The season we all love has arrived – well to all those feeling autumnal that is. October is here and brings with it the best time of the year (in our opinion). A night we can dress up as our favourite characters, watch our favourite scary films and have a spooktacular night out with all our friends.
To get you into the spirit of things (no pun intended) Glasgow and Edinburgh have a ton going on, so make sure you book these dates in.
Glasgow Horror Festival is back, due to popular demand, and on 4 and 5 November The Classic Grand will, this time, will be hosting two full days of horrific entertainment across two storeys.
The ground floor will be home to a conventional style horror market, where you’ll be able to pick up horror comics, merchandise, art, and gruesome snacks, a whole range of vendors for everything your black heart may desire. The perfect place to chill out, chat with fellow horror fans and support indie horror artists and creators.
In the main hall, the best of international horror will be showcased throughout the celebration. From scary short programs, feature films to fabulous and gory drag show – here’s a weekend filled with the best horror entertainment on offer.
It’s coming! Zombie Escape comes to Combat City, Cambuslang on 27 – 29 October. Tickets are priced at £25 and you best get your’s now. You are equipped with an ultra-realistic infra-red weapon with limited ammunition to sweep throughout the facility. Your mission is to retrieve the antidote and escort the scientists from the overrun military base to safety. The site is swarming with the undead so approach with caution.
Held at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 26 October. The Bates Motel, that strange young man, the horror behind the shower-curtain – there’s never been a thriller quite as terrifying as Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. And there’s never been a film score quite like Bernard Herrmann’s: those stabbing violins have been the soundtrack to all our nightmares. So give yourself the fright of your life with his big-screen showing, with Herrmann’s score performed live by the RSNO.
Running from 26 – 28 October, Museums at Night is a UK-wide festival within museums and galleries. It is produced by Culture24, the Brighton-based arts charity dedicated to shining a light on Britain’s sparkling culture and heritage. An opportunity for museums and galleries to come together around a single, simple campaign that is attractive to venues, audiences and the media. It’s a social experience, it’s an interactive social experiment, designed to help you delve deeper into fascinating subjects and perhaps enjoy a cocktail or two with friends.
Held at the Flying Duck on Sunday 29 October from 3pm with free entry for all. It’s set to be a Halloween extravaganza, where they will be screening The Shining, The Lost Boys, Halloween and of course Nightmare on Elm Street. Fancy dress is encouraged – so best get prepping as there is a prize for best dressed!
A popular event amongst students that gives the ABC a Halloween makeover from 10pm on Tuesday 31 October. In the Main Hall DJ Ted brings the main room monster mash, mixing music videos live on the big screens. In ABC2 Love Music residents play Indie-pop and rock-n-roll all night long. Plus it’s only £1 drinks!
Elrow has announced they are bringing a huge indoor festival to Scotland for their debut in Edinburgh, as Elrow Halloween Haunted House, one of the UK’s most anticipated Halloween events.
Putting a spooky twist on Elrow’s world-renowned, immersive production, Elrow Halloween Haunted House will open a portal, unleashing a world of spooky spectres, bloodied beasts, ghastly ghouls and the strangest, scariest creatures imagined in the darkest of nightmares. Lose yourself in the wildest Halloween house as interactive performers, stilt-walkers and street theatre keep party-goers on their toes for a fright-night like no other.
Surprises will lurk behind every creaking door of this supernatural spectacular, while thick cobwebs will quiver to the beats laid down by some of dance music’s most prominent dance floor aficionados. Elrow Halloween Haunted House offers a full eleven hours of unmissable adventure as they show Edinburgh how to do Halloween Elrow style.
Edinburgh’s cobbled Old Town will once again host the country’s most spectacular Halloween night event. The Samhuinn Fire Festival celebrates the Celtic New Year, marking the end of summer and welcoming the onset of winter.
The event, starting at 9pm, takes the form of a stunning torch lit performance with wild drumming, acrobatics, fire-dancing, intricate costumes and battles between the forces of summer and winter. No tickets are required, so you should get there early to make sure you get a good view. Attendance is by donation to the Beltane Fire Society, a charity run by volunteers marking the fire festivals of the ancient Celtic calendar.
The return of the 2016 sell-out tour Condemned will be held on 19 October. Join a character guide and travel back to a time when Mary King’s Close was open to the skies. Fear and suspicion lurked around every corner, and witch trials were a regular occurrence. Hear how the inhabitants of Mary King’s Close and the surrounding streets were implicated in witchcraft and the fate that befell them. It has always been a well-known haunted place to visit, so if you are into the paranormal life, then this event is worth attending.