Halloween Experience 2017

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 on this page are provisional for 2016.

Enjoy London Canal Museum on Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th October 2017 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 198 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 1640, 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!

Face Painting

Our face painter will be painting children's faces from 1630 to 2000 on both days in the museum.

Spooky Teasure Hunt and more

Other activities for children will be available

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 2017 (provisional)

The event will run on Saturday 28th October and Sunday 29th October 2017. 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. Our partners CCNA will do their best to maintain the timetable but we don't have exclusive use of the canal and the movement of other boats through the tunnel can cause delay.

Important points to note

Booking the Trip

Queries can be e-mailed to info@canalmuseum.org.uk. Book Online Now

The boat trip is not available to adults without children or to unsupervised children. Every child requires a ticket including babies. Museum admission is included and boat trip tickets are not sold without it. The museum will be open until the last boat has returned (around 2150) and visitors who have not bought combined tickets for the museum and the boat trip will be able to buy museum admission tickets only at the normal prices. If you want to book an additional adult or child as a separate booking after you have booked a party including at least one adult and one child, you can do so.

You can book a whole boat for up to 12 people. Booking a whole boat gives you exclusive use of that boat during the trip for your group. The group must include at least one child and at least one adult. You must select a boat that has 12 places available.

Tickets will be sent by e-mail. Please note that we will cancel your booking if you book a group that does not include at least one child and at least one adult. (You may book additional single tickets to join an existing group if you wish.)

Bookings for 2017 are NOT YET available.

All profits go to the charities who combine to bring you this event.


Prices for 2016 were

Adult (aged 16-125 inclusive)
Child (aged 0-15 inclusive)
Exclusive use of whole boat (12 places)


The event takes a lot of staffing and is volunteer run. Both the museum and the CCNA would be interested to hear from new volunteers both for this event and for other work. The addresses are volunteering@canalmuseum.org.uk and ccna@canalmuseum.org.uk. The CCNA are particularly interested in hearing from people who would like to be friendly witches for the two evenings.