Bradford’s most haunted historic building, Bolling Hall, is to stage Dark Gatherings, a frightful evening of ghouls, ghosts and goblins to mark Halloween night on October 31.
As night falls only the bravest visitors will dare to explore the museum’s unsettling Halloween-themed displays.
Some may even be unlucky enough to see the hall’s famous Lady in White or the Ghostly Figure in Black who have terrified visitors for hundreds of years.
Local rumour has it that paranormal footsteps have been heard and uneasy visitors have experienced dark shadows darting swiftly past them.
Visitors will be able to experience the imposing 14th century hall’s creaking staircases where people have reported to have felt being pushed by invisible hands.
People can explore the buildings bewitching twisting passages and see unnerving historic portraits which warn of the historic hall’s turbulent and terrifying past.
The museum is reputed to have at least 20 resident ghosts with the earliest recorded in the seventeenth century.
During the English Civil war, the Earl of Newcastle, who was stationed at the hall after his Royalist troops took over the Town of Bradford, claimed that he was woken by a woman tugging at his bed cover and asking him to “Pity poor Bradford”.
The experience is believed to have changed the Earl’s mind who had planned devastate the town which had Parliamentary sympathies.
Stories have been told of the museum’s Tudor-style crib rocking back and forth as people enter the Ghost Room and of a lady dressed in white seen drifting mid-air across the room and disappearing into the fireplace.
Dark Gatherings runs on Halloween night between 5pm and 10pm.
Ticketed time slots are available for £2.50. Tickets can be purchased from Bolling Hall Museum and Bradford Industrial Museum.
Payments can also be made by telephone and tickets posted out for an extra 50p by calling 01274 435858.
Halloween costume is welcome but not essential.
Waddington’s Family Funfairs will be on site with spooky family rides and food.
Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Healthy People and Places Portfolio Holder, said:
“We are always exploring creative ways to inspire people to engage with Bradford’s rich history.
“Dark Gatherings is a great way to encourage the next generation of local history buffs to find out more about the district’s fascinating heritage.”
For details of events and activities around Halloween visit www.visitbradford.com/events