Halloween Experience 2014

Boat trips, Ghosts, and fun for the family

What's On

Each year we celebrate Halloween in partnership with Camden Canals and Narrowboat Association who offer a trip through Islington Tunnel in a highly decorated boat. Staff in costume will take part in the event so far as staffing availability allows. Details of the 2014 event on this page are provisional and subject to alteration.

Enjoy London Canal Museum on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October 2014 1530-2145

Two masked figures on a boat

A Unique Trip

The Halloween trip is a unique trip through Islington Tunnel at halloween on board one of London's community narrowboats specially decorated for the occasion with a friendly witch amongst the crew. Be prepared for some surprise sights in the darkness of the 193 year old tunnel! You may also meet a witch on your journey or before or after it! Kids receive sweets on board and a free glowstick.

Places are limited on each trip. Babies are counted even if they are carried in arms. The Canal Museum Trust sells boat trip places as agent for the Camden Canals and Narrowboat Association. You are advised to be at the museum at least 15 minutes before your trip - the boat cannot wait for latecomers.

skeleton lies prostrate, lit in darkness by candles

A unique museum visit (booking not required)

Halloween event logo - a most amazing Halloween experience

Expect the unexpected as you look around the London Canal Museum. There will be special activities for children in the museum so make sure you allow time for these either before or after your boat trip. (Before if you are catching one of the last boats of the evening). Look out for horrible sights and listen for screams! Explore the corridor of fear Listen to horrible noises, and look out for horrible pictures in unexpected places!

If you leave it too late to book for the complete event including boat trip, or you don't wish to take the boat trip, you will still be able to visit the museum at usual museum entry charges. Advance booking is not required for a museum visit without a boat trip.

Ghost Stories

Our Ghost Story Teller will tell stories in the museum at 1630, 1730, 1830, 1930 and 2030 on both days. Each story-telling session lasts about 20 minutes. Prepare for sinister spine-chilling tales that will make your blood curdle! (to be confirmed)

Face Painting

Our face painter will be painting children's faces from 1700 to 2100 on both days in the museum.

Spooky Teasure Hunt and more

A spooky-themed treasure hunt will operate - you might need a torch to look for clues! There will be a cave of fear - dare you look inside? Do you date feel inside our sensory bags? There are some horrible things inside them!

Other boat trips

London Canal Museum offers guided tunnel boat trips on certain Sundays in the summer. These are suitable for adults and older children. Please check this website for further information. There are regular trips between Camden and Little Venice operated by commercial companies. Groups can charter a boat for a tunnel trip of their own. Please see our Community Narrowboat page and our Boat Trips on London Canals page.

skeleton in between painted narrowboat doors

Timetable 2015 - Provisional

The event will run on Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November 2015. The timetable is the same on both days. Boats will depart at 1500, 1510, 1540, 1600, 1610, 1640, 1705 1715, 1745, 1810, 1820, 1850, 1915, 1925, 1955, 2020, 2030, 2100. The boat trip part of your visit lasts about 50 minutes but you should allow more time that this, both for your museum visit, and because the trip can sometimes take longer. It is a good idea to book for later trips rather than earlier trips if you can. The ghosts are shy before it gets dark.