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Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Ministry Recommends: Halloween Events!

We think it goes without saying, but the Ministry loves Halloween. The spooky, macabre, off-beat - we think no one does Halloween quite like London. Or should we say... London's museums! Yep- if you check our Time Out you'll notice museums have jumped on the Halloween band-wagon, and why wouldn't they? We all know museums can be a bit creepy (in the good way) so rather than spending your hard-earned cash on fancy dress and expensive entry fees, why not spend next Friday at one of these amazing events?

Subterranean Scream Lates at the London Transport Museum (Fri 31st)

LTM has definitely stepped up it's event offerings of late, and their Halloween evening is no different. Head down to Covent Garden to hear ghost stories of the underground, have your tarot cards read, all lubricated with two for one priced spooky cocktails. Think you already know all about London's haunted history, then test your knowledge at their Deadly London pub quiz. Personally, I've never seen anything quite as scary as next train arriving in 8 minutes. Tickets £10:

Really just an average Friday night on the tube. 

Halloween Lates at the Museum of London Docklands (Fri 31st, Tues 4th, 11th, 18th)

Never been to the Museum of London's docklands branch before? Well you are in for a treat! Head down to West India Quay to learn all about the history of the East End and the docks - London's vibrant melting pot for centuries. And what a better opportunity to get to know the area a little better than on a ghost tour. You'll get a tour around some of the docks most haunted locations before travelling back in time yourself through their reconstruction of Victorian Wapping. Also apparently you get to hear about how the museum is actually haunted. Actually. Haunted. Price is a little steep (£25) but a drink is included:

National Maritime Museum Halloween Lates: Death in the Archives (Fri 31st)

Everyone knows sailor's tell the best ghost stories. Well- apparently this is literally true as the NMM's archive bring forth tales of death, horror and tragedy. From shipwrecks to cannibalism, come here about the terrible treasures of the Archive. Tickets are £15 but you also get a candlelight tour of their 'The Art and Science of Exploration' exhibition.

London Necropolis Railway (Thu 30th, Fri 31st, Sat 1st)

We have to admit, we have actually already bought tickets for this. It's fairly unclear from the website how historically accurate the evening's experience will be- but the history of the Necropolis Railway is fascinating. In the early 19th century- London had a problem. It's population was booming, but with more people, came more deaths. London's cemeteries were overflowing, leaving ripe pickings for the body snatchers. Some people reporting they could see the ground seeping and rising in London's burial grounds. So what did they do? Built a cemetery out of town in Surrey and built a special railway to accommodate the demand for funerals. To get a taste of what it's all about, head to Waterloo Station for a pop-up night of terror...

A Gothic and Ghostly Gathering at the Geffrye Museum (6th Nov) 

The Geffrye are offering a multi-sensory experience for their (slightly later) Halloween celebrations. Not only ghost stories and candle-lit displays, but historically accurate riddles and haunting ballads. I don't know about you but historically accurate balladeer-ing is literally the only way to celebrate the season.

Or if you are hoping for something a little bit less boozy and terrifying, there are kid-friendly events on at Sutton House, the Benjamin Franklin House

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