Spooky activities to enjoy in Lanarkshire this Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching and ahead of the spookiest day of the year, we’ve created a guide to the scariest places and the most chilling events guaranteed to scare your socks off.

But be warned – don’t go alone! 


  1.        Hamilton Mausoleum

Built in 1858 by the 10th Duke of Hamilton as a resting place for his descendants, Hamilton Mausoleum is often described as Britain’s grandest grave.

Step into this spooky crypt and your spine will surely shiver, as whispers resonate around its uniquely-echoing interior.

For a truly terrifying experience, tour the Mausoleum by candlelight on Friday 29 October.

Tours are not suitable for children and start at 7pm.

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  1.        Visit National Museum of Rural Life after dark

Those not brave (or old) enough to wander through the grave of the Hamilton family, can head to the National Museum of Rural Life on Halloween’s eve.  

Let your little devils enjoy two hours of creepy crafts, scary storytelling and spooky surprises.  

The frightening fun begins at 5pm and entry to the Museum starts from just £4.

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  1.        New Lanark

 Join guides for a behind-the-scenes Halloween tour that will explore the ghostly goings on, spookiest stories and inexplicable true events that have been witnessed by visitors and staff at the former mill.




  1.       Outbreak at M&Ds

Is there anything more terrifying than the thought of being trapped in your own nightmares?

This October, M&Ds is running a totally immersive live action, horror experience guaranteed to keep the nightmares recurring.

Tickets start from £8 and the attraction is open every day from 7pm to 10pm.

The outdoor tours will take place on Friday 27; Saturday 28; and Tuesday 31 October, starting at 6.30pm.

Attendees must be over 16 years old and are advised to bring their own torch.

Tickets start from £9.


  1.         Antonine Wall

Forget trick or treating through the streets of Lanarkshire, and head out on a walk along the

Antonine Wall, where you will find the graves of fallen Roman soldiers left behind when their battalion withdrew from Scotland following the Roman Empire invasion.

Today the remnants of the wall make up one of Lanarkshire’s two UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Stand at the top of Croy Hill and face north towards the barren moors from where warriors launched their attacks on the southern foe and feel the creepy chill that still seeps into the old bones that lie there.

  1.        Kirk O’Shotts Parish Church

From unexplained voice recordings, to sightings of the ghost of the ‘Grey Lady,’ Kirk O’Shotts Parish Church is arguably the most haunted place in Lanarkshire.

While the identity of the Grey Lady is unknown, she is believed to be the restless sprit of one of the witches reputedly burnt in the area during the 17th century.


For more information on things to do and see in Lanarkshire this October check out our dedicated events page.

 If you would rather spend some time in the great outdoors, admiring the changing colours and crisp autumnal air then see our guide to best walks in Lanarkshire.