Spooky Halloween Events Taking Place Across Scotland

There’s a chill in the air and we don’t just mean the temperatures outside. Halloween is nearly here and we take it very seriously in Scotland, with spooky events, ancient traditions and superstitions. Take your pick of haunted houses, ghost walks, scary films, pagan fire festivals and more this Halloween in Scotland.

  1. Floors Castle Halloween Trail Kelso

    Floors Castle & the River Tweed

    20 – 29 October 2023

    Spook factor: 👻

    Have a spooky time at Floors Castle in the Scottish Borders where the whole family can get involved in exploring the colourful, autumnal castle gardens and woodlands in search of hidden pumpkins. Once you’ve followed the trail, warm up with a tasty hot chocolate and treat at the Terrace Café.

    Key facilities
    • Parking
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Level Access
    • Accessible toilets
    • WiFi
    • Cafe or Restaurant
  2. Paisley Halloween Festival Paisley

    Paisley Halloween Parade and flying witches

    © Renfrewshire Council / Kieran Chambers

    26 – 28  October 2023

    Spook factor: 👻👻

    2023 will see the return of this annual festival which in previous years has seen town centre of Paisley  transformed into an immersive experience. Featuring street theatre, art installations and spectacular light displays, it’s seasonal highlight that never fails to enchant kids and adults alike. Stay tuned for details.

  3. Halloween at Edinburgh Zoo Edinburgh Zoo

    Giraffes at Edinburgh Zoo

    © The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

    27 – 31 October 2023

    Spook factor: 👻

    Head over to Edinburgh Zoo and experience a variety of family-friendly spooky events this Halloween! Halloween Hoots is only for those brave enough to enter the zoo after the gates are closed. Join in the Halloween inspired animal antics show, followed by a haunting tour of the enclosures after dusk.

    Zoo Boo! Breakfasts offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a guided tour from the discovery rangers where you can learn lots of weird and wonderful facts, before tucking into delicious breakfast in the Gannet! Families can also join in themed arts & crafts activities too. 

    For any budding artists, stop by the Lemur Lodge where you can 'Carve a Treat' for a variety of animals, as well as learning all about how the keepers take good care of all the critters in the zoo as well.

  4. GlasGLOW Glasgow Botanic Gardens


    © itisonglasglow

    27 October – 12 November 2023

    Spook factor: 👻👻

    Glasgow Botanic Gardens are back hosting their popular GlasGLOW event! Step back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the land with illuminations, lights, gourmet street food, GLOW bar and, of course, Marshmallowland.

  5. Traquair House Halloween Fun Day Traquair House, Peebles

    Halloween at Traquair House

    © traquairhouse

    29 October 2023, 11am – 4pm

    Spook factor: 👻👻

    Britain’s oldest inhabited house is the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of family-friendly Halloween fun. Tots and kids of all ages will love Halloween at Traquair  with ghost stories in the woods, tarot readings, magic shows with magician and Britain’s Got Talent star Kevin Quantum, a treasure hunt in Traquair Maze, spell casting at a wizards and witches workshop and more. Those donning Halloween costumes could be in with the chance of winning a prize.

  6. Samhuinn Fire Festival Edinburgh

    The Beltane Fire Festival

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    31 October 2023

    Spook factor: 👻👻👻

    With colourful costumes depicting characters from ancient folklore, fire, musical and street theatre performances, the Samhuinn Fire Festival usually unfolds on top of Edinburgh’s Calton Hill and is a feast for the senses. The Celtic festival, run by the Beltane Fire Society, harks back to the traditions of Samhuinn (Gaelic for Samhain) – the pagan celebration of the end of the harvest season and arrival of winter.

  7. Mercat Tours Edinburgh

    Mercat Tours - Edinburgh Underground Vaults Tour

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Various times and dates

    Spook factor:  👻👻 – 👻👻👻👻👻 

    Mercat Tours have a variety of chilling ghost tours for the spookiest time of the year. Make a creepy descent to Edinburgh’s most haunted vaults on the Halloween Underground tour, or walk through Edinburgh’s Old Town after dark while hearing harrowing tales of the vagabonds, witches and other dastardly figures who met their fate at Edinburgh’s Gallows on the Doomed, Dead and Buried tour. Or maybe you’re brave enough for an evening of folklore on the Ghosts & Gouls offering?

    For (brave) adults only, the tours take you on a spine-tingling journey through the most macabre chapters of Edinburgh’s past, to spots where horrific misdeeds were committed and ghostly presences abound. In short, dare to be scared!

  8. The Real Mary King's Close Royal Mile, Edinburgh

    The Real Mary King's Close

    Various times and dates

    Spook factor: 👻👻👻👻

    Are you ready to descend into Edinburgh’s dark past on one of The Real Mary King’s Close’s private tours ? Discover The Close’s former residents as you wander the shadowy streets of this subterranean world which holds some of the city’s darkest secrets. And meet an insidious character which used to strike terror into people’s hearts at their very sight. The tours accommodate up to 18 people.

  9. St Andrews Ghost Tours St Andrews, Fife

    St Andrews Cathedral

    Various times and dates

    Spook factor: 👻👻👻👻

    This isn’t your normal ghost tour. Wandering the streets and lanes of historic St Andrews, you can get a real sense of the past taking you by the hand. Just pray it’s not something else taking you by the hand when you take a night-time walking tour! Starting in Church Square, behind Holy Trinity Church, you can explore the dark streets with St Andrews Ghost Tours. Hear tales of folklore, ghosts and witches based on the local bestselling book Ghosts of St Andrews by Richard Falconer.

  10. The Edinburgh Dungeons Edinburgh

    Edinburgh Dungeon 2021

    © Edinburgh Dungeon 2021

    Take a gruesome ghost train-style ride this Halloween at the Edinburgh Dungeon and watch with glee as creepy tableaux are brought to life with special effects and costumed actors embodying characters from Scotland’s most horrifying events and creepiest legends.

    Every October, the dungeon unveils special seasonal shows which delve into particularly dastardly episodes from Scotland’s dark history. Filled with plenty of jumps, scares and other gory surprises which will have your shrieking, the Edinburgh Dungeon always offers a silly, theatrical romp this Halloween season.

    Pre-booking is essential for all guests. Children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult; not suitable for children under eight.

    Key facilities
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Level Access
    • Accessible toilets
    • WiFi

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