It is October, the best month of the entire year. October is my favorite month because of the perfect Autumn weather and of course Halloween! The weather has turned into a perfect crisp coolness making me even more excited for October 31st. Halloween is widely celebrated in the United States. People decorate their houses to looked haunted and scary, pumpkins are carved, pumpkin spice can be found everywhere, it’s just so wonderful! In Edinburgh, I have found the preparation for Halloween to be very different. It is a holiday celebrated less ostentatiously compared to America; it is just not as big of a deal. Since I am Halloween obsessed, I have been in search of all things wicked. The following are some of the events in Edinburgh to be aware of if you are as into Halloween as I am:
Pumpkin Picking at Craigie’s Farm: Take a half hour bus ride away from campus to pick your own pumpkin at Craigie’s Farm! With lots to pick, you are guaranteed to find the perfect pumpkin. In addition to pumpkins, you can also pick strawberries, brambles, apples, and rhubarb! Once you tire yourself out from picking, head to the café for an Autumn special of pumpkin soup, bean to cup coffee and pumpkin shaped shortbread. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
Oktoberfest at Murrayfield Stadium: Get your tickets now to take part in a traditional Oktoberfest right here in Edinburgh. Get transported to Germany with live music, lederhosen costumes, and delicious food and drink! Leave with a stomach full of brewed Bavarian beer, Bratwurst, Schnitzel and Pretzels. Running from Halloween night with a special Halloween surprise to November 4th, its one event not to miss.
Frankenstein Bar: A Frankenstein themed bar almost has to have Halloween events and the Edinburgh Frankenstein Bar does not disappoint. Their festivities begin on October 27th with a Night of the Bat Halloween Party where prizes are given for the best costume. Then on Halloween night they are hosting a Rocky Horror Night Halloween Special. I wonder if bringing toilet paper to throw is mandatory! Finally, on November 2nd, the bar is holding a Day of the Dead Party with live music. With it being so close to the university’s central campus, you have to check out at least one of these events!
Three Sisters: By itself, the Three Sisters is one of the coolest bars to check out in the city and they are throwing some pretty cool Halloween events too! With a four-night action packed events calendar, it will be hard to resist! On the 27th, they are hosting a Halloween party with the promise of spooky food stalls and devilish drinks. Then on the 29th, they are screening Hocus Pocus in their outdoor theatre. How can you miss that! Next on the 30th, they are having “Our Big Fat Horror Quiz.” Better brush up on your horror movie knowledge. Finally, on Halloween night they are throwing a bash of a party with a Zombie Prom Takeover!
Teviot Haunted Horrors: On Halloween night, Teviot Row House is transforming into a Spooktacular House of Horrors! Each room with be decorated in a unique wicked way. With live bands, Djs, and a horror movie screening, you will have to get there early to get a ticket before it sells out.
Terminal v Festival: If the aforementioned events don’t catch your fancy, check out the UK’s biggest Halloween Electronic Music Event on October 27th. Buy tickets now! They are expecting as many as 10,000 people to attend!
The Samhuinn Fire Festival: This Celtic festival is being held on Halloween night at Edinburgh’s Calton Hill. Run by the Beltane Fire Society, you will take part in the traditions of Samhuinn, a pagan festival to end the harvest season and celebrate the arrival of winter.
If you are too busy for these events, head to Tesco. They have pumpkins, Halloween candy, and some decorations as well!