Things to do this weekend is sponsored by Imperial War Museum.
HALLOWEEN: We know that officially All Hallow's Eve doesn't fall until next week, but there's plenty of spook-tastic things in London happening this weekend.
HALF TERM: Need help keeping the littl'uns occupied over half term. We're here to help with our guide to events over the week.
COMIC CON: Back bigger and better than ever before, head to MCM Comic Con for the biggest fan event in the calendar. Cosplayers, movie buffs, gamers and collectors join a blockbusting lineup of comic stars for a whole weekend of fantasy fun. ExCel Centre (Royal Victoria), £17-£27, book ahead, 26-28 October
PUNK ROCK ART: Check out art from legends of the 1977 punk scene and beyond, to a stomping soundtrack of rock and roll. The showcase features works as original as the music and you can even take home a piece of punk history for a snip of most art fairs. The Underdog Gallery (Southwark), free, just turn up, 26-29 October
DIVERSITY DANCING: A two hour spectacular of dance, magic, acrobatics and death-defying stunts as dancing daredevils Diversity join forces with one of the worlds greatest circus companies for an awe-inspiring live performance. Brent Cross Shopping Centre (Brent Cross), £30-£55, book ahead, 26-30 October
SPOOKEASY: Barts speakeasy turns spooky for a night as a haunted apartment. Dutch courage abounds from the in-house cocktail bar, serving up treats to tantalise taste buds and steady nerves. Don fancy dress and dance all night. Barts (Chelsea), free, book ahead, until 3 November
MISPLACED EXHIBITION: Bart Simpson and an Ostrich walk into a bar... at least they do in Angelo Accardi's paintings. Immerse yourself in this uncanny collection where worlds collide at an exhibition mixing surrealism, pop culture and classical artwork. Eden Fine Art Gallery (Mayfair), free, just turn up, until 31 December
Explore conflicts past and present at Imperial War Museum’s Short Film Festival
Twerking, war games, and claustrophobia-inducing submarines; it’s all happening on the big screen at Imperial War Museum's Short Film Festival.
Go along to a free screening and delve into the causes, course, and consequences of conflict. Every day from 25-29 October, the museum presents a selection of short but hard-hitting documentaries, dramas, and animations that explore both past and contemporary wars. What’s more, you can decide which films take home a coveted festival award by voting for your favourite.
Even the man who brought Lord of the Rings to the silver screen is getting involved — you can catch Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old — a new film using original footage from Imperial War Museums’ extensive archive, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC.
There’s no need to book tickets for the short film screenings — just drop in whenever you fancy. For the full programme, click here.
Saturday 27 October
LIT FEST: Learn how to draft the next 50 Shades, take a tour of toilet books and chat with men who write romance, at Croydon's curveball literary festival. The line up features London literati, with the likes of Louis Barfe from Private Eye and GQ's very own Mike Gayle hosting workshops from morning 'til night. Braithwaite Hall/David Lean Cinema/Croydon Central Library/The Spread Eagle Pub (Croydon), free-£8, book ahead, 9.30am-9.30pm
SALVAGE YARD: Curiosities, collectables and kitschenalia abound at Peckham's go-to destination for vintage gems. With over 50 traders and an absolute truckload of treasures, there's far more diamond than rough at this salvage yard. Work up a sweat rummaging before powering up with a bite from any one of the amazing cafes next door. Copeland Park and Bussey Building (Peckham), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm
OKTOBERFEST: Enjoy one last hurrah before October is out at the final weekend of Oktoberfest. Singing, steins and schnitzels set to the sweet sounds of the Oompah band make for an unforgettable day and night of German folk fun. Lederhosen optional, table dancing actively encouraged. Munich Cricket Club (Victoria), free, just turn up, 12pm-11pm
TOWER BRIDGE CAT: To celebrate the launch of children's classic in the making, Tower Bridge Cat, the setting for the book plays host to a plethora of playful cat-themed activities. Illustration workshops, colouring and book readings from author Tee Dobinson provide fun for all the family. Tower Bridge Gift Shop (Southwark), free, just turn up, 2pm-5pm
PUMPKIN TRAIL: Head to London's oldest allotments for a positively spooky Halloween pumpkin trail. Follow the path to discover decorative jack-o-lanterns and things that go bump in the night. Torches advised. Northfields Allotments (West Ealing), free, just turn up, 3pm-7pm
AFRICAN PARTY: Chop x Beats are throwing the party to end all parties and you're invited. Art, games, body painting, music and food from across Africa set the vibe for throwing shapes and making merry. It's the ultimate in Afropoltain experience. Stour Space (Hackney Wick), £12.50, book ahead, 6pm-1am
RICHARD PICTURES: Fresh from the fringe, Anna and Emily bring you a sketch show full of the big questions, like 'what is Richard Pictures?' A night of comedy like no other with a two fabulously funny twosome. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £10, book ahead, 8pm-9pm
Sunday 28 October
ROMAN DEAD: Museum of London pieced together burials and beliefs of Roman London. It's the final day to journey into the underworld at this exhibition of exotic excavations and grave goods from the Roman dead. We gave this exhibition the full five stars. Museum of London Docklands (Canary Wharf), free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
EMPRESS OF BLUES: Ma Bessie and her musical troupe tell the story of the Empress of the Blues, from humble beginnings in a one-room shack to the highest-paid black entertainer of the '20s. Get grooving to a showcase of Bessie Smith's best songs and learn about one of the greats. Hideaway (Streatham), £12, book ahead, 12pm-4.30pm
PASTELS AND PUPS: Learn how to make your Instagram pop by taking a stroll along the streets of the enviably photogenic Notting Hill. Led by lifestyle and fashion photographer Eva Thompson, this pup friendly tour takes in pastel houses and beautiful buildings for perfect snap backgrounds. Holland Park Station (Holland Park), free, book ahead, 1pm-4pm
ETHICAL STRIPPING: An antidote to stigma, shame and stereotyping from Stacey Clare, a woman who has seen and experienced every aspect of the misunderstood world of UK strip clubs. Discussing feminism, sex work and ethics, this candid talk is not to be missed. Conway Hall (Holborn), £4-£8, book ahead, 3pm-4.30pm
VIVA LA FRIDA: Craft a Kahlo under the expert eye of Kayleigh Jackson, creator of Jennifer Jackson Dolls. Create a brooch in the feminist icon's image from a vast array of faux flowers and vintage trims to ensure your accessory is as unique as you are. Creative Biscuit Ceramics Cafe (Woodford), £30, book ahead, 4pm-6pm
SAMARITANS COMEDY: Up and coming comedians and old hands alike, join forces for a night of laughter in aid of Samaritans. Do good and feel great. Soho Theatre (Soho), £20, book ahead, 6pm-9pm
WEST END BARES: Comedian extraordinaire and star of Bake Off's Extra Slice, Tom Allen hosts Top Off the Pops, a night to celebrate some of the greatest tracks performed by an almighty line up from the West End. All money raised goes to The Make A Difference Trust, funding HIV and AIDS projects. Shaftsbury Theatre (Westminster), £25-£80, book ahead, 7pm and 9.30pm