Edinburgh Halloween: The complete 2017 guide

This Edinburgh Halloween is sure to be one of the most entertaining ones yet! Modernised from the ancient Celtic festival, Samhuinn, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, Halloween is such an enjoyable time of the year for both friends and family to enjoy.

What makes it even better is that Edinburgh is known to be one of the spookiest cities in the UK. So, events and organised fun is available in abundance this month.

Stuck for choice? Well, read on and find out what our top suggestions to do in Edinburgh this Halloween are:

Edinburgh Dungeons

We couldn’t start our Edinburgh Halloween list off without mentioning the only place where it is pretty much Halloween 365 days of the year, could we?

The Edinburgh Dungeons are a must-visit place in Edinburgh if you are looking for that little bit of gruesome horror mixed in with some historical education.

The fully immersive experience includes a witch hunt, meeting Maggie Dickson and, of course, the well-known duo of Burke and Hare.

The Ghost Bus

Delve further into Edinburgh’s spooky history and tour the city with the most entertaining bus service in Edinburgh. You won’t need your bus pass for this one…

Visit the city’s most terrifying locations and make contact with restless spirits, courtesy of The Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour.

The trip lasts for 1-hour as you embark on a journey to historically rich areas of Edinburgh such as Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, all the while learning about the unthinkable truths and bloody executions that occurred.

All aboard, please!

Edinburgh Horror Festival

Running from Friday 27th to Tuesday 31st October, the Edinburgh Horror Festival offers even the most ardent and courageous person a chance at finding their inner scaredy-cat.

The festival is a multi-art-form event incorporating theatre, magic interactive events and more.

These guys will be situated all over Edinburgh so be sure to check out what venue is closest to you.

Escape Reality

Our friends at Escape Reality are at it again as they themselves gear up for some Edinburgh Halloween fun in their debut year in the capital.

We were thrilled to have been invited to their official launch party last month, but these guys have even more fun planned for the end of October.

Escape Reality are offering a crime scene puzzle in the communal area designed to test your team’s commitment and teamwork. The game is free to enter and you can win a prize if you guess correctly. Bonus points for turning up in a Halloween costume!

Halloween Trail at The Royal Botanic Gardens

If you’re needing something a little more family friendly for the wee ones then a trip out to The Royal Botanic Gardens could be on the cards.

Their garden witch has had a small disaster and needs your help! Using a map and prints on the ground, navigate your way around the garden to help solve the puzzle.

Don’t worry, Dad can play this one too.

What are your plans this Edinburgh Halloween? We would love to know about any other events that you are thinking of attending, so please let us know!

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