It’s almost time for the pumpkins (or jack-o-lanterns), the costume parties and the guising (or treat-or-treating). So, we’ve haunted high and low to find you the best of what’s on offer this year in Glasgow. Get ready to bob for apples, play pranks and be scared like you’ve never been before.
Psycho Live with the RSNO
This is one for those who love their cinema. A big-screen showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Psycho, accompanied by the RSNO. They’ll be playing Herrmann’s score live at the Royal Concert Hall. It’s on for one night only (26th October) and we think tickets will go fast for this one. So, to avoid a nasty shock, you can book your tickets here.
Hard Rock Café – Lil Monsters Ball
The Hard Rock gets your Halloween weekend off to a flyer, with breakfast sessions for little ones on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October. You’ll enjoy a Halloween-themed setting with a buffet-style breakfast and games and competitions (and spooky prizes too). Book your tickets to the ball here.
Drive-in frights at The Riverside Museum
An amazing event where you’ll get to enjoy a drive-in double bill and support the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. They’re all ready to shake, rattle and roll on Sunday 29th October with Ghostbusters followed by Scream. And you can enjoy all the treats you expect at the cinema, right in your own car. Please note, each film is treated as separate event, as Ghostbusters is a more family-oriented film. So, if you want to see them both, make sure you book tickets for both. Here.
The dog disco at 13th Note
A fun event where your canine friend is the star (and the one who gets dressed up). They’re offering trick or treats, bobbing for bones and a prize for the pooch in the best costume. Entry is free, with the organisers asking for donations to help local dog charities and shelters. If you’re a fan of man’s best friend, get along and see how spooky they can be. Find out more here.
Pumpkin carving with Eden Mill gin cocktails
A must-attend event for those who love carving pumpkins and love gin. Little Botanica, on the south side, is hosting an event that’s sure to have you loving Halloween even more. You’ll be given a pre-scooped pumpkin (which saves a heck of a lot of mess) and the tools with which to make your masterpiece. You’ll also get to try each of Eden Mill’s Mixology Project gin cocktails. Each of these is created using their own small-batch gins and created by leading mixologists. Treat your taste buds to something new this Halloween. The session is on Thursday 26th October.
Escape the city this Halloween
Loch Lomond Shores is hosting a 5-day event to celebrate Halloween. They’ve got themed events for kids and adults (and some for just adults). Enjoy The Skeleton Bride from the Walking Theatre Company, the bird of prey centre (they’ve got plenty of owls) and a Halloween fun fair and fireworks. Dressing up is positively encouraged and they encourage you to bring a torch to add to the spooky atmosphere.
Do good whilst you’re being bad
Take part in the Beatson Cancer Charity Halloween Party at Silverburn Shopping Centre on Saturday 28th October. It’s a family-friendly event, with kids encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters. There’s a treasure hunt round the shopping centre, with a sweet treat for those who complete it. The event runs from 10am – 4pm. Get the latest details from Silverburn.
Day of the Dead Glesga
Recreating the spirit of the Mexican carnival in the heart of Glasgow, Saint Luke’s brings you a unique evening on 28th October. They’re serving up live music (including the excellent Rapido Mariachi), live DJs, dance and theatre performances, street food, cocktails and (naturally) lashings of tequila. To free your inner spirit, go here.
Glasgow Horror Festival
Two days and nights of horror in the fabulous setting of the Classic Grand. This is the event for the true horror aficionado. It offers horror comics, merchandise, art and stalls offering all manner of scary and spooky things. They’ll also be showing the best selections of international horror films – from short films to feature films, covering a whole range of horror genres.
There are areas to relax and chat to other fans of the genre if you need a breather from the action. Book your tickets here.
Spooks on Skates
A roller disco with a Halloween theme. What’s not to love? You sort out your costume and they’ll fit you out with roller skates when you arrive. Games and prizes for the best costumes, and tuition for those who aren’t too stable on their skates. Book your tickets here.
The Stoats Creepy Crawl
An event that’s run across Scotland, the Glasgow excitement happens at Pollok House. Fun for all the family. Just dress as your favourite characters and come along to join in the games and fun.
Halloween Ghost Walk
A properly scary trip down memory lane. Find out more about Glasgow’s darker past, including ghosts, executions, the plague and witchcraft. This is a walking event, so dress for the weather (and wear comfortable shoes). The walk departs from the Cenotaph in George Square. Book your tickets here.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
An oldie, but goodie, this is a showing of the classic 1975 film. So, look out your garter belts and get ready to do the time warp (your entry gives you a whistle-stop tour of the solar system before the film too).
Have we missed any Halloween events that you love? Let us know your favourites in the comments section below. We love discovering new ways to terrify ourselves.