Top five things to do this October break
With the October holidays in full swing, families from Edinburgh and further afield will be looking for fun and inexpensive ways to entertain and spook the kids this Halloween.
From ghoulish arts and crafts workshops at Lauriston Castle and Edinburgh’s Libraries, to spooky storytelling on the Royal Mile, there is something to thrill all members of the family.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Sport Convener, said: “Falling just 10 weeks before Christmas - and not long after the summer break - the need to keep the kids amused during the October holidays can be hard to budget for. But in Edinburgh, families really are spoilt for choice.
“Whether you are
looking for a low cost scare factor this Halloween, or visiting one of the
city’s attractions for the first time; make sure you check what’s on at
Edinburgh’s public libraries, museums, parks and sports facilities to find
something to suit.”
Top five things to do at Edinburgh’s public attractions and parks
1) In the city’s haunting Old Town, take a visit to
of Edinburgh which is housed in beautifully restored 16th Century
buildings on the Canongate.
This October, the
museum will be home to a host of storytelling events, as the 2014
Storytelling Festival kicks off once more. The museum programme
features war tales and songs based on Sir Walter Scott, and older children and
young adults will also enjoy hearing about gruesome moments from Auld Reekie’s
past from Scotland’s
Storyteller, Calum Lykan, on Sunday 31 October.
2) For even more tall tales, the City’s community
libraries will be open for a number of spooky events including a 1950s
classic horror double bill of 'The Fly' and 'Invaders from Mars’ at
Library Hub, which will also be hosting a 1950s-themed fancy dress
For younger movie
fans, pay a visit to the Museum
of Childhood, which will be hosting a drop-in craft event on Wednesday 15
October to tie in with Making
Movies, the museum’s new exhibition all around movie making. Children can
make their own spinning card animations (thaumatropes), and Scottish Screen
Archive curator Emily Munro will be on hand to talk about the history of
3) But what if the crisp Autumn weather makes you
want to get outdoors? After winning a prestigious Entente
Florale Gold Award for beautiful green spaces, where better to enjoy
time off than by visiting one of Edinburgh’s 140 parks.
Children who aren’t
afraid of creepy crawlies will love helping to build B&Bs for beasties
at the Hermitage
of Braid Local Nature Reserve as it prepares to home insects for the
winter on Sunday 19 October. Or why not join in the Great
Saughton Park Bear Hunt on Thursday 16 October in the Winter Gardens,
where 30 bears will be hidden in the gardens.
There’s no better time to conquer the 287 steps to the
top than this October, which marks 200 years since
Sir Walter’s publication of ‘Waverley’. Equally impressive is the Nelson
Monument on Calton Hill.
5) The beautiful grounds of Lauriston
Castle, laid out by William Henry Playfair in the 1840s, are also well
worth a wander – especially if the family wants to get in the mood for
Halloween. The Castle will be offering spooky woodland trails, craft classes to
globes and window
decorations, which can be booked at the Museums and Galleries website.
If you are looking for something crafty to do in the centre of town, an alternative spot is the City Art Centre's new 'ArtSpace', which allows children to have fun experimenting with different art materials during normal gallery opening times.