Edinburgh and Glasgow Halloween highlights

The best spooky events on and around October 31st 2012

Edinburgh and Glasgow Hallowe’en highlights

There’s a strong emphasis on storytelling in Edinburgh’s Halloween events this year. Owen Pilgrim’s Halloween Stories (Edinburgh Printmakers, 31 Oct) are suitable for ages 8+, while Marion Kenny’s Meet the Ancestors song’n’story sesh should suit those aged 4–12 (Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 28 Oct). Adults-only scary-tales are on offer at Writer’s Bloc’s cleverly named Seance Fiction session (Bongo Club, 31 Oct) and Seoras Macpherson’s Halloween Hosting (Queen’s Hall, 28 Oct), the latter as part of the Scottish Storytelling Festival.

If you fancy stretching your legs while getting scared stiff, the City of the Dead are hosting special Halloweeny editions of their walking tours (meet behind St Giles’ Cathedral, 26–28 & 31 Oct), while Holyrood’s Halloween promises an undead Ranger-led walk that’s somehow suitable for little ’uns (Holyrood Park, 29 & 30 Oct). For Halloween thrills with a more paganistic, theatrical bent, head along to the Beltane society’s annual recreation of Samhuinn (in front of St Giles Cathedral, 31 Oct).

A more immersive terror experience is available through in Glasgow, where the Alien War phenomenon is all about making you keech yer breeks (Arches, until 14 Apr 2013). Okay, it may not be specifically Halloween-related, but it’s darn scary – see our first person account if you don't believe us. The Flying Duck is hosting two ghoulish events: the irreverent over-18s theatre production Hamlet vs Zombies (31 Oct) and their Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations (2 Nov). For the kiddies, the Grisly Tales from Tumblewater (ages 8+. Platform, 29 Oct) should satisfy their desire for ghost stories, while the Scottish Mask at Puppet Centre hosts a Witches and Wizards Workshop (28 Oct) and Wizzi Wizards Halloween Magic (29 Oct).

Alien Apocalypse: The Final Encounter

Terrifying total reality experience returns to its spiritual home at The Arches. The experience originally opened in 1992 and returned in 2009 in an updated version. Now updated again taking inspiration from the recent Prometheus film, there are utterly bone-shaking frights at every twist and turn in the creepy bowels of…

Hamlet vs Zombies

'Alas, poor Yorick, they ate him' – is the tagline for this suitably seasonal twist on Shakespeare's most famous tragedy. King Claudius has released a virus (which explains why something is rotten in the state of Denmark) and there's only one man can stop it.

Grisly Tales from Tumblewater

A wide-eyed orphan is on the run in a monstrous town of warped stories and never ending rain, with only his wits to keep him safe. Ages 8+.

Holyrood's Hallowe'en

An undead Ranger takes you on a scary walk through Holyrood Park. Suitable for children, believe it or not.

Hallowe'en Stories: Bogles, Goblins, Ghouls & Other Creatures of the Night …

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

Wizzi Wizard's Hallowe'en Haunting Party Night

Hallowe'en magic show from Wizzi Wizard followed by spooky snacks and party games. Every child gets a goodie bag to take home and fancy dress is encouraged.

Hallowe'en Hosting

Spooky storytelling for adults to celebrate Samhainn, hosted by Seoras Macpherson. Part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Meet the Ancestors – Spooky Stories

Storyteller and musician Marion Kenny tells spooky Hallowe'en tales and performs mystical music inspired by the Gallery's portraits. Ages 4–12.

Writers' Bloc: Seance Fiction

A night of spoken word, comedy, and maybe some table-tipping, from the Writers' Bloc in honour of All Hallows' Eve.

Dia De Los Muertos

A slightly tongue-in-cheek recreation of Mexico's Day of the Dead with The Creative Martyrs performing macabre cabaret and skits, and post punk, electro, disco and Detroit techno from David Barbarossa, plus chilli, nachos, costumes and piñatas.


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