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30 Sep 2020

The spookiest night of the year is just around the corner. Halloween is coming up fast, but all throughout the month, you can enjoy events across the country. If you’re a fan of all things ghostly, you’ll find nowhere that gets into the Halloween spirit better than Edinburgh. The Scottish capital is considered as being the most haunted city in Europe: being the home of Victorian grave robbers Burke and Hare, it’s easy to see why. With its imposing gothic architecture and creepy cobbled lanes, you never know what might be lurking around the next corner. If you want to spend an unforgettable Halloween in Edinburgh, here are some things to check out and try to get you in the spirit!


City Ghost Tours

Being an ancient city, Edinburgh has more than a few tales to tell its visitors. It’s easy to lose yourself in the iconic old town, which is why some kind of proper tour is the best way to take in all the sights and curiosities that you might otherwise miss. All throughout the month, Orange Tours are running free ghost excursions that set off from St Giles’ Cathedral at 6pm. The walking tour promises to give guests the chance to discover the very darkest history of Edinburgh covering everything from the city’s experiences with the plague, body snatchers, public executions and witch trials. A cheery tour of shortbread tins and tartan bonnets, this is not! You have been warned!


Drive-In Halloween Movies

If you want to enjoy some Halloween spookiness from the comfort of your car, then Edinburgh has you covered. We all know that the Scottish weather can be a little unpredictable at the best of times, and late October makes for a lot of wind and rain! All your Halloween favourites are organised for screenings at Edinburgh Airport over the last few days of the month. A number of classics will be hitting the big screen again including Ghostbusters, Halloween, Jaws, The Lost Boys and many more!


Annasach’s Halloween Ceilidh

Local band Annasach are an icon of the Edinburgh folk music scene, and their annual Halloween ceilidh never fails to disappoint. Tickets are available for the 30th of October event, which is being held in the stunning Edinburgh Counting House. Revelers in optional fancy dress will be able to twist the night away to all the usual ceilidh dances including the Dashing White Sergeant, Canadian Barn Dance, and the Virginia Reel. If you’re unfamiliar with traditional Scottish country dancing, don’t worry! Annasach’s caller will keep you right and beginners are very much welcome.


What we have described in today’s blog post barely scratches the surface of what’s available across Edinburgh over the coming weeks. The more you look into the city, the more you will find. If you’re thinking about booking a break to Scotland’s spookiest city, then why not take a room at the Edinburgh Village Hotel? It’s the perfect place to relax after a long night’s ghost hunting! We recommend keeping up to date with the latest Government guidelines and local restrictions before you visit and you can find out more about the steps we’re taking to keep our guests safe here.


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