No tricks, just treats for the family this Halloween with our round-up of the best All Hallow’s Eve parties, ghoulish gatherings and spooktacular food to sink your family-sized fangs into…
Halloween Party at Maggie & Rose
A firm favourite of Table Talk guests, Miriam Cooper and Zoe Hardman, Maggie & Rose is London’s first, best and most brilliant family members’ club. With two clubs in the heart of Chiswick and their original outpost in Kensington, North London mamas get ready to rejoice as Maggie & Rose head to Islington in the summer of 2019. Oozing with style, this contemporary kids club fuses soft play, an in-house nursery, camps, classes and coffee galore (for tired caffeine quaffing mums and dads!). This weekend, Maggie & Rose Chiswick and Kensington will be throwing their legendary Halloween party on Saturday 27th (Kensington) and Sunday 28th October (Chiswick). Get ready for an in-the-dark disco, spooktacular crafts and face painting for costume clad kids. If you’d love to attend, click here for more information and to book your space.
Horniman Halloween Fair
Family favourite, The Horniman Museum & Gardens, plays host this weekend to their eagerly anticipated Horniman Halloween Fair. Fiendish fun run from Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th October and little ones can meet creepy crawlies in the Wild Fangs cave, showcase their best costumes by joining the Halloween Parade through the gardens and theres a Spooky Halloween Trail – follow clues in the Gardens to solve a riddle and collect your spooky gift – suitable for families with children aged 3+. If all that fun has got you in the mood for a munch, be sure to visit the weekly farmers’ market on Saturday selling locally sourced, locally sold vegetables, meat, bread, flowers and hearty hot food for the family.
Gruesome Nature Live at ZSL London Zoo
Guaranteed to be grossly enthralling, older kids will love Gruesome Nature live at ZSL London Zoo. Running until Sunday 28th October, this interactive musical show features frightful facts about some truly grisly creatures, including who’s got the largest, slimiest eyeball, and which species of animal can endure fire, ice and radiation and even survive in outer space! For a family-friendly bite near by why not head to Hache for burgers galore – rosemary lamb, chicken katsu and steak burgers dad’s will drool over. Tredwell’s chef patron Chantelle Nicholson has also crafted a plant-powered burger perfect for vegan families, plus £1 from the sale of each burger will be donated to School Food Matters, where Chantelle is an ambassador.
The Potion Room at Cutter and Squidge
Purveyors of the much sought after Biskie, Cutter and Squidge invite you to the Potion Room at the Cutter & Squidge – a secret School of Wizarding Alchemy and bewitching teatime fun. Delicious food and magical potions combine at their new afternoon tea just in time for witching season! As a wizard-in-the-making, you will be invited to join their Potion Master to learn some of his secrets in an immersive experience, whilst enjoying a family feast for all senses. Parents can sip on on Galaxy Juice infused with unicorn tear tea whilst little ones can enjoy Pumpkin Juice. Rock cakes laden with blood curdling jam, glowing amber butterscotch biskies and a whole load of magical surprises await. Wheat-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options of the tea are also available. Nab your tickets here. Whilst you’re there don’t forget to pick up your batch of Cookie Monster and Whacky Web Biskies!
Halloween Getting Ready Party at The Corner House
Devised by three local parents, this stylish neighbourhood hotspot in Brook Green has been designed so parents can meet like-minded mamas and papas and sip on a killer coffee. Little ones can safely play, read and dress-up in their indoor play area all whilst you watch on from the adjoining cafe. If you’re planning to treat your kids to a round of neighbourhood trick or treating next Wednesday, be sure to get the party started post-school as from 4pm you can head to The Corner House for their Halloween Getting Ready Party where kids can decorate your own spooky biscuit, get your tots faces painted and mum’s can fuel up with a Caravan Coffee Roasted brew. Join the Corner House crew from 4-6pm on Wednesday 31st October – visit here for more information.
Halloween Icing Party at Biscuiteers
If the weather is just too nippy to take out the nippers on All Hallow’s Eve, why not stay snug and join the team at Biscuiteers Icing Cafe on Wednesday 31st October for a Halloween icing party. Taking place at both Northcote Road and Notting Hill Icing Cafes, the spooky icing parties bring to life mummies, pumpkins, skeletons galore – pop along for an hour of face painting and biscuit icing. £20 per child for a one hour session, be sure to book your spaces to avoid eerie disappointment.
Chin Chin Lab’s Pumpkin 5 Spice Supreme
Hailed at ‘the future of ice cream’ by The Observer, Chin Chin Labs keep going from strength to strength with their blend of science and snap-worthy ice creams. Hand churning with liquid nitrogen and embracing organic ingredients, if you’re out to treat the kids to a corker of an ice cream, look no futher. Both the Camden and Soho branches of Chin Chin Labs are rolling out the orange carpet this Halloween with their Pumpkin 5 Spice seasonal flavour. Vegan, a vivacious orange and supremely smooth. Top with wiggly worms for an extra crunch and a cloud of marshmallow fluff! From £4.45 and available 1-31 October.
For Mummies – Maitre Choux’s Limited Edition Eclair
King of the éclair, Maitre Choux’s Joakim Prat has come up trumps again with a Halloween inspired choux treat. The Pumpkin Spice and Blood Orange éclair is filled with a light pumpkin spice and vanilla cream that they perk up with a blood orange compote. It is all sat atop a delicate cacao crumble and covered with a thin layer of white chocolate. Order a box or swing by the patisserie in South Kensington, just don’t let the kids get their candy-covered hands over this limited edition éclair.
For Parents Only – Devilish Date Night at Balthazar’s Balthoween
If you’re lucky enough to have a child-free Halloween night as they’re off trick and treating with pals, why not nip into town for a frightfully good date night at Balthazar. Hosting Balthoween between 29th October and 4th November, they pay homage to the spookiest night in town. The Hallow’s Eve celebration will see the outside of the boulangerie transformed into a Halloween-themed, autumnal arranged spooky paradise, with a bountiful scattering of pumpkins and skulls. Pastry Chef Regis Beauregard has crafted the sinful ‘Balthobombe’ dessert available on the a la carte menu; a chocolate sphere disguised as a pumpkin, containing a smooth and airy chocolate mousse, served with a warm chocolate brownie topped with pecans. Whisky laced tipples include The Haunted Mark, The Vampire Kiss and The Ginger Witch. Play Balthazar’s Trick or Treat coin toss on 31st and if it lands on ‘Treat’, guests will be given their first Balthoween cocktail on the house…chin chin!
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