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Halloween in Edinburgh with the Kids

Edinburgh is such a fun place to spend Halloween, but sometimes, things aren’t easy to find out about. To help you, we have highlighted some of our favourite things to do with the kids. From pumpkin carving to cake eating, the won’t be any shortage of family friendly fun this Hallow’s Eve in Edinburgh.

Seasonal Produce put to use!


The Edinburgh Farmers Market at Castle Terrace on Saturday always makes for a delightful visit, however, Saturday 24th will be even better! Visit the stall to purchase your Farmer’s Market pumpkin, carving kit and stencils (£5), any participants under 18 will require supervision a parent or guardian.

Pumpkin carving will be taking place from 10am until 4.30pm, and is sure to be a hit with families across Edinburgh. Be sure to arrive before the pumpkins run out!

Any Excuse for Cake…

Eye Witness at Cuckoo's Bakery

Eye Witness at Cuckoo’s Bakery

Cuckoo’s Bakery has launched a macabre range of Halloween cakes, based on a Cuckoo tale of a Professor who once experimented with the Plague above the Dundas Street bakery.

Cupcakes include the bloody raspberry and dark chocolate ‘Trouble and Squeak’, the vanilla and strawberry ‘Eye Witness’, gluten free carrot and orange ‘Something Earie’, lemon and white chocolate cheesecake ‘Bursting Boil’, rhubarb and vanilla ‘’Snot Your Business’ and lemon and raspberry ‘Pane-ful Death’. The cupcakes have been created based on the tale of Professor Rothesay whose grotesque experiments left behind an ear, eyeball, dead mouse, runny nose, a shard of glass and an infected foot above the Dundas Street bakery in the 19th Century.

Cupcakes are priced at £3 each and will run from Friday 23rd October until Sunday 1st November. Gift sets start at £18 and come with a copy of ‘The Cuckoo Tale’. Their Halloween range also includes a gory lemon and raspberry eyeball-decorated layer cake.

Zombie Zoo Halloween Enrichment

The Weer-Meerkat at Edinburgh Zoo

The Weer-Meerkat at Edinburgh Zoo

The Halloween Zombie Zoo will be open from 10.30 am – 4 pm and will be haunted by mysterious monstrous monkeys, petrifying penguins and the elusive were-meerkat. Watch out for the wicked wildcats and the terrifying tigers as you see some of our animals receive Halloween-themed enrichment items to stimulate their natural behaviours.

Frankenstein’s Monster Enrichment-Making session will run in the morning, and will allow kiddies to get creative and make some Halloween themed items for the animals at the zoo.
Find out more about the ghoulish goings-on this Halloween at the Zombie Zoo here.

  • Date: Saturday, Oct 31, 2015
  • Time : 10:30 – to – 16:00
  • Venue: Edinburgh Zoo
  • Prices: Adults Free with Zoo admission; Children Free with Zoo admission;

Edinburgh Ghost Bus

Edinburgh's Ghost Bus

Edinburgh’s Ghost Bus

The Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour is a theatrical sightseeing tour, taking you on a journey around the darker side of Edinburgh. Your creepy conductor shows you the sights on board a classic 1960s Routemaster bus as you experience the travelling ghost tour of Edinburgh. Learn about witches, grave robbers, plague and, of course, the ghosts that reside in the most haunted city in Europe. A comedy horror show as you travel around the city, this is the perfect way to see Edinburgh and discover it’s dark and unusual secrets.

Spooky Saturday at National Museum of Scotland

Story telling at the National Museum of Scotland

Storytelling at the National Museum of Scotland

Join in for a day of spooky stories, science and craft activities to celebrate Hallowe’en on October 31st. From a special Halloween themed Magic Carpet Weekend of stories and songs to a scary storytelling session with Macastory’s Hallowe’en Howl, or a Creepy Crafting Session to a learning afternoon of Spooky Science, The National Museum has you covered. Find out more about all the activities here.

Children’s Classic Concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra


With witches, wizards and kelpies on the loose, this performance of Magic & Monsters will see children delighted by musical theatre. Best-dressed little monsters and magical creatures can compete to win a trolley dash in A1 Toys! This performance will take place at the Usher Hall Sunday on 1st November 2015 at 3:00 pm. To book tickets, click here.

Will you be visiting Edinburgh this Halloween?

Halloween in Edinburgh with the Kids is sure to be great fun for all the family – especially if you decide to take part in one of these great activities. (We are leaning towards the cake eating…) We would love to see what you get up to, tag us on Instagram or Twitter using #WhatTheDickins and share your experience with others.

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