THERE'LL be ghosts and ghouls galore at Traquair House this month.

To mark Halloween, the venue is putting on spooky castle tours and a fun day to keep all the family entertained.

Taking place on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, the tours will allow the public to explore the house, but there'll be some unexpected surprises along the way.

As the wind whistles through the walls visitors will meet some of the past inhabitants of this ancient home and learn about their stories living as Jacobites and Catholics in dangerous times.

They will even descend into the dungeons of the Tower of London to discover what life was like as an imprisoned Jacobite before heading to the eighteenth century dining room for a glass of mulled wine.

Halloween suppers can also be booked at the 1745 Cottage Restaurant.

But that's not all. On Sunday, October 29, a family fun day is taking place.

This year there will be magic shows with Quantum Magic, creepy crawly animal handling sessions, the famous Spooky Passage Experience as well as tarot readings, ghost stories in the woods, a witches and wizards workshop, scavenger hunts, ghost hunting in the maze, spooky face painting and traditional Halloween games.

Youngsters can also come dressed to kill for the best dressed Halloween character competition.

The tours which take place on October 27 and October 28 will take place at 7pm and 9pm. Admission is £12 for adults and £8 for children. Tours suitable for eight years and over. A combined tour and supper ticket costs £25 for adults and £21 for children. (Must be booked in advance).

The fun day, taking place on October 29, will run from 11am until 4pm. Admission is £8.50 for adults, £4.50 for children/concessionary, or a family ticket (two adults and up to three children) is £22. Tickets are only available on the gate for this event.

For more information, visit or phone 01896 830323.