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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London is the only place to be this Halloween

19th September 2013

If you don't want your kids to be out on the street trick or treating this Halloween then a visit to London could be the perfect solution, as a host of fantastic family events are being staged in and around the capital in celebration of the year's spookiest holiday.

The EDF London Eye, for example, will be transformed into London's ghostliest attraction, with a special Halloween storytelling capsule to keep the whole family entertained.

During your 30-minute spin on the big wheel, you'll meet the High Witch and learn the story of the evil Grimly Grim, who has launched a plan to steal the crown jewels.

Participants will then be put through Witch Academy, learning to cast spells and conduct all manner of other spooky activities, before helping the High Witch to foil Grimly Grim and his dastardly plan.

Children are advised to come decked out in their best witch's outfit, with pointy hats, broomsticks and caldrons more than welcome.

Elsewhere, Chessington World of Adventures, which is technically located in Surrey but sits just 12 miles from central London and can be easily reached from the M25, will become the setting for a truly terrifying experience, with visitors able to take part in solving the Mystery of Hocus Pocus Hall.

Entering the apparently haunted house of Sir Arthur, an explorer who has vanished without a trace, guests will attempt to piece together the story of what happened to this intrepid pioneer while trying to avoid the many ghouls, ghost and monsters that seem to inhabit the place.

If you're feeling really brave you can even take on the park's scariest attraction, VAMPIRE: The Haunting in the Hollows, which takes visitors back to 1897 and the village of Black Hollow in Transylvania, home of the legendary Count Dracula.

With regular trains and coaches running to Chessington from numerous central London stations, access is quick and easy, so at least your journey there won't be frightful.

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