Halloween in Edinburgh… Scotland, part one

When you think of the perfect place for a Halloween loving family to spend the week long, All Saints holiday in Europe, you probably think, “Transylvania!”.

Yes, well, we’ve done that already.  Try again.

How about a country known for its haunted castles, body snatchers, kelpies, fairies and the Loch Ness Monster?  Yes!  Let’s do it!  And let’s invite some family to keep us company!

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So off we flew, all ten of us, to spend a week in Scotland.  First stop, Edinburgh.

We spent Halloween day wandering the city, seeing as much as we could and wishing we had more time.  We spent much of our time weaving around the Royal Mile, passing by bookshops, bagpipers, haunted cemeteries, secret gardens, and Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.

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While we stepped inside for lunch, the sky opened up for the only rain of the day.  Once we were back outside, the sun showed up again.  We had the best weather you could ask for in November in Scotland nearly the entire week.

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After a visit to Edinburgh Castle (haunted) and the first kilt purchase of the trip, it was time to get dressed for our Halloween evening.

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We chose a group costume that made sense in Edinburgh.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was written by J.K. Rowling while sitting in a café called The Elephant House near Edinburgh Castle.

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We had a nice selection of good guys…. and bad.

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So, after getting dressed up and attending a parade, we wandered through the streets.  Let’s just say we made an impression.  We had more pictures taken of us by strangers than I had taken at my wedding.  We were pointed at, whistled at and posed with people we didn’t know.  Then we had dinner where it all began, at The Elephant House.

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The whole gang… Bellatrix Lestrange, Voldemort, Lucius Malfoy, Professor McGonagall, Professor Trelawney, Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood in front of The Elephant House

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And that was only day one.  Happy Halloween from Edinburgh!

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3 thoughts on “Halloween in Edinburgh… Scotland, part one

  1. Quite the little halloween adventure! Very cool! Love the group costume! My kids love HP. Didn’t know it was written out there! Fun little rid bit! Looks like you had fun!!!

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