If you fancy something spooky this Halloween, there is a Lost Souls of St Albans trail, which will take visitors on a walk through the city stopping off at a selection of haunted buildings where groups of actors and storytellers will be enacting or sharing different spooky tales from St Albans’ history.
The walk will complement the existing guided tours, run by St Albans Tour Guides, including the Ghosts and Ghouls tours. The tours cost £4 per person, and include information about the ghosts of St Albans. They can be booked by clicking here.
Paul Adams, established author of paranormal books, is publishing the first book on the city’s ghosts for 25 years and says the city certainly packs a punch when it comes to ghostly sightings.
“St Albans is such an old city with many long-standing, centuries-old buildings,” says Paul. “There have been several violent battles here in the past, I think that this goes some way to explaining why many of its buildings have the reputation of being haunted.”
Where you can stay in St Albans
For those who are keen to really get into the Halloween spirit, a stay at the White Hart Hotel on Halloween night promises to send tingles down your spine.
The White Hart Hotel is located on Holywell Hill, just opposite the cathedral. The hotel was built back in the 1500s, and apparently there are a number of ghosts inhabiting the hotel, which have been seen by lots of staff over the years. The hotel will be hosting ghost tours and dinner on Halloween.
Three nights at the boutique White Hart Hotel* (more information below) in a family room that sleeps four costs from £387 from 31st October to 3rd November.
A number of child-friendly attractions near the city will also be hosting Halloween-themed events.
The city also puts on the largest public fireworks display in the south of England, which is organised by St Albans Cathedral and will take place on 2nd November.
Attractions and Halloween activities
Willows Farm Village has a fun-packed programme of farmyard animals adventure play, fun fair rides, children’s shows, etc. To mark Halloween, every child will get a free pumpkin throughout the farm’s Pumpkin Festival. There’s a pumpkin carving area with daily prizes for the best pumpkin plus a programme of Halloween-themed activities. There’s also the Pumpkin Olympics, Pumpkin Hunts and a Zootacular Animal Show.
Butterfly World is a pioneering conservation project. It’s a dedicated centre of learning for the preservation of this fragile and beautiful species. The attraction has a number of tropical houses that accommodate butterflies from all over the world as well as a number of other insects and bugs. The tropical houses are set in a 26-acre site of landscaped gardens.
During half-term Halloween week, there will be pumpkin carving, Halloween-themed storytelling, Conker Creatures, Insects Extravaganza, Ugly Bug Ball drama session, Make a Creepy Crawly, Mask Making, Glow Bugs, Make a Bird feeder and Big Draw art sessions.
There will also be a firework display on Sunday 3rd November at Butterfly World.
TV programme Most Haunted spent five days in The White Hart Hotel recording ghostly activity, including the ghost of a woman who was beheaded when she failed to duck as a coach went through the hotel’s low entrance to the courtyard in 1820.
She is said to haunt the place, dressed apparently in the travelling clothes of the 1820s period, and wanders around looking a bit forlorn. Charles Dickens got hold of this story and tells it in Pickwick Papers.
There is also a ghost of a 12-year-old girl on the back stairs who told the TV team she died in a fire on the back stairs in 1832. These are just two of the many stories about ghostly sightings in the White Hart Hotel.
The Ghost and Ghouls Tours take place a number of times every month. The start at 8pm and cost £4 per person.