We are taking out four kids aged 9 down to 4, to Edinburgh for Halloween. Can anyone tell us what we could do? We would also...

...appreciate any tips on good kiddy friendly restaurants. Thanks.


City: Edinburgh

Constituent state: Scotland

Country: United Kingdom


Hi Mary4kids, there is loads to do in Edinburgh all year round for kids, some of the best to visit with young kids are the dungeons (especially for halloween) which is next to Waverly train station, you also have Dynamic earth which takes you back in time and is great for young ones, you can also travel out to South Queensferry to deep sea world which is 20 minutes away. you also have the famous castle. For eating you have up market George street with great restuarants all along it with more on the streets coming off it Itialian,chinese,Thai,Japanese, and good Scottish food, My favourite is Le-Monde, there are also plenty resuarants up Lothian road and the grassmarket area all near the royal mile. You cannot go wrong no matter where you go in the centre of Edinburgh. Hope you all have a great time, any other questions just ask. Best Regards, Kenny.
Hi Mary,

Thanks for your question. I am about to put together a blog post on this topic this weekend! But for now, here are some great Halloween activities for kids in Edinburgh:

Whizzing Witches and Scandalous Skeletons – Lauriston Castle
Friday 22nd October, 10.30-12.30 and 1.30-3.30, £4

Historic Lauriston Castle is the perfect place to find spooky skeletons and wicked witches this Halloween season. To fit in with all the ghosts and ghouls on October 31st you’ll need a Halloween costume – which is where this event comes in. Make your own creepy costume in the castle’s Edwardian kitchen and be the star of the show when it comes to the trick-or-treating. Booking is essential.

Spoooooooky Halloween Puppets – Museum of Childhood
Saturday 23rd October, 10.30-12.30 and 1.30-3.30, £4

Head along to the Museum of Childhood for this freaky puppet-making class, inspired by the museum’s very own puppet collection. Luminous paint and dark fabrics will be provided – all you need is a sense of the macabre and your creativity! This event is suitable for children who are five years old or over, and the whole family is welcome. Booking is essential.

Halloween Disco and Ghost Tour – Scottish Mining Museum
Friday 29th October, 6pm-8pm, £5

Primary school kids will love this evening of ghostly games and fancy dress held in the atmospheric mining museum. There will be a disco, ghost tour, and prizes, as well as a range of drinks and snacks.

Halloween Party – Monkey Bizness
Friday 29th October, 5pm-7pm, £7 per child (includes one accompanying adult)

Let your little ones lark about in the soft-play area with the rest of Edinburgh’s young witches, goblins, bumble-bees, etc. There will be gory fun, spooky games and prizes for the best costumes.

Halloween Thrills – Seafield Community Recycling Centre
Saturday 30th October, 11am-3pm, free

Creepy-crawlies, worms, and maybe bats (oh, ok, no bats) are just some of the creatures that are lurking in the depths of the Seafield Community Recycling centre – and this Halloween you can join them for a day of family fun. Make a creepy mask or a frightening costume out of the recycled materials available, and see what happens to your waste after you put it in the bin.

Spooky Halloween – National Museum of Scotland
Sunday 31st October, 11am-4pm, cost included in museum admission (children under 13 free)

Expect scary mask-making, spooky encounters and magic spells at this fun event for the whole family. Kids will learn about ancient Halloween traditions before making their own paper lantern then heading off on a spine-chilling hunt through the museum. Visit their website for more information.

Children’s Classic Concerts: Heroes vs Villains – Usher Hall
Sunday 31st October, 3pm, child £6, adult £10

Introduce your kids to classical music at this fun-packed Halloween concert. The audience will help hosts Owen and Olly battle a whole bunch of terrifying Halloween bad guys, like vampires, gunslingers and daleks, and there will be prizes for those in the best fancy-dress costumes. Prepare to be scared!

Air and Scare Halloween – National Museum of Flight
Sunday 31st October, 10am-5pm, cost included in admission (children under 13 go free)

There’s nothing quite like a good game of ‘guess the body part in the dark’, and you’ll find this and much, much more at this sinister family day out at East Fortune Airfield. Additionally, there’ll be spooky storytelling, a giant spider hunt (eek!) and a tasty alternative to apple dooking … doughnut hooking. Yum.

Shriek Week – Edinburgh Zoo
Monday 18th-Sunday 24th October, 11am-3.30pm, price included in zoo admission

Head down to the zoo this week, for a range of grisly and gruesome activities that will make you squeal. From the Spooky Safari to the Creepy Cave (complete with resident creepy crawlies), there’s lots going on to keep the whole family entertained. Head along from 11am til 3.30 for ghastly animal interactions and drop-in interactive workshops. Shriek Week will make you squirm and scream as you learn amazing facts about the zoo!

For scarier (and more adult activities) check out our guide:

and our blog post:
BTW, the Real Mary King's Close "haunted" tour probably won't be too scary for the kids. Nor would the 3D Lochness Experience. The City of the Dead Mackenzie Poltergeist tour might very well be, however!

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Can I mention to be yourselfs and enjoy it.
Be spooky to one and all.

Enjoy it

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