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The Spookiest Places in Edinburgh this Halloween

St Mary's Close

There is no spookier place to spend your Halloween than in Edinburgh. With underground tunnels, terrifying castles and the most haunted place in Britain, the Blair Street Underground Vaults, Edinburgh is sure to give you the fright of your life.

We have compiled a rundown of our top five favourite things to do on Halloween, guaranteed to put the paranormal fear factor into your night.

Be chased by the Undead

Zombie Chase 2015

This Halloween, we are going ‘Walking Dead’ style. Pilrig Park will be overrun by the undead. Featuring events for all ages, the day will see zombies chasing participants through the park as you dive and dodge obstacles along the way. Be in with the chance of winning tickets by following @comasscotland on Twitter. Tickets are available to buy online.

Stay: Our beautiful Forth Street Flat is ideally located for access to City Centre and is only 10 minutes walk from Pilrig Park – our advice, run home and lose the Zombies en route!

Dance with the Zombies at the Zoo

Zombie Zoo

October 31st will see the adults-only night return to Edinburgh Zoo – alongside a few dancing zombies. (The general theme is definitely zombies this year!) Explore the Dinosaurs Return exhibit by torchlight and then join in with the Adults Only Zombie Zoo silent disco.

Stay: We have lots of lovely apartments in the Haymarket, check out this amazing property at West Park Place – the perfect place to stay during your Edinburgh Zoo Experience.

Dungeon LATES

Join the Home of Hallowe’en from 9 October as The Edinburgh Dungeon digs up the dirt on the Resurrectionists.

Join Dungeon Lates mashes up theatre, special effects and intriguing storytelling for a spooky after-hours experience like no other! Before descending into the bowels of the Dungeon, steel your nerves with a complimentary alcoholic shot served by a darkly mischievous barman.

Meet Sawney Bean and his band of cannibals, escape the Plague-ridden Street of Sorrows and sense the spine-chilling ghostly presence of the Green Lady, then try and avoid the hangman’s noose on Drop Dead, Edinburgh’s only thrill ride!

Stay: Old Fishmarket Close the perfect place to stay for Halloween in Edinburgh. Not only is it close by to the Dungeons and the Royal Mile, but was also home to the City Hangman, the last being a John High who died in 1817.

Halloween Vigil in the Vaults

Mercat Tours

Mercat Tours offer exclusive access to the Blair Street Underground Vaults – as featured on Living TV’s ‘Most Haunted’ and described by BBC News as the most haunted place in Britain.

Mercat Tours are organising a thoroughly terrifying overnight vigil in the Blair Street Vaults this Halloween. Host your own ‘Most Haunted’ style investigations between midnight and five am. Accompanied by a Mercat guide and psychic medium, Ada Donaldson, spend the night hunting for paranormal activity. If a whole night underground isn’t your thing, Mercat will also be offering hour-long underground ghost tours throughout Halloween weekend.

Stay: 206 Canongate is situated in Edinburgh’s famous Old Town, perfect for a spooky Halloween weekend away!

Mary King’s Close Ghost Hunt

St Mary's Close

Discover the mysteries of the famous Mary King’s Close on one of their social history tours, or join in on a Halloween special, The Dark Truth Experience. The Close is a maze of underground passageways, perfect for lurking paranormal activity. The hour long Dark Truth Experience is for those hardy souls who consider themselves too tough to scare. Join in from Wednesday 28th October until Saturday 31st October.

Stay: St. Mary’s Street dates to the late 1860s when the former narrow and overcrowded St Mary’s Wynd was demolished as a result of the 1867 Edinburgh Improvement Act. St Mary’s Wynd was originally named after a Cistercian convent in the vicinity and dates back to at least 1335. Certainly a historic property for your visit to Edinburgh this Halloween.

Whatever you choose to do this All Hallow’s Eve, we hope you feel suitable scared and enjoy some of Edinburgh’s more spooky attractions. If you find something that scares the living daylights out of you, we would love to hear all about it. Tag us on Instagram or Twitter using #WhatTheDickins.


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