2020 has certainly been a year of more tricks than treats, and with London facing the new tier 2 restrictions; Halloween festivities are looking less and less likely. However, there may not be the usual parties, pumpkins and trick or treaters, but there are still plenty of ways for all the family to get into the spooky spirit.

Whether it’s kicking back to a scary film, munching on skeleton sweets or even painting your own creepy crockery – we have the ultimate bucket list for a (COVID-compliant) Halloween 2020 in SW London!

- Gather together your household for an exclusive screening of ‘Hocus Pocus’ at the Olympic Cinema in Barnes on the 27th and 31st of October.

This Halloween classic is sure to set the tone for an eerie evening, and if not, we’re certain that the legendary cheese burger in the Olympic restaurant next door will be just as freakishly perfect.

- Pick up a pumpkin spiced latte in Pret and other coffee shops alike

What sets the mood better than a nice warm drink on a cold October evening? And with Pret recently joining UberEats, there’s no excuse to get in the spirit even if you’re self-isolating!

- Watch the full moon from one of London’s fantastic vantage points or royal parks

With the last full moon to fall on Halloween being in 2001, without doubt this is a rare and mystical event which cannot be missed. Astrologers and spirit-readers worldwide have cited it as ‘a day in which the veil between the mortal and spirit worlds is at its thinnest’.

- Dig out last year’s costume and bag a free cookie, babyccino or coffee at Artisan branches across South-West London

The only thing better than coffee is free coffee, and who could resist this scarily good deal offered on the 31st. Whether you throw on some cat ears or go full-zombie, if there was any incentive needed to get in the mood this is it.

- Take a bath in spooktacular style with the limited edition LUSH Halloween products

Toffee apple lip scrubs, blackberry bewitched bubble bars, citrus pumpkin bath bombs – we’ll take one of each! These fun products are destined to be a hit with kids (and adults) alike.

- Treat yourself to the tempting array of exclusive Halloween cupcakes available from Lola’s Cupcakes and the Hummingbird Bakery

These terrifying treats are to die for, and it would certainly be a grave mistake to miss out. They are also vegan friendly and available with a red velvet, chocolate or vanilla sponge, what more could you wish for?

- Unleash your creative side and paint a Halloween themed ceramic at Pitter Potter in Putney

With over 150 different items for the whole family to decorate, this is the perfect plan for a cold and rainy half term afternoon. 

- Take your pick of six spooky must-watches at the Everyman cinema’s fright night

Recently opening on the Kings Road, Everyman is the ideal destination whether that be for a dangerous date night or some terrifying family fun.

Despite the challenges, Halloween 2020 is certainly not cancelled and there are still many ways to safely get in the spirit. We can all just hope that perhaps Halloween 2021 will be further back to normality, but till then the best everyone can do is to follow the guidelines and support our wonderful London communities.