Join us if you dare: Local ghoulish goings on for Halloween

Even at his ripe old age, ghoulish rock star Alice Cooper is determined to keep the spirits of Halloween alive.

Last year he put on a sensational show at Camden’s Roundhouse and this year he’s back in north London with his Night Of Fear extravaganza at Alexandra Palace, featuring what he himself admits will be a stomach-churning parade of real live freaks who auditioned to win their places at the show.

The Night Of Fear promises more thrills, spills, guts, gore and exhibitionism than any sane person can handle, so be prepared. With the New York Dolls supporting Alice and his new band, Alexandra Palace might just be the craziest place to be in all of London on Saturday night (October 29).

Tickets can be purchased on the door at �34.50 and are still available via

Doors open at 5.30pm and the spectacle continues until the witching hour.

* Children of all ages in Steele’s Village are invited to enter the first annual pumpkin competition, which will be judged on Monday afternoon (October 31).

When you’ve hollowed out and carved your pumpkin, put a tea light inside so the judges can see it, and leave it out on your window sill or door-step starting from 5pm. Put out as many as you like!

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The spookiest, scariest pumpkin will win its owner a fabulous prize — admission for one adult and two children to the most frightening attraction in town, the fabulously frightening London Dungeon on Tooley Street, SE1.

To make sure the judges notice your pumpkin, register for the competition by sending an e-mail to:, making your subject line Pumpkin Competition and including your name, address (including flat number) and mobile phone number if possible.

* A magical and atmospheric pumpkin-lit market with an eclectic jumble of stalls selling vintage clothes, cult books, records, bric-a-brac, costumes and cakes takes place at the Boogaloo in Archway Road, Highgate, from 12.30pm – 5.30pm on Saturday (October 29).

For more information visit

* Ghost stories around a campfire and a tour of haunted rooms feature in the Halloween Party for students in grades 5-8 at Highgate Public Library from 6-8pm on Saturday night (October 29).

‘’Join us if you dare’’ say the organisers of an evening of spectacular fun, which will include bone chilling snacks and a spine-chilling film. Costumes are recommended and for more information call 020 868 3970.

* Celebrate the spookiest time of year with a selection of ghoulish gateaux from Dunn’s Bakery, in The Broadway, Crouch End. Terrible treats with which to mark Halloween include pumpkin-shaped cakes, rolls that look like severed fingers and horror-themed gingerbread biscuits.

For more information call 020 8340 1614 or go to

* Little witches and wizards have been welcome all week at Finchley Road’s O2 Centre where free craft workshops have included making pumpkins on sticks, witch and wizard hats, Halloween decorations, monster masks, wands and magnets.

Prizes have been awarded to the best kids in fancy dress and the interactive fun continues tomorrow (Saturday, October 29) and Sunday (October, 30) from 11.30am until 3pm.

* An animal adventure is taking place at London Zoo in Regent’s Park which is celebrating Boo At The Zoo with Margaret the giraffe and Lucifer the lion just some of the animals in on the fun. Boo At The Zoo will be spooking visitors until Sunday, November 2. For more information visit

* Camden Lock Market will be hosting its yearly pumpkin festival until Monday (October 31). Expect crazily decorated pumpkins and a feast of pumpkin food to eat. For more information visit

* Lauderdale House will host a spooky trail on Halloween. Children can dress up in their best fancy dress to explore the spooky historic house. There will be four walks on Monday (October 31) from 5pm-6.30pm. For more information visit

* The Warrington Pub in Maida Vale is hosting a Halloween party on Saturday (October 29). The day will be in two parts, beginning with a children’s party in the small bar from 2-4pm with a face-painter, apple bobbing, a Halloween hunt, pin the bone on the skeleton, and free juice drinks for children. Later there will be an evening party from 9.30pm with a live band and a prize for best fancy dress.