5 spooky events for Halloween

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The temperature is starting to get a little chilly, the autumn leaves have well and truly fallen and costume stores all over the country are packed with last minute shoppers looking for spooky threads. It must be Halloween time again! If you’re still stuck for inspiration on what to do for Halloween this year, we have the perfect list of suggestions for you.

Featuring spooky ghost tours, haunted castles, ancient Celtic fire festivals and a spooky 5km fun run, we have a Halloween event for just about everyone:

1. Ghosts of Traqauir (26th October – 3rd November) Innerleithen, Peebleshire

Come along to Traquair House to join a spooky candlelit ghost tour to bring it’s haunted history to life. Hear the stories of people who lived there in centuries past. Top off a fantastic night with a hearty Halloween supper.

2. Halloween at Glamis Castle (27th October) Glamis Castle, Angus

Glamis Castle has a reputation of being one of the most haunted castles in Scotland. To celebrate they’re having a spooky evening of storytelling, a torchlight procession and special prizes awarded to those best dressed for each session.

3. Halloween Howler 5km (28th October) Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell

Dust off your best Halloween costume and join the countless others who will be taking part in this 5km fun run through Strathclyde Country Park. There’s a prize for best costume so if you do participate, make sure it’s creative!

4. Samhuinn Fire Festival (31st October) Edinburgh

Set in the heart of Edinburgh’s iconic old town, the Samhuinn Fire Festival marks our transition to winter set against the chilling backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and St Giles’ Cathedral. Expect costumed performers, fire, puppets drums and dancing to bring in the Celtic New Year.

5. Spooks & Sacrifice – Celtic Samhain Festival (31st October) Kenmore, Perthshire

Enjoy a torch lit procession through the woods by Loch Tay and witness a wicker ram blaze in a ceremonial sacrifice. The evening will also include storytelling, music, fire juggling and other Samhain festivities.

Do you know of any other must see events for Halloween taking place in the next week? Tell us in our comments section!

Image/Image credit: Halloween pumpkins / lobo235

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James Boyle

James is the Assistant Search & Social Media Manager at VisitScotland. Originally from Australia, he now lives in Edinburgh and enjoys travel, rugby and perfecting the art of making pancakes.

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