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Halloween in Edinburgh

  • 04 October 2018 - 04 November 2018
  • Various locations across Edinburgh

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

Gory Stories: Halloween for Kids

Mercat Family Tour

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October, 11.30am
Mercat Tours
Tickets: from £9.00 (child) to £14 (adult). Family ticket £37 for 2 children and 2 adults

Gory Stories is a family tour suitable for children over five years of age. Discover some horrible haunts, including Mercat Tour’s famous Blair Street Underground Vault, a place that remains hidden from daylight and was once frequented by some of Edinburgh’s less appealing characters.

Hear tales of witches, punishment and unruly school kids, and about the truth behind a traditional Scottish Halloween – and you may even discover some ‘neeps lanterns’ along the way. Every child on the tour will also receive a special Halloween gift to take home – all treats and no tricks!

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The Spooky Enchanted Forest

Spooky Enchanted Forest

Saturday 13 October, 10.30am or 1.30pm
Museum of Childhood, Royal Mile

Inspired by all the traditional spooky stories about ghosts and ghouls, join artist Melanie Ross in the Museum of Childhood to create your own terrifying ghosts and monsters that live in the forest. 

Use felt, paper and card to show your journey exploring and investigating the spooky woods.

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Halloween Magic School


Saturday 20 October, 10.30am
Lauriston Castle, Cramond Road South
Tickets: £7.00 (plus £1.14 booking fee)

The team at Lauriston Castle have teamed up with Edinburgh International Magic Festival to create the Halloween Magic School, perfect for ages 7-11. 

It's the time of year when there are more witches and wizards about than at any other. So why not learn some magic to go along with your awesome outfit? Learn, create and perform your own magic at a spooky, magic workshop this Halloween! Learn to perform incredible magic and make new wizard friends. No previous magic experience necessary. 

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Séance: Is Anybody There?

Edinburgh Dungeon Seance 2018 Inline

Saturday 6 October - Sunday 4 November
Edinburgh Dungeon, 31 Market Street
Tickets: Included in your Edinburgh Dungeon admission

This October visitors to Edinburgh Dungeon will be invited to raise the spirits of the dead with an extra-scary new show: Séance: Is Anybody There?

On 31 October of 1828 Burke and Hare, the notorious Edinburgh anatomy murderers, killed their last victim Madgy Docherty. 16 victims in total succumed to their murdering spree. Eight years later a collection of minature coffins containing wooden dolls were found on Arthur's Seat, now housed in the National Museum of Scotland. 

Séance will tell visitors of the theory that these coffins represent the Burke & Hare victims and that their existence was an attempt to provide the murdered with a symbolic final resting place. But are their souls really at rest?

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The Spooky Castle

Spooky Castle

Sunday 28 October, 10am
Lauriston Castle, Cramond Road South
Tickets: £8.14 (includes booking fee)

Spend a morning with Museums and Galleries Edinburgh and explore this spooktacular Castle at Halloween.  Be very brave and dabble in 4 frightingly fun family activity activities.  Spend some time out in the creepy old woods and search for clues with the ghouls and make terrifying Halloween treats in the historical kitchen.  

Remember to come in full fancy dress!  

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Halloween Games Night: Dungeons and Dragons

Mercat Tours Dungeons And Dragons

Wednesday 31 October, tours start at midnight
Mercat Cross, High Street
Tickets: £50

At midnight on Wednesday 31 October a unique Halloween adventure awaits Dungeons and Dragons game players in the Blair Street Vaults. Taking on a variety of guises from fighter to wizard to protect the land and appease the Ancients and the Restless – this is a story that only the game players (and the dice) can tell.

It will take place two storeys below South Bridge, surrounded by century-old stones that have seen the likes of bodysnatchers, dens of iniquity, crime, despair and destitution. Will the restless spirits of those who dwelled and perished there be intrigued by the game as they come alive on Old Hallows Eve?

This version of the Dungeons & Dragons Halloween game will be specially tailored to Edinburgh, the Vaults and their fascinating past. The game will be run by one of Mercat’s expert storytellers, dice will be provided (although participants can bring their own) and characters can be created on the day. Dungeons and Dragons novices and veterans are welcome!

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The Twilight Séance


Friday 26 October, 7.30pm
Lauriston Castle, Cramond Road South
Tickets: £11.37 (including booking fee)
Over 18's only

Join Edinburgh Horror Festival at Lauriston Castle for a spooky séance this Halloween. The séance is a traditional part of Halloween, from Hollywood horror movies to the real-life Houdini séances of the 1920s and 30s.

Join paranormal illusionist Ash Pryce as he leads you into the netherworld, join hands and whisper gently as the bells ring, objects levitate and the spirits make contact. 

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Sportsman's Charity Really Eerie Annual Magical (SCREAM) Ball

Prestonfield Halloween

Saturday 27 October
Prestonfield House, Priestfield Road
Tickets: £80

Trick or treat yourself to an eerie evening of great food and wicked entertainment in the incomparable setting of Prestonfield's Stables Ballroom, hosted by Richard Arnold from Good Morning Britain. 

With music from The Flavours, spooky games and the dress code 'Hint of Halloween' you are sure you have a SCREAM of a night! This frighteningly fun-packed evening, organised by The Sportsman's Charity is in aid of Leuchie House. 

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Lil' Monsters Ball

Little Monsters

Sunday 28 October, 9am
Hard Rock Café, George Street
Tickets: £14.96 (adult) £9.95 (children under 11)

Enjoy a morning of family fun at the Hard Rock Café'. With Halloween party games, costume competitions, and entertainment from Tricky Ricky; show off your best Monster Mash at the Li’l Monsters bash. Refuel from a range of complimentary snacks and BOO-gy to your favourite tunes. 

Toddlers under 2 years go free, but buggy/pushchair parking is limited. 

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Guisers Galore

Guisers Galore

Saturday 27 October, 1.30pm
Museum of Edinburgh and the Scottish Storytelling Centre
Free (ticketed)

What's Guising? Come along and 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. 

Rehearsals at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from 1.30pm and then performances at the Museum of Edinburgh at 3pm & 3.30pm. Bring your own costume or mask. Perfect for children aged 5+. 

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Haunted Halloween: The Midnight Hour

Mercat Halloween 18 Inline

Friday 26, Saturday 27 & Wednesday 31 October, 11pm
Mercat Cross, High Street
Tickets: £50 
Over 18's only

Mercat Tours are running a wide range of events this halloween, but this tour is only for the steely-willed: it takes serious nerve to keep your cool in the gloom, among the spirits of Halloween.

From the damp medieval streets to the dark caverns beneath, the tour will descend into the Blair Street Underground Vaults. Cobwebs hang from every surface, dim figures move in the near-darkness. The candlelight hardly helps, throwing long shadows against the walls, giving little more comfort than a small pool of light. It’s a dark, unsettling experience. This is a strictly adults-only tour, so expect the worst tales of misdeeds, the goriest details, the most ghoulish happenings.

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Puppy & Prosecco Party

Puppy And Prosecco Party 2018 Inline

Sunday 28 October 3-5pm
The Refinery, St Andrew Square
Tickets: £10

The original Puppy & Prosecco Party is back at The Refinery, and this time it's the Halloween special. Head along to St Andrew Square on Sunday 28 October from 3-5pm for doggy treats and a doggy goody back for your pooches, and of course prosecco for you. There will also be a prize for the best dressed pup for Halloween. 

Email to RSVP using the link below quoting 'Halloween Puppy Party'. 

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Which Witch is Which? at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

Camera Obscura Halloween

Saturday 20 October – Sunday 4 November
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
Tickets: Included in your admission

Come along to discover Edinburgh’s oldest visitor attraction this Halloween and prepare to have your mind-boggled with our weird and wonderful illusions and trickery.

From 24 – 31 October, Camera Obscura & World of Illusions will be decorated with all things spooky, ghoulie and eerie. The team will be in their most frightening family friendly fancy dress and encourage you to come along in yours.

Face painting will also be available free of charge on Friday 26th 1pm-5pm and Saturday 27th 2pm-5pm from our witches and warlocks in the gift shop. The gift shop also has a fantastic range of spell-binding books, Harry Potter wizards merchandise, spiders and rats (not real ones!), for you to browse and purchase.

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions have the longest opening hours in Edinburgh, open every day 9am-10pm from Saturday 20 October – Sunday 4 November.

Trick or Treat at Cuckoo's Bakery

Cuckoos Halloween

Launching Saturday 27th October
Cuckoo's Bakery, Dundas Street and Bruntsfield Place

Cuckoo's Bakery are getting into the Halloween spirit with their own range of "trick or treat" themed cupcakes. Customers will be able to choose a mixed box - or a 'Good' or 'Bad' box! They will also be offering a Ghostly Ghoul brownie and their devilishly good Halloween layer cake, which will be available to order.

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