You won’t boo-lieve the events in store this month.
Autumn is fully underway as the sun starts to set earlier and the temperature drops but that doesn’t mean there’s little fun to be had. With awesome festivities such as Oktoberfest and Halloween taking place this month, it means we needn’t have to stay indoors- after all, we’ve got a bit of making up to do after last year! Plus, October is bursting with events and performances for you to indulge in, let alone the food and drink. So, without further ado, here’s our guide to the best things to do in Glasgow to make for an epic October.
1. Celebrate Oktoberfest with beers, bratwurst and a boogie at Platform
Grab your steins and friends as the ultimate food and drink event is coming to Glasgow this October, organised by popular brewery Innis & Gunn in one of the city’s top street food venues it’s going to be a barrel of laughs, beer and more. Expected to offer a “fresh take” on the traditional Oktoberfest shenanigans, the brewers will be hosting a three-day event known as ‘Oktober Fresh’ to celebrate their finest fresh beer. Find out more about the event here.
2. Visit this spooky immersive event with thrilling rides
To get us in the spooky mood is a brand new immersive event arriving in Glasgow from October 7 to October 31 and the organisers have unveiled a frightful line-up of rides. Spooktacular will take place at Silverburn shopping centre, Pollok in the lead up to Halloween and will feature the likes of an epic rollercoaster, thrill rides for thrill seekers, a festival wheel with the best view of Glasgow, ‘little pumpkin’ rides and a scare maze. Situated in the green car park at Silverburn, Spooktacular is sure to be frightfully good fun!
3. Enjoy the last weekend of Glasgow Cocktail Week
Glasgow Cocktail Week may have already begun with its full city cocktail takeover but you still have a few more days to make the most of it. To celebrate the organisers have released cocktail tours in partnership with Halewood artisanal drinks for guests to explore some of the city’s best bars including recently opened Abandon Ship Bar, sky-high VEGA and Moskito. There are three cocktail trails as part of Glasgow Cocktail Week for you to explore between September 24 and October 3.
Get into the Halloween spirit this October with this stunning candlelight concert, where talented performers will perform their own renditions to some of the most haunting tracks of all time. Think Thriller by Michael Jackson, Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter, and even This Is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Get tickets here.
5. Go pumpkin picking
It’s October which which means seasonal events like Halloween and Bonfire Night are creeping our way, plus the huge countdown to Christmas. But first on the agenda for autumn has to be Halloween. Whether you’re doing it for the ‘gram or just absolutely love getting your carve on, there are a number of pumpkin patches near Glasgow you can visit this autumn. From the start of October through to Halloween, pumpkin patches near Glasgow will not only be brimming with pumpkins but also plenty of activities to get involved in from carving to photoshoots with your produce. Check out the best pumpkin patches near Glasgow where you can pick your own pumpkins here.
6. Help save the fictional world of Glasglopolis in this year’s new GlasGLOW outdoor show
With the biggest climate change summit taking place in Glasgow, and the eyes of the world on the city, GlasGLOW is back and it’s got a brand-new, outdoor show. Guests will enter the fictional world of Glasglopolis, a sprawling metropolis which is under attack from a terrifying toxic gloop. Playing the role of an undercover reporter, each guest will go on a journey to expose the truth and save the city’s annual pumpkin festival. Set to run from October 27 to November 7, GlasGLOW will once again transform Glasgow Botanic Gardens into an immersive journey created by a team of where your success will determine the future of Glasglopolis.
As part of Fever’s Candlelight Concert series, music fans will be able to enjoy a special Halloween edition, which will see tracks from famous movies performed within the spooky, candlelit setting. Expect to hear the scores of Jaws, Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, The Shining and so much more at the special concert, but this time, as you’ve never heard them before. Get tickets here.
8. Sip on a warming mug of delicious hot chocolate
With autumn in full swing, it means hot chocolate season has arrived. From sophisticated mugs of rich, chocolatey heaven, to goblets of milky goodness with gooey marshmallows and cream, there are plenty of places in Glasgow to grab a hug in a mug that is hot chocolate. Just what the doctor ordered! Check to out our guide to Glasgow’s dreamiest hot chocolates where you can sip on the hot drink happily and escape the unpredictable British weather.
9. Cosy up or cower at home with one of these spine-tingling movies or series
This year’s Halloween celebrations have to make up for last year’s sitting-in-the-house-avoiding-others, but there’s always space for some spooky films and popcorn. So, whether you’re going out or staying in on October 31, there’s plenty of times to squeeze in a few of these fantastic films. Check out our picks from the top streaming services in the UK, then bust out those skull-shaped sweets you bought on a whim from the supermarket and start chomping!
After a sell-out tour across the UK in 2019, Festival of The Dead returns to Glasgow for Halloween with their new show, Halloween Returns, on Friday 29th October. Europe’s biggest touring Halloween show will bringing its powerful and unique blend of circus, clubbing, carnival and chaos set to a blazing live soundtrack spanning rock, metal and the dark side of drum and bass and electronic music from DJs and a live band. Prepare to be blown away by the unreal and immersive performers and acrobats as well as the awe-inspiring giant creatures, enormous puppets, magical creations and enigmatic characters. Find your tickets to Festival of the Dead here.
Embrace the spooky season with a ghostly journey around one of the most haunted cities in the world. This hair-raising tour sends you around Glasgow to uncover clues and find out all sorts of sinister stories about the buildings that are brimming with a dark history. Kicking off from Glasgow Central Station, the 65-minute experience sends you to 14 different locations, each one more haunting than the last. Make sure to enlist the brightest minds you know and brush up on your Sherlock, you’ll need all the help you get as you search the city for answers.