With Halloween just around the corner, these are some of the best events to enjoy the season - each with good food or drink.

From escape rooms to murder mystery dinners, there’s something for everything to enjoy this Halloween.

Cottiers Murder Mystery dinner

(31 October; 93-95 Hyndland St, Glasgow G11 5PU)

Tickets: £35

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This Halloween, diners are invited to solve the murder at Dalrymple Hall during a three course dinner at Cottiers in Glasgow’s west end.

Four professional actors will take guests through the story, which will include quizzing suspects to solve the murder – which has four alternative endings.

The event is described as: “Roderick Prendergast, a wealthy undertaker, was murdered at Dalrymple Hall on Halloween three years ago. Now you are invited to solve the case… with a little help from the spirit world!”

The meal is suitably ghoulish and includes a starter of roast pumpkin soup; a main of roast chicken with blood sausage (black pudding), boo-langere potatoes and creamed leeks and dessert of toffee apple tart with vanilla ice-scream.

For drinks there will be Halloween inspired cocktails and dressing up is encouraged.

Drams in the dark

(31 October; Maryculter House South, N Deeside Rd, Kirkton of Maryculter, Aberdeen AB12 5GB)

Tickets: £75

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Blair Bowman, the international whisky consultant who founded World Whisky Day, is set to host his first ever ‘Drams in the Dark’ tasting evening in Aberdeenshire on Halloween.

The dram-fuelled night, which runs from 7pm-10.30pm, will see Blair will take whisky enthusiasts on a journey around the historic Maryculter House on the banks of the River Dee.

After a welcoming hot toddie, the safari style tasting around the ancient building and grounds will begin, with Blair sharing his expertise and enthusiasm for the Scotland’s national drink.

A light supper will also be served on the evening.

Blair said: “I am very much looking forward to hosting ‘Drams in the Dark’ at Maryculter House later this month.

“I only host a few of these whisky tastings per year, but I leapt at the opportunity to come up to beautiful Royal Deeside and deliver what I hope will be a completely immersive feast for all the senses.

“Keeping the autumnal or even Halloween chills at bay with some heart-warming nips, while soaking up Maryculter House’s atmosphere and 800 years of history is a match made in heaven, and I cannot wait to share it with my guests.

“I have a few surprises up my sleeve for those who love whisky as much as I do. If the evening ends with me wishing I had been in the audience, then I know I’ve done my job well!”

Nightmare on Ingram Street

(1 November; Hutchesons City Grill, 158 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1EJ)

Tickets: £70

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Hutchesons is rolling out the black carpet for their most anticipated and sinful champagne event of the year to celebrate Halloween on Friday 1 November.

For one night only, the legendary Yelloween party in partnership with champagne house Veuve Clicquot will see a blood-curling transformation of their iconic venue and a ‘Nightmare on Ingram Street’ theme come to life, inspired by classic 1980s horror nostalgia.

Guests to this weird and wonderful extravaganza will enjoy a spooktacular three-course menu, along with canapes and a host of creepy evening encounters.

Set in the lavish city grill dining room, brave diners can opt for their ghost ship starter – a Glenfarclas whisky cured Scottish smoked salmon with beetroot a black thuile sail and a citrus squid dressed salad.

Meanwhile, killer mains include The Bonfire of Eastwick Forest. Dry-aged Scotch fillet of bloody beef, kindling potato, scented sautéed greens, a wild mushroom herb cream topper and crimson red root vegetables crisp.

Veggies can tuck into the frighteningly good blackened cauliflower with a potato dhal curry topped with sweet potato pomme Paille.

For dessert, freak out over their Little Cup of Horrors. A dark chocolate mousse cup to die for, complete with an oozing blood raspberry centre with sweet candy horrors.

The dress code for the evening is 80s horror and no Yelloween would-be complete without Veuve Clicquot champagne, which will be flowing.

Murder Mystery Chef’s table

(31 October and 7 November; Scotts Bar & Restaurant, Port Edgar Marina, Shore Rd, Queensferry EH30 9SQ)

Tickets: £59.95

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Diners can channel Agatha Christie and put their very best Sherlock Holmes impression to the test at a murder mystery evening in South Queensferry.

Scotts Bar and Restaurant at Port Edgar Marina is hosting two chef’s table evenings with a twist, titled ‘The Curse of Solomon’s Ring’ on Thursday 31st October and Thursday 7th November.

Budding detectives will be given a fictional persona in advance to play on the evening, with fancy dress strongly encouraged, as they enjoy a bespoke five course meal and entertainment led by and trained actors from Murder Mystery Meals.

Guests will be welcomed to the private dining room with a cocktail and canapés of locally sourced smoked salmon, oysters mignonette and goats cheese, before they delve into a further three delicious courses as the story of Solomon’s Ring unfolds throughout the night.

The investigation of Tutankhamun’s tomb excavation will be fuelled by a menu of coquilles saint Jacques to start, boeuf en croute for main and candied orange crepe suzette for dessert followed by sweet macaroon petit fours.

Marco Coderoni, General Manager at Scotts South Queensferry, said: “Following the success of our first chef’s table event last month we wanted to offer an experience with a twist this month, with a nod to Halloween.

“Our Head Chef Gregor Ure has once again designed this exclusive menu to showcase the fresh local produce we’re proud to serve, while enjoying an evening of intrigue with family and friends.”

Scotts South Queensferry Murder Mystery events take place on Thursday 31st October and Thursday 7th November from 7.30pm.

To check availability and book a seat at the table call 0131 3708 166. Please note a £10 deposit per ticket is required to secure a booking.

Halloween Express

(26-27 October; Strathspey Railway, boarding at Aviemore)

Tickets: £18.75 per adults and £10.90 for children, includes food treats

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Treat the kids to a spooky train journey through the Highlands this Halloween with the Strathspey Railway’s Halloween Express.

Running from 27-28 October, with three journeys per day – 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.45pm – the express tour starts in Aviemore where guests will be welcomed by the ‘haunted host’.

The journey will be from Aviemore to Broomhill, via Boat of Garten, on the railway’s vintage steam-hauled carriage.

Kids will love the scary treats, which including ‘Bloody Eyeballs’ and ‘Liquefied Earwax’, plus each carriage will be decorated with skeletons, bats and spiders.

On arrival at Broomhill there will be spooky platform ghost stories, Halloween themed games and a chance to talk to the train driver and see inside the steam loco footplate.

Guests are also advised to look out for Graham the gruesome guard!

SMAC Halloween Special

(30 October; Sloans 108 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8BG)

Tickets: £9

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Mac and cheese lovers can look forward to a Halloween special of SMAC – Sloans Scottish Macaroni Appreciation Society.

From 7-9pm on the 30th, SMAC will serve four dishes and sides, and offers mac and cheese fans the chance to vote for their favourite mac of the night.

The Halloween specials are: Legendary Mac (V); Mummified Mac – Chipolata and garlic mayo; Trick or Treat Mac(V) – Sweet potato and marshmallows, and a Mystery Mac.

Halloween escape room

(31 October; Brewhemia 1A Market St, Edinburgh)

Tickets: £35

Fans of escape rooms and Halloween are in for a treat with this collaboration between eeek Escape Rooms and Brewhemia.

The 192os themed escape room dinner, titled The Last Bottle, invited guests to team up against each other and solve puzzles to win the last bottle in these prohibition times.

Spirits of Scone Halloween

(25-31 October; Scone Palace, Perth PH2 6BD)

Tickets: from £12 for an adult and £6.25 for children

Scone Palace’s fright-fest returns and promises a spooky night of fun.

Posted on the Palace’s Facebook, the team say: “If you go down to the woods tonight, you’re in for a haunting surprise… Gather together your most fearless friends for a chilling visit to Scone Palace this Halloween, and we’ll take you on a terrifying tour as you’ve never experienced before.

“As night falls, the palace gardens will come to life and transform into a truly terrifying playground for all kinds of menacing ghouls and horror film freaks. Lurking in the woods and hiding in the maze; this is where your nightmares come to life…”

The palace grounds will be transformed into a terrifying playground for menacing ghouls and horror film freaks, with scary stories being told in the Tipi of Terror.

After being scared silly, guests can something warm and tasty – such as burgers or toasted marshmallows – at the Fright Night Café.

GlasGLOW

 (25 October – 3 November;Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0UE)

Tickets: £12-£16 for adults, £7-9 for children 3-15

Celebrate Halloween with a difference as GlasGLOW returns for another spooky show this October.

Last year saw 75,000 people step into the light for a sold-out GlasGLOW and this year 100,000 people are expected to enjoy the UK’s largest Halloween event.

With an entirely new show set to run from the 25 October till 3 November, when the clocks change and the dark nights draw in, GlasGLOW will transform The Botanic Gardens into a series of nine immersive worlds which promise to transport visitors into an immersive landscape of sound, light and fantasy.

The nine world’s include: World One – Arcade: Ready Player One
World Two – Area G12: We are not alone
World Three – Marshmallowland: S’more than you ever dreamed
World Four – The Patch: Pay respect to the Pumpkin God
World Five – The Lair: Your Brexit’s on fire
World Six – Wunderbar: The bar with a million lights
World Seven – The Party Palace: D.A.N.C.E
World Eight – X: If you go down to the woods today
World Nine – The Zombie Tearoom: Drop dead delicious

Fire-pits for toasting marshmallows, stalls with hot drinks and a food village are available to fuel the magical adventure. New additions this year include West End churro legends, Loop and Scoop and Nomad Pizza along with the return of foodie favourites Shrimpwreck,, Papa Macs, Poke Gourmet Chips and award-winning, Brigston Hot Dogs.

There are also discount cocktails available in bars down Ashton Lane to coincide with GlasGLOW.

This year’s show also sees the introduction of Wunderbar – the bar with a million lights – where you’ll be able to stop off along the route and enjoy winter warmers like Baileys Hot Chocolate, Captain Morgan’s Wunderbar Warmer or a Johnnie Walker hot toddy with an unparalleled view of the show – making it the perfect date night or night out with pals.

House of an Art Lover Murder Mystery Dinner

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

Tickets: £42.50

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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 this murder mystery dinner, from 7-10.30pm, details of which are described on the House for an Art Lovers website.

“Guests can expect an evening of double dealing and intrigue with a team of live actors helping you work out ‘Witch one Dunnit’!”

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.

Rogano Murder Mystery Dinner

(30 October; 11 Exchange Pl, Glasgow G1 3AN)

Tickets: £35

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Amateur sleuths can dine out in style while trying to solve the murder at Glasgow’s iconic Rogano restaurant.

The ticket includes a three course meal and a cocktail which can be enjoyed in the 1930s Art Deco surroundings.

Pumpkins for Cold Town

(16-30 October; Boozy Cow 17 Frederick St, Edinburgh)

Tickets: Free

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From 16 October, anyone that brings in a carved pumpkin to Edinburgh’s Boozy Cow can exchange it for a pint of Cold Town or a soft drink.

The team will then pick the five best carved pumpkins and hold a public vote to pick the winner who will receive a boozy experience with £50.

Halloween burgers and cocktails will also be served in the lead up to the 31st.

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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