Top five ways to take your Halloween from trick to treat

By Luci Wallace & Olivia Scott

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The spookiest night of the year is almost upon us!  

Ghosts and goblins all over the city are looking for tricks and treats to make the most of Halloween and we have got the top five list to scare off boredom.

1. Ghost Tours: Edinburgh is known to be one of the most haunted cities in the world, making it a haven for ghost tours, guided graveyard walks and spooky historical storytelling. Companies such as Mercat Tours, Auld Reekie Tours  and The Cadies and Witchery Tours will take you around the city and scare the living daylights out of you for a small fee. Be warned though, these tours are not for the fainthearted or those with a nervous disposition. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll pee in your pants. What more do you want out of Halloween?

2. Edinburgh Dungeons: Want a ghost tour without the actual ghosts? Edinburgh Dungeons are for you. This is the Hollywood version of Edinburgh history. Part of a Europe-wide franchise, The Dungeons , are full of waxworks, special effects and fake blood-covered actors ready to jump out at you at any moment. All the history, minimal chance of running into those pesky ghosts. The Dungeons run special events on Halloween, this year they are hosting the ‘Scare Witch Trials’. Dress up and grab your mates, preferably ones who’ll hold your hand, not point and laugh as you lie in a quivering ball on the floor. Not speaking from experience or anything.

3. Mary King’s Close: The ultimate in ghost tour-age. Guaranteed to be one of the creepiest tours you’ll ever do, Mary King’s Close is situated right in the heart of old town Edinburgh. An underground network of halls, rooms and closes once inhabited by the residents of Edinburgh. Once again, a group of close friends and a brave face are essential. Eyes down and try not to be the last one in.

4. Pub: Ahh, a classic Halloween activity. There are several great places to drink in Edinburgh, and the walk between them when you’re dressed like a giant box of Frosties is also immense fun. Try to find somewhere busy and bursting at the seams with Halloween decorations to have a creepy cocktail. Places like Frankensteins  and Jekyll and Hyde  are ideal. Guaranteed to be brimming with enthusiastic and hilariously dressed students, these places are number one for a fun Halloween-y atmosphere. Pubs and clubs in the city centre and near student accomodation are bound to get busy so make sure you set out early to get a place at the bar. Responsibly, obviously.

5.  House Party: For those lacking in funds or the patience to be around drunk teenagers, this is the perfect way to have a great Halloween. Keep it old school: no costume, no entry, your guests will be dining on toffee apples and pumpkin soup and dancing to the Monster Mash. Decorate your house in fake cobwebs and spiders and of course, don’t forget the pumpkin lantern. Get your guests to bring their own and have a prize for the best pumpkin carving skills. Let’s do the time warp again!

And if none of those sound appealing, you could always have your friends round to watch scary movies, Brad Pitt is in Interview with a Vampire after all.  Happy Halloween!