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Halloween happenings in your area
Actors Gary Quinn and Paul Meadows posing as Burke and Hare (Rob McDougall)
Burke and Hare will be featured in Edinburgh's Halloween

Halloween dates back over 2000 years to the Celtic Samhain Festival.

Celts believed the spirits of the dead could visit the world of the living in the transition period between the old and new year, October 31.

Edinburgh is thought to be one of the UK's most haunted cities and Halloween-themed events will be happening in the capital for All Hallow's Eve.

Fife and East Scotland have their fair share of ghostly goings-on too.

One of the spookiest places in Edinburgh is Mary King's Close, allegedly Scotland's most haunted street. The Close was walled up in the 1700s after an outbreak of plague. People have claimed to hear spirits and see ghostly presences including that of a young girl, Little Annie.

Halloween events

Take part in supernatural history tours at the Close from 23 to 31 October. Feeling brave? Try a Halloween close encounter, the first overnight supernatural public investigation of the close on 30 October.

More ghost-hunting is taking place at historical vaults in Edinburgh on 30 and 31 October with a series of tours for Halloween including a children's tour, a terror tour and a midnight special.

Enjoy Halloween fun at libraries across Edinburgh. A vampire workshop, spooky stories and skull making are some of the events on offer. Vampire fans should head to Sighthill Library on 29 October and 1 November to experience some "dark romance" complete with Twilight cupcakes and True Blood punch.

Take a Victorian ghost walk at Linlithgow Palace on 23 and 24 October. "Victorian" scientists try to prove or disprove the presence of supernatural spirits.

Travel the dark waters of the Union Canal in a "ghost boat" on 29 and 30 October. Discover Burke and Hare's links to the waterway and hear some terrifying tales connected to the canal.

An illustration of a Halloween gathering in Scotland, 1780s (Getty)
Halloween traditions in Scotland date back hundreds of years

Hear the spirits at Newhailes Estate, Musselburgh. A ghostly-themed evening is taking place on 29 and 30 October, recounting the haunted history of the 18th Century house.

Enjoy a spine-tingling silent movie as the Usher Hall screen the 1920 version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde accompanied by the spooky sounds of the Usher Hall organ on 30 October.

Kellie Castle, Pittenweem, is holding a children's Halloween party. Spooky storytelling and tours of the castle will take place on 30 and 31 October. Not suitable for very young children.

Discover the horrific history of the Lady Victoria Mine at the Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange. Take an evening ghost tour on 31 October to hear terrifying tales of a headless miner and more.

Join an Air and Scare party at the Museum of Flight, East Fortune. Aimed at children and families the event features traditional Halloween games as well as craft workshops.

The Beltane Fire Society mark the end of the Celtic New Year in their Samhain celebration in Edinburgh. Follow the procession through the city centre and watch the spectacle of light.

Take a ghost walk round Kirkcaldy to hear tales from the town's past on 31 October.

Dunfermline Association of Spiritualists are holding a psychic art workshop on 30 October at the Touch Community Centre.

Also happening in Dunfermline is a Halloween concert suitable for all the family. Part of the Dunfermline Folk Festival, The Linties sing traditional songs at Balbridgeburn Community Centre on the afternoon of 30 October. The audience are encouraged to attend in fancy dress.

Are you brave enough to face Creepy Tales at Lauriston Castle? The family-friendly sessions featuring spooky crafts, storytelling and a spine-tingling treasure hunt are happening on the mornings of 30 and 31 October. Lauriston Castle is allegedly haunted so be prepared to be scared.

The Roxy Art House in Edinburgh is holding a Death Weekend celebrating the spirit of Halloween from 29 to 31 October. Film, music, art and literature events combine for a terrifying time. The Edinburgh Zombie Walk will end at the Roxy on 31 October.

Discover more about the spooky side of the capital city at Eerie Edinburgh.




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