Edinburgh and Glasgow Halloween highlights
The best spooky events on and around October 31st 2012
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).