The desires of all souls are held equal in London this Halloween, with all manner of parties, dinners, talks, films and theatre getting in the spooky spirit of All Hallows Eve. Here are our best picks for how to spend it.

 The Dark Circus Party

For a more surreal and subversive Halloween party, step inside a abandoned circus as Belle Epoque’s Dark Circus Party returns for a characteristically heavy night of blood splattered hedonism. Aerialists, fire breathers, trapeze artists, sword swallowers and other bizarre oddities will be showing off inside The Grand Hall St Pancras, and all you have to do is ‘pick a persona’ and run away with the circus. Tickets start at £35. 28 Oct; Judd Street, WC1H 9JE.

Halloween at the BFI

The British Film Institute have a double bill of horror ready to be served this Halloween. A directors cut of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, which needs no explanation, and a 30th anniversary special of Clive Baker’s Hellraiser, in which the gates of hell are opened with some pretty gory consequences. The films will be showing one after the other followed by an exclusive Q&A with producer Christopher Figg. Tickets start at £12. 31 Oct; BFI, South Block, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT

Kaspar’s Halloween Dinner

Kaspar’s at The Savoy invites you to a sophisticated five course dinner party with a deadly twist. Based on the ill-fated story of Woolf Joel, a diamond magnate who hosted a dinner at the Savoy for 14 guests, but when one cancelled, another superstitious guest announced that there would soon be the death of the first person to leave the table. The host himself took that gamble and not long after was shot dead. The hotel then began offering a staff member to sit among tables of 13, but this proved unpopular, thus the creation of Kaspar the cat, sculpted for the express purpose of avoiding the untimely demise of The Savoy’s dinner guests. Diners can dine with Kaspar whilst indulging in a five course feast of bloody beef and pumpkin pie and black devilled risotto. £1313.13 for 13 people. Oct 28 & 31. The Strand, WC2R OEU.

The Woman in Black

Susan Hill’s famous thrilling ghost story comes alive in Stephen Mallatrat’s stage adaptation of The Woman in Black. Now in it’s 28th year, the second longest running West End show is a continuous hit, and makes the perfect Halloween weekend outing, if two hours of utter terror is what you’re into… Tickets start at £21.50. Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HH.

Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Ever fancied hosting your own murder mystery dinner party in a private dining room at the award-winning Berners Tavern? A niche idea indeed, but also one that could become a reality this Halloween with The Final Curtain. The Michelin-starred Fitzrovia restaurant will take you back to the 1920’s where an actor in a theatre production meets an unfortunate end whilst on stage. A master of ceremonies will guide the evening, accompanied an equally theatrical three course menu, featuring Buccleuch Estate Beef Wellington carved table side.

£2000 for 14 guests. www.bernerstavern.com

The Exorcist

The stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s iconic best-selling novel will crawl onto the London stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias and adapted by John Pielmeier. Sir Ian McKellen will feature in the West End premier as the voice of the Demon in what is widely considered to be one of the scariest stories of all time. Tickets start at £15. From 20 Oct; The Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JP.

Halloween at Heddon Street

As if Gordon Ramsey himself wasn’t scary enough, he’s serving up some delicious nightmares at his Heddon Street Kitchen. Creepy canapes, and kooky cocktails are followed by an autumnal menu that includes wild mushroom arancini, squid ink scallops, and whole roast pig to share. There’s also a family friendly pumpkin carving competition on offer, with the chance to win dinner for two for the crowning pumpkin. 27 – 31 Oct; 3-9 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BE.

The Addams Family in Concert

Barry Sonnenfield’s classic comedy The Addams Family will be having its first ever screening accompanied by a live orchestra. Part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film, Lucy Noble, Artistic and Commercial Director at the Royal Albert Hall, says, “The Festival of Film at the Royal Albert Hall is a much anticipated season, loved by all. We are particularly excited to screen The Addams Family as it’s a timeless classic that can be enjoyed by everyone. Parents who watched it as youngsters will enjoy the show, as will their children today.” Tickets start at £25. Thurs 26 Oct; Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, SW7 2AP.

Benjamin’s Bones

Benjamin Franklin, as far politicians go, seems like he was a good guy with good intentions; one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, ambassador to France, and abolitionist. So it remains a pertinent question: how did the 10 anonymous skeletons end up buried underneath his London residence? House manager Beth Ward will be hosting a family friendly tell-all talk explaining the mystery on the 28 October. Tickets £10Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street, WC2N 5NF.

The Quarter of Curiosity Shop

Newburgh Quarter, otherwise known as Carnaby Street and its surroundings, are getting in the festive mood with The Quarter of Curiosity pop-up taking place throughout the latter half of October. Get stuck into an array of free workshops, from Halloween makeup and prosthetics masterclasses, potion making (read: cocktails), to lessons on pimping your pumpkin. They’re also hosting a special Halloween fright night party on the 26 October. Workshops are free but booking is requiredwww.carnaby.co.uk.

Halloween Afternoon Tea

A way to celebrate Halloween that probably requires the least effort is a classic themed afternoon tea. To no one’s surprise they are popping up all over London, from Bluebird Chelsea offering blood orange tart and brownie coffins for only £21.50 per person; The Lancaster’s 60’s horror movies themed offering, including axe carved beef for £35 per person.