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Halloween in Edinburgh

  • 06 October 2017 - 31 October 2017
  • Various locations across Edinburgh

Trick or treat? Read on to discover some frightingly fun things to see and do in Edinburgh this October...

Cannibals: Flesh Meat

Dungeons Sawny Bean

6 - 31 October
The Edinburgh Dungeon, 31 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DF
Tickets: from £13.00

Meet the cannibal clan of Sawney Bean at the Edinburgh Dungeon – the Home of Halloween! 

Sawney Bean and his blood hungry children live in the caverns of Galloway. Their horrible cravings wreak havoc and terror on the Scottish highways, where they kidnap travellers and feast on their bodies.

This Halloween, you’ll be recruited into the King’s Men on the hunt for this insidious clan. But you’re on your own, so only enter the cave if you dare! They will leap, bound and crawl around you – after all, you smell like fear, and it’s giving them an appetite. Don’t stand there – or there, or there! Remember, they’re ravenous, and they’d love to have you for dinner...

The Edinburgh Dungeon will also have extended opening hours on 28th and 31st October (last tour leaves at 9pm). Book now to avoid grisly disappointment. 

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Sportsman's Charity Really Eerie Annual Magical Ball

Prestonfield Ball

Saturday 28 October
Prestonfield House, Priestfield Road, Edinburgh EH16 5UT
Tickets: £75

 Trick or treat yourself to an eerie evening of great food and wicked entertainment in the incomparable setting of Prestonfield's Stables Ballroom. 

With music from The Flavours, spooky games and the dress code 'Hint of Halloween', you are sure to have a SCREAM of a night until carriages at 1am! This frighteningly fun-packed evening, organised by The Sportsman Charity, is in aid of Royal Blind. 

Tickets cost £75 and includes a welcome drink, 3-course dinner, half bottle of wine and exceptional entertainment. For information and to book, contact or call 0131 662 2305. 

Mercat Tours Halloween

Mercat Tours Halloween

Friday 27 October – Tuesday 31 October
2.30pm – 11pm

Explore Edinburgh with Mercat Tours at the spookiest time of year: All Hallow’s Eve. You can expect all your favourite morbid tales of Edinburgh but with some Halloween additions. This year they introduce their first family focused Halloween tour, ‘Gory Stories’, which will reveal our creepy history including tales of witches and punishment.

Their Halloween programme will include dark tours of beautiful properties National Trust for Scotland properties around Edinburgh. For the courageous and daring, ‘The Midnight Hour’ tour will descend into the Blair Street Underground Vaults in the dead of night.

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Halloween at The Museum of Edinburgh

Museum Of Edinburgh Stone

Saturday 28 October
Museum of Edinburgh, 142 - 146 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DD

Head along to The Museum of Edinburgh on Saturday 28 October for a series of frighteningly good events. Join artist Lindsey Hamilton at 10.30am or 1.30pm spooktacular time in the museum celebrating Halloween with some scarily fun craft and to discover the stories of the museum. 

At 1.30pm until 4pm there is Guisers Galore, where you and your children can learn a song, a poem and a dance for real Halloween guising, then follow the Old Town Guisers' parade or prepare for guising in your local area. 

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Soutra: A Cabaret of Pestilence


27, 28 and 29 October
Starting point: Netherbow Wellhead, Royal Mile
Tickets from £6.50

Join Surgeons' Hall Museums for A Cabaret Of Pestilence, a multi-disciplinary showcase event, the culmination of their Heritage Lottery Funded project, Soutra: Surgery & Superstition.

Inspired by Soutra, the Scottish medieval monastic hospital, early surgery and medieval communities and superstition in Scotland, A Cabaret of Pestilence is a walking tour with a twist! You will be taken on a journey from the old Netherbow Well on the Royal Mile, through the winding streets of Edinburgh, to Surgeons’ Hall Museums, on the way hearing tales of witches, disease, monastic healthcare and medieval apothecaries.

During this guided tour you will be entertained by professional tour guides, storytellers, actors, a gospel choir and community participants.

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