Slugs, snails and puppy dog tails...its that time of year again. Dig out the fake blood and get ready for a feast of horrors.
While we haven't quite reached American levels of Halloween mania yet (rumour has it they celebrate for a whole week), London is definitely embracing Halloween. As far as eating and drinking goes, it's the perfect time to try out something weird and wonderful that you might not consider otherwise. If you like the sound of horribly realistic butchered animals made of cake, burgers made of brains and an eyeball floating in your cocktail, read on and enjoy.
Eat cake at Miss Cakehead's Edible Horror Farm
You can count on Miss Cakehead to take Halloween to the extreme, but even we didn't expect a whole edible horror farm made out of cake. The usually family-friendly Letchworth farm has been taken over by a terrifying, perverse range of edible fairy tale characters including the Three (Slaughtered) Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood (and her basket of intestines), and a giant 7ft spider.
If you can't make it to Letchworth, no fear - Miss Cakehead's extreme cake shop ‘Eat Your Heart Out' is popping up at The Hoxton Shoreditch for three days, so you can enjoy some gruesome treats without leaving the Big Smoke.
Cakeaggedon at Letchworth Garden City's Standalone Farm: 29th October - 1st November
Eat Your Heart Out at The Hoxton Shoreditch: 30th October - 1st November
The Hoxton Shoreditch, 81 Great Eastern St, London, EC2A 3HU@thehoxtonldnwww.thehoxton.com
Pop some corks with Yelloween at Barts
Prefer the finer things in life? Head down to Bart's speakeasy in Chelsea for a champagne soaked 'Yelloween', in association with Veuve Cliquot. Leading the pack by starting on Thursday (Thirsty Thursday indeed), Bart's annual Halloween celebration has any last minute costume needs covered with a fancy dress box filled with devils horns, witches hats, fake blood and spine-tingling skeleton outfits. Plus, there's even a face painting corner for personal requests.
Thursday 30th October & Friday 31st October
Munch on Halloween Brunch at Bunga Bunga
Battersea's Bunga Bunga loves brunch so much, they're putting on a special Halloween Brunch for devoted fans of this lazy weekend meal. This isn't your standard bagel and eggs affair though - expect a dimly lit room, horrifying hits, and plenty of creepy corners. Fortunately there will be four delicious courses of Italian food and plenty of prosecco to calm you down. Silvio would definitely approve.
Saturday 1st November
Bunga Bunga, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3AB@bungabungalondnwww.bungabunga-london.com
Share a drink with Dr Frankenstein at Mr Foggs
The elusive Mr Fogg has taken some time off and handed the bar over to the infamous Dr Frankenstein for the week. As you might expect being the original bad scientist, Franky has gone and turned the place into an unorthodox cocktail lab. Leave any squeamishness behind for this one, as the cocktails will be brimming with realistic-looking brain bits and eyeballs and served by creepy Victorian scientists.
Tuesday 28th October -Saturday 1st November.
Mr Fogg's, 15 Bruton Lane, London, W1J 6JD@mrfogglondonwww.mr-foggs.com
Urban Food Fest's Halloween Special
Urban Food Fest is back to warm up our winter, and they're kicking off with a very special Ghosts and Ghouls Extravaganza. Feast on witches Korean pork burgers, Halloween ox cheeks, 'Day of the Dead' pulled beef, and much, much more. The bar will be serving a 'Blood Red' pomegranate and vodka cocktail and a 'Ghouls Mystery' acia berry, mint and rum cocktail, along with the usual craft beers, ciders, wine, champagne and prosecco.
Whats more, everyone in Halloween fancy dress will win a free spine-chilling shot from the bar, and the best costume will win a bottle of champagne. Sounds like a win-win situation to us.
Saturday 1st November
Euro Car Parks 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU@urbanfoodfestwww.urbanfoodfest.com
Test your gag reflex with a Grim Reaper or Brain Burger
For those with a strong stomach and a taste for more...unusual dishes, Cinnamon Soho and The Diner have both got a treat in store for you. Cinnamon Soho is taking brain food to the next level with a deep-fried lambs' brains burger, topped with crunchy onion rings and served with masala wedges. Meanwhile The Diner have created a death-defying burger challenge with the Grim Reaper, an 8oz burger filled with Ghost Pepper sauce, scorpion chillis, psycho drops, Mad Dog 357 hot sauce and cheese. Plus, if you managed to complete it within 12 minutes with only one glass of water, you'll win a free meal and some Kraken goodies. That is, if you live to tell the tale...
Cinammon Soho, 5 Kingly St, London, W1B 5PF
@cinnamonsohowww.cinnamonsoho.com The Diner, various email@example.com
Take it easy with some Paul A Young chocolate
Not so on munching lamb brains for lunch? If you prefer not to be afraid of your food (even at Halloween), master chocolatier Paul A Young has created some much more user-friendly treats in the form of pumpkin truffles, ghoulish chocolate lollipops and a caramelised garlic truffle for warding off any rogue vampires - or all your friends, depending on how many you eat.
Paul A Young, various locations@paul_a_youngwww.paulayoung.co.uk