The nights are drawing in, but our waistbands aren't. Here are your need-to-know food events, from Friday 30 October
The only thing scarier than Halloween in London is the idea that you might not go out to eat this week.
So make the most of the crisp autumn evenings (if it's not raining) and sink your teeth into one of these foodie events in the capital. They look dead good.
Have a fright night at Urban Food Fest
Transylvania, Shoreditch … what's the difference, really? Indulge your gross-out and gourmand instincts at once this Saturday at the Urban Food Fest Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Extravaganza, where the usual array of vendors will be dishing out street food with sinister twists.
Try cheeky vampire cheese and bacon burgers, zombie brain salmon bruschetta and earthworm crispy beef brisket in a brioche bun, washed down with blood-red watermelon, orange and bourbon cocktails. It might not be as scary as a hot dog from one of those guys outside the tube station, but it's a step up from bobbing for apples.
Oh, and everyone in Halloween fancy dress gets a free shot – so none of your "I came as myself" excuses.
Free 12pm-midnight, Saturday 31 October. More details here.
Pick your poison on the London Eye
Set your sights a little higher for the spookiest weekend of the year, with a spin in the London Eye's Halloween cocktail capsule.
Run by the award-winning Cocktail Trading Co., you'll be able to quaff a "trick", which is caramelised apple, sherry, orange curaçao, ginger and dragon's breath. Or you could go for a "treat" – an apricot, spiced orange, caramel and candied cauldron fire – served appropriately in a vial of poison. With the city lights swirling beneath you, it's probably the closest you'll get to a broomstick flight.
6:30pm, 7:30pm or 8:30pm on Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October. Tickets £45 including two drinks, nibbles, priority boarding and entry to the 4D Experience. Book here.
Celebrate the great indoors at Hawker House
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Wrapping up and sitting strategically under an outdoor heater is all very well, but do you remember indoors? Lovely, cosy indoors? Well, it's back! Street Feast's indoor night market Hawker House is reopening its doors for the winter at a brand-new warehouse location in Canada Water.
If 13 different street food vendors aren't enough to entice you, there's the infamous whiskey roulette and the brand new Neil Rankin's Meat Hook, a three metre whole-animal grill, to keep you toasty.
5pm–midnight, Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October. Free entry before 7pm, £3 afterwards. For more information, see here.
Live it up at Days of the Dead Fest
Swap a witch's brew for sugar skulls and celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead this weekend instead. The British Museum is hosting four days of special events including The Day of the Dead Late on Friday 30 October (tonight) – a free festival of performance art, music, film screenings, face-painting – and crucially, plenty of Mexican street food and tequila cocktails.
Or if you want less arty, more party, head to Barrio Central or Barrio North for a joint Day of the Dead/Halloween bash featuring DJs Oliver Night and The Barrio Allstars, killer Mexican nosh including crispy chorizo nachos and a special "flight of the pumpkin" tequila cocktail. Oh, and Instagram-worthy face painting. A Saturday night worth living for.
Friday 30 October at The British Museum, free.
Go to the gym … for dinner
Exciting news for anyone who'd like to use the phrase "I'm going to the gym" without having to lift a finger, hotly anticipated new restaurant German Gymnasium is opening for a soft launch on Thursday.
Expect central European treats like veal schnitzel with warm potato salad and lingonberry compote, and seared scallops and mettwurst with apple, pistachio, butternut squash and saffron potato.
Housed inside a Grade II-listed former gymnasium in King’s Cross, the restaurant will feature an all-day grand cafe, a dining room, a bar, a terrace and a pâtisserie counter doling out sweet buns and doughnuts – so at least your willpower will get a workout.
Soft launch: 5-11 November. Official opening: 12 November. Book a table here.
Conquer the chestnut
From Day of the Dead to conking out … chestnuts are in season! They're good for so much more than just roasting on an open fire, too.
Take a few tips from our guide to foraging and our guide to cooking with chestnuts, and try your hand at one of these nicely nutty sweet and savoury chestnut recipes. It doesn't get much more autumnal than this.
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