The leaves are falling.  There is a chill in the air and everything is flavoured pumpkin spice.  It can only mean one thing – Halloween is coming!

Often a holiday associated with our friends in the USA, the origin of Halloween has strong connections to Scotland.  In fact the beginnings of Halloween can be traced back some 2000 years to the Celtic festival Samhain.  Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, also detailed many of the national customs in his poem ‘Halloween’.

So with Halloween deep-rooted in Scottish history, where better to celebrate than right here in the heart of Scotland.  To help you get in the spirit, we have selected some frighteningly fun things for you to see and do in Highland Perthshire – if you are brave enough…

Have dinner with a witch

Witches Kitchen Nightmares
Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry
9th – 30th October 2019

Witches have taken over Blair Castle and everyone’s invited to join in the fun.  Children can take part in the Broomsticks Quiz.  Plus Halloween baking and fancy dress for the young and the young-at-heart.  Adults £13, Seniors £11.25, Children £8.30 (5-16), Under 5s Free.  No booking required.

Take part in a spine-tingling scavenger hunt

Outdoor Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry
9th – 30th October 2019

Explore the Blair Castle grounds and hunt for the ghoulish things that have taken over the gardens.  Gardens only pass – Adults £7.70, Children (5-16 years) £3.50, Family ticket £19.00, Scooter hire £4.50.

Try something different

Samhuinn – Winter is Coming!
Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, Dunkeld
27th October 2019

Samhuinn marks the start of the Celtic New Year and the beginning of the journey in to winter.  Join Loch of the Lowes in celebrating Samhuinn with crafts, pumpkin carving, mystical storytelling and a twilight procession.  Booking required.

Try something traditional

Celtic Samhain!
The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, near Aberfeldy
31st October 2019

A night filled with traditional Halloween fun.  Shadow puppets, magic tricks, games and music.  Fancy dress is optional and booking is essential.

Drink something devilishly delicious

Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop & Cafe
Mill Street, Aberfeldy

Autumn has arrived at Aberfeldy Watermill in the shape of some delicious new drinks – (blood) red velvet hot chocolate,  (ghost) white velvet hot chocolate and beetroot latte.  While you’re there pick up a scary book to read – if you dare!

Visit somewhere haunted

Castle Menzies
Weem, Aberfeldy

This sixteenth century castle is a favourite amongst ghost hunters and paranormal investigators.  Mysterious noises, smells and orbs have all been reported.  Scariest of all, apparitions of 3 women believed to be witches have been seen in the former meat cellar.  Castle Menzies is open to the public seasonally, closing on the 1st November.  If visiting late October, it is best to call before visiting.

However you plan on spending the spooky season, why not book a stay at Brae House B&B.  We promise we are ghost-free and our breakfast is to die for.  Check our availability here.

Happy Halloween!