Trick or Treat at the London Dungeon

By Helena Hodson, aged 8

The London Dungeon has a new character to scare children over the Halloween period – The Trickster. Last week I went to find out just how scary he is, and to experience all the rides.

In the London Dungeon you walk through a series of terrifying experiences where different actors act out frightening events in the history of London like Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd and Bloody Mary.

It is dark, smoky, damp, and a bit smelly. There are some fantastic rides that are very fun and scary.

I went with my best friend, Talia, my dad and Talia’s dad. As soon as we arrived the Trickster jumped out at us. He wore a black cloak and an ugly mask and crept up in your ear whispering, “Trick or treat? I think … trick!”

It was funny but frightening. Talia was petrified. She wanted to go home but her dad persuaded her to stay.

Then, the Trickster led us to a maze of mirrors, where we didn’t know what was real life and what was a mirror. We really felt like we were trapped.

Later we got to the torture chamber, and I was called up. The torturer pretended to pull out my tongue and my eyeballs. I enjoyed it a lot!

After that, we went to a room that looked like a pub. An actress was talking about Jack the Ripper when suddenly the table shook. The lights went out and without warning you saw a black figure jump out for a nanosecond – you knew it was Jack the Ripper. It was really cool.

Next there was a ride called Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom. You are strapped into a seat and lifted up. Then suddenly, when you don’t know what is going to happen, you drop down. It was awesome. It was my favourite ride.

Over all, the London Dungeon is brilliant. I would really recommend it.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Editor’s note: the Trickster is at the London Dungeon until 4 November. Find more details here.

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