Best Halloween ghost tours in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Events to make sure Halloween's a scream

Halloween ghost tours

Ghostly Underground

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Night times are properly dark again, everyone's a bit gloomy that summer is over, and pumpkin spice is back on the shelves. Scotland is pretty good at giving Halloween the respect it deserves, as befits our grisly history. As such, you can get in about the ghosts and ghouls all over the country at this time of year.

The Pearce Institute Ghost Hunt, led by the Scottish Ghost Nights' crew of paranormal investigators is an opportunity to explore the apparently haunted listed building. The night consists of ghost hunt workshops, a tour, a medium and vigils (if you're brave enough). If you don't like being above ground, the truly scary-sounding Hell's Gate Horror Tour is an interactive overnight terror-themed event based in the not-at-all-terrifying nuclear bunker 100 feet below good old terra firma. Another underground option is right there in the title of Ghostly Underground, a daytime (thankfully) tour of Edinburgh's haunted vaults with a guide who'll try their best to scare you shirtless with tales of the city's mischief-makers and murderers from days of yore.

Back to overnight fun – Halloween Special Sleepover is a sleepover with very little sleep and ample opportunity to wander the halls of the former sanatorium to see if any patients' spirits got left behind. Glasgow Horror Festival is a less intense, but still scary all-day horror festival featuring live music, film screenings, Q&As and FX demos – something for horror fans of all stripes.

Ghostly Underground

Daytime tour of Edinburgh's haunted vaults, where you can hear more about mischief-makers, murderers and vagrants.

Mercat Cross, Edinburgh

Sun 23 Oct

£12 (£10; Children £7; Family £31)

Mon 24 Oct

£12 (£10; Children £7; Family £31)

Tue 25 Oct

£12 (£10; Children £7; Family £31)

…and 7 more dates until 1 Nov

Glasgow Horror Festival

Popcorn Horror presents this all day horror festival featuring Q&As, indie film screenings, FX demos, live music, DJs and more.

Blackfriars, Glasgow

Sat 29 Oct

£8 in advance; £10 on the door / 0141 552 5924

Hell's Gate Horror Tour

Interactive Hallowe'en-themed event, based 100 feet underground in a nuclear bunker.

Scotland's Secret Bunker, St Andrews

Fri 28 Oct

£12.50–£25 / 01333 310301

Mon 31 Oct

£12.50–£25 (Family £55) / 01333 310301

Pearce Institute Ghost Hunt

The Scottish Ghost Nights crew of mediums and investigators explore the Pearce Institute, and any paranormal activity which may occur there. Over 18s only, pregnant women are asked not to attend.

Pearce Institute, Glasgow

Fri 28 Oct

£39 / 0141 445 6007


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