Scotland's top scary spots for Halloween fun

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Trust’s top scary spots for Halloween fun


As the conservation charity responsible for some of Scotland’s oldest historic buildings, the National Trust for Scotland cares for its fair share of things that go bump in the night.


So it won’t come as a surprise to find that our properties are the perfect place to spend a spooky Halloween. And with properties all over Scotland, there’s bound to be something spine-tingling on offer near you.


Some of this year’s highlights include:



Children’s Hallowe’en Party

Thu 29 October: 18.30 – 20.00

Burns National Heritage Park, Alloway

Join Magic Malky for an evening of spooky fun & ghoulish games at our Hallowe'en party with games and prizes.


·         Adult : £ 6.00

·         Child : £ 6.00

Contact: 0844 493 2601


Light into dark

Sat 31 October and Sun 1 November, 17.00 – 18.30

Culzean Castle & Country Park, Maybole

A spooky Halloween walk in the dark followed by light refreshments.
Places limited - bookings accepted from Friday 30 October after 9:00 (tel. 01655 884400).


·         Adult : £ 8.00

·         Child : £ 4.00

Contact: 0844 493 2149


Halloween Horror walk

Sat 31 October, 19.00 – 21.00

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park
A evening out in the grounds of Brodick Castle, but beware there may be all sorts of spooks about!


Adult : £ 5.00

Child : £ 2.50

50% discount if you come in fancy dress!

Contact: 0844 493 2154



Potions, Spells, Stories and Tea party – Halloween for Children at Haddo

Fri 30 October and Sat 31 October, 16.30 – 17.30 and 18.00 – 19.00.

Haddo House, Ellon

 Join Griselda – the resident Haddo Witch, and her friends for some Halloween fun in Haddo House. Suitable for children age 6yrs plus.

Griselda the Witch is hosting a Halloween tea party, but be warned, to get your food you will need to help Griselda mix some potions and cast some spells. One of Griselda’s friends will tell some spooky stories by the fire. Children should come in costume and bring their lantern - competition for the best lantern.


·         Child: £ 8.00

Contact and booking: 01651 851440


Witches & Wizards

Sat 31 October - Sun 1 November, 10.30 – 16.30

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate, Banchory

 Witching time is here again! Dress as a witch or a wizard and come along to Crathes to join in the annual Witch Hunt in the grounds. Join Winnie the Witch for Halloween fun and maybe learn how to weave some spells.

Don’t miss the Witch & Wizard Parade with prizes for all children but a special prize for the best dressed Witch/Wizard.

Visit the spooky castle and see if you can find all the ghosts hiding in the rooms.


·         Child : £ 2.00

Contact: 0844 493 2166


Halloween in the Tower

Sat 31 October

9 years and under – 18.00 – 19.30

9 years and over – 19.30 – 21.00

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate, Banchory

Join our storytellers, Jackie Ross and Margaret Currie, in the spooky, dark high hall. Bring a lantern and we will provide the hot drinks.


·         Adult : £ 8.00

·         Child : £ 5.00

Contact and booking: 0844 493 2161



A Haunting Halloween

Fri 30 October and Sat 31 October, 18.30 – 20.30

Kellie Castle & Garden, Pittenweem

A spooky evening for children, with haunted tales and tours of the castle. A prize for the best children’s consumed. Children should be accompanied by an adult – not recommended for very young children


·         Adult : £ 10.00

·         Child : £ 6.00

Contact: 0844 4932184



Holmwood - The Home of Halloween

Sat 24 and Sun 25 October, 12.00 – 18.00

Holmwood House, Glasgow

 It'll be all fright on the night! Join us at the home of Halloween. There will be ghosts, ghouls and games; magic, mischief and mayhem! Witches welcome! Parking for brooms available. Transfussions in the tearoom and tales to terrify!


Adult: £ 4.00

Child: £ 2.00

Contact: 0844 4932204



Spooky Fun

Sat 31 October, 14.30 – 16.00

Newhailes, Musselburgh

Play some gruesome games and make some witchy crafts.
We can even explore the woods as they grow darker…Perfect fun for Halloween without too many scares. Suitable for Primary 2 – 4 age group.


Child: £ 3.00

Contact: 0844 493 2124


Storytelling at Gladstone’s Land

Sat 31 October, 11.00 – 12.00

Gladstone's Land, Edinburgh

Join storyteller Fiona Herbert for a rare glimpse of 17th century Edinburgh, with stories of homecoming from the tenements, closes and wynds of the Old Town.
This is a free but ticketed event, with a maximum capacity 20 people. Advance booking is essential. 

Contact: 0844 4932120

Booking: 0131 556 9579 (Scottish Storytelling Centre) or 0131 473 2000 (Hub Tickets)




Wild Hallowe'en

Sat 31 October, 14.00 – 15.30

Killiecrankie, Perthshire

What happens in the woods at Hallowe'en? Discover what the woodland animals associated with Hallowe'en are doing at this time of year. Includes games and activities about bats, spiders and owls. Children's activity walk - Suitable for families with 5-12 year olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet outside Killiecrankie Visitor Centre. 


Adult: £ 1.00

Child: £ 2.00

Contact: 0844 493 2192



The National Trust for Scotland is one of Scotland’s leading conservation charities, which relies on the financial support of its members to fund its important work of caring for the natural and cultural heritage of Scotland for everyone to enjoy.


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