It’s getting down to the wire to plan for Halloween, folks.  One of the more stressful aspects of my move in late September 2008 was realizing that the Brits don’t freak out about this morbid holiday as much as we Americans do.  That just poured salt in the wounds I already suffered from homesickness and flat-finding stress, not to mention trying to find a job.  What I’ve noticed, however, is that with each year, I see a bit more spooktastic items creeping onto store shelves.  Marks & Spencer has a wall of scary snacks in their Simply Food grocery stores, and they sell kids’ costumes.  I also noticed a party shop on High Street Kensington decked out with all things Halloween.

Last year, I wrote about the nature of Halloween here, at least as I observed it, as well as some haunting London tours you can take.

Those tours apply this year as well, and I’d like to supplement with some other events my friends have unearthed:

Scaresville 2010 haunted woods tour – 15-29 October.  Tickets £15-27, depending on date and time of tour.

Last Tuesday Society Halloween Ball – 29 October.  Tickets £30 each or £125 for groups of five.

Halloween Party at The Troubadour – 31 October @ 6pm.  Tickets £5.

‘Haunted London’ Treasure Hunt – 30 October @ 4pm.

London Girls Meetup Group: A (not-so) scary Wine and Cheese Pairing Halloween Bash – 30 October @ 7pm. Tickets £35 before 23 Oct., £40 thereafter.  Buy 4 tickets, get 1 free.

What great opportunities to relax, be silly, and meet new people and see new parts of the city if you’re moving to London in time for Halloween!