Halloween in Edinburgh

Saturday, 18 October 2014
Edinburgh has a bit of a reputation for being a "spooky" city, what with our creepy underground vaults and endless ghost stories, so it goes without saying that it's a great place to spend Halloween.  I've had a look to see what there is to do in the city this year so check out the list below if you're up for some spooky fun!

Edinburgh Dungeons entrance


Edinburgh Dungeons - October 10th to November 2nd
An obvious place to spend Halloween would be the Edinburgh Dungeons, 'The Home of Halloween'.  Up until recently I'd never actually been before, but I was kindly invited along to experience their latest show so jumped at the chance.

I won't give too much away, as not knowing what's coming next is part of the fun, but the tour takes you through Edinburgh's gruesome history where you'll hear all about the infamous murderers Burke and Hare, stand trial for various misdemeanours, walk through a plague ridden close, and go on a boat ride to seek out cannibals (eek). There's also a ride called Drop Dead at the end which is much scarier than I was expecting it to be, but all good fun!  I definitely recommend a visit.

Ghillie Dhu Dance of the Damned - Friday 31st October
Ghille Dhu's weekly ceilidh takes a creepy turn on the 31st with the 'Dance of the Damned'.  There's a 3 course meal including themed dishes like Sweeney Todd's Special and the Ghost Busters, followed by a Halloween ceilidh with music provided by the aptly named Norman Mackay Monster Ceilidh Band.


The Spooky Castle - Saturday 25th October
Lauriston Castle is hosting a workshop promising a morning of ghoulish fun and adventure, including woodland ghostly trails and crafts.  I've written a post about Lauriston Castle before as it's pretty near where I live.  I went on a tour of the castle last year and it was really interesting hearing all the history so I'm sure it will be even more fun with a spooky twist!

Journey to the Twilight Zone - Friday 31st October
Now this sounds interesting….intriguingly described as "not a club night, or even a club at all….not a warehouse party, or a festival.  It's much much more".  The details are top secret, all you know if the date and that it's a £10 taxi journey from the city centre.  The 4,000 people lucky enough to get a ticket will "enter the Twilight Zone" and experience a night that revolutionises nightlife, entertainment and youth culture.  If I didn't already have plans I'd be all over this!

Greyfriars Cemetery
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Night of Infinite Terror - Saturday 1st November
There's plenty of ghost tours to choose from in the city and they all take you to slightly different areas.  I've only been on one and it ended in Greyfriars Cemetery (and was very creepy might I add!).  If a plain old ghost tour isn't quite scary enough for you though then the Night of Infinite Terror sounds like a more hardcore experience.  You'll start off at Greyfriars for a tour of the graveyard, followed by a vigil in the Black Mausoleum (rumoured to be haunted by the infamous Mackenzie poltergeist), and then end at Mary Kings Close.

Ghost Bus Tour - all month
I've seen these buses drive around town before and always thought they look like the Knight Bus from Harry Potter.  The ghost bus tours take you on a journey around the darker side of Edinburgh, learning about witches, grave robbers, and the plague.  It basically sounds like a lazy version of a traditional (walking) ghost tour, so it definitely appeals, haha.


Scary Cinema
If you're planning a more chilled out Halloween night then there's plenty of spooky films on offer at Edinburgh's cinemas.  The Filmhouse are showing the classic Night of the Living Dead, there's an Alien and Aliens double bill at Vue, or for the ultimate pee your pants experience try The Exorcist - The Directors Cut at The Cameo.

And how will I be spending my halloween this year?  As has become tradition, I'll be at Gillian and Laura's halloween flat party drinking punch, eating homemade cakes, and then ending the night dancing to Blink182 at the Hive.  Oh, and I'll be dressed up as Mary Poppins (outfit post to come).

What about you?

P.S.  Do you like my little Halloween redesign?? :)

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