Saturday 23 October 2010

The Original London Ghost Festival 2010

London has the reputation of being the most haunted city in the world.

With over two thousand years of habitation, the bloodiest, macabre history and a dark reputation of heinous crimes, that reputation is perhaps no surprise. Tales of poltergeist infestation, ghostly apparitions and haunted houses have embellished the capitals ghost lore for centuries.

The Original London Ghost Festival, which is running from now until Sunday 31 October - Halloween - aims to unite the spooky stories, haunted locations and spectral characters in a programme of themed events, walks, talks, night vigils and performances. It is organised by London Paranormal, which organises ghost hunts and ghost walks throughout the year.

The London Ghost Festival is annually held during the run up to Halloween. Running over eight consecutive days, the programmes offers an assortment of ghostly themed events, walks, tours, and talks all centred on the capitals walking dead, spectral myths and horrid histories. Launched in 2008, the festival has grown from strength to strength attracting Londoners, national and international tourists alike, making it one of London’s most new and intriguing festivals.

The 2010 event

A myriad events have been conjured up throughout the week preceding All Hallows Eve. On Sunday 24th October the official festival fancy dress party will be held at the London Stone pub, with a London’s Dead theme. You can come dressed as your favourite dead Londoner. On 23rd, a charity paranormal investigation (in aid of refurbishment of Clerks Well heritage site) is being held at The Old Sessions House, a former 17th century haunted courthouse. The week twists and turns with a variety of haunted walks throughout central London and a series of free lunchtime talks at City of London Libraries examines The Dissection of Ghosts and Haunting, by noted experts in the field.

Spirits of Whisky combines traditional whisky tasting with tales of Scottish ghosts and beasties. Pirate Revlon will recall many ghostly pirate stories for kids every afternoon at Ghost Fest HQ in Holborn.

Halloween weekend will echo with screams from Tom Spindler’s horror installation: The 13th Seance as he promises to assault the public, it will recall the terrifying spectres at the Chislehurst Caves ghost walk as The House of Lost Souls unleashes the dead in Charlton House in Greenwich in a ghostly historical performance.

Karl T Roberts’ successful play: Séance returns to The Courtyard Theatre, while the canal museum presents its annual Halloween boats trips for kids down the haunted Islington tunnel

The festival runs from today to Sunday 31st October at various locations in and around the capital. Details and full programme is available on

The photo at the top shows the sign outside The London Stone pub and the picture a the bottom shows members of the Ghost Festival crew dressed for the part

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