They've written many popular books and received prestigious awards like the Costa First Novel Award and the British Book of the Year Award. Their works have been translated into 33 languages, and they've sold over a million copies in the UK alone.

Don't let this spine-tingling adventure pass you by. Secure your tickets now for an evening of thrills and chills!

Spooky Delights and Ghostly Sights at Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum and Mason is your go-to destination for indulging in delicious Halloween treats this season!

From bewitching wickers, spellbinding bottles, scarily delicious confectionery, monstrously moreish biscuits, and much, much more, you'll find everything you need for a memorable fright night feast at Fortnum's.

Besides delicious treats, this 300-year-old establishment has a little more up its sleeve: rumour has it that this historic place is haunted by five ghosts, each with their own tales to tell.

Among them, Mr. Gaius Backholder, famously known as the “Phantom of the Bottle” this mischievous poltergeist is known to haunt the Wine Crypt, where he's allegedly been spotted tossing glass bottles from the shelves.

On the other hand, you might encounter the more elegant and ethereal presence of The Grey Lady. This ghostly figure is said to gracefully float up and down the red-carpeted staircases of Fortnum and Mason, dressed in a crinoline dress. Her presence is said to be a lingering expression of mourning for the love of her life, who passed away in 1847.

So, as you venture into Fortnum & Mason to stock up on your Halloween goodies, keep your senses sharp, for you never know what supernatural encounters might await.

His Majesty's Theatre: The Phantom of the Opera

Celebrate Halloween at His Majesty's Theatre and experience the timeless tale of 'The Phantom of the Opera'.

This haunting story, based on Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel, takes you to the shadowy depths of the Paris Opera House. There, a disfigured musical genius hides, captivated by the extraordinary talent and beauty of the young soprano, Christine. As he takes her under his wing, his heart becomes entangled in a love that can never be.

As you take your seat in the crowd, keep your senses alert. Whispers and a tale have circulated about the legendary Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, an actor and manager who lived in the theatre from 1897 until his passing in 1917. Rumour says that his favourite spot was the top box on stage right, and audience members who sit there have allegedly reported sudden temperature drops and the door mysteriously swinging open of its own accord.

Venture into the world of 'The Phantom of the Opera' and perhaps catch a glimpse of some of the theatre's supposed otherworldly inhabitants!

Theatre Royal Haymarket: Noises Off

This Halloween, catch a laugh at Theatre Royal Haymarket with 'Noises Off'. This hilarious comedy features an all-star cast, including Felicity Kendal, Jonathan Coy, Alexander Hanson, Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey), Tamzin Outhwaite (Eastenders) and James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley and Four Weddings and a Funeral).

Get ready for a hilarious double-bill - a play within a play that follows a bumbling theatre troupe as they navigate the chaos of their show, 'Nothing On.' From chaotic rehearsals to a disastrous matinee, you'll witness the mayhem unfold.

Above the laughter, a Halloween spirit is said to linger. In the mid-1800s, John Baldwin Buckstone was the theatre Manager at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Many actors claim to have seen and heard his ghost. Notably, Sir Patrick Stewart had a sighting while on stage, during Act One of 'Waiting for Godot.' This ghost is said to appear most frequently during comedies.

Secure your tickets now, and who knows, this Halloween, you might just find yourself in the company of the mysterious Buckstone himself.

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