Halloween Events in Scotland

by Lexa Pennington / Oct 10, 2008 /
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Always on the lookout for global events (and always checking out my favorite place to visit, Scotland), I found a plethora of halloween-themed events in Scotland this month. Care to get spooked? Here you go!

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Crathes Castle gets in the Halloween spirit with murder mystery
The National Trust for Scotland’s Crathes Castle in Banchory is the setting of a baffling ‘whodunnit’, as Halloween approaches.
The castle’s brand new murder mystery tour invites visitors to try out their skills of observation and deduction to solve the complex case of the recently deceased rock star Johnny Forrest.

Sharp-eyed visitors will try to spot a series of clues as they tour the castle, while also admiring its stunning interiors and fabulous collections of period furniture.

Property manager Wendy McDonald said:

“Crathes is always an atmospheric place to visit – especially at this time of year. We hope that our exciting new murder mystery proves really popular with visitors, adds an element of intrigue and makes their visit even more fun.”

The mystery event will run every day from Saturday 11 October until 2 November. Normal castle admission prices apply.

http://www.nts.org.uk/NewsStory/346/

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Halloween at Culloden Battlefield
Culloden
Saturday 1 November 2008
Halloween at Culloden Battlefield    

Come celebrate Halloween with us and join us for fun kids activities. 

Spend a different family Halloween at Culloden Battlefield. Enjoy our specially themed menu including scary homebakes throughout the day. Children can participate in our fun activities: Come dressed up as a historic Jacobite or Hanoverian soldier or woman of the ’45 and win a goody bag at 3pm.

Bring along your carved out lantern and win a goody bag (lantern will be displayed from 1 – 2:30pm and the winners will be announced at 3pm)
Decorate your own mask from 1 – 3pm Have a go at Apple Bobbing and Catch the Treacle Scone off the Line from 1pm – 3pm Listen to a suspenseful story at 1pm.

And best of all, children go free at our Halloween event at the visitor centre.

Dates:
Saturday 1 November 2008

Times:
10am – 4pm

Price:
Children free. Adults pay regular admission charges.

Contact:

Booking:
0844 493 2159

http://www.nts.org.uk/Culloden/Visit/Events/

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Creep out at the Edinburgh Dungeon:

Transport yourself back to the darkest moments in the Scotland's history within the deep depths of the Edinburgh Dungeon. Live actors, shows, a spooky ride and interactive special effects ensure that you face your fears head on in this unique experience. Everything that you see is based on real historical events from Edinburgh's Great Fire to the Anatomy Theatre. With a chilling boat ride into the lair of cannibal Sawney Bean the Edinburgh Dungeon provides a thrilling and fun experience that will leave you screaming for more! A day out for the family based on pain, fear, torture and death...are you brave enough?

http://www.thedungeons.com/en/edinburgh-dungeon/index.html

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The following events can be found at http://www.nts.org.uk/events:

Children’s event: Bat Crafts in the Castle
Castle Fraser
Saturday 11 October 2008 - Sunday 26 October 2008

Children’s event: Bat Crafts in the Castle    
Come and make batty crafts in the castle and then try our bat quiz for a truly batty holiday. ...

NB Castle closed Mon & Tues, small charge applies. Drop in event, booking not required.

Dates:
Saturday 11 October 2008 - Sunday 26 October 2008

Times:
12.00-5.00pm

Price:
Small charge applies

Booking:
Drop in event, booking not required

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Light into Dark
Culzean Castle & Country Park
Friday 24 October 2008 - Saturday 25 October 2008

Light into Dark
   
A spooky Halloween walk in the dark followed by appropriate light refreshments . ... More>
Takes place from 5.00pm to 6.30pm on the evenings of Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October.

Places are limited - bookings accepted from Friday 17 October after 9.00am. Please call 01655 884400 to book your places.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Dates:
Friday 24 October 2008 - Saturday 25 October 2008

Times:
5.00pm until 6.30pm

Price:
Adult £5, Child (accompanied) £3

Booking:
Please call 01655 884400 to book your places.

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Witches & Wizards
Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Saturday 25 October 2008 - Sunday 26 October 2008
Witches & Wizards
   
Witching time is here again! ...

Dress as a witch or wizard and come along to Crathes to join in the annual Witch Hunt in the grounds.

Join Winnie the Witch in the Exhibition Room for Halloween fun & games.

Don’t miss the Witch & Wizard Parade at 2.00pm each day.

Special prize for the best dressed Witch or Wizard each day.

Then visit the Spooky Castle and see if you can find all the ghosts hiding in the rooms.

Dates:
Saturday 25 October 2008 - Sunday 26 October 2008

Times:
10.00am– 4.00pm daily

Price:
£1.50 per child – prizes for all children.
Normal Castle admission applies.

Contact:
Tel: 0844 493 2166 for details

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Halloween in the Tower
Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Saturday 25 October 2008

Halloween in the Tower    

Storytelling in the Tower at Drum Castle.
Join our storytellers, Jackie Ross and Margaret Currie, in the damp dark high hall. Bring a lantern and we will provide the hot drinks.

9 years and under: 6pm – 6.30pm for drinks, 6.30pm – 7.30pm Storytelling ***SORRY THIS SESSION IS NOW SOLD OUT***

9 years and over: 7.30pm – 8pm for drinks, 8pm – 9pm Storytelling - Places still available

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Early booking essential as tickets
sell quickly.

Dates:
Saturday 25 October 2008

Times:
6pm – 9pm

Price:
Adult £ 8, child £5

Contact:
0844 493 2161

Booking:
Booking is essential.

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Holmwood - The Home of Halloween!
Holmwood House

Saturday 25 October 2008 - Sunday 26 October 2008

Holmwood - The Home of Halloween!
   
Be brave this Halloween ... visit Holmwood for a truly haunting experience! The house will be dramatically decorated for maximum spooky effect and there'll be lots of sudden surprises throughout your visit!

There will be lots of old style games for children including dooking for apples and scone on a string! Children (and adults!) can come dressed up and there'll be some information on the history of Holmwood to really help bring Halloween to life!

Dates:
Saturday 25 October 2008 - Sunday 26 October 2008

Times:
12noon - 5pm

Price:
£4 adult, £1 child, £1 NTS member

Contact:
Holmwood - 0844 493 2204

Booking:
Just drop by - if you're brave enough !

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