How to spend a spooky Halloween in Scotland
Halloween in Scotland is a spooky time, and there is plenty for families to get up to during this fun-filled season. In Fife and further afield throughout Scotland, there are loads of events taking place that are guaranteed to give you the shivers.
Here, we have listed a few of the best events for families to help you experience Halloween in Scotland at its best, from pumpkin picking to terrifying treasure trails.
Venture into the Haunted Forest
Deep within Kelburn Estate in Ayrshire there is a forest filled with magic… The Haunted Forest contains a wonderful world of legends, spells and potions this autumn.
The Freaky Forest Magic event will run from the 12th-20th of October, and little ones will love the interactive nature of the forests displays, set in the beautiful surroundings of Kelburn Forest.
For older children, there will also be a terrifying ‘quarantine’ event taking place from October 24th till November 3rd – just be warned, it is not suitable for scaredy-cats!
Pick up a pumpkin
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a pumpkin, and Arnprior Farm in Stirling has an eye-popping 7000 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes that could make picking the perfect pumpkin tricky!
As well as the pumpkins, there is a whole manner of other activities to keep the family occupied, including face painting, tasty food, a kale maze and chainsaw carving. Pay a visit anytime during October to get in the Halloween spirit.
Halloween Parade and Fun Night
Grab your witch’s hat, pick up your pumpkin and prepare your fancy dress… Perth’s annual Halloween Parade and Fun Night will be a fantastic celebration of spookiness on the 26th of October. Featuring live music and dances, face painting and funfair rides, this event promises fun for the whole family.
Plus, if you come along in a fancy dress costume, you could be in with a chance of winning the competition for best dressed!
Go on a ghost tour for kids
Hill of Tarvit Mansion and Garden in Cupar will be hosting a Halloween ghost tour for children this year on October 26th from 6.15pm. Encounter the roaming spirits of the Hill of Tarvit, who only make an appearance once a year at Halloween time.
Make sure the kids are prepared for some spooky (but not terrifying) encounters and remember to bring a lantern to ward off any ghosts and ghouls!
Tackle the Terror Trail
Lauriston Castle in Edinburgh is hosting the Edinburgh Horror Festival’s Terror Trail this year. Suitable for children aged 6 and over, the interactive adventure trail will feature a path through the grounds of the castle where some spooky surprises will be lurking.
In the castle itself magical wizards and spooky storytellers will be waiting, alongside loads of extra fun activities. Drop in anytime from 10am on the 27th of October, with the event running till 1pm.
Trek through a Halloween Treasure Trail
Go on a Halloween adventure this year, all around the shores of Loch Leven in Kinross. The Treasure Trail map can be picked up at the RSPB visitor centre and is suitable for children of all ages.
See how many objects you can pick up, all while admiring the natural wonders of the Loch and experiencing some spooky surprises. No booking is required, so you can drop in anytime from the 14th-31st of October.
Crawl, creep or prowl your way to Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling to experience a haunted walk-through, complete with creepy mummies and spooktacular 3D special effects.
For the younger kids there are magic shows, slime making activities, an outdoor trick or treat trail, pumpkin patch and giant haybale spiders… perfect for scary selfies! HalloWild takes place from 12th – 27th October.
You can easily access all of these spooky activities from Fife’s excellent central location. Take a look at Campion Homes’ beautiful developments or get in touch with a member of our team to arrange a viewing.