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Halloween Film Screening, Photo courtesy of Trustees of the Natural History Museum.

Halloween in London – Trick or Treat!

Halloween is just around the corner, and many venues and luxury retailers such as Harrods are busily preparing their spooky displays and ghoulish treats. The drama and fun of celebrating the undead and all things spooky isn’t just for little ones. Here are some fantastic ideas of how to celebrate the holiday in London…

For the 28th and 29th October, The Natural History Museum, with The Luna Cinema, is offering special scary film screenings, with guests given exclusive night-time access to the museum’s new exhibition ‘Life in the Dark’! For a grown-up celebration with fantastic cocktails, head over to Mews of Mayfair’s Haunted Mansion where the best-dressed will be rewarded with champagne, with a themed photobooth and DJ for the evening of Saturday 27th October.

Some of the finest and widest selection of ghoulish treats can be found at Harrods’ food hall – including luxury brands Charbonnel et Walker, Godiva and Du Rhone. Charbonnel et Walker, one of London’s finest chocolatiers, have launched their 2018 Halloween collection, including milk caramel praline sea salt truffles and specially crafted boxes of ‘spooky Halloween’ chocolates and truffles for an indulgent celebration.

For anyone dressing up this year, there’s no better choice than Angel’s, a bespoke costume hiring company 1840. Their key store is on Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, with another store in Hendon, where visitors can be fitted out in exquisite costumes. They also have an online store with movie quality special effects makeup! Rumour has it, Day of the Dead costumes are this year’s most requested costumes. Harrods also has a luxury selection of children’s costumes and accessories for purchase this season.

The history of this holiday is very rich. Halloween is a holiday we might associate with America, but it actually has a very British beginning. It’s based off a Celtic Holiday, ‘Samhain’, over 2,000 years ago which celebrated the end of summer on October 31st, a night they believed the boundary between the living and the dead was blurred.

From the Celtic ‘Samhain’, it became a Roman festival, combining Feralia – their day of celebrating the dead – and a day for Ponoma, the goddess of fruit and trees. The link to Ponoma, and fruit for Halloween, is where we get apple bobbing from! The holiday combined with All Saints Day, as Christian celebration, before making its way over to America.

Nowadays, Halloween is a fun holiday celebrated globally, with people dressing up to trick or treat and play games. For anyone planning their perfect Halloween party, a great venue is the next step. Harrods Estates have many homes with fantastic entertaining spaces, including:

Trevor Square, Knightsbridge

This stunning six-bedroom duplex apartment has three reception rooms, ideal for entertaining guests, totalling 75 feet and overlooking Trevor Square.

Hartington Road, Chiswick

A detached riverside villa that benefits from its own huge outdoor swimming pool, Hartington Road is the perfect home for planning a spectacular party, with a 180 ft garden and five reception rooms.

Kensington High Street, Kensington

This three-bedroom penthouse apartment offers a fantastic way to impress your guests – the reception room and open-plan kitchen showcase floor to ceiling windows, opening onto a rooftop terrace with views over London.

 


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