The best Kids Halloween events in Edinburgh and Glasgow

The best Kids Hallowe'en events in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Sometimes, the scariest thing about giving your kids a Halloween treat can be the price. So once you’ve exhausted your wallet buying witch costumes and ghoul masks, here are a few free events to take your spookily-dressed offspring to. The Family Scary Badge Workshop (Trongate 103, Glasgow, Sat 30 Oct, 2pm) lets you screenprint your own design at Glasgow Print Studio before turning it into a badge at Street Level Photoworks. Or grab your torch and enjoy some Spooky Castle Tales (Crookston Castle, Glasgow, Sat 30 Oct, 4.30pm), with a prize for the best costume. While at Seafield Community Recycling Centre in Edinburgh, you can have fun making masks and learn about saving the planet at Halloween Thrills (Sat 30 Oct, 11am–3pm). Also in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland is running Spooky Halloween (Sun 31 Oct, 11am-4pm), a drop-in session where you can make scary masks and paper lanterns, then set off on the ‘Halloween Hunt’ through the museum.

If you’re willing to spend a few pounds, then there are Halloween Parties going on at Glasgow Film Theatre (Sat 30 Oct, 11.30am) featuring a fancy dress competition, film screening and spooky treat, and Glasgow Science Centre (Fri 29 Oct, 6.30pm) with gruesome stories, slime-making labs, tasty treats and live science shows. Edinburgh Zoo is filling half term with Shriek Week (until Sun 24 Oct), a programme of daily activities including spooky safaris, a rotten quiz and lots of gross facts. The loveable Owen and Olly return with another exciting batch of music for Children’s Classic Concerts: Heroes and Villains (Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 30 Oct and Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sun 31 Oct, 3pm) with a prize for the most villainous costume. But if you want your wee ones worn out by bedtime, head to the Halloween Party at Monkey Bizness (Fri 29 Oct, 5–7pm) – two hours of spooky games and gory fun at Edinburgh’s newest soft-play centre.

Shriek Week

Enjoy spooky animal activities, including some after hours events and a haunted bus. Scary!

Children's Classic Concerts: Heroes vs Villains

A fun-packed classical music extravaganza for the family as hosts Owen and Olly are joined by Indiana Jones and James Bond in the battle against the Halloween baddies, with the help of the RSNO. Come dressed as your favourite hero or villain for a chance at winning a prize!

Hallowe'en Party at Monkey Bizness

Spooky games and gory fun at the activities and soft play scramble centre.

Hallowe'en Thrills

Family day at the recycling centre - and if that sounds like an odd concept, just think about all the terrifying beasties that could be lurking in the compost heap... hmm, exactly. Includes mask-making and a timely bit of waste education. Email for more info.

Spooky Castle Tales

Come dressed up (there's a prize for the best costume) and don't forget a torch or lantern for this spooky storytelling event. Meet at the castle gates; event will not take place in case of bad weather.

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