Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Edinburgh Events Special: Things To Do For Halloween

You don't have to be super into Halloween to enjoy these Edinburgh events - there's some non-costume non-scary options along with some terrifying films and zombie-hunchback-gypsy dress up options.  There's culture, drinking, clubbing and a family friendly choice too so get stuck in!

1. Witches & Wicked Bodies & Halloween By Night Event 
Exhibition open until 3 November / Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern Two, 75 Belford Road, EH4 3DR / £5-7
October is the last month to catch the Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibition at the Modern Art Gallery.  It's fantastically creepy and features images of witches flying up chimneys, attending black masses, and even appearing in Shakespeare’s own Macbeth.  With 16th and 17th century prints and drawings, work by significant European artists such as Francisco de Goya and contemporary images by celebrated women artists, the exhibition shares ideas, myths and fears about witches from country to country.  It's a stunning exhibition which is not for the faint hearted but perfect for some costume inspiration.  The National Gallery is holding a Halloween By Night event inspired by the exhibition - it's taking place at the Gardens entrance of the National Gallery and will have a performance by The Eccentronic Research Council, sure to be spooky fun.

Saturday 19 October & Sunday 20 October / Cameo, 38 Home Street, EH3 9LZ / £18.50
The perfect way to feel the fear before Halloween comes - the legendary All Night Horror Madness returns to The Cameo for the seventh time with five horror movies in a row.  Expect specially sourced vintage 35mm prints, classic horror trailers and a free raffle in a full nine hours of gruesome entertainment featuring these classic horror flicks: psychedelic cult classic Hardware, prom horror masterpiece Carrie, '80s Italian slasher Stage Fright, the awesomely named Frankenhooker and the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  Go & watch The Cameo be painted blood red!

Saturday 26 October / Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place, EH1 2AD / 12-5pm / £10
Ghillie Dhu's great hall is a perfect venue for this family friendly event.  Harry Potter fiends will love this - a big fancy dress party where you'll be sorted into your tables on arrival and watch the first HP film with a medieval food banquet being served throughout the film.  There's crafts, quidditch and a wizarding ball afters and butter beers served too.

Saturday 26 October / From Sofi's Bar to Hemma / 6pm
Instead of a Halloween pub crawl, the people behind Edinburgh's Swedish pubs have organised a zombie walk, from Sofis Bar at the Shore, passing through Boda, Victoria and Joseph Pearce's on Leith Walk, all the way to Hemma on Holyrood Road.  There'll be make up artists ready to make you look zombie-tastic along with ghoulish cocktails and horrifying jukebox hits.  Each of the bars will have zombie inspired treats and games for you to enjoy as you make your way along World War Leith - expect undead debauchery.  

Thursday 31 October / Usher Hall, Lothian Road, EH1 2EA / 7:30pm / £12
Usher Hall's annual Halloween party is a showing of the 1923 spooky silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, complete with live organ accompaniment from Donald Mackenzie.  Come dressed as characters from the film, gypsy style or in 1920's fashion.  There'll also be fortune telling, palmistry and tarot readings.  

Thursday 31 October / Secret location / From £10 upwards
Black Box promises to be a new clubbing experience.  Most of the details under wraps for now: fifty blacked out coaches will be taking punters to a secret location where there will be a unique purpose-built pop-up venue, turned into a 'Twilight Zone' for the night.  Sounds like an oh-so-appropriate All Hallows Eve adventure.


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