Looking for something a little different to do for halloween? Combine dark eerie nights, gruesome tales, and a spin on your bike with these events that will get your heart racing in more ways than one!
1. Moonriders Halloween Charity Cycle
Watch out! Cycling zombies, ghouls, and monsters are set to take over the streets of London on the 25th October!
The Moonriders Halloween Charity Cycle event is an 80 or 100km sportive which takes place overnight, so you’ll get to enjoy much quieter, less busy roads. Just don’t get left behind, because the ride takes in some of the capitals most haunted landmarks en route.
It’s a fully supported event with mechanics, rest stops with free food and drink, a halloween neck buff and spoke lights, and lots more. There’ll even be a food stop en route at Hell’s Kitchen in the Crypt – chilli con carnage anyone?
You can ride any type of bike, including Boris Bikes, and there’ll be a prize for the best costume.
When: 10pm on Friday 25th October
Cost: There are no charity places left, so you’ll have to cover your own costs. It’s £99 for the event, which includes full support, food, medals and prizes.
More information and booking: Visit the Moonriders website.
2. The Ballad of Lord Stanley Oberwain
Dare you follow Lord Stanley Oberwain and hear his ghostly tale of tragedy, loss and horror?
Combining cycling and theatre, this promenade performance is run in conjunction with the Exquisite Folly Theatre company and Bikeminded. If you like dressing up, then this is another perfect opportunity as participants are invited to come beclothed in the finest fashions of 1899, when the tale is set.
Is that sound the squealing of brakes I hear, or cries of terror?!
Where: A secret meeting place in London
When: 7pm to 9pm, Thursday October 31st
Cost: Tickets cost £7, and the ride is suitable for over 16s.
More information and booking: Visit the Bikeminded website, and book online at Eventbrite.
3. Halloween Cycling Party
This is one for all the family, plus bikes!
There’ll be face painting and games, and even your bike can join in with the dressing up as there’ll be reflective stickers you can use to decorate it. These’ll also help keep riders big and small visible in the halloween gloom. Don’t forget your helmet.
It sounds like a really fun event, and we love the idea of the sunset ride round a track lit by pumpkin lanterns!
Where: Shrewsbury Sports Village
When: 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Wednesday 30th October
More information and booking: Visit the Travel Shropshire site for more information, or contact Cycle Shrewsbury via firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Halloween Cycling Treasure Hunt
Grab your bikes, bring your family and wrap up warm as you join in the Halloween Cycling Treasure Hunt at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre, near Newbury.
Follow the clues on the map, explore, look out for wildlife and see if you can collect all the pumpkins – if you’re successful, you’ll get a reward! There’s lots of other events going on as part of the Centres Green Halloween event, so you’ll also be able to make a bird box or join in with a small mammal survey.
Where: Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre
When: 10am to 2pm, Thursday 31st October
More information and booking: Visit the Visit Newbury site for more information, and to see what other activities are running visit the Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre website.
5. iBikeLondon Halloween Ride
More chances to dress up and ride around in the dark – just don’t forget your lights! This social ride will take you across a whopping 15 London bridges, out from the centre of town and back. The organisers, iBikeLondon, promise a ‘Fast, fun and spooky 23 mile ride’ so this is one for the more experienced cyclists out there.
Starting at Tower Bridge, the route will take you out to Hammersmith and back in, and there’ll be a post-ride social gathering too. To make sure you’re in the party spirit, there’ll even be a disco bike with a steam machine – surely the ride is worth it to see this alone!
When: 7pm to 11.30pm approx. Saturday 2nd November
More information and booking: Visit the iBikeLondon site.