Aberdeen at Halloween
There’s a lot of spooky goings on in Aberdeen this Halloween, but if the haunted holiday has crept up on you – you might be finding that a lot of events are already sold out.
Don’t worry though, we’ve done some devilish delving into the underworld of Aberdeenshire and come up with seven interesting alternatives to your classic trick or treat.
What’s scarier than a teenager?
Too grown-up to go guising, but too young to go join the parties at the Student Union – teenagers often find themselves in the purgatory of Halloween celebrations. That’s where the Teen Halloween Scream comes in.
Taking place in the Aberdeen Maritime Museum at 5:30pm on Friday, the event offers a teenage twist on traditional Halloween fun, including murderous makeovers and life-like latex wounds, a Hip Hop Zombie dance class, and ghoulish gaming.
There’s less than 20 tickets left, so if you are (or know someone who is) between 13 and 16 and looking for some frightening fun then make sure to sign up today!
Creepy Castle Crawls and Cinema
Reportedly one of Scotland’s most haunted locations – Crathes Castle is an ideal spot to indulge in some frightening fun.
Sadly the Ghoulish ghost tours are now completely sold out - but there’s still three other options for thrill seekers of all ages! The Stoats Creepy Crawl will be running throughout the weekend in the grounds of the castle, offering ‘terrifying’ tasks for children aged three and over. There’s plenty of fun and prizes to be won, including best dressed, so make sure to come in costume!
The castle will also be offering some spooky screenings in its woodlands. Casper will be shown on Saturday at 6:15pm for kids and big kids alike to enjoy. However, if you’re seeking ghosts of a less friendly nature then you should wait ‘til after nightfall before making your way to the castle…
At 9:30pm Film Fright Night will commence. Once you’ve made your way through the darkened woodland terrain you will be treated (or tricked…) with a screening of Cabin in the Woods – if you dare that is.
Remember the events will be entirely outdoors, so bring something to sit on and wrap up warm – you want to get chills from the movies not the weather!
If you do end up at Crathes this weekend, make sure to keep an eye out for The Green Lady, the castle’s very own ghostly resident…
The Walking Led
If you’re up for some exploring, the Crime Pays walking tour will reveal a darker side of Aberdeen. Starting at Mercat Cross, the night-time tour will reveal the spooky past behind your favourite city haunts, as it recounts tales of crime and punishment from the last 500 years.
From witchcraft to kidnapping, adultery to murder – the sordid chapters of Aberdeen’s past make for a night that is both enthralling and informative.
The tour isn’t suitable for under 15s, but it does welcome Halloween costumes. So if you fancy dressing up feel free to do so, your tour guide certainly will be…
The tour is on Friday and Saturday Night and you can book up right here.
The Late Halloween Revellers
Already got plans this weekend? That doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all the ghoulish goings on! On Friday the third of November, Hidden Aberdeen will be hosting ‘A Portmanteau of Peculiarities’ featuring dramatic re-enactments of the area’s creepiest chronicles.
It will take place at The Inn at the Park hotel in Ferryhill, a Georgian mansion filled to the brim with character and tales of a haunted past – the perfect setting for ghost stories. The event is all inside, so you’ll be nice and cosy – despite the spine chilling terror of course. If you’re interested, you should sign up quickly – as there are limited tickets left.