Official Guide to Edinburgh

Things to do for Halloween in Edinburgh

29 October 2014

Halloween is fast approaching and where better to celebrate than one of Europe’s most haunted cities. We’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in Edinburgh this Halloween to ensure you have a frightfully good time!

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Mercat Tours – Most Haunted Hallowe’en

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Join Mercat for an exclusive Halloween tour through the city’s Old Town and prepare for a scare in the Blair Street Underground Vaults. On your journey you’ll learn the most unsavoury tales of Edinburgh’s former residents, and hear about the documented sightings of the vault’s most infamous ghosts. This Halloween adventure is not for the faint hearted though, as Mercat warn visitors any lingering shadow, figure or sound in the underground chambers is very real. And if that isn’t quite scary enough, you will even get the unique opportunity to walk the vaults alone. This is one tour which is guaranteed to leave you chilled to the bone!

The Edinburgh Dungeons – The Home of Halloween

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Its official…Burke is back! Edinburgh’s most murderous residents, Burke and Hare, return to the Edinburgh Dungeons this Halloween. Join them in devious Dr Knox’s Anatomy Theatre to find out the gruesome details of their last murder on Halloween in 1823. Not only will you get to meet Burke and Hare, but you’ll also have the opportunity to see many of the other historical villains and rogues of Scotland’s past, including Sawney Bean and his cave dwelling cannibalistic family. After you’re spooktacular meetings, you’ll be invited to take a seat on the Dungeon’s two thrilling rides.

Samhuinn Fire Festival

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On the 31st October, join the procession of drums, fire and characters from celtic lore as it makes its way through the dark streets of Edinburgh. This year’s Samhuinn celebrations are even bigger and better than before, as the festival kicks off in the High Street and finishes at the Mound Precinct, giving more people a chance to witness this spectacular event.  No tickets are required but there will be charitable donations made throughout the night.

Ghillie-Dhu – Dance of the Damned

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The Ghillie Dhu’s spooktacular Halloween extravaganza is set to be a night to remember. Party goers will be treated to a wickedly tasty three course meal from their special Halloween inspired menu, with freakishly named delights such as ‘Sweeny Todds Special’ and ‘The Ghost Buster’. This will be followed by the Dance of the Damned, with music from the Norman Mackay Monster Ceilidh Band, where we’re sure there’ll be some frightful dancing on display. Guests can choose to attend both parts of the evening or just go along to the ceilidh from 10pm.

Journey to the Twilight Zone – Secret Halloween Party

Following the frightening success of last year’s event in an international climbing arena, the Secret Halloween party is back and gearing up to surprise you with a new mystery location in Edinburgh that promises to be even bigger and better than before! Those who manage to bag a ticket to this popular event will be sent all the details of the top secret location on the day.