East Lothian at Halloween

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Halloween is a long-standing tradition in Scotland and can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival ‘Samhuinn’.

Newhailes House and Gardens (© Visit Scotland)
Newhailes House and Gardens
© Visit Scotland

If you are visiting East Lothian this Halloween there will be plenty to see and do, both in the region and further afield.

Toasting marshmallows - Toasting marshmallows on a campfire (© Leon Contreras on Unsplash)
Toasting marshmallows on a campfire
© Leon Contreras on Unsplash

There are so many Halloween trails and ghost tours to enjoy in East Lothian and further afield this year.

East Lothian at Halloween


Enjoy Scottish Halloween traditions when you stay with Lettings of Distinction


Book your stay at a luxury Lettings of Distinction holiday property for this autumn and enjoy the many activities on offer.

East Lothian at Halloween


Located in Musselburgh, Newhailes House and Gardens is a beautiful 18th-century estate and well worth a visit.


In 2022 enjoy a Haunted Halloween Trail at this East Lothian venue, with tickets from just £1.00 per person.

Just outside North Berwick, you will find Balgone Estate, which will also host Halloween events this year.


At 8 acres, the estate boasts the largest pumpkin patch in Scotland where you can Pick Your Own pumpkins for carving or eating this Halloween.


The estate will also have a 2km Haunted Trail around the lake during which you can stop by the Crooked Cauldron and enjoy toasted marshmallows. 


Kilduff Farm is situated between North Berwick and Haddington and offers wonderful views of the Lammermuir Hills and Firth of Forth. 


From 14th to 30th October visitors can also enjoy pumpkin picking this Halloween, the 5th pumpkin festival from the Kilduff team. 


Not only will you learn more about rural life, but you can also learn about the many varieties of pumpkins grown at this East Lothian farm, in addition to the best ways to enjoy them in home-cooked dishes.


More Halloween fun is to be had at East Links Family Park in Dunbar from 14th to 31st October, with fancy dress, pumpkin carving and free pumpkins for each child visitor.




We have several properties ideal for a family self-catering break in East Lothian.


Greco’s Close and Seaview Loft are both located in Dunbar and ideally situated for enjoying the family activities in the town.





Edinburgh Halloween events


Edinburgh is a short journey from East Lothian and always has plenty of Halloween-themed activities for visitors to the city.


The annual Edinburgh Zoo Spooktacular will be held again this October from the 7th to the 31st and allows visitors to see the zoo in a whole new light.


With a haunted illuminated trail filled with skeletons, pirates and ghosts, this family-friendly event is a great experience for the whole family. 


Why not choose a VIP package and enjoy a visit to Edinburgh Zoo during the day, before having supper and attending their Halloween event in the evening?


Heading into Edinburgh city centre you will find lots more Halloween events.


For Harry Potter fans there is the Magical Guided Walking Tour, where you can immerse yourself in the magic of the film franchise with aficionado guides and even take part in a quiz at the end of the tour. 


If you are interested in learning more about the history behind Scotland’s capital city, pay a visit to the Real Mary King’s Close on the Royal Mile.


Here, costumed guides take visitors through the warren of underground streets preserved in time and share the lives of the former residents of the close.


For Halloween 2022 the team will be leading lantern-lit and true crime tours, both of which are sure to be a fascinating experience.


Another immersive, historic experience can be found at Edinburgh Dungeon.


A must for your Halloween trip to Edinburgh, this attraction uses live actors and special effects to bring history to life.


From the Courtroom to the Torture Chamber and the Anatomy Theatre, this is not for the faint-hearted!


For a traditional Celtic Halloween experience, head to Holyrood Park on 31st October for the Samhuinn Fire Festival.


Celebrating the transition from summer to winter, this ancient festival is an unforgettable experience.



As the audience watches the performances, drumming and fire displays they are invited to reflect on change not just in terms of the seasons, but also in terms of the changes we all experience throughout life. 




If you are looking to stay close to the city of Edinburgh this Halloween, why not consider the luxury lodges at Carberry Tower Estate, each of which have a hot tub?


Sleeping up to 8 guests, these properties are ideally located for exploring both the city and East Lothian during your self-catering break.


The Old Millhouse is another fantastic large holiday home, located just 8 miles from Edinburgh.


Situated in 3.5 acres of gardens, this historic coach house offers an idyllic retreat for your next trip to Scotland.





Halloween at Traquair House 


Traquair House, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, is located in the Scottish Borders and is a great day trip from East Lothian.


On 30 October, Traquair will play host to family Halloween events, including a pumpkin treasure hunt and ghost stories in the woods.


There will even be Quantum Magic performed by Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, Kevin Quantum.

Carved pumpkins (© David Menidrey on Unsplash)
Carved pumpkins
© David Menidrey on Unsplash

There are so many Halloween trails and ghost tours to enjoy in East Lothian and further afield this year.

If this blog has inspired you to visit our region this autumn, browse our portfolio of self-catering properties now. 

*Please note this page has information for 2022 and will be updated annually.*

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