As the days shorten, there’s a certain chill in the air that graces the streets of York as the local ghouls and ghosts emerge from the shadowy alleyways to celebrate Halloween. Being regularly crowned one of the most haunted cities in the world, York seems like the ideal location for spooky festivities and the array of events taking place only confirms this.
Halloween is the perfect time to discover the plethora of old fashioned ghost stories which are intertwined in York’s rich history. From eerie tales of plague victims to grotesque accounts of bloody battles, the city is thriving with ghastly accounts. York’s legendary ghost walks provide a visual element to the stories and, if a candlelit three course meal seems an appealing accompaniment to any encounters with the living dead, Betty’s tearoom will be serving hearty food along with their tales. For more information, visit the website.
For a more cinematic method of scaring yourself silly on the Night of All Hallows, city screen is the place to go. Those brave enough have the opportunity to view ‘The Shining’; a classic psychological thriller starring Jack Nicholson.
If you like the sound of being chased by a chainsaw yielding-clown, a visit to York maze is recommended. Claiming to be your ‘worst nightmare’, a truly terrifying evening is guaranteed. All taking place at the dead of night, this is not an outing for the weak-hearted. To watch a trailer, visit the York Maze website.
For the opportunity to be rewarded for the most extravagant fancy dress, the Duchess is hosting four Halloween parties: each one promising to be bursting with fake blood, backcombed hair and broomsticks. Alternatively, York folk rock band Blackbeard’s tea party will be playing Stereo on Wednesday 31st October. Dressing up is mandatory with special Halloween themed drinks for the best costumes and prizes awarded by the band.