Family Friendly Halloween 2016 Events in Scotland


halloween-959049_1280Lots going on this Halloween so here’s the Tots2Travel highlight (just the tip of the iceberg)  for great Scottish spooks this weekend.

Older Kids

FRIDAY FRIGHT NIGHT Kids aged 14 and over?  Try the Friday Fright Night Walk, it asks ‘Are you Brave Enough?’ and requests participants bring a torch.   Soup and a roll served afterwards to heat you up.  At: Kirroughtree Visitor Centre near Newton Stewart Starts: 28 October 6.45 pm.  Forestry Commission.

GHOULISH GHOST TOURS – Friday 28 Oct – Monday 31 October Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate near Banchory, Aberdeenshire.  There are ghostly goings on at Crathes this Halloween. This ghoulish ghost tour comes with a warning – be prepared to be scared! Not for young children.

JACOBITE GHOST TOUR – Traquair House near Peebles is doing a Jacobite Ghost tour combining history and Halloween.  Learn a little about the Jacobite past alongside the spooky Halloween fun.  Friday 28th October & Saturday 29th October, 7.00pm & 9.00pm

FOREST OF FRIGHTS – Head to Ness Islands for a free spectacular event that sounds genuinely creepy.  A wall of hands anyone?  Saturday 29 at 6.30pm and Sunday 30 October at 5.30pm.

Younger Kids

THE WEE SPOOK  is aimed at 3-6  year olds.  At: Kirroughtree Visitor Centre near Newton Stewart.  Starts: 29 October 2.00 pm Enjoy indoor crafts, games, children’s fancy dress competition, storytelling and a brand new self-led ‘Silly Skeleton’ trail.  Forestry Commission.


THE HORRIBLE HORROR TRAIL aimed at 7-13 year olds. At: Kirroughtree Visitor Centre near Newton Stewart.  Starts: 29 October 6.30 pm Indoor crafts and scary walk and storytelling. Bring a torch!  Forestry Commission.

HALLOWEEN AT BODEN BOOOO! At: Boden Boo near Glasgow.   Starts: 29 October 5.30 pm Watch local children perform a bespoke themed drama, go on a spooky trail through the woods, and listen to some themed storytelling in the Beech trees cave lit up by a small fire.  Forestry Commission.

WITCHES & WARLOCKS at Holmwood, Glasgow. Saturday 29 Oct – Sunday 30 Oct Spooky storytelling, apple dookin’ and the chance to explore the Haunted Garden.   NTS.

ALLOWEEN Saturday 29 Oct Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayrshire.  Follow a ‘ghostly guide’ on a tour of the Bard’s birthplace and Alloway’s Auld Haunted Kirk.  NTS.

WILD HALLOWE’EN  Saturday 29 Oct Killiecrankie, Perthshire  Enjoy a spooky walk at Killiecrankie, see what the resident witch is brewing and which woodland creatures are brave enough to join her.  Small prizes for the best Hallowe’en costume.  NTS.

WOODLAND TRUST Glen Finglas, Brig o’Turk.  Use woodland items to make skeletons.  There’s also a  ranger-led walk through othe atmospheric oak woods. Make a lantern to light the dark path then sit by the fire sipping a comforting hot drink. When: Saturday 29 October Time: 5.00pm – 8.30pm.

WOODLAND TRUST And in Ledmore and Migdale they’re making lanterns to take into the spooky woods to hear stories of ghosts, ghouls and witches. Afterwards, we will head back to the bothy to enjoy some hot drinks and sweet surprises!  Where: Ledmore and Migdale, Torroy bothy, Spinningdale, Scotland IV24 3AD When: Saturday 29 October Time: Choose either 5.00 – 6:30pm or 7.00 – 8:30pm

Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling – as well as being a wild day out, Blair Drummond is adding pumpkin carving, fancy dress competition, free hot chocoloate and marshmallows over the Halloween weekend – nice little extras.  Kids cost £5.

Deep Sea World, North Queensferry – a pumpkin trail, scary stories and some frightful dares! 2930 October.

Have a great time whether you stay at home carving turnips, putting torches under your chin or if you’re heading out for a Scottish spook night.

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    Shana Gorian

    October 25, 2016

    This all sounds like so much fun! Thanks for sharing your traditions and events. It’s nice to see how this holiday is done around the world!

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      October 26, 2016

      I think America does it the BIGGEST and the BEST but it’s a day that’s been ‘celebrated’ in Scotland for a long time now. Take care.

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