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Fancy something different this Hallowe’en?

Sinister shows, creepy costume shops, terrifying tours: Hallowe’en is upon us, the season when it’s acceptable to be both weird and wonderful. Hallowe’en has never been about the standard fare, and so we’ve checked out some of the more unusual events going on in London this year. Don’t worry, we’re not going to suggest anything about creepy clowns…

Ghost Ship Tour on the Cutty Sark, Greenwich

A candlelit tour of this ancient vessel is just the start of an enthralling and atmospheric evening. Hear of the various tales and grim fates that befell the ship and its crew during its long history on the high seas. Guests will be taken below decks, the open air being left behind as a screening of the 1931 epic Dracula is shown.

When: 28th October, from 19:00

Tickets: £25 (includes a shot of whisky)

Lunatic at TheatreN16, Balham

Lunatic is described as a, “Nü gothic play which examines the roots of psychotherapy through the secluded sessions between alienist Dr. John Seward and his patient R.M. Renfield.” Whit Hertford’s show is a contemporary companion piece to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The entity promises to be dark, sinister and will make us question what we know – and what we want to know. Prepare to be chilled.

When: Sunday 30th-Monday 31st October, 17:00 and 19:30 each day

Tickets: £14 (£12 concession)

Camden Canals

Ever fancied being stuck on a small boat in a narrow canal? Hallowe’en provides just the perfect opportunity on the Camden Canal, where in the tunnel, “No-one will hear you scream.” Ghost stories are included, as well as face-painting for kids. The boats can also be rented out completely, for that ideal chilling boat party.

When: Saturday 29th-Sunday 30th October, 15-21:00 each day.

Tickets: £11 (£8.50)

The fancy dress shop: The Carnival Store, Hammersmith

This is an unassuming outpost of creativity and imagination that plays host to a bizarre and seemingly unending array of fancy dress, carnival attire and, most importantly, suitable wear for Hallowe’en. Spread across two floors, the Carnival Store has countless cupboards and closets from where yet more clothing and apparel can be sourced – just don’t be put off if you have to knock on the front door. They’re probably open.

The party: Hallowe’en Ball at the Mansion, secret location

All the details of the night at the Mansion have been revealed – except where it might actually be held. Not only are there different rooms for diverging genres of music, but screenings of horror films are included – as well as a mandatory fancy dress code. It all adds up for should be a perplexing but original evening.

When: Saturday 29th October

Tickets: from £24