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Get ready for spooky-tainment when visiting historic sites


The National Trust for Scotland’s historic sites are getting ready to put the frighteners on visitors this October with all sorts of fun Halloween events.

With their dark hallways and long histories, there are plenty of real-life ghost stories to be experienced at the conservation charity’s houses, castles, museums, gardens and even at some of their countryside locations too.

There are events for all the family, but, this year, look out for even more events aimed at adults. The charity reports a boom in interest in spooky shenanigans for over 18s – Haddo House in Aberdeenshire’s event has already sold out!

The other top picks so far are:

The Holm of Halloween – over the years, the team at Holmwood have developed a terrifying reputation for putting on the most terrible Halloween events. This year will be no different. See the stunning Greek villa transform into a horrible haunted house on 24 and 25 October.

Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire is oozing with paranormal tales and they’ll be running their very popular ghost tours from Wednesday 28 until Saturday 31 October. Suitable for over 13s only, these events are almost always a sell-out so book now!

Staying in Aberdeenshire, it’s all hubble and bubble at Castle Fraser this Halloween, with Marvellous Medicine Mayhem. Visitors will be mixing potions, and finding out about some of the more gruesome practices of medics in centuries past. This event, which runs on 31 October and 1 November, is for all the family, but not for the faint-hearted!

It’s all very frightening at Falkland Palace in Fife on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October, as they run some spooky tours through the grounds. Watch out for ghostly shadows and spooks hiding in the ruins during these fun tours for grown-ups.

Meanwhile, at the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, they’ve created a monster! The team at the home of the intrepid explorer have followed in Dr Frankenstein’s footsteps and crafted a terrifying creature. Track it down with the help of the resident mad scientists on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November.

For bookings, and the full Halloween programme, visit the National Trust for Scotland.

Other National Trust for Scotland properties holding Halloween events this year include Alloa Tower, Glencoe Visitor Centre, Culzean Castle and Country Park, Newhailes and more.

And to find out more about ghost stories at the National Trust for Scotland’s places, watch the YouTube channel.

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