The dark and exciting cloak of Halloween edges closer. It’s a celebration having its roots in deepest history, a time when spirits of the dead took advantage of an open window between summer and winter and descended to earth.
What better place to celebrate it than in Stratford-upon-Avon, a place of creaky half -timbered buildings seeping stories of witches, ghosts and murder and not forgetting the place of William Shakespeare’s birth. His plays are sprinkled with ghostly goings-on, witches chanting strange spells and fairies spreading mischief!
Stratford Town Ghost Walk has a special event for its ghost hunting groups and with a costumed guide will shuffle them around the haunted streets and visit one of the Shakespeare family homes – Hall’s Croft. A few years ago, the television program Most Haunted Live brought their crew to explore the mysterious goings on. A spoon flying through the air may have been evidence that their presence was a disturbing influence! Have no fear – a glass of mulled wine should settle the spirits.
Shakespeare may not have been aware of any unexplained activity in Hall’s Croft and died far too soon to hear about a grisly murder in the Churchyard, but he probably was aware of the story of a young woman buried alive in an underground tomb.
So many stories, so much unexplained. Come along, join us this Halloween and hear all about it. Best not go home alone!
For further information about Stratford Town Walk’s ghost walks & special Halloween event on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October, visit www.stratfordghostwalk.co.uk
For info about Hall’s Croft visit www.shakespeare.org.uk