With the spookiest night of the year just around the corner, we take a look at the best food and drink themed events this Halloween

From a murder mystery to getting creative whilst enjoying a cocktail or two, there’s something for everyone this Halloween.

Pumpkin Carving

(26th, 28th and 29th October, Little Botanica, Unit 7 Bridge Court, 12 Cook St, Glasgow  G5 8JN)

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Picture: Little Botanica

Forget the usual faces, these carving workshops will show you how to create a work of art with your pumpkin.

Guests will be able to try out their skills on a pre-scooped pumpkin whilst enjoying an Eden Mill cocktail, mulled cider or luxury hot chocolate at each of the three events.

If carving isn’t your thing then book yourself into the workshop on the 29th, which is all about decorating with paint, decoupage, autumnal leaves and maybe the odd sequin or two!

The Widow Series

(29th October, Hutchesons City Grill 158 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1EJ)

This dark and decadent Veuve Clicquot event was a huge hit last year and promises more of the same this time around.

Last year guests were invited to a Black Tie Masquerade party, decadent dinner and Champagne reception to mark 150 years since the passing of the Grande Dame of Champagne herself – Madame Clicquot.

This year, party goers will be invited to walk the black carpet before being immersed in to a world of glamour, darkness and Champagne, as Hutchesons is transformed into a gloriously dark haunted mansion with a Day of the Dead inspired fiesta.

Starting from 6.30pm, guests will enjoy a Champagne dinner in the City Grill before embarking on a journey over the restaurant’s three floors to experience the live entertainment, tarot card readings, creepy actors, a secret surprise and bubbles in abundance courtesy of Veuve Clicquot, of course.

Murder Mystery Dinner

(26th October, House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Rd, Glasgow G41 5BW)

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Picture: House for an Art Lover Facebook

Get friends together and enjoy a night of mystery and intrigue in this beautiful venue.

House for an Art Lover invites diners to take part in The Tea Time Murder, from 7-11pm, details of which are described on the House for an Art Lovers website.

“The scene is Glasgow in the year 1903, and Kate Cranston is having great success with her tearooms.

“When Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his wife Margaret and others join Kate to discuss impending designs it soon transpires that all is not well, and tensions are running high. There’s going to be a murder!”

Guests will enjoy a Prosecco reception before tucking into a three course menu with wine followed by tea and coffee whilst being entertained by the live actors conducting the mystery throughout.

Upside Down Halloween

(31st October, Pop Up Geeks, Six Degrees North, Howe Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TG)

Fan favourite, The Pop Up Geeks, recently announced their latest themed bar offering which is inspired by cult Netflix show Stranger Things.

The Upside Down is a haven for all things 80s and serves up an array of drinks inspired by the series, which is due to return to screens on the 27th October.

To celebrate this and Halloween, the pop up is hosting a horror film marathon and trick or treat cocktails.

From 4pm-midnight everyone is encouraged to don their best 80s inspired costume for a chance to win some strange prizes.

The Edinburgh Dungeon

(from 5th October, 31 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DF)

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Picture: The Edinburgh Dungeon

Get to know Scotland’s history one gruesome story at a time in the popular Edinburgh Dungeon.

This Halloween the visitor attraction welcomes a special addition to their entertaining (and scary) performances.

As well passing through Burke and Hare’s graveyard, escaping the plague of old Edinburgh and suffering in a torture chamber, guests can also meet the Cannibal clan of Sawney Bean.

The Dungeon’s website warns: “You’ll be recruited into the King’s Men to find the clan’s hideout – but beware! They’re everywhere, and the smell of fear gives them an appetite.

“Don’t stand there, or there – or there! The clan is ravenous, and they’d love to have you for dinner.”

Visitors to the Dungeon can head to the Hard Rock Cafe on Edinburgh’s George Street for 20% off a two course meal from the Gold Menu.

Escape Reality

(1 Fountainbridge Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9QB)

Escape Reality, the immersive game experience, has recently opened in Edinburgh and is offering a great deal for groups in October.

For two weeks, customers can obtain 20% off with a special discount code. Plus players that arrive in fancy dress will receive a free soft drink.

Get into the spirit of Halloween with two of the scarier escape room – Nosferatu (using skills the group must find the world’s scariest vampire) and The Asylum (you’ll find yourself locked in an insane institution…and you’re not the only people there).

Day of the Dead

(28th October, Saint Luke’s, Calton, 17 Bain St, Glasgow G40 2JZ)

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Picture: Day of the Dead Glesga Facebook

The spirit of Mexico’s most famous festival Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead – descends on Glasgow for a fifth year.

This year is set to be the biggest yet, which shows the growing popularity for this festival (last year there were four sell out shows at various venues across the city).

The annual fiesta returns to Saint Luke’s with a packed night of live music, dance and theatre performances, Latin tunes, facepainting (sugar skull anyone?), tequila cocktails and, of course, Mexican street food from The Winged Ox Bar and Kitchen.

Saint Luke’s says of the music: “Rapido Mariachi, Scotland’s best loved sombrero-topped four-piece, famed for their Barrowlands appearance with Canadian art rockers Arcade Fire, will take to the stage to perform their danceable, alternative pop twist on the mariachi tradition.

“Transporting the fiesta to Mexico City and beyond will be resident Balkanarama DJ Ewan Evans, aka, Señor Poco Loco, spinning an exotic mix of heavy Latin rhythms, classic tunes, and tropical disco.”

Dia de Los Muertos attire is strongly encouraged – come dressed in your finest Calaca apparel!

A Veuve Clicquot Halloween

(Friday 27th – Tuesday 31st October, Cameron House, Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire, G83 8QZ)

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Treat yourself to a luxurious fright night this Halloween, as Cameron House on Loch Lomond opens its doors for some thrilling surprises.

The cosy Great Scots Bar and Terrace will be transformed into a gothic wonderland, with haunting masquerade masks for him and her.

Guests will indulge in a night of decadent wickedness with Halloween themed cocktails curated by the five star hotel’s expert mixologists, plus there will be a chance to win a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label on the night of Halloween.

Halloween Bloody Fun Night

(29th October, Le Di-Vin,  9 Randolph Pl, Edinburgh EH3 7TE)

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Picture: Le Di-Vin

Following last year’s success and due to popular demand, this popular west end wine bar are hosting their Halloween party for the second year in a row.

Opening for one night only, Le-Di-Vin are hosting this year’s Halloween party from 6pm until midnight. Tickets, which cost £10 and include a drink, can be purchased in the wine bar or by calling 0131 538 1815.

Guests are invited to ‘dress to kill’ with one lucky party-goer set to win a prize for best costume.

 

About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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