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Blogtober Day 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Spooky Quiz 🎃

Happy Halloween! I know Halloween looks very different this year but I hope you’re still able to safely fill this spooky day with fun and frights.

This is also the final post of Blogtober so I wanted to do something fun that will bring all the previous posts from this month together. I have written quite a few history and pop culture related posts for Blogtober and I thought I’d take inspiration from them and create a spooky Halloween quiz for you. The answers to all of these questions are splattered across the last 30 posts so if you want to read more about any particular topic, I’ll leave the link to the blog post about it in the answer section as well.

1. What vegetable was traditionally used in Irish Jack-o’-lanterns based on the story of Stingy Jack?

A. Pumpkins B. Turnips C.Aubergines/Eggplants D.Potatoes

2. A giant wolf of Norse mythology is sometimes thought to have played a part in the development of werewolf lore but what was his name?

A. Odin B. Loki C. Tyr D. Fenrir

3. Corpse Bride lost the best animated feature award at the Oscars in 2005 to which other non-scary Halloween movie?

A. The Nightmare Before Christmas B. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit C. Coco D. ParaNorman

4. Ouija Boards were first patented back in 1891 but which company now owns the trademark?

A. Hasbro B. Mattel C. Sega D. Milton Bradley

5. Which of these famous writers has had their skull stolen from their grave?

A. William Shakespeare B. Charles Dickens C. Edgar Allan Poe D. Emily Brontë

6. Which village was claimed to be the “most haunted village in Britain” in the Guinness Book of Records in 1989?

A. Muker, Yorkshire B. South Pool, Devon C. Pluckley, Kent D. Bibury, Gloucestershire

7. What is the name of the famous vampire from penny dreadfuls that pre-dates Bram Stoker’s Dracula?

A. Francis Varney B. Sweeney Todd C. Dick Turpin D. Sexton Blake

8. Who led the excavations into King Tutankhamun’s tomb but managed to avoid the infamous curse?

A. Howard Carter B. Bruce Ingram C. George Jay Gould D. Richard Bethell

9. The Tarantella dance was created as a cure for Tarantism, a form of “dancing mania” said to be caused by what?

A. Miasma B. A witch’s curse C. A spider’s bite D. A werewolf attack

10. George A. Rumero directed which genre-defining zombie movie?

A. White Zombie B. Night of the Living Dead C. 28 Days Later D. Shaun of the Dead

11. When was the last time the 1735 Witchcraft Act used to imprison someone?

A. 1798 B. 1851 C. 1901 D. 1944

12. Who authored the book The Castle of Otranto and is often credited with inventing the horror genre?

A. Mary Shelley B. Bram Stoker C. Horace Walpole D. H.G. Wells

13. Which of the following figures of urban legend have been said to visit those who have seen aliens or UFOs to keep them quiet?

A. The Men in Black B. The black-eyed children C. Bloody Mary D. The phantom hitchhiker

14. What type of creatures were thought to be witches’ familiars during the European witch craze?

A. Black cats only B. Any type of cat C. Any type of animal D. Any type of animal or demon

15. The last of Burke and Hare’s victims was killed on what annual festival day?

A. Halloween B. Christmas C. New Year’s Day D. Valentine’s Day

  1. B. Turnips! You’d find the answer to this one and a plenty more details about Halloween in my post on The History of Halloween.
  2. D. Fenrir! To learn more about the origins of werewolf lore, check out my It’s All in the Origins: Werewolves post.
  3. B. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit! Find more Non-Scary Halloween Movies on my blog.
  4. A. Hasbro! Check out my Thoughts on Ouija Boards post to read my take on this classic spooky board game.
  5. A. William Shakespeare! Check out the theories behind what happened to the Bard’s head in my post all about Shakespeare’s Missing Skull.
  6. C. Pluckley, Kent! You’ll find a full list of spooky spots in my Top 10 Haunted Locations in the UK post.
  7. A. Francis Varney! Discover the story of the vampire in my It’s All in the Origins: Vampires post.
  8. A. Howard Carter! Do you believe in the pharaoh’s curse? Find out all about it in my post asking Is Tutankhamun’s Tomb Really Cursed?
  9. C. A spider’s bite! Find out more Spooky History Facts.
  10. B. Night of the Living Dead! Discover the fascinating history of zombie lore in my It’s All in the Origins: Zombies post.
  11. D. 1944! You’ll find more surprising truths in my Five More Spooky History Facts post.
  12. C. Horace Walpole! Check out my attempt to answer the question Did Horace Walpole Invent Horror?
  13. A. The Men in Black! Learn more about the other possible answers in my Top 5 Urban Legends post.
  14. D. Any type of animal or demon! If this answer didn’t feel familiar to your brain then you can read more about them in my It’s All in the Origins: Familiars post.
  15. A. Halloween! Because you can never have enough, this is from my Even More Spooky Facts post.

Have an amazing Halloween! Stay safe and eat all the sweets this spooky season. I’ll be back very soon, bye for now!

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Blogtober Day 29: 20 Halloween Jokes and Puns

Today’s Blogtober post features 20 of my favourite Halloween jokes, from old classics to new ones I’ve found that really tickled my funny bone.

Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party?

Because Halloween parties were banned due to COVID… lol no, of course he had no body to go with!

What are vampires favourite fruits?

Blood oranges and neck-tarines

What is E.T. short for?

So he can fit in the rocket

Why did the witch ace her English test?

She’s good at spelling

Why are skeletons so calm?

Nothing gets under their skin

Why did the ghost go to the bar?

For the boo-ze

Why did the headless horseman do a business course?

He wanted to get ahead in life

What room will you never find a ghost in?

The living room

What does a witch call their garage?

The broom closet

How does Dracula unlock his castle?

With a spoo-key

How does a monster see into their future?

They read their horror-scope

Why do mummies struggle to make friends?

They’re too wrapped up in themselves

Where do ghosts like to go trick-or-treating?

Down dead ends

Why should you write a story in a graveyard?

Because they’re filled with plots

Why do ghosts hate when it rains on Halloween?

It dampens their spirits

What’s the best way to annoy Dracula?

Make him a little cross

Why are ghosts so bad at lying?

You can see right through them

Which monster is the best dancer?

The Boogieman

Who keeps an eye out for ghost ships?

The ghost guard

What happened to the man who forgot to pay his exorcist?

His house got repossessed

I hope you enjoyed these jokes, even if they made your eyes roll. Bye for now!

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Blogtober Day 28: My Family’s Paranormal Experiences

We’re so close to Halloween now! To honour the fast approaching spookiest day of the year, I thought I’d do something a bit different for today’s Blogtober post. Here are some weird things that have happened to me and/or my family members that are possibly paranormal.

Poltergeist in the house?

This is one that my mum has told me about as it happened before I was born. When my mum and dad first moved in together, for a short while they lived in a house only a stone’s throw from the one we live in now. It was a brand new semi-detached property with nothing obviously spooky about it, except from the wealth of weird things that happened there. One time they went out only to come home and discover all the windows were open when they had been shut when they left, another time they got back to the house to find all the clocks set to different times. Things would move and turn up in places that both mum and dad were sure they hadn’t left them and the kitchen tap turned on by itself. Most spooky of all was when there was a powercut and my mum was carrying a candle up the stairs to light her way in the dark when the candle suddenly went out and she felt a presence right before her. She told it to go away and the presence seemed to move off. Eek, I don’t think I’d have been so brave.


This one involves my Nan and again happened way before I was even born but she has told this story the same all my life so I definitely believe her. She was walking home from the shops one day and had to stop on the route to put the heavy bags down for a moment before continuing on the journey. When she did, she happened to glance up at the sky to see a grey cigar-shaped object which then shot off with flames firing out the back. When she made it home no one believed what she had seen until the next day’s local newspaper reported that the teams coming off a nearby football pitch had seen the exact same thing.

A haunted jukebox?

Ok, exciting times for me because I’m actually in this one. This one relates to my Nan, not the one in the last story, my grandmother on the other side of the family. She was a big spirit in life, she loved her family and putting on a spread for us all when we went around, even if she was a bit old-fashioned. After she died, we kept feeling like she wasn’t really gone. We had a few weird electrical faults and the song we were going to play at her funeral seemed to come on the TV or radio every time we mentioned her (it still did for a long time afterwards). Then the funeral happened and we all went to a local function room for the reception. There was a jukebox in the room but obviously they knew no one would be playing tunes at a funeral reception so it was switched off. But, somehow the jukebox burst into life and starting playing, of all songs, Every Breath You Take by The Police. In the end, someone went and unplugged it.

Also, I don’t fully know how to explain this one and this really did only happen to me so I haven’t got anyone else’s words or recollections to help me here so bear with me. One time I was at her house, visiting my granddad and I had a glass of orange juice while I was there. My parents arrived to pick me up so I was going to take the glass to the kitchen and wash it up but as soon as I attempted to take a step into the kitchen, I was filled with an overwhelming feeling. The only way I can describe it is that it was like a wave crashed over in my mind and suddenly I was thinking about her, only her, and it was so sudden and fierce I stopped dead in my tracks and felt frightened – not by her, just by the feeling. I’ve never experienced anything like it before or since. I feel like maybe it was her way of saying to me not to worry about washing up that glass, she was such a keen hostess in life, I know she wouldn’t have wanted to clean up at her house if she was there. I ended up just reaching into the room from the doorway and leaving the glass on the side.

This was a very different post from me as I don’t usually talk about my family on this blog but I hope this was interesting. I know these experiences aren’t nearly as extreme as what some people have seen but I promise they are all true. Feel free to share any spooky experiences you’ve had in the comments because I love hearing other people’s stories. Bye for now!

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Blogtober Day 26: Top 5 Urban Legends

Nothing says Halloween like sinister stories that have pervaded our cultural psyche, and there are few that have captured the minds of the masses as much as these five urban legends. Are they just old wives’ tales or is there truly something spooky going on?

1. Killer in the Backseat

This classic urban legend goes a little something like this, imagine you’re driving alone at night on a quiet road when a truck comes flying up behind you, flashing their full beam and indicating for you to pull over. You think there’s no way you’re stopping until you’re safely home but the driver keeps on following you. It’s only when you make it home that you discover the other driver was trying to get your attention because a murderer had snuck onto your backseat. I’ll be honest, this is actually the one on this list that does make me shudder. I have no idea where I first heard this story but it’s clearly got in my head as I genuinely do check my backseat every time I drive anywhere on my own.

2. Bloody Mary

Who hasn’t heard of Bloody Mary?! If you’re not familiar with this particular urban legend, the gist is you go into your bathroom, light some candles and say “Bloody Mary” thirteen times (I think sometimes you have to spin around when you say it but why that would help, I don’t know) and then she is said to appear in your bathroom mirror. What happens then really varies according to different sources on the internet, some versions of the Bloody Mary legend are really brutal, some surprisingly tame.

3. Black-eyed Children

This one is pretty bizarre. Throughout the world there have reports of children with black eyes knocking on people’s doors and asking to go inside their home or car. The key thing here is that no matter what reason they give, you shouldn’t let them instead otherwise something bad will happen. It’s certainly a spooky story and if you want to find out more about them, there are countless tales of allegedly true accounts of Black-eyed Children online.

4. Men in Black

It’s more than a Will Smith movie, the urban legend of the Men in Black goes back several decades. Conspiracy theorists and urban legend fans claim that the Men in Black are either agents from a top-secret strand of the FBI or some kind of alien race. They are said to be men in suits and dark glasses who silence anyone who claims to have seen aliens or UFOs.

5. Phantom Hitchhiker

I feel like this one is more of an odd phenomenon than a full-blown urban legend but I find it intriguing so I wanted to include it in this list. It’s a pretty straight forward myth, a driver picks up a hitchhiker who ends up disappearing at some point along the journey. In the UK, there is a road called the A229 where a fatal road collision occurred in 1965 near the Lower Bell Pub on Blue Bell Hill. Since then, there have been numerous claims of a woman in a white dress hitchhiking along the road only to disappear before she reaches her destination. It’s this classic phantom hitchhiker case that has led to the A229 being named one of the UK’s most haunted roads.

Spooky stuff but what do you make of it? Are you an urban legend fan or are you a total skeptic? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogtober Day 24: Spooky Would You Rather?

For today’s Blogtober post I thought I’d give you some spooky would you rather-style questions to think over. I’ll be sharing my answers as well and feel free to share your answers in the comments or on your blog if you like.

Would you rather spend a whole night in a haunted castle or a whole day in a creepy clown fairground?

My answer: I would love to spend a night in a haunted castle to see what would happen and the idea of being around clowns all day is horrifying so definitely the castle.

Would you rather be turned into a vampire or a werewolf?

My answer: Hmm, I have a fear of blood so I don’t think I’d fare well as a vampire (plus, I’m not really down with the murdering people for their blood thing!) so I think I’d rather be a werewolf because at least that’s a full moon-only gig.

Would you rather keep Halloween to once a year or celebrate Halloween every month?

My answer: I love Halloween but part of the joy of it is that it comes once a year. I don’t think it would be as a special every month.

Would you rather spend your Halloween watching a scary movie marathon or pumpkin picking and baking goodies?

My answer: Probably the movie marathon but most sound good to me.

Would you rather do a seance in a graveyard or get spooked at a scream park?

My answer: Again, both of these are quite tempting. I’ve always been a bit wary of the idea of disturbing the dead in their final resting place though so I might go for the scream park for that reason.

Would you rather dress up as a scary zombie or a superhero?

My answer: Zombie, I prefer Halloween costumes that link to spooky season and aren’t just random personally.

Would you rather go trick-or-treating or stay home and give out sweets to the trick-or-treaters?

My answer: Both of these can be quite fun but I do miss the days when I was young enough to go trick-or-treating so if it was socially acceptable to go trick-or-treating as an adult (and we weren’t living through a pandemic) then I’d probably say I’d rather be doing the trick-or-treating.

Would you rather stay in a lonely cabin in the woods or a swanky hotel reported to be haunted?

My answer: Haunted hotel, to me ghosts are way less scary than the thought of being isolated in the middle of nowhere.

Would you rather watch Hocus Pocus or Saw?

My answer: Hocus Pocus is literally my favourite Halloween movie!

Would you rather hold a live spider or do a skydive?

My answer: I’m way more scared of heights than I am spiders so hand over the spider.

Would you rather live in a haunted house or work in a haunted building?

My answer: As weird and annoying as it might be to have ghosts kicking around when you’re trying to work, I really don’t think I could live in a haunted house. Plus, lunch break ghost hunts sound really fun!

Would you rather have to babysit a haunted doll or do an Ouija Board session?

My answer: Even though I said I don’t think Ouija Boards are evil in another one of my Blogtober posts, I still don’t think I’m brave enough to attempt one just in case. Besides, it could be fun babysitting a haunted doll… or maybe not but it’s what I’m choosing here.

I hope you enjoyed these spooky would you rather questions, bye for now!

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Blogtober Day 17: Spooky History Facts

Something I’m finding really fun about Blogtober is all the historical research I’m getting to do when looking into the origins of Halloween and everything associated with it. I thought it would be interesting to share five weird and spooky Halloween-related facts from history that aren’t long enough for a post of their own today.

  1. During the Reformation, many Catholic churches were looted, especially in Germany, where the Protestant Revolution began. To make up for the lost treasures of the Catholic churches, skeletons of old Christian martyrs were retrieved from the Roman Catacombs. They were decorated with gold, jewels and lavish clothing and given the name ‘Catacomb Saints’, many can still be found in German Catholic churches to this day.
  2. During the Middle Ages, a bizarre pandemic occurred known as the ‘Medieval Dancing Mania’. This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, someone would start dancing uncontrollably and others would end up getting the urge to join them. Some cases were so severe that some who caught the bug would literally dance until they died. Speaking of bugs though, a similar affliction caught on in Italy, specifically in the town of Taranto, where the bite of a wolf spider was said to cause a state of frenzy known as Tarantism. A strange cure was devised for this condition, a dance called the Tarantella which is still a popular style of dance now.
  3. Speaking of strange and spooky Italian history, I have to mention the particularly ferocious King Ferdinand I of Naples, also known as Ferrante. This ruler had an unusual and pretty brutal way of dealing with his enemies. After they would be tortured and executed, he would have them embalmed and mummified so he could keep them forevermore.
  4. There are a lot of spooky stories connected to the London Underground, from rumours around the lines curving around known plague pits to ghosts that are said to haunt the many stations. What is for certain is that, according to TFL, there are at least 40 disused Overground and Underground stations, many sitting empty deep deep under the streets of the city.
  5. Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is probably one of the most well-known spiritualists in history but did you know that he was also a member of The Ghost Club? This group aimed to investigate reported ghostly activity as the rise of Spiritualism (which could do with its own post!) also saw a huge amount of opportunists faking hauntings for cash. The Ghost Club is still running to this day and notable former members include Charles Dickens, Charles Babbage, W. B. Yeats, Siegfried Sassoon and Peter Cushing.

I have more spooky history facts to share but I’ll leave it here for now. Check back for another post of creepy facts from history on my blog soon. Thanks for reading!

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Blogtober Day 11: It’s All in the Origins: Vampires

This is the second in my It’s All in the Origins series where I examine the history and origins of a famous being associated with Halloween. First up was werewolves and now we’re sinking our teeth into vampire lore.

What is a Vampire?

Here’s the problem with exploring the origins of vampire lore, defining what a vampire is can be surprisingly complicated. Vampire characteristics vary greatly depending on who you ask. A lot of traits we see repeated in vampire fiction today e.g. having an aversion to sunlight, not having a reflection, needing to be invited into a property, turning into bats, not liking garlic and so on come from various pieces of modern fiction. Most notably of all for several of these would be Bram Stoker’s Dracula which we’ll revisit a bit later on.

In European folklore, the general consensus is that a vampire is a usually undead being that preys on the living by consuming their blood (or some other type of life force). That’s a very simple definition though, let’s venture into the history of vampire folklore and fiction.

Folklore and Famous Cases

Perhaps because of the vague and ever-changing definition of what a vampire is, it’s not surprising there is some kind of vampiric creature in nearly every culture around the world. And, much like werewolves, vampire lore dates way back to the ancient times.

In some strands of Judaism there is a possible interpretation that Lilith, the first wife of Adam, is the original vampire. She is often depicted in art as the snake that tempts Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge and is sometimes thought to be a kind of demon. There is even one strand of belief that she would steal children and suck their blood, however this is a story that is more commonly attributed to Lamia of ancient Greek mythology.

It could be these figures of religion and mythology that bled into hysteria over vampire attacks. Archaeologists have discovered skeletons of individuals given a vampire’s burial (i.e. with a stake through the heart or a stone in the mouth) across Europe and from several different centuries. But, there are two particular bouts of vampire mass hysteria that I want to mention here:

  • The 18th Century Vampire Controversy

Despite the dawn of the Age of the Enlightenment, mass hysteria gripped Europe after reports began in Prussia of a string of vampire attacks in the early 1720s. Bodies were dug up across the continent and stakes were driven through the hearts of these supposed vampires to ensure the dead would never leave their final resting places.

  • The New England Vampire Panic

In the 1700s and 1800s, tuberculosis, known then as “consumption”, was spreading quickly amongst families in New England. Making sense of the illness and how it was infecting whole families in the days before science had a full understanding of TB led to the sufferers looking to folklore for answers. Some believed that consumption was spread by one infected family member draining the life forms of those around them, even beyond the grave. In order to cure consumption, families would dig up their dead relatives and examine them for decomposition. If the bodies looked fresh and were found to have still blood in their hearts, they would remove and burn several organs and the ashes would be fed to any remaining living sick relatives. Of the multiple New England “vampire” cases, Mercy Brown is the best-known. She died in January 1892 and her body was exhumed two months later after her father suspected she was causing her brother’s consumption. He died not long after drinking a tonic of her ashes. This case is thought be one of the inspirations for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, published just five years later.

From Dracula to Lestat

Although Dracula is thought to be the definitive work of vampire fiction, it wasn’t the first. There are several precursors to Stoker’s classic novel. These include Varney the Vampire (1840s), a long-standing penny dreadful, Carmilla (1872), Sheridan Le Fou’s novella which began the lesbian vampire trope and The Vampyre (1819), a short story by John William Polidori which features vampire Lord Ruthven, often thought to be inspired by Polidori’s friend Lord Byron and the closest of these three in similarity to Dracula himself.

This brings us to Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1897. The antagonist is thought to be inspired by Vlad the Impaler, also known as Vlad Dracula, the ruler of Wallachia in the 1400s. He has become a historical figure both feared for his cruelty and revered for his status as a national hero in Romania. What he has to do with vampirism is, on the surface, very little. Modern scholars now believe that Stoker didn’t actually know a whole lot about Vlad the Impaler and what he did know came from one biased history book. However, one key aspect of the former ruler’s life has become synonymous with our contemporary understanding of what a vampire is.

Nowadays, there is a belief that Vlad Dracula might have had a condition call porphyria, this causes the body to not produce enough haem, a substance found in haemoglobin. Porphyria can cause paleness, an aversion to sunlight, pronounced fangs and even avoidance of garlic as it can worsen the symptoms. All of these vampiric qualities are found in Dracula and reoccur countless times in vampire fiction, from Lestat to Edward Cullen.

There are various theories as to why Dracula made such a mark on literature and how vampire myth has managed to endure for so long. One thing is for certain though, interest in these bloodsuckers is truly immortal.

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Blogtober Day 10: Top Ten Haunted Locations in the UK

The UK is filled to brim with spooky spectres and tales of haunted houses, castles, pubs and more. Here are my top ten haunted locations in the UK, some of these I’ve been to already and some I’ve got on my bucket list of places to visit.

1. Hampton Court Palace, London

This is one of my all-time favourite haunts. This is because it’s a beautiful building with an extensive history… and a thriving ghost population. There’s a Grey Lady who’s been spotted on a staircase, phantom screaming along the Haunted Gallery and who can forget the chilling CCTV footage of a hooded spectre opening and closing two huge fire doors?!

2. The City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city bubbling over with history and hauntings so I decided to wrap the whole city up as one spooky location. At Edinburgh Castle, there are reports going of a headless drummer boy. In Mary King’s Close, there is a whole stack of toys left for Annie, the ghost of a little girl said to be just one of the ghosts that haunt the abandoned streets beneath the city. And, most sinister of all might just be the spirit George Mackenzie, a persecutor of Covenanters, who has been known to attack those who venture to his “Black Mausoleum” in Greyfriars Kirkyard.

3. 30 East Drive, West Yorkshire

Unlike most of the other spooky sites on this list, 30 East Drive looks just like your average family home. It’s the terrifying reports of the Black Monk that put this house on the map. Some of the activity seemed quite innocent, from puddles of water appearing in random places and odd things being moved around. At his worst though, the Black Monk was said to have slashed photographs and even dragged a young girl who lived in the house up the stairs by just her hair. Despite exorcism attempts, spooky goings on are still reported to this day.

4. Chillingham Castle, Northumberland

Considered England’s most haunted castle, Chillingham has quite a few stories to tell. One of the most famous comes from a spirit known as the Blue Boy. This particular ghost was said to been seen as orbs and even full-body apparitions until renovation work on the castle uncovered the body of a little boy in a blue outfit concealed in a wall. After this discovery the Blue Boy’s spirit seemed to have found peace. However, more recent reports suggest he’s back to his old ghostly ways once again.

5. The Village of Pluckley, Kent

With at least 12 ghost cases alone, Pluckley was given the title “most haunted village in Britain” by the Guinness Book of Records in 1989. There’s a Red Lady who haunts the local graveyard, a highwayman who hides in the trees and phantom horses are sometimes seen riding by.

6. Tower of London

This brutal site of imprisonment and execution spanning centuries of British history undoubtably has a spooky aura. Two of the most compelling ghost sightings are the Princes in the Tower, likely murdered by their ambitious uncle Richard III in 1483, who have been seen to walk through the walls and former queen of England, Anne Boleyn. Anne has been spotted in multiple places by various witnesses walking headless in the grounds.

7. Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Pendle Hill has been considered a creepy location ever since it became the epicentre of one of England’s most infamous witch trails way back in 1612. The testimony of nine-year-old Jennet Device led to the guilty verdicts of ten people accused of consorting with the Devil. This included her own mother, sister and brother. After her entire family were executed, Jennet’s name pops up in the record books once more. She herself was tried and executed in 1634 on the grounds of witchcraft.

8. Aston Hall, Birmingham

The ghosts of Aston Hall date back to its first ever owner, Sir Thomas Holte in the seventeenth century. Holte was a cruel man who locked his daughter in her room for 16 years for wanting to marry a man he thought below their social standing. Her soul is said to still be trapped in the house to this day, along with that of Holte’s housekeeper and houseboy.

9. Bodmin Jail, Cornwall

This is an incredibly spooky building with a gruesome history. A formerly overcrowded prison and public hanging site, Bodmin Jail is a place of sadness and fury. Not all who were locked up here where thought to be guilty though. After Charlotte Dymond was murdered on Bodmin Moor, local boy Matthew Weeks was found guilty for the crime despite no evidence. Charlotte is believed to still roam the moors, possibly because her true murderer was never convicted.

10. The Town of Tenby, Wales

Tenby in Wales is a beautiful seaside town but it does have quite restless history of paranormal stories. From witches to fairies, a ghost walk in Tenby is truly fascinating. One of the most frightening stories might just be the ghost ship that was stopped by Tenby residents one spooky evening.

Thanks for reading! Have I missed any great ones? After all this talk of haunted houses, I think I’m in the mood for a good Halloween movie so bye for now!

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Blogtober Day 9: Halloween TV Shows

In honour of The Haunting of Bly Manor dropping on Netflix today, I thought I’d revisit some spooky TV shows I’ve enjoyed and share some from my to watch list.

The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House

The OG (Original Ghost) show when it comes to The Haunting series. This show spooked me well and good. I don’t think I’ve ever jumped so much at a TV show and though I’m terrified to start Bly Manor, I’m also so excited because Hill House is that good. Part of the joy of this show is finding out the deeper meanings and things you missed in the background. As soon as you know there are loads of extra ghosts in the hidden in certain shots it gets to the point where you’re not even scared when you seen them, you’re proud you managed to finally spot one. And, I’m not talking about the Break-Neck Lady here, she’s definitely an in-yer-face kind of spirit.

Stranger Things

Stranger Things

This is one of my all-time favourite shows despite not having a clue what’s happening half the time. Look, the science goes beyond me but Stranger Things is such a smart show and it’s filled with fun 80s references. It also has just the right blend of edge-of-your-seat scary scenes and heartwarming and hilarious moments. I love the whole show except for season 2, episode 7. Let’s just pretend there isn’t a season 2, episode 7, ok?

Being Human (UK version)

Being Human

Another one of my long-time faves. Being Human is a horror, comedy and drama all at once and it is glorious. The story follows a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost who all co-habit in a houseshare. There’s a little more to it than that, of course, there’s a group of vampires intent on world domination and Annie has to learn to face the man who murdered her. There’s a lot going on and it’s so addictively watchable.

Scream Queens

Scream Queens

To be honest, this is one of those shows where the first season was brilliant but it really should have ended there. If we’re just focusing on the first season though, it’s filled with horror movie references as this slasher sees a college campus deal with the murder spree of the Red Devil. It’s a show that will keep you guessing and constantly changing your mind about the identity of the killer until the final reveal and the way to the end is filled with dark humour and tense moments. It’s a must-see if you need a Halloween binge.



This BBC comedy is the perfect anti-horror Halloween watch. It’s about a couple, Alison and Mike, who inherit a stately home only for the Alison to develop the ability to see ghosts. After years of history, the house is home to several spooks from across the centuries who all have quite a lot to say about Alison and Mike’s plans for their new home.

Shows On My To Watch List (and where I’ll be watching them):

Ratched (Netflix)

Always A Witch (Netflix)

American Horror Story (Netflix)

Truth Seekers (Amazon Prime)

La Révolution (Netflix)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Amazon Prime)

What Halloween shows would you recommend? Let me know in the comments.