Scotland is filled with spooky stories - and St Andrews is no exception! Right across Fife you will discover creepy legends, haunted buildings and macabre pieces of history. Halloween will certainly be a little bit different this year - but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any worthwhile events going on. Here’s a quick low-down of what’s happening across Fife this spooky season.
With history spanning centuries, it’s no wonder St Andrews is full of macabre legends. This unique tour is the only one of its kind in the town - giving you insider knowledge of the darkest parts of the town’s history. They focus on real stories, so it’s not one for the faint hearted. From paupers to priests, you’ll learn about some of the spookiest sightings.
This is a walking tour, though the route is quite easy and flat. It’s held in the evening to make sure you can soak up the spooky atmosphere and get the best chance of finding something paranormal. For this reason, we recommend wearing your warmest outfit. They’re currently only taking private bookings - so make sure to get in early. You can visit their website here.
Stay right in the heart of St Andrews in this stunning apartment.
Want to bring an eerie atmosphere to your holiday home in the East Neuk? You’ll need to grab yourself a pumpkin! There are a few farms across Fife offering, but Cairnie Fruit Farm is our favourite. They grow their own, and are only a 20 minute drive from St Andrews. Their farm shop also has some great autumnal delights to take home with you.
You’ll be walking around a working farm, so they recommend bringing your own wellies with you. It’s first come first served, but they have over 12000 pumpkins so you should be able to grab one. You have to book in advance so they can limit numbers, so make sure to visit their website before turning up.
Visiting with young kids? The Creepy Kinburn Halloween Hunt is a great way to get them involved in the spooky fun. Kids can go on a scavenger hunt around St Andrews Museum, picking up clues and spells along the way. It’s a great way for them to learn about local history without all the blood and gore of a ghost tour. They even win a little treat at the end!
You have to book in advance - which you can do online here. You can also book a separate visit to the main exhibits and gallery spaces, giving you an entire day of fun. They have the biggest showcase of student work from the university - as well as an A-Z of local history.
This rustic cottage is only a short walk from the museum.
Enjoy a completely different spirit with this special Halloween event. Lindores is a former abbey in Newburgh with a fascinating history. In this event, you will get to hear twisted tales from the building’s past - with the haunted ruins as a backdrop. Organised by the distillery, you also get to enjoy a cocktail whilst you hear the stories.
This is one of the biggest Halloween events in Fife this year, but due to to social distancing pre-booking is absolutely essential. You can do so by emailing the address on their Facebook event. Whilst kids are allowed in the courtyard until 9pm, only over 16s are allowed on tours - so this is a better option for couples travelling alone.
Drive-in cinemas are growing in popularity thanks to social distancing regulations - and what better way to catch a scary movie than from the comfort of your own car? East Fife Football Ground is home to Fife’s only spooky movie nights this year. You will get to watch four different movies across both evenings, and there’s also a costume competition.
You can book your tickets through their Eventbrite listing. Profits are spent within the community, so you’ll also be helping out locals whilst enjoying some haunting classics. Popcorn is included in the price so no need to sneak in your own snacks to this one.
Elie is only a short drive away from East Fife Football Ground - stay nice and toasty in this cozy cottage with a log burner.
Even with current regulations there are plenty of great ways to celebrate Halloween in the Kingdom this year. Whether you simply want to grab a pumpkin to build atmosphere, or take the kids on a fun scavenger hunt, St Andrews and the rest of East Fife offers a calmer alternative to the busier attractions in the capital. Make sure to bring along your best costume to get into the spirit.
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