As Ayrshire prepares to celebrate Hallowe'en there's a host of festivals including TamFest in Ayr and the stunning Illuminight at Dean Castle to enjoy.
Saturday, October 26:
This annual celebration of Tam O’ Shanter, combined with the scariest Hallowe'en in years, is about to hit Ayr town centre. This is the fifth year of Tamfest and it promises to be the best yet. There are events for all the family and, if being scared is your thing, there is everything from the mild to the down right terrifying.
In total there are nearly 100 acts across the town centre, including the children’s zone in Ayr Central Young Performers Stage, Eerie, Ghastly and Ghastly Tales in the Ayrshire Women’s Hub and a full afternoon of entertainment on the Main and Community Stages. The Main Stage will be headlined by new Wet Wet Wet frontman Kevin Simm, with street entertainment all afternoon including fire breathers, stilt walkers, Frankenstein magician, and Street market. New for this year, the Eldritch Market in the Grain Exchange which is sure to be a hit.
This year sees the return of the highly successful Haunted History Tour and Tamfest will finish with the traditional Day O’ the Deid procession through the town centre and for the first time there is a Tamfest After Dark programme.
Quarantine, Kelburn Country Park
This is not for the faint hearted. Step into a new and terrifying, dark and twisted world, brought to you by Kelburn’s Haunted Forest. Prepare to fight for your own life and for the rest of civilisation’s. Battle your way through a chaotic mass of undead to find the cure, escape safely and save humanity.
Illuminight, Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock
Thousands of people expected to make their way to Kilmarnock over the next 23 nights.
Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the light and sound spectacular returns to the Dean Castle Country Park with a brand-new Space-themed trail.
Unique Events, Scotland’s leading events and festivals creation company, and East Ayrshire Leisure have engaged with Scotland’s leading lighting designer Grant Anderson and production specialists Black Light to curate an all-new show for 2019.
A giant seven-metre moon is one of the main set-pieces as guests tour the park in reverse order this year the Dean Castle itself isn’t utilised while undergoing restoration.
In the smaller pond, the water projections are back this year with some stunning images of the space race lighting up the sky.
Food stalls and attractions are back again and the marshmallow toasting area has been moved from outside the castle to a purpose-built viewing platform over the main pond.
Haunted Manor, Brodick Castle, Arran
As Halloween draws near, so does the return of Haunted Manor, the horror event at Brodick Castle and this year the theme is Grey Lady's Revenge.
Staff have been experiencing some very usual sights and sounds in the castle recently. So they called in a team of paranormal investigators to investigate and help us rid the castle of whoever, or whatever, is haunting it. However, things didn't go to plan.
This is an unforgettable Hallowe'en experience where you will follow a trail through the castle and dark forest, coming face to face with your worst nightmares.
Pumpkin Fairy Trail, Troon
These magical trails will be offering youngsters a truly magical wander among the toadstools from 12 noon.
Hallowe'en Party at the Rivergate, Irvine
The shopping centre is hosting a Hallowe'en extravaganza for shoppers and little monsters from 11am to 3pm. There will be face painting, spooky games and prizes galore.
Gie's Peace, Mindfulness for parents, Fullarton ConneXions, Irvine
Let Gie's Peace teach you strategies to develop a mindfulness practice, a calm response to your kids and identify your emotional triggers from 10.30am.
Spooky Tours, Dundonald Castle
Hear of real ghostly experiences and regular other worldly occurrences in these guided tours from 6pm.
Outstandifold and the Wettygrippers, Saboteurs, Garlands and Spleen, Bellfied Tavern, Kilmarnock, free, 7.30pm
Halloween Dance with Peter Kerr, Ayr Ex-Services Club, Academy Street, 8pm
The Miss’s, Goldberry Bar & Kitchen, Kilmarnock, 8.30pm
DJ John fancy dress krazy karaoke, Fanny by Gaslight, Kilmarnock, 8.30pm
Goodfellows, Twa Dugs, Ayr, 9.15pm
Swede Dream, Abba tribute, Largs Pavilion, 8pm.
Olly Murs and Bruno Mars tribute, Si! Restaurant, Irvine, 7.30pm.
Sunday, October 27:
Day of the Deid Proceession, Ayr town centre
Over 1000 people are expected to arrive in Ayr town centre on Sunday for the Day of the Deid parade. Leaving from Arran Mall and ending at the bottom of Ayr High Street. Colin McCardle will warm up the crowd as the procession arrives and Drums N Roses perform.
Pumpkin carving session, Dundonald Castle
Bring your pumpkin, tools, creativity and imagination and get carving at our free family event. Tables will be set up in the castle from 2pm to 4pm.
Family roller disco, Citadel, Ayr
Get your skates on Ayrshire as it’s time for another great family and adult Roller Disco from 12pm to 4pm.