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The Spookiest Places in Edinburgh this Halloween

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

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

Halloween Tours and History Walks


photography of Mercat Tours vaults in Edinburgh

Explore Edinburgh at the scariest time of year with Mercat Tours. Serving up a creepy collection of haunted Halloween tours where you’re guaranteed to hear some unsettling stories and head underground to see Edinburgh’s haunted past. The famous Blair Street Underground Vaults are spine-chilling labyrinth of gloomy tunnels in which every sound and every movement stops you in your tracks and makes the blood run cold. At Halloween, the experience is unforgettable.

Tickets to their Halloween tours can be booked online here.

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

Edinburgh Zoo Spooktacular



Enjoy a spooky after hours visit to Edinburgh Zoo this Halloween, where a spooktacular night trail awaits! Wander the zoo at night following an illuminated Halloween trail, meeting witches, wizards, scarecrows & spiders along the way. The trail is family friendly, with dates available throughout October. Book tickets here.

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

Dungeon LATES


Join Dungeon Lates which mashes up theatre, special effects and intriguing storytelling for a spooky after-hours experience like no other! Will you survive the curse of the possessed nun? Delve into Scotland’s darkest history and learn the tale of Pearlin Jean, a wronged nun, betrayed by her lover. Open to adults only, tickets can be booked here.

Stay: The Canongate is the perfect place to stay for Halloween in Edinburgh. Not only is it close by to the Dungeons, it’s right on the Royal Mile.

Mary King’s Close Ghost Hunt


Discover the mysteries of the famous Mary King’s Close on their lantern led Halloween tour as you step beneath the Royal Mile and walk through Edinburgh’s history. Hear stories of locals long past, and you’ll also meet an insidious character that used to strike terror into people’s hearts at their very sight…  Join in from Wednesday 29th October until 31st October with an optional dinner at Amber Restaurant if your tour starts early enough. Tickets available here.

Stay: Old Tolbooth Wynd is a modern apartment in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town where you can see the rich history right on your doorstep. The Old Tolbooth was an important building for over 400 years, serving many purposes to the people of Edinburgh, including a jail. From 1785 public executions were held here and in 1817 the original building was finally demolished. Luckily no ghosts have been spotted in our modern one bedroom home from home!

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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