10 Great October Holiday & Halloween Events & Activities

Visit East Lothian | Thursday 26th September 2019 10:00am

Autumn is here and East Lothian is getting ready to celebrate Halloween.  Did you know that we have a dark spooky history?  There are lots of stories, myths and legends about witches, goblins & fairies.  This is a great season to get out and about and explore the countryside for a mysterious adventure.  We suggest you take a walk in Pressmennan Wood, home to the Glingbobs and Tootflits, follow the trail through the woods and see if you can find their houses.  Or go into the wood at Gifford to search for the Goblin Ha’, the only remains of Yester Castle.  Legend has it, sorcery was practiced here in a pact with the devil!

It’s October half term for many and there’s lots going on throughout the month for young and old.


Canteen Street Food Festival: Closing Party, Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

28th Sept, 12pm-6pm

If you’ve been before, you won’t want to miss the final canteen of the year and if you’ve never been before, we suggest you get along and find out what you’re missing.  Beautiful open-air surroundings, incredible food, great tunes and lots to keep everyone entertained!  Visit here for more information.


Honest Toun Family Raceday, Musselburgh Racecourse

29th Sept, doors open 12 noon, first race 2.10pm, last race 5.25pm

In association with Musselburgh Festival, enjoy an afternoon of fun at the races featuring Massed Pipe Bands, interactive displays from the Armed Forces, free children’s rides, face painting and much more!  Visit here for more information.


Funbox: The Space Race, The Brunton, Musselburgh

5th & 6th Oct, 1pm

Join Anya, Kevin, Gary & Bonzo as part of the crew of the Starship FUNBOX as they take a space odyssey across the universe to explore strange new worlds and dimensions on their galaxy hopping quest to find their keys.  Visit here for more information.


Pirate Weekend, Scottish Seabird Centre

12th Oct, 10am-5pm

Ahoy, me Hearties, Pirate Weekend is back and is bigger and better than ever before! With treasures to seek and games to play, a good time is guaranteed! All included with admission.  Visit here for more information.


Reach for the Skies, National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

14th-18th Oct, 12-6pm

Explore the site and take part in a range of family craft activities where you can get creative and make your own puppets & models of birds to take home.  Enjoy the daily Birds of Prey displays.  Visit here for more information.


There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, The Brunton, Musselburgh

16th Oct, 2.30pm

Based on the classic nursery rhyme, this magical show is heart-warming family fun, written especially for grown ups to enjoy with children.  Visit here for more information.


World Hickory Open Festival 2019, Dunbar, Kilspindie, Gullane 2 & 3 Golf Clubs

20th-24th Oct

If golf is your thing, you’ll want to know what it was like to play using wooden clubs and dressed in plus fours!  Get along to see players in action at the World Hickory Open Festival being played on links courses guaranteed to test the skills of each and every golfer in the field.  Visit here for more information.



Pumpkin Festival & Spooktober, East Links Family Park, Dunbar

12th-21st & 26th & 27th Oct, 10am-5pm

Choose your own pumpkin from the field then head over to the workshop to carve your very own design. While you’re there, are you brave enough to enter the Haunted House?  Charges apply! Visit here for more information.


Pumpkin Patch, Kilduff Farm, Nr Athelstaneford

18th-21st & 25th-27th Oct, 10am-4pm

Wrap up warm, put on your witches hat and prepare to explore the giant pumpkin patch where you can choose your own pumpkin to take home and carve.  While you’re there, have a go at the bale maze and enjoy tasting hot chocolate and warming snacks.  A great photo opportunity!  Visit here for more information.


Haunted Woodland Trail & Pumpkin Parade, Newhailes House & Gardens, Musselburgh

26th & 27th Oct

Come and visit the Haunted Woodland and be spooked on the eerie trail.  Along the way, count bats, hunt for spiders but beware of the deadly cemetery! Make sure you come in fancy dress to take part in the pumpkin parade starting at 3pm.  Visit here for more information.