Spirits of Scone emerges from the shadows for a fright filled Hallowe’en

The terrifying Halloween event, Spirits of Scone, was back with vengeance last night (21 October) as the ultimate fright night experience returned to Scone Palace, Perth, opening to the public for the first time in 2022.

The event, which runs from 21 October until 31 October, gave its first hundreds of visitors a night to remember, taking them on a one-hour fright fest of adventure and mayhem through the historic grounds of the five-star attraction.

Spirits of Scone has transformed the picturesque grounds of Scone Palace into a truly terrifying playground of menacing ghouls and horror film freaks, brought to life by Create Events. In the dark, visitors are taken on a route through the Palace grounds, passing through areas such as the Lost Child’s Woods, Psycho Path, Zombie Maze, Hospital of Horrors, Ghostly Graveyard, Freaky Forest and Gingerbread House.

Organisers have warned any more would be visitors to ‘enter only if you dare.’ Truly horrifying characters lurk in the grounds, played by a group of ‘jump scare’ actors from Create Events. Due to the fear factor, they have advised that the event is not suitable for young children or those of a nervous disposition.

Visitors are welcome to get into spirit of Halloween by dressing up in a scary outfit, although no full-face masks are permitted. The Spirits of Scone shop is open at the event, selling a selection of ghoulishly good spooky souvenirs. A selection of hot food is also available from fright night catering, including fish and chips, burgers and pizza, along with marshmallow sticks for toasting over the firepit.

Several musicians and acts will be performing at Spirits of Scone within the Palace’s historic grounds. On Friday visitors were able to enjoy the music of popular local ska band, The Owls, who have recently reformed for a line-up of gigs, and were further entertained by Verity Power fire juggling and Spooky Circus stilt walker. On 22 and 29 October, a Dunkeld based fiddle and guitar duo, David McFarlane and Karys Watt, will be performing a mix of up-tempo Scottish and Irish tunes. And on Sunday 23 and 30 October, the devilishly good Garry Alexander and Loch Dubh Ceilidh band will be rousing spirits with their traditional ceilidh music, with Verity Power fire juggling adding more fright to the night.

Michael Cummings, previously a Catering Supervisor at Scone Palace from 2015-2019, will be performing on Saturday 28 October. Michael has turned his passion for music into a career and will be performing Halloween songs, alongside original material from his debut EP ‘Home’ which is now streaming on YouTube and Soundcloud.

Heather McArthur, Head of Events at Scone Palace, said: “We’re thrilled that Spirits of Scone is back for another year, and delighted at how our first visitors visibly enjoyed their first fright night experience, as we lead up to Hallowe’en. I’m sure they will agree that Spirits of Scone is not for the faint hearted, but for those who love horror and spooky surprises, you are in for a trick and treat. The grounds at Scone Palace create the perfect scary atmosphere, with lots of dark corners, gravestones and wooded areas for ghouls and ghosts to hide in. We’re also delighted that many local bands are also able to entertain our visitors.”

Tickets and more information available at: https://spiritsofscone.seetickets.com