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Halloween in Edinburgh

Halloween in Edinburgh is steeped in the City's illustrious past and has a dark and sinister side with several areas considered to be haunted. As a result, the city has lots to offer for those looking for a scare, especially at Halloween. With this in mind we thought we would offer some suggestions to the horror aficionados among you as well as a few tips to take your Halloween to the next level.


Condemned. Tales of Witchcraft and Misadventure

Some of you may have heard about Mary Kings Close, a subterranean area of the city where people used to live underground until the 18th century and you may even have heard some of the horror stories surrounding its dark past. However, for this season only, you can now venture into the darkness for a late-night tour and learn more about the infamous witch trials and those who were convicted all those years ago. With a special start time of 10:15pm, this tour is not for the faint hearted and may leave you sleeping with the light on for the foreseeable future.

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Halloween Ceilidh at The Counting House

For those who enjoy the dressing up of Halloween but prefer to leave the scary stuff to braver souls, this ceilidh is for you. With tickets costing only £7.50 for students, this event takes place at 8pm on the 26th October and is the perfect start to a big Friday night out.

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Halloween (2018)

It wouldn’t be October without a blockbuster horror film to satisfy film fans. This year Michael Myers returns in the sequel to the classic “Halloween” forty years later. If the genre defining original is anything to go by, this is sure to be a huge hit so why not get the gang together and head to your local cinema this Halloween. With a release date of October 19th, this is the perfect film to get you in the festive spirit.


Mercat Tours

You’ve probably came across the Mercat tour guides before as they lead their guests around the city in full costume and teach them about the horrible history of the city. At Halloween however, they turn it up to eleven with several festive events including a Halloween themed Dungeons and Dragons session, family tours and, for those looking for something truly terrifying, look no further than their Haunted Halloween tour. Strictly for adults only, this tour explores the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults, leaving no story untold, no matter how dark.

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Dress to impress

To many people the most enjoyable part of Halloween in Edinburgh is the parties and, of course, the dressing up that accompanies them. Edinburgh has two great costume shops within walking distance of the city centre that are perfect for those in need of a full costume or even props and decorations to help create the perfect party vibe. Located on the Grassmarket, AHA HA HA is a year-round joke and novelties store but come October, it becomes a one stop shop for all things Halloween. Fancy dress fanatics should also visit Party Zone on St Patrick Square as their unparalleled range of costumes is sure to have everything you need to help you get the perfect look.


The Edinburgh Dungeon

For those looking for a fun and interactive way to learn more about our city’s past, look no further than The Edinburgh Dungeon. Throughout the year there are a number of great and gruesome shows and attractions on offer and Halloween is, unsurprisingly, no different. With new séance and one-off coffin sleepover events, alongside competitions, late opening times and pop up makeover sessions, this is the place to be for those who enjoy a scare this holiday season.

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We hope you have a fantastic time celebrating Halloween in Edinburgh!

The Cullen Property Team