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Seven pumpkins a day… keep the ghosts away?

26 October 2006

Chefs at Edinburgh Castle have been left with sore arms this October thanks to their spooky Halloween menu.

With the popularity of such dishes as Pumpkin Cauldron (pumpkin stew) and Jack O'Lantern's pancakes (pumpkin pancakes), they are finding themselves gouging out the flesh of around seven pumpkins a day; which will end up totalling a massive 217 pumpkins by the end of the month!

Kenny Leamy, Head Chef at Edinburgh Castle said: "As a lot of our visitors are here to attend the Ghostfest event, many like to get into the spirit of Hallowe'en and try out the pumpkin dishes which are really delicious.  This is great news but decidedly tiring on the arms. If we had made them all into lanterns, I think we would have enough to light not only the Castle but the whole of the Royal Mile!"

The Ghostfest event at Edinburgh Castle has been a huge success with children from all over the country coming in to meet The Grim Reaper, owls, raven, spooky puppets and how could we forget, the Castle Ghosts, whose finale of dancing to the 'Ghostbusters' theme has gone down a trick and treat with everyone. As this is the final weekend of the event, and it is so near to Hallowe'en itself, Historic Scotland is hoping children will continue to take part in the fun by dressing up in their favourite Hallowe'en costume.

Barbara Smith, Executive Manager at Edinburgh Castle said: "We have been really delighted by the variety of Hallowe'en outfits children have been wearing for their day out at the Castle during October. From witches to vampires to black cats, we are very impressed by the effort everyone has made. We’ve even had some mini Grim Reapers giving our own Castle Reaper a bit of competition!"

Ghostfest at Edinburgh Castle takes place daily on 1 to 31 October 2006 inclusive from noon to 4.00pm.

For more information on this event,
  • visit or
  • text OCTOBER to 84118 or
  • telephone 0131 668 8926.

For further information

Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959