Halloween Round-up 2014
Where to get your ghoul on when 31 October rolls round
Day of the Dead Glesga
Of all the inventive and entertaining events on offer across central Scotland to coincide with Halloween this year, the opportunity to ‘dress as a plague victim’ at Night of the Black Death (Almond Valley, Livingston, Fri 31 Oct) is surely one of the most enticing. Described as part guessing game, part murder mystery and part game of tig, it’s a role play event for families with older children. There will also be further scary outdoor events going on at Fright Night (Linlithgow Palace, Fri 24 & Sat 25 Oct and Fri 31 Oct & Sat 1 Nov) and at Ghosts of Traquair (Traquair House, Innerleithen, Fri 24 & Sat 25 Oct and Fri 31 Oct & Sat 1 Nov), both ghost tours which play upon the history of their locations.
In the cities, meanwhile, the traditional pagan celebration of the Samhuinn Fire Festival (Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Fri 31 Oct) will be as impressively theatrical as ever, while Close Fest 2014 (Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh, Fri 31 Oct--Sat 8 Nov) will see one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city hosting a variety of talks and themed events. There will also be a Burke & Hare-themed Halloween tour at Edinburgh Dungeon until Sun 2 Nov.
In the west, a special youth event called Trick or Treat? (Tramway, Glasgow, Thu 30 Oct) precedes that evening’s performance of Dracula – learning the ‘Thriller’ dance is inclusive, apparently – and a Mexican-style Day of the Dead Glesga (Stereo, Glasgow, Sat 1 Nov) party features tequila, face painting and Latin-flavoured sounds. Elsewhere look out for the Scottish Paranormal Festival (Stirling, Thu 30 Oct--Sun 2 Nov) and the Conflux-designed Bloody Boyds (Dean Castle, Kilmarnock, Fri 31 Oct--Sun 2 Nov). (David Pollock)
Historical Ghost Tours
Scary stories have far more bite when they're based on true events. Meet some of the past residents of Traquair House on this guided tour, followed by a glass of mulled wine to steady your nerves. Ages 8+.
A night-time walk through the Palace to find out about the ghosts of Linlithgow. Not for young children.
Samhuinn Fire Festival
Hosted by Beltane Fire Society, the Samhuinn Fire Festival celebrates the Celtic New Year, marking the end of summer and welcoming the onset of winter. It takes the form of a stunning torchlit performance along the Royal Mile to West Parliament Square, with acrobatics, fireworks, beautiful costumes and breathtaking…
The Real Mary King's Close hosts this week-long spooky festival which covers music, tours, talks and more for brave-hearted folks all over.
Day of the Dead Glesga
Slip into some fresh facepaint and practice your spooky dance – it's Día de los Muertos! Expect a Mexican fiesta with live Mariachi music courtesy of Rapido Mariachi, DJs Tigerbeat and Jill Mingo spinning Latin beats and dance floor bangers, choreographed dance from burlesque troupe the Femme Fatales and of course mucho…
The Scottish Paranormal Festival
Halloween festival based in Stirling that has its 'serious face' on during the day, with talks, lectures, discussion and investigations into all things paranormal, then becomes more light-hearted – but, simultaneously, spooky – in the evening, with films, ghost hunts and psychic medium shows.
Historic characters from Dean Castle's rich history come to life, with everyone from King Robert the Bruce to Jacobite William Boyd putting in an appearance.
Expect macabre tales, live performances and perhaps even the odd wee fright. Event designed and delivered by CONFLUX.
Night of the Black Death
Interactive physical experience set in the dark shadows and ancient buildings of Mill Farm. Dress as a plague victim. Booking is essential.