Spooky season is approaching, meaning that citizens of London and tourists alike are scouring the city for things to do on Halloween. Halloween is a celebration observed on 31 October, and the name is a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”. This title stems from the fact that the intention of Halloween is to remember the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and the rest of the departed. It’s from this that Halloween soon became a celebration of all things menacing, including the mysterious 19th-century serial killer, Jack the Ripper.
Halloween in London is a day of many exciting affairs, from traditions such as trick-or-treating to telling scary stories. Similarly, children across the capital carve pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, go apple bobbing, and play games and pranks.
In addition to these wholesome customs, London is also host to some of the eeriest Halloween events. These include bonfires and firework displays, cinemas showing horror and Halloween films, and even tours of haunted attractions. For example, one of the deadliest areas in London was the streets of Whitechapel in 1888, and, on a Jack the Ripper Tour, you can be transported back in time to this eerie setting.
London is home to some of the best Halloween parties in the world. From lively events at the hottest clubs to family-friendly gatherings in the local area, London ensures that anyone and everyone is able to celebrate Halloween.
Despite this, not everyone is searching for a party on Halloween. Instead, they might be on the hunt for something a little more unusual, such as a spooky walking tour.
We run the Jack the Ripper Tour seven days a week at 5:00 and 7:30 pm; however, Halloween is one of the best times that you can embark on one of our tours. Hallows’ Eve in London is reminiscent of everything that goes bump in the night and gets your blood pumping. Consequently, it’s an ideal time to explore the spookiest side of the capital.
As you follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper himself, the hairs on the back of your neck are sure to stand on end. Discovering the story that’s disturbed Whitechapel and the rest of the globe for upwards of 130 years is sure to make your Halloween one to remember.
The autumn of 1888 was a terrifying time in London’s East End, as innocent women lost their lives to an unknown serial killer. This period was soon deemed the Autumn of Terror, and the title of “Jack the Ripper” has prevailed ever since. The Ripper successfully escaped anything that could identify him, from eyewitness reports to evidence, but perhaps you’ll be able to identify him on a Halloween tour.
The prospect of a serial killer lurking through Whitechapel was a terrifying one, and the exaggerated media made sure that everyone knew this. Meanwhile, residents of Whitechapel in 1888 were still none the wiser about whether they were brushing shoulders with a serial killer on a daily basis.
Thankfully, your experience in East London is sure to be a lot safer as you embark on one of our tours. You’ll be invited to assess Jack the Ripper’s kill count and visit the murder sites of the Canonical Five, as well as other key locations in the Jack the Ripper story. Similarly, you’ll be able to take a look at photos of Jack the Ripper’s victims and examine them and the area in detail. Finally, after familiarising yourself with the victims, you’ll be able to get to know some of the principal Jack the Ripper suspects, including the prime suspect that the police should’ve been looking for.
All this fascinating information will be presented to you by expert Ripperologists and true crime enthusiasts. Meanwhile, you’ll also have the opportunity to see Whitechapel through the killer’s eyes, using our exclusive Ripper-Vision technology.
Of course, the Jack the Ripper Tour isn’t the only Halloween tour in London; however, it’s the only one that takes place in the eerie East End. This is the most suitable location to spend Hallows’ Eve, as it’s notorious for its famous killers and other historical figures. As a result, the tour is filled with sinister twists and turns that are sure to shock and horrify you throughout. Expect the unexpected.
Our tours depart from the Whitechapel Art Gallery, which can be found outside Exit 3 of Aldgate East Tube Station on Whitechapel High Street, London.
You can book your tickets at £15 per head here.
We look forward to welcoming you and teaching you all about the gruesome details of one of the world’s most notorious serial killers.