Edinburgh being the most haunted city in Britain… or maybe even the world, makes it a perfect destination for those brave ones among us who want to celebrate a real scary Halloween. Those hidden alleyways just sparsely lit by a single street lamp and those historical buildings all around Old Town, just form the perfect backdrop for gruesome murder stories. And of course, if there are all these scary stories of Edinburgh’s past, there are also many, many ghosts haunting the city, as any good ghost tour guide would tell you. For your chance to get the chills and maybe nightmares until the end of your days, have a look at our selection of Halloween-themed events for young and old below. Let us know where you’ll be spending Halloween on Twitter or Facebook.
Comas Zombie Chase
Ever dreamed of getting chased by zombies? Us neither. But for the mad few among us who have those fantasies, we recommend the Zombie Chase in Pilrig Park. With a cemetery next door, the organisers state “Pilrig Park has been declared a biohazard area after reports came in concerning the dead returning to life” and now brave zombie fighters are needed to get rid of those horribly unpleasant creatures. Participants will have to fight their way through a number of trials and obstacles while at the same time trying to stay alive and uninfected. There are three different challenges available for kids until 12 (£5), teenagers from 13-17 (£8), and grown-ups from 18 years of age (£15). If you are not convinced yet, we are just letting you know that all proceeds go to the charity Comas, which supports the disconnected and isolated people of our society.
Pilrig Park, Pilrig Street, Edinburgh, 31st October 2015, 12am – 11pm
Next we have a hopefully more relaxed event for you. Professional storyteller Amanda Edmiston and musician Louise Cairns will fascinate you in a secret garden in Edinburgh with original dark and funny gothic stories about fairies and witchcraft. Included in the price of £12.50 is a cup of warming mulled cider or spiced apple juice and, of course, an evening of enchantment. Little Halloween enthusiasts can be taken on a less scary (but still very exciting) storytelling journey during an earlier event.
Guise – Halloween Storytelling for Children, Secret Herb Garden, EH10 7EA Edinburgh, 31st October, 5-6pm
Witchcraft! Halloween Storytelling for Grown Ups, Secret Herb Garden, EH10 7EA Edinburgh, 31st October, 7.30- 8.30pm
In the old town of Edinburgh on Grassmarket the Sumhuinn Fire Festival will be held. While not directly celebrating the Halloween tradition that came over from the US, this celebration will show Summer’s defeat against the upcoming Winter usually after the harvest season. This spectacle of dance, music, and fire with Gaelic roots is non-ticketed (a.k.a. free) and a must for everyone coming to Edinburgh for Halloween.
Grassmarket, Edinburgh, 31st October, 7-9pm
Fourthly, how about going on a little boat ride for Halloween? And how about going on a boat ride with an experienced, established medium? The Re-Union Canal Boats offers exactly that – a 2 hour psychic cruise on the Union Canal for £15 per head during which you might get the chance to speak with a loved one in spirit. We’ve already got the chills thinking about that. Would you be brave enough?
1 Union Path, Edinburgh, 31st October, 6.30-8.30pm
Last but not least, we highly recommend paying the Edinburgh Dungeon a visit. It calls itself “the home of Halloween” and for sure will have everyone screaming their lungs out. Diving into Edinburgh’s historic parts, you will discover numerous scary stories that should have been better left untold and if that doesn’t leave you scared, they have created a special show for the Halloween season around Edinburgh’s infamous resurrectionists. And by the way, Fountain Court Apartment guests get 30% off the ticket price with a voucher available from reception.
31 Market Street, Edinburgh, 31st October, 10am-10pm