Edinburgh is one of the best places to spend Halloween because there is so much to do around the city at that time of year and given it’s dark history, it’s easy to see why. It’s well known for being one of the most haunted cities in the UK and the activities available reflect that. Halloween in Edinburgh is a must-experience. Transport yourself in to a historical spook fest for one night of the year!
Haunted History Bus
Edinburgh’s Haunted History Bus is one of the best ways to hear about the gruesome history of the city. The hour long bus tour runs at 7:00pm and 8:30pm Wednesday-Sunday. Not only will you hear about the spooky history of Edinburgh, but you’ll also see all of the famous buildings behind the stories and even get to explore Greyfriar’s Kirkyard. They now offer combi-tickets with The Edinburgh Dungeons which are worth checking out. You can find out more here: https://www.hauntedhistorybus.com
The Edinburgh Dungeons
An absolute classic attraction in Edinburgh, the Dungeons are a must-visit. Discover the spooky history of Scotland through an underground theatrical experience. If you want to see the gruesome history from below ground and above ground you can even get a combi-ticket for the Edinburgh Dungeons and The Haunted History Bus! The Edinburgh Dungeons are opening later throughout October which is perfect if you can only make it after work. Find out more here: https://www.thedungeons.com/edinburgh/en/tickets/
Samhuinn Fire Festival
This exciting festival takes place on top of Calton Hill to celebrate the transition from Summer in to Winter. The story follows the overthrowing of Summer by Winter, with a dramatic stand-off between the Summer and Winter Kings. This is overseen by the Cailleach, a Celtic representation of the Goddess, or Divine Hag, who ultimately decides each King’s fate and ushers in the colder months. You can find out more here: https://beltane.org/about-samhuinn/
Annasach’s Hallowe’en Ceilidh
Scary isn’t everyones thing, and that’s absolutely fine as there are still things you can do on Halloween. Join the Annasach Ceilidh Band at The Counting House at 8pm on All Hallows Eve for a night of dancing and fancy dress (there is a prize for the best costume!).
A seasonal Halloween tour of Edinburgh’s most haunted vaults run by Mercat Tours. This is a great little tour if you’re looking to get up close and personal with Edinburgh’s spooky past. Discover ghosts and ghouls in the underground vaults of one of the most haunted cities in the world! Find out more here: https://www.mercattours.com/tours/ghost-tours
Lights Out Halloween
This one is for 18+ only! Take a trip into the basement at 14 George Street if you dare for LIGHTS OUT this halloween in Edinburgh! This venue used to be The Royal Physician’s Hall from 1775 – 1829 and during this time it was used as a morgue by surgeons so they could find out more about the human body. For one special night you can be in Why Not Nightclub with the ghosts and ghouls that remain there as they return to earth. https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Edinburgh/Why-Not-Nightclub/Lights-Out-Halloween-/13624408/