As an adult you might feel a little spooked at the idea going door to door canvassing for candy like some sort of undead politician, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to do something fun and frivolous at Halloween – or, indeed, eat an awful lot of choc. The trick to getting the treats without going trick or treating is by attending some of London’s hottest Halloween events, where you’ll get the chance to sink your fangs, claws or any other appendages into all sorts of crazy cocoa-crammed creations.
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25th October – 9th November
The Ampersand’s playful Halloween afternoon tea is ideas if you’re terrified by the prospect of the mid-afternoon energy slump. Start with a selection of savoury gougeres to insulate your stomach from the sugar rush to follow, then, like a zombie with a particularly brain in his bowl, savour sweet plain and chocolate scones with cream and blood-red jam, and a host of happily horrifying, cartoonish confections including pumpkin cake, a jelly skull, and a raspberry, rose and redcurrant ‘blood shot’. Book online to benefit from the frighteningly good offer of a free glass of fizz from Monday-Friday.
It’s spooky how you can always find time for afternoon tea. The Corinthia’s Halloween-themed spread includes brilliantly British sandwiches and warm scones, but don’t pretend you’re not there for the patisserie. If you always opt for choc, you’ll fancy six of the eight ‘fancies’ on offer. Feast your peepers on ‘Jeeper Creepers’ – Manjari chocolate mousse and burnt orange marmalade; or let ‘The Haunting’ – crispy choux and cappuccino chocolate cremeux – send a shiver down your spine. If ‘death by chocolate’ appeals, ‘Mausoleum’ – chocolate sable biscuit, raspberry jam – might be for you.
Scary, yet sensible. With this workshop, Hotel Chocolat proves that it is possible to be both. The Halloween edition of the Chocolate Tasting Adventure is held at the suitable spookily-named Cocoa Vaults – and, aside from the festive fun, it’s a solid chance to improve your chocolate appreciation and understanding. A cold Bloody Mary offers a warm welcome, kicking off two hours of excellent exploration during which you’ll learn how to taste, and then apply those sensory skills to the Halloween chocolates you’ll have ample chance to sample.
Savouries step aside for this sweets-only supperclub, where the scariest thing is the number of calories you’ll consume. The New Orleans theme means Bayou tunes, bourbon, and maybe a dose of voodoo, too. The five courses of devilishly good food include a platter of Deep South sweetmeats served with Champagne, cocoa nib cookies served with a parfait with layers roasted pumpkin-bourbon and caramelised white chocolate mousses. During the ‘Voodoo Priest’s Chocolate Making Sermon’, you’ll learn to make choc-dunked candied chillies with chocolatier Anthony Ferguson.
And, if you’re game for a scare…
You don’t need to leave home to have a scream at Halloween. Don’t plan a party programme without checking out Rococo’s natty list of games guaranteed to make your event go down as a game-changer. At least one includes chocolate… and fear not, others can be adapted.
- For a guide to the most creative Halloween chocolates, click here