Oct 2018, various venues.
Halloween or All Hallows Eve is a celebration of all things spooky and scary. It takes place on 31st October each year. It’s a modern version of the ancient Celtic festival Samhuinn, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. Scotland’s capital is, of course, known as one of the spookiest cities in the UK. And so there are lots of organised events on for Halloween in Edinburgh. It is advisable to book early as they are very popular with both locals and tourists.
Things to do for Halloween in Edinburgh 2018
|Viator Halloween Tours||various dates|
|Edinburgh Dungeons||various dates|
|The Ghost Bus||various dates|
|Condemned: Mary King’s Close Halloween Tours||various dates|
|Museums & Galleries Edinburgh: Halloween Activities||various dates|
|Edinburgh Horror Festival||25 – 31 Oct|
|Halloween Ceilidh at The Counting House||26 Oct|
|Frankomime’s Monster: An 18+ Halloween Panto||26 – 31 Oct|
|Sportsman’s Charity Really Eerie Annual Magical Ball||27 Oct|
|Holyrood Park Saints and Sinners||27 Oct|
|Terminal V Festival Halloween||27 Oct|
|Dobbies’ Halloween Spooktacular||27 – 28 Oct|
|Halloween Weekend Pub Crawl||27 – 31 Oct|
|Children’s Classic Concerts & RSNO: Broomstick Ride||28 Oct|
|Little Terrors Candy Apple Marking at Granary Leith||28 Oct|
|Samhuinn Fire Festival||31 Oct|
Traditional Halloween Festivities
Dressing up in costume as spooky characters. For example, skeletons, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, vampires and witches.
Also called ‘Bobbing for Apples’. A game played using a barrel filled with water and floating apples. Players must bend over the barrel with arms behind their backs and pick the apples out using only their teeth. The person who gets the most apples over a fixed period of time is the winner.
This tradition originated in Scotland in the 19th century. Children would dress up in costume and go door-to-door around the neighbourhood performing in return for food and coins. This is similar to ‘trick-or-treating’, a popular custom from North America where children knock on doors asking for sweets and treats.
Spooky faces are carved into hollowed-out turnips or pumpkins and candles placed inside to create a festive lantern.
Telling Ghost Stories or Watching Horror Films
Turning out the lights to tell scary stories or watch horror movies is sure to scare everyone silly.
Both adults and children throw parties incorporating some or all of the above activities. Along with the usual food, drink, music and games.