The Edinburgh Horror Festival Rises Again for the Fourth Annual Festival of the Macabre. 

October 24th - November 3rd

Lauriston Castle - Banshee Labyrinth - The Edinburgh Dungeon


The Edinburgh Horror Festival returns this October for its fourth outing, bringing chilling films, theatre, spoken word, magic, comedy, and site specific performances from some of the UK’s spookiest performers to Scotland’s most haunted city. With over thirty events scheduled spanning eleven days, there is something for all lovers of things that go bump in the night. 

The Edinburgh Horror Festival will be returning to Lauriston Castle this year to stage a series of special events for the family. Our annual Haunted Hunt for children over the age of 8 where teams will act together to solve riddles and clues after being invited to Lauriston Castle to help the owner of the castle attempt to contact her family.  This year the Festival will be taking over the weekend tours at Lauriston Castle with the Lauriston Horror Tour - hear the history of the castle and ghostly tales of the city while listening out for the ghostly footsteps of the castle itself. After a sold out run last year, The Twilight Séance returns performed by Ash Pryce, an adults only show featuring a unique take on the Victorian Spirit Cabinet.


There will be special events such as movie marathons with The Edinburgh B Team, Neon Frights and Edinburgh Zombie club, as part of our Fringe of Horror style events taking over the Banshee Labyrinth, Scotland’s Most Haunted Pub, with sell out and five star performances of theatre, comedy, magic, storytelling, game-shows, cabaret, variety and danger stunt shows.  On Hallowe’en night itself we will be hosting a seance in the vaults of the South Bridge, and a Rocky Horror Night on Saturday 2nd November.  Other shows include an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Telltale Heart, a one off appearance from Haunted Publishing staging work from their new book Haunted Voices: Gothic Storytelling from Scotland, Danger Dave Reubens will be bringing his show Stunt Magician to us after packing out 260 seater venues during the Edinburgh Fringe. 


We will also be hosting the live finale of Fright Club - a horror drag competition run by Rayna Destruction, who is very rapidly becoming the go to showgirl on the Edinburgh drag scene hosting sell out shows at venues throughout the city.  We also welcome a live podcast recording of horror radio drama from Tin Can Audio with their spine tingling live recording of Middle:Below.  Several stalwarts of the Edinburgh Horror festival over the years return, such as the improvised horror story-telling comedy - Stand Up Horror, and Edinburgh performance Poet Craig A. Black returns with a new show looking at the overlap of mental health and horror in Radio Voices, plus there will be performances from established and up-and-coming Edinburgh practitioners in the world of theatre and spoken word. 


This year the Edinburgh Horror Festival has partnered with the Edinburgh Dungeon to bring you an exclusive horror and ghoulish walking tour of the Old Town which includes entry to the Edinburgh Dungeon. Join two tour guides as they take you up the closes and wynds of the Old Town, hearing tales of terror on the exact spots they occured. After which you’ll enter into the Wold famous Edinburgh Dungeon for a trip back through time with character actors, interactive stories, and more. This is a part of the Dungeon Lates programme and is an adults only experience. Tickets are only available on the Edinburgh Horror Festival’s Website. 


The EHF exists to help promote new and exciting work of a horror theme.  Founded with the goal of becoming an Edinburgh Fringe for Horror, the organisation opens its doors to acts and audiences with a variety of themes and genres include comedy, magic, theatre, poetry, spoken word, films and more.  More details, and ticket information can be found at www.edhorrorfest.co.uk



Venue: Lauriston Castle, Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh Dungeon

Tickets: £0-£17.95

Dates: 24th October - 3rd November 

Website: www.edhorrorfest.co.uk

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