Get into the spirit: 15 ways to get involved in Halloween across Scotland

A play based on Julia Davidson's Room on a Broom is one of the highlights of this Halloween.
A play based on Julia Davidson's Room on a Broom is one of the highlights of this Halloween.
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Struggling to think of things to do for Halloween tomorrow night? We’ve compiled a list of 15 events to keep things spooky for you and your children.

• HALLOWEEN TEA PARTY, HADDO HOUSE, ELLON. 4.30-6pm and 6.30-8pm

Renz the magician, appearing in Glasgow on Halloween.

Renz the magician, appearing in Glasgow on Halloween.

Griselda hosts her annual Halloween tea party at this National Trust for Scotland property. Be prepared for some ghouls, ghosties and bumps in the night. Suitable for 6-12 years. Children should come in costume (adults are welcome to dress up too).

PRICES: £9.50 per child, including one free adult. Additional adults £9.50 per person

FURTHER INFORMATION: 0844 493 2179 or visit www.nts.org.uk/events

• THE SAMHAIN FIRE FESTIVAL 2012, EDINBURGH. 9pm-11pm

Samhain, or the traditional celtic new year, will be ushered in at Halloween through a performance of music and dance, puppets and fire all to the beat of drums. A parade by the Beltane Fire Society will start on Johnstone Terrace and continue down the Royal Mile, towards the stage area at Parliament Square.

PRICES: Free but donations are welcome.

FURTHER INFORMATION: go to www.beltane.org/ or email scribe@beltane.org

• EXTRA SCARY HALLOWEEN HOOT, DAVID LIVINGSTONE CENTRE, BLANTYRE. 7-9pm

Evening guided ghost walk in the jungle garden of this National Trust for Scotland property. Billed as “a family fun and fright night”. Children are encouraged to come in costume. Watch out for the scariest thing of all… the staff will all be dressed up. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

PRICES: Adult £3, child £4, family £10, concessions £3

FURTHER INFORMATION: 0844 4932207 or visit www.nts.org.uk/events

• DUMFRIES GHOST WALK, MIDSTEEPLE, DUMFRIES. 7pm and 9pm

Led by three real-life paranormal investigators, all with their unique style of storytelling, you will trawl the hidden closes and vennels of dark Dumfries, learning about its grisly ghoulish past. Get into the spirit and create a creepy pumpkin or classic tumshie lantern to add an eerie glow to the proceedings. A prize will be awarded for the best character along the theme of “Ghosts, Ghouls, Murder & Witchcraft” (fancy dress optional).

PRICES: Adult £7, children under 16 £5, OAPs and students (upon production of a valid Student ID card) £5. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Family ticket (based on 2 adults and up to 3 children) £19

FURTHER INFORMATION: 07791 047835 or 07912 145865, or visit www.mostlyghostly.org

• BURN WITCH BURN, CATHEDRAL HOUSE HOTEL, GLASGOW. 7-9.30pm

Magician Renz (pictured) uses his psychological trickery for an evening of entertainment in a “haunted” hotel. Three-course meal, followed by an intimate audience show. Over 14s only.

PRICES: Tickets £24 (includes three-course meal).

FURTHER INFORMATION: 0141 552 3519 or visit www.cathedralhousehotel.org and www.themagicrenz.com

• HALLOWEEN ANIMATION WORKSHOP, EASTGATE THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE, PEEBLES. 4-6pm

This workshop gently introduces youngsters (aged 7–12) to the scary side of animation, packed with witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls. Come dressed up as something spooky. Admission price includes a DVD of the finished piece of work.

PRICE: £10.

FURTHER INFORMATION: 01721 725777 or visit www.eastgatearts.com

• HALLOWEEN AT THE CATSTRAND, NEW GALLOWAY, CASTLE DOUGLAS. STARTS 5pm

An evening of Halloween delights, with arts and crafts followed by a spooky parade through the streets of New Galloway. Then there’s an especially scary disco and a screening of short ghost stories made by local teenagers.

PRICE: Free

FURTHER INFORMATION: 01644 420374 or visit www.catstrand.com

• HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS, MOUNT STUART VISITOR CENTRE, ISLE OF BUTE. 4pm (kids) and 7pm (big kids)

Kids age 5 to 12 can travel by tractor from the visitor centre along the spooky path to the House of Horrors. Then later on, a candlelight tour at 7pm takes in the secret staircases and hidden entrances around Mount Stuart.

PRICES: Kids event: £4. Later event £15.

FURTHER INFORMATION: 01700 503877

• NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, THE GORDON HIGHLANDERS’ MUSEUM, ABERDEEN. 7-7.30pm, 7.40-8.10pm, 8.20-8.50pm, 9-9.30pm

Visit the museum after dark, but don’t be shocked if things come alive! There are drop-in events throughout the evening and a fancy dress competition. Suitable for ages 5 and over.

PRICES: Adults £7.50, children £5. Booking essential

FURTHER INFORMATION: 01224 311200 or visit www.gordonhighlanders.com

• HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR EXTRAVAGANZA, HOWDEN PARK CENTRE, LIVINGSTON. STARTS 7pm

“Frighteningly good fun” in this spooky show to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, jam packed full of humour, song and dance.

PRICES: Adults £14, children £10.

FURTHER INFORMATION: 01506 777666 or visit www.howdenparkcentre.co.uk

• HALLOWEEN SPOOKY SUPPER DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRE, EDINBURGH. 4.30pm-6pm

Ghouly food and drink, a prize for the best fancy-dressed child, and plenty of activities to enjoy, what a great way for your children to celebrate Halloween.

PRICE: £7.95 per child. Advance booking is required.

FURTHER INFORMATION: 0131 663 1941 or go to www.dobbies.com

• MERCAT HISTORY TOUR, EDINBURGH, 8.30pm

Examining the lives of those who met their bloody end at the noose, the tour reveals how some, even after death, did not rest in peace. The tour starts at the Mercat Cross on the High Street, and finishes at Canongate graveyard.

PRICES: £10 adults, £8 concession, £5 child, £25 family.

FURTHER INFORMATION: 0131 225 5445 or go to www.mercattours.com

• HALLOWEEN HIGH WIRE ADVENTURE, NEVIS RANGE, FORT WILLIAM, 5-11pm

A spooky night-time adventure on the High Wire Adventure ropes courses, lit up by candles, glowsticks and torches. Height and weight restrictions apply on the High Wire Adventure.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Call in advance for prices on 01397 705825, and for further information visit www.nevisrange.co.uk

• HALLOWEEN STORIES, EDINBURGH PRINTMAKERS, UNION STREET, EDINBURGH, FROM 7.30pm

Tales of the strange and the unexpected with Owen Pilgrim, with spooky snacks for added chills. Come in fancy dress. Ages 8 plus.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Call venue first to confirm details on 0131 - 557 2479.

• ROOM ON A BROOM, THE CHILDREN’S WOOD, NORTH KELVIN MEADOW, CLOUSTON STREET, GLASGOW, 4.30pm-6.30pm

Children will watch a performance of the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson, Room on a Broom, by Scottish actor Tam Dean Burn.

PRICE: Free

FURTHER INFORMATION: 07762029663 or go to www.thechildrenswood.com