Falkirk gears up for fright night

Strathcarron Hospice will take over Callendar Park on Halloween with their spooky events
Strathcarron Hospice will take over Callendar Park on Halloween with their spooky events

The spookiest night of the year is this Saturday and there is a frightening weekend of events locally for even the most ardent horror fans.

Strathacarron Hospice is taking over Callendar Park on Halloween night with two events.

The spooky wooky walk for younger children will include scary storytelling and guising while the terror trail is strictly for those with nerves of steel.

The walk at the back of Callendar House features zombies, ghouls and things that go bump in the night.

Organiser Coleena Brodie from the hospice said: “Little ones will love the spooky wooky walk and I’ve seen the plans for the terror trail and it is really terrifying.

“The clocks have went back so it will be suitably atmospheric for a fright night this weekend!”

The event is on Saturday from 6-8pm outside Callendar House.

Also on Saturday, Falkirk High Street welcomes a Halloween Market from 10am to 4pm, selling crafts, food and jewellery.

On Halloween from 7.30pm Terror Trails Falkirk host a ghost walk through the town centre. The scary walk costs £3 and you can pay on the night. It takes in some of the oldest and rumoured to be haunted sites in Falkirk and starts at Falkirk Trinity Church.

On Saturday and Sunday Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway host Steam and Scream. The train will be decked out with frightening decorations and all visitors must wear fancy dress - or else! The train runs from 10am to 5pm and tickets are available at the station ticket office.

For those without two left feet, a Halloween dance workshop will run on Saturday, with a performance at the Howgate shopping centre on Sunday.

Participants can learn the scary routine at Falkrik Trinity Church, led by choreographer Ashleigh McGeorge from 1.30-3.30pm. The following day, the dancers will perform for shoppers from 1pm, The workshop is open to all youngsters and costs £4.

On Sunday, a candle light fancy dress parade will take place from 6.30pm in Falkirk High Street, With musical accompaniment from Forth Bridges Accordion Band participants can buy an LED candle or light up balloon to take on the walk.

Prior to this tomorrow (Friday) children can take part in Besoms and Broomsticks and make their own broom in time for guising at 2pm or 4pm at Muiravonside Country Park.

Spaces are limited and you can booked at The Steeple Box Office in Falkirk High Street or by calling (01324) 506850.

The Hippodrome in Bo’ness isn’t just showing any old horror for Halloween, but a special cinema in the dark experience. Seated in the traditional cinema space and equipped with wireless headphones, you will be plunged into darkness (courtesy of complimentary eye-masks) for the duration of an audio adventure centred on the 1962 experimental horror Carnival of Souls. The film influenced David Lynch and George A. Romero and the original score is inspired by old-fashioned radio serials.

Developed with guidance from a focus group of blind and sensory impaired people, the piece is also a response to the practical but often dull delivery of audio description for blind and sight-impaired audiences.

For splashing and scaring, head to the Mariner Centre on Saturday from 6.30-7.30pm for a Halloween pool party.

There are prizes for the best costume and lantern and it costs £3.90 for adults and £1.90 for kids.

If you are slightly long in the tooth for guising, all the pubs and clubs in Falkirk are hosting Halloween parties and events.

City nightclub welcome DJ Darren Styles on Friday and holding a Halloween club night on Saturday. Fancy dress is encouraged for both nights.

Party Rocks in Glebe Street, Falkirk beside Grahamston Train Station has had a very busy few weeks as Bairns scramble to get their fancy dress attire in time for Halloween.

They sell children’s and adults costumes, from silly and frilly to truly scary designs complete with special effects make up. They are open until 7pm all week, including Halloween.

Manager Lorraine Hynd said: “This year the scary costumes are still the biggest sellers, people love the fake blood and prosthetic make up.”

Stirling Ghost Walk will host walks through the historic city at 8pm and 9.30pm from October 28-31. Tickets are selling fast and can be booked by emailing happy_hangman@hotmail.com or by calling 01592 874449.

If you prefer to watch horrors instead of participate, Cineworld in Falkirk is showing scary films such as Paranormal Activity : The Ghost Dimension in 3D, The Last Witch Hunter and for little ones, Hotel Transylvania 2.

With a huge range of events to celebrate Halloween, there is no need to stay in with the lights off, pretending you’re not in for the guisers.