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21 Eerie Halloween Events In Aberdeen For The Whole Family

Aberdeenshire is home to over 260 haunted castles and the city of Aberdeen has a rather dark history too, meaning that it is a fang-tastic place to spend spooky season!

On the run up to the 31st October, there is a wide range of spooktacular events in Aberdeenshire to get you and your whole family in the Halloween spirit. You can expect everything from Spooky Trails Around Haunted Castles and Halloween Festivals, to Magic Lessons, Pumpkin Picking and more.

Whether your family consists of babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, or even, dogs, there is something on this list for everyone. Plan an epic October for your whole family and create memories for years to come!

This post is the ultimate guide to Halloween Events Aberdeen.


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21 Eerie Halloween Events In Aberdeen For The Whole Family 2023

1. Pick Your Perfect Pumpkin At A Local Pumpkin Patch

Support your local farms by visiting a pumpkin patch near you and search for your perfect pumpkin. I've got a whole other blog post covering the top pumpkin patches to visit in Scotland this Halloween.

So, if you are interested, just follow this link below:

15 Best Pumpkin Patches To Visit In Scotland This Halloween
The ultimate guide to the best pumpkin patches Scotland to help you pick the one which is perfect for your whole family to visit this Halloween.

After you've acquired your perfect pumpkin, it's time to get a Halloween movie on and get carving!


2. Bring Your Pooch Along To 'Party Like A Cockapoo'

Pets count as family too so dress up your doodle, poodle or cockapoo for a Halloween Themed Party at Hogholm Farm Stables Indoor Arena on Saturday 7th October at 9.30am.

Hogholm Farm Stables Indoor Arena is a 30-minute drive from Aberdeen City Centre.

At this event, your dog will have 75 minutes off-lead play time in the huge indoor arena. There's also trick or treat on entry, lots of spooky photo opportunities, games, unlimited puppacinos and treats for your dog.

There's even a costume contest with fabulous prizes to be won, so make sure you dress your dog up in a spooktacular costume!

As the owner, you will get to meet other doodle owners and there will be stalls selling treats, accessories and more. Plus, you only need to pay for a ticket for your dog as owners go free. Click this link to organise tickets for you and your family.

Party Like A Cockapoo
Party Like A Cockapoo

3. Become A Witch Or Wizard At The 'School Of Magic'

Fantasy Scotland is bringing its 'School Of Magic' to multiple locations around Aberdeenshire this October including:

  • Finzean Hall on Sunday 15th October
  • Altens Community Centre on Monday 16th October
  • Longmore Community Hall on Tuesday 17th October
  • Drummuir Hall also on Tuesday 17th October
  • Ashdale Hall on Wednesday 18th October
  • Danestone Centre on Thursday 19th October
  • Aden Country Park on Tuesday 24th October

These enchanting events will teach your little ones all about magic. They'll get to see magic in action from the best wizards and witches in the business, as well as learn the secrets behind their favourite spells and practice their magic skills.

Your little ones will also get to meet some magical creatures including fairies and dragons and they'll even leave the event with their very own wand.

If you'd like to organise tickets for one of these events, follow this link.

School Of Magic
School Of Magic

4. Go Guising At 'This Is Halloween'

Crathes Castle is hosting their own 'This Is Halloween' event from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October.

Don your best fancy dress costume and get your jokes/performances ready as you go guising around the four characters themed houses. If you impress them enough, you will be rewarded with treats.

You can also stop by the witches hut, who will tell you tales of magical times and if you are lucky, she may even disclose her secret spells.

They also have marshmallow toasting and you'll even be able to take home a large pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.

If you'd like more information about this event or to book your tickets, click here.

This Is Halloween
This Is Halloween

5. Learn Magic Tricks At The 'Crathes Wizard School'

For this Halloween, Crathes Castle, which is a 30-minutes drive from Aberdeen City Centre, is running their very own Wizard School on Sunday 22nd October. There will two sessions of this event at 11.30am and 2pm.

This event will involve a mini magic show, followed by a teaching session to help your little ones learn how to be a witch or wizard. Your child will even receive their own magic wand, which they can take home.

Adults go free for this event, so you'll only need to buy a ticket for your little ones. Click here to find out more about the event and to buy your tickets.

Crathes Wizard School
Crathes Wizard School

6. Get Creative At The 'Spooktacular Workshops'

Aberdeen Arts Centre is hosting a range of 'Spooktacular Workshops' for children of all ages from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October.

Workshops for children aged between 3-5 are from 10am-12pm and for children aged 5-11 are from 10am-3pm. Sessions include drama, musical theatre, crafts, music, and more!

The themes for the workshops vary everyday and you can expect everything from unicorns and dragons, to Halloween monster mash bash.

If you'd like more information for this event, follow this link.

Spooktacular Workshops
Spooktacular Workshops

7. Follow The Family Halloween Trail At Castle Fraser

About 30-minutes drive from Aberdeen City Centre, you'll find the magnificent Castle Fraser. From Monday 23rd until Sunday 29th October, Castle Fraser is hosting its very own family-friendly Halloween Trail.

Their Halloween Trail will take you and your family wondering through the beautiful castle grounds and gardens and if completed, you'll be rewarded with a spooktacular prize. The trail is suitable for all ages and well-behaved dogs on leads are also welcome.

Pre-booking for this event is essential and you only need to pay for children's tickets as adults go free. Click here to get your tickets.

Castle Fraser
Castle Fraser

8. Hear About Tales Of Witchcraft At The 'Oak Witch Scramble'

Taking place at Drum Castle, 30-minutes drive from Aberdeen City Centre, is the 'Oak Witch Scramble' on Wednesday 25th October.

For this event, your family will help collect acorns to grow in the Old Wood Nursery. Along the way, you'll also discover what animals live at Drum Castle, learn about where witch spells came from, listen to the tales of Middlemiss the witch and then, make your witches broom.

There will be two sessions of this event running from 10-11am and 11.30-12.30pm, so you can choose the one that suits you the best. Book tickets for this event here.

Oak Witch Scramble
Oak Witch Scramble

9. Go On A Bandit Hunt At Drum Castle

There's an evil bandit on the loose, Patrick 'Gilderoy' McGregor, at Drum Castle this Halloween and your family can help find him! Bring your little investigators along to find clues and discover Gilderoy's hiding place.

This event is running from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th October. There is multiple time slots to choose from with the first entry at 9.30am, which is a relaxed session to allow for a less-crowded experience, and the last entry is at 3.30pm.

Adults go free for this event, so you'll only need to buy childrens tickets, which you can do so through this link.

Drum Castle
Drum Castle

10. Get In The Halloween Spirit At The 'Northern Frights Halloween Festival'

On Friday 27th October, the Northern Frights Halloween Festival comes to Aden Country Park from 5-11pm.

Aden Country Park is a 40-minute drive from Aberdeen city centre.

Prepare for a night of fire performers, stilt walkers, dance performances, magicians, a haunted family outdoor trail, a haunted farm museum experience, and delicious food stalls.

If you'd like to book tickets for this event, click here.

Northern Frights Halloween Festival
Northern Frights Halloween Festival

11. Don Your Best Fancy Dress Costume For The 'Inverurie Monster Mash 2023'

Inverurie Town Hall is a 30-minute drive from Aberdeen City Centre and for this spooky season, it is the venue for the 'Halloween Monster Mash 2023', which takes place on Saturday 28th October from 6-11pm.

This family-friendly event is being ran by Northeast Promotions. It will get your whole family in the Halloween spirit as the town hall will be fully furnished with spooktacular decor and the evening will consist of Halloween-themed games and activities.

There will also be a DJ, prizes for best dressed adults and kids, and a sweetie bag for your little ones on departure.

For adults, it's bring your own bottle but if you get peckish, there will be a food truck at the event.

If you'd like to organise tickets for this event, click here.

Inverurie Monster Mash 2023
Inverurie Monster Mash 2023

12. Experience The Ultimate Halloween Night Out At 'Dreams Or Screams Festival Of Fear'

The 'Dreams Or Screams Festival Of Fear' takes place at The Den in Tannage Brae on Saturday 28th October from 6-10pm.

Tannage Brae is over an hour away from Aberdeen city centre, so a little bit out of the way, but it'll be a fun night out none-the-less!

This festival is going all-out and is sure to be a Halloween spectacular! There will be magic shows, fire jugglers, a horror trail, on-stage performances, an inflatable house of horrors, a horror movie screening, and so much more!

They recommend children over the age of 13+ as there is some horror themes which are aimed at an older audience. If you'd like to read all about this event and buy some tickets, click here.

Dreams Or Screams Festival Of Fear
Dreams Or Screams Festival Of Fear

13. Prepare For An Evening Of Traditional Scottish Dancing At The 'Aurora's Halloween Ceilidh'

Stewarts Hall in Huntly, 50-minutes drive from Aberdeen City Centre, is hosting 'Aurora's Halloween Ceilidh' on Saturday 28th October from 7.30pm.

Grab your best Halloween costumes and prepare for a night of fun traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing for all the family. You can also bring your own drinks and snacks along.

If you'd like to buy tickets for this event, click here.

Dancing in the shadow
Photo by Ardian Lumi / Unsplash

14. Get Spooked On The 'House Of Dun Halloween Trail'

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October from 11am-3pm, the House of Dun, about 50-minutes from Aberdeen City Centre, is hosting their own Halloween Trail.

To start their Halloween Trail, you'll collect a trail sheet and make your way through their spooky woodland forest, answering questions along the way. Once finished, you'll return to the Courtyard to claim your prize.

To buy some tickets, follow this link.

House Of Dun Halloween Trail
House Of Dun Halloween Trail

15. Enter A Whimsical World At 'Trick Or Treat - The Cursed Carnival'

'Trick Or Treat - The Cursed Carnival' is a family-friendly horror event coming to the Aberdeen Altens Hotel on Sunday 29th October from 10am-5pm.

The haunted carnival will leave your whole family mesmerised as you enter a whimsical world of masterful magicians, zombie nerf shooting ranges, cursed clown zones, and other spooky attractions. You can even take part in enchanting Halloween-themed games to win prizes and treats.

To organise tickets for your whole family, click here.

Trick Or Treat - The Cursed Carnival
Trick Or Treat - The Cursed Carnival

16. Expect All The Classics At 'Artie's Singing Kettle Halloween Singalong'

The Singing Kettle are a Scottish entertainment group, who perform traditional children's songs and live theatre performances. If you've grew up in Scotland, then there is good chance that you've already heard of them.

This year, there is a Halloween special of the Singing Kettle at Aberdeen Arts Centre on Sunday 29th October at either 10.30am or 1pm.

You can expect all the Singing Kettle classics, including 'Shove Yer Granny Off the Bus' and 'Bunny Fou Fou'. Sure to have the whole audience singing along! Get your tickets for the event here.

Artie's Singing Kettle Halloween Singalong
Artie's Singing Kettle Halloween Singalong

17. Enjoy A Halloween-Themed Indoor Picnic At Haddo House

The beautiful Haddo House, 30-minutes north of Aberdeen City Centre by car, is hosting a 'Halloween Indoor Picnic' on Sunday 29th October at 11am.

A ticket for this 2-hour event will include storytime, Halloween arts and crafts, a picnic bag for one child, and other fun activities. They encourage everyone to wear their Halloween fancy dress outfit for this event.

Click here for more information and if you would like to book tickets for this event.

Halloween Indoor Picnic
Halloween Indoor Picnic

18. It's Not All Horrors At 'Love Rara Not So Spooky Disco'

On Sunday 29th October from 12-2pm, Love Rara HQ in Aberdeen City Centre is hosting a 'Not So Spooky Disco' event. As the name suggests, it's more of a fun Halloween party, than spooky.

Get your family in their best Halloween costumes for a fun-filled day of Halloween games, dancing, characters, face-painting, and more!

Tickets are already on sale for this event and they are selling quickly, so you'll need to be fast - get them here.

Love Rara Not So Spooky Disco
Love Rara Not So Spooky Disco

19. Get Served A Sunday Carvery Lunch At The 'Family Halloween Party'

On Sunday 29th October, Village Hotel Aberdeen is throwing a 'Family Halloween Party'.

The event starts at 1pm, and includes a Sunday carvery buffet lunch, glitter bar, face-painters and children's entertainer with DJ and disco.

A family ticket for this event includes two adults and two children. Follow this link to get your tickets.

Family Halloween Party
Family Halloween Party

20. Dance The Afternoon Away At 'Party Of Horrors'

On Sunday 29th October, New Inn Hotel in Ellon, only 25 minutes drive away from Aberdeen City Centre, is hosting their very own 'Party Of Horrors' event.

Starting at 1.30pm, you can expect a fun Halloween day out for all the family including a magic show, a DJ playing spooktacular tunes, singalongs for the kids, face-painting, arts and crafts, and Halloween party games.

Tickets for this event are selling fast, so you'll need to be quick. Follow this link for more information about the event.

Party Of Horrors
Party Of Horrors

21. Discover Some Spooky Creatures Lurking In 'The Haunted Mansion'

Jubilee Hall, 15-minutes drive from Aberdeen City Centre, is hosting its own 'Haunted Mansion' for this Halloween. The event takes place on Tuesday 31st October from 5-9pm.

As you wonder through the haunted house, you'll find all sorts of spooky surprises hiding around every corner including ghosts, ghouls and other ghastly creatures. There will also be some Halloween treats including prizes for best dressed, candy and games.

This event is suitable for all ages, but since it is Halloween-themed, younger children may find it a bit scary.

Buy your tickets for this spooktacular Halloween event here.

The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion

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