Halloween in Edinburgh
- 05 October 2019 - 03 November 2019
- Various locations across Edinburgh
Trick or treat? Read on to discover some frightingly fun things to see and do in Edinburgh this October...
The Edinburgh Dungeon: The Home of Halloween
5 October – 3 November
The Edinburgh Dungeon, 31 Market Street
Edinburgh Dungeon is THE Home of Halloween! Visit between 5 October – 3 November for a month of spooky goings on including: a new ghost show ‘The White Lady’, a series of adults-only Dungeon Lates events, Pumpkin competitions and plenty of scary fun surprises. Visit the website for more!
'A Toast to the Spirits of the Regions' at Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Thursday 31 October, 7pm
Kaleidoscope at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX
With such rich histories it’s no wonder that distilleries are amongst the most haunted buildings in the world. This Halloween, Scotch Malt Whisky Society Ambassador Alan Wood will host a 5-dram regional tasting. As you sample on drams, you will hear ghost tales from each region. Are you brave enough?
Tickets include a 5 drams whisky tasting from 5 regions and a society supper.
Halloween Wand Making Workshop
Sunday 20 October, 11am
Lauriston Castle, Cramond Road South
The team at Lauriston Castle have teamed up with Edinburgh International Magic Festival to create a very special wand making workshop - just in time for Halloween.
Design and then build your very own magic wand with expert wand makers, using a huge assortment of spooky, sparkly and glittery materials. Then swish, swoosh and cast your spells to collect bags of sweets this Halloween. Come along in your best wizarding fancy dress!
Sunday 27 October, 3pm
Museum of Edinburgh and the Scottish Storytelling Centre
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 2pm and then performances at the Museum of Edinburgh at 3.30pm. Bring your own costume or mask. Perfect for children aged 5+.
Scottish Assault Courses Edinburgh 5k night-time obstacle run
Saturday 2 November
Winton Castle, Pencaitland East Lothian EH34 5AT
Why not get your head torch on, put on fancy dress and have fun at Scottish Assault Courses Edinburgh, family night time 5k fun run with obstacles such as monkey bars, high walls, tunnels and lots of mud and water, around the grounds of Winton Castle in East Lothian, near Edinburgh?
Last year nearly 100 runners took part in the first Halloween Run, which was a 'ghostly' success.
There will be a bonfire and a DJ playing music, as well as hot food and drinks available to purchase.
Lil' Monstars Halloween Bash
Sunday 27 October, 9am - 11am
Hard Rock Café, 20 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF
Head to Hard Rock Café this October for the best Halloween event this side of a full moon; featuring an interactive “make your own doughnut” bar and other spooktacular fun, including face-painting and slime-making! Refuel from a range of complimentary snacks, then show off your best Monster Mash and BOO-gy to your favourite tunes! (costumes strongly encouraged).
Potion Making Classes at the Cauldron
57a Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1LH
The Cauldron is Edinburgh’s witchiest venue—working magic wands, wizard cloaks, and fantastical cocktails. The immersive pop-up bar from London is only here for a limited time, and Halloween is the season to visit.
Book a potion-making experience or pop in for a witchcraft inspired cocktail, like the Blood Boiling Blob, Dragon’s Breath, or Bubbling Shot of Death. Even better, try a pint of “Three Sisters Pale Ale,” a collaboration beer with Innis & Gunn that is brewed with ingredients found in real Scottish magical history—thistle, rosemary, and honey. Only available at The Cauldron.
Rocky Horror Singalong
Thursday 31 October
SKYBar Edinburgh, 34 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AF
Grab your suspenders and boas and join us for a night of Rocky Horror in the SKYbar!
We will be showing the Rocky Horror Picture Show and it will be a sing and dance-a-long so warm up those vocal chords and dancing shoes!
Tickets include props for audience participation and a ROCKY HORROR THEMED DRAG SHOW! Dress up is strongly encouraged!
Entry from 7pm
Drag show part 1: 7:30pm – 8pm
Drag Show Part 2: 8:30pm - 9pm
Movie: 9:15pm – 10:45pm
Bar open until midnight
This event is 18 + only and entry will only be allowed with a valid ticket.
Halloween at Mercat Tours
Thursday 31st October, Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd November
Haunted Underground Tour, Mercat Cross, High Street
Join Mercat Tours to revive Halloween traditions when the veil between the living and dead is at its most fragile. Descend into the Blair Street Underground Vaults which hold some of the darkest tales of Edinburgh, shared through the ancient art of storytelling.
Departs 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm.
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Thursday 31st, Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd November
Raising The Dead Tour, Mercat Cross, High Street
Tread carefully in the Canongate graveyard, where amongst the restless spirits you’ll find tales of the dreaded cannibal of Canongate and much more. Our expert storytellers will help you discover old Halloween traditions and reconnect with the past on this All Hallows’ Eve walking tour.
Departs 7.30pm, 8.30pm.
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