• Posted:Friday, October 16, 2009
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Enjoy Halloween from a London hostel

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Enjoy Halloween from a London hostel
My favourite time of year is nearly here once more - fancy dress, an over-abundance of sweets and bad renditions of I Put a Spell On You on the karaoke. That's right, folks - what else could it be but Halloween? I'm not quite sure what my celebratory plans are this year (apart from the above, of course), but I certainly wish I had rented a room in a London hostel as it seems that the city's festivities for 2009 will put the rest of the world to shame.

VisitLondon has done an amazing job of collating a list of where to go, what to do and scary stuff to see if freaking yourself out on All Hallow's Eve is what you're about. Something you can go and see from tomorrow (October 17th) - if you're of an impatient disposition and waiting until the 31st is too much like hard work - is London Dungeon's Scare Witch Trials. Here, visitors are transported back in time to the 17th century to stand trial as a witch in the Witch-Finder General's courtroom before having to fight their way out of a prison.

If that's too hardcore - and thinking about it now, it sounds like something I might chicken out of as well - there's Trick and Treating at the London Eye until November 1st. More one for the children, the wheel will be transformed into a creepy witches' forest, complete with a bog of no return.

Failing that, a visit to Mexico for its Day of the Dead festival is always a good idea for Halloween. Here, the townspeople hit the streets with lots of music, dancing and fireworks to honour their ancestors and remember their loved ones who have passed.

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