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Halloween in the Grassmarket - 28th Oct

Posted October 3, 2017
Written by Greater Grassmarket
Category Local News
The home of Halloween and all things Harry Potter – Don't miss our family-friendly Halloween spectacle!

The Greater Grassmarket in association with Edinburgh World Heritage Trust is hosting a free family-friendly Halloween event on Saturday 28th October from 12pm-9pm, featuring workshops, games, parades, spooky characters, a light projection show and a Treasure Hunt!

Download and print the Treasure Map by clicking here!

Count Dracula and his gruesome gang of witches will be leading the hourly parade around the Grassmarket Square where children are invited to join in and show off their costumes. The child with the best costume at each parade will win a Halloween goodie bag.

Harry Potter fans will know, that this area was a big inspiration for the books and to celebrate this we will be hosting a competition where the best dressed child will win £100 worth of Harry Potter licensed items.

From 12pm – 5pm, there will be drop-in Halloween workshops where kids can get creative and make their own spooky masks, hats and brooms. 

Throughout the day, Halloween characters will be walking around the Greater Grassmarket to entertain kids – from Merlin the giant wizard to the friendliest werewolf. Visitors can even find out their fate from the Grim Reaper.

Families are also invited to learn about the macabre history of the Greater Grassmarket with the free Kids Historic Trail, featuring chilling stories of the Wizard of West Bow and Half-hangit Maggie who is said to have come alive after being hanged. There will also be a free ‘treasure hunt’ where kids can follow the clues to find their hidden Halloween treasure. 
Download and print the Treasure Map by clicking here!

Mamma's Edinburgh and El Toro Loco restaurants will also be giving away free samples of pumpkin pizza and ghastly eyeball Brigadeiro for dressed-up visitors attending the Greater Grassmarket Halloween event.


From 5pm – 9pm, the Greater Grassmarket will be lit up with animations, classic Halloween film clips, lasers and beams projected onto buildings