Halloween is around the corner…
The tradition of Halloween is mostly lost amongst us these days as we throw themed parties and march up and down the local streets trick or treating for goodies from our neighbours BUT, did you know:
• Originally, you had to dance for your "treat."
• If you'd been around for the earliest Halloween celebrations, you might have worn animal skins and heads. (Yuk!)
• Turnips, beets and potatoes used to be carved to make the scary faces and not pumpkins
Which places should you visit this Halloween in the West Midlands for a real scare…?
1. Dudley Castle:
Visitors frequently report strange sounds, shadowy figures and getting pushed and prodded by unseen entities.
2. West Bromwich Manor House:
Eyewitnesses have seen the spectre of a black bearded man who simply stands staring out of the windows of the manor house’s chapel when walking past the building and he has certainly scared a few people!
3. Tutbury Castle:
The castle dates back to around 1071 and it is famous for being where Mary Queen of Scots was held captive not just once, but on four separate occasions. She is supposed to be one of the many ghosts that are said to haunt the castle along with a white lady, a couple of children and a suit of armour!
4. Cannock Chase:
Cannock Chase is home to the famous black eyed girl. She is described as being short with coal black eyes and her head tilted at an unnatural angle. She is believed to be the victim of a diphtheria outbreak in the area during the 1800s
5. Drakelow Tunnels:
One of the spirits here is known by the name ‘Oswald’. He is said to be very mischievous! He likes to pull hair, move objects and antagonise people all throughout the tunnels.