Halloween Guide: T - Z
T is for Tours
It’s the eve of Halloween and you’re feeling a bit like an overgrown trick or treater – excited, but not sure what a sophisticated adult like yourself should be doing to celebrate. Chapping on strangers’ doors and singing for sugar isn’t really an option any longer, more’s the pity. The way to go may be an organised ghost tour.
Throughout October many of the key tour companies operate special Halloween tours. Perhaps the most exciting, and the scariest, is Edinburgh’s Auld Reekie Tours Overnight Ghost Hunt (Fri 30 & Sat 31 Oct, www.auldreekietours.com). The hunt takes place in the underground vaults below Niddry Street, the area that the TV show Most Haunted still claim to be the scariest place they’ve ever filmed.
If you’d rather be as far away from the murky underground as possible then you can take your tour atop a double-decker bus, with Glasgow’s brand new Ghost Bus Tour (departing from outside the Tourist Information Office, George Square, Glasgow, Thu 29–Sat 31 Oct, www.scotlandadventuretours.co.uk). You’ll learn of the city’s dark past of witch burning, murders and grave robbers. Who you gonna call?
City of the Dead tours (www.blackhart.uk.com) offer a cold-hearted creep through Edinburgh’s graveyards on their Graveyard Tour, which has special access to the Black Mausoleum in Greyfriars Kirkyard. The famous Mackenzie poltergeist is still active in the area apparently. If you’re lucky, you might just get spooked by the old fella’.
U is for Under The Stars
There’s something wonderfully mysterious about being outside in the pitch black spying on the moon. Mugdock Country Park has planned a special Moon Watch event this Halloween, which will teach you everything you need to know about that big piece of cheese in the sky. Or take a trip to Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park for their Stargazing Evening, where you can spot stars and planets with the experts.
Moon Watch, Mugdock Country Park, Craigallian Road, Milngavie, 0141 956 6586, Fri 23 Oct, 7pm, free; Stargazing Evening, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Muirshiel Centre, Calder Glen Road, Nr. Lochwinnoch, 01505 842 803, Fri 30 Oct, 7pm, £tbc.
V is for Vampires
You can’t move for vampires these days. The second installment of the Twilight movie series, New Moon, is scheduled for release in December while, on the small screen, Channel 4 have recently started showing the excellent HBO series True Blood on Wednesdays at 10pm. For the impatient, there’s the chance to gorge over Halloween with the release of the True Blood season one DVD on 26 Oct. Less highly recommended by The List, but worth a look for the True Blood true fan, is Charlaine Harris’ book, A Touch of Dead: a repackaged collection of the Sookie Stackhouse stories on which True Blood is based, published on 29 Oct.
W is for Witch Trials
The Edinburgh Dungeons get into full witch hunter mode this Halloween, with the Scare Witch Trials. Be prepared to stand trial for your sins in the mock 17th century courtroom, before making your way through the tunnel of tortured witches and coming face-to-face with the Scare Witch. Now with added blood and gore. Nice.
The Scare Witch Trials, Edinburgh Dungeon, 31 Market Street, Edinburgh, 0131 240 1001, until 31 Oct, Wed–Tue 10am–5pm; Sat 10am–8pm, £15 (£14, children £11).
X is for X-rated
The Club Noir club nights are renowned for their mildly fetishist and erotic themes and their Halloween Burlesque party is likely to be no different. It promises torture, striptease, voodoo and fetish acts – as well as live bands, DJs and magicians. Don your nipple tassels and join in the fun.
Halloween Burlesque, O2 Academy, 121 Eglington Road, Glasgow, 0141 418 3000, Sat 31 Oct, 9pm–3am. £14.50.
Y is for Yesteryear
There’s not much that’s scarier than the past: dark, mysterious and always repeating itself. So, for a chill like no other immerse yourself in Scotland’s bygone eras with a Linlithgow Palace Ghost Tour. The tour covers the bad old days of the 1700s in Scotland and recaps on all the mysterious legends of the Stewart Kings, so you can learn while you squirm.
Linlithgow Palace Ghost Tour, Linlithgow Palace, Kirkgate, Linlithgow, 473 2000, Sat 24 & Sun 25 Oct, 7.30pm & 9.15pm, £8.50.
Z is for Zombie Walk
You’ve seen Shaun of the Dead, you know the drill. Zombie walking requires that you stumble, groan and drag yourself along. There have been may zombie walks around the world but this is Glasgow’s first, organised by two local Glasgow chaps who have allocated only ten pounds to the promotion of the event. The zombie walk needs your support. You will be rewarded in hell.
Zombie Walk, meet at the top of Byres Road (outside Oran Mor), Glasgow, Sat 31 Oct, 3pm, free.