Halloween 2021

Halloween 2019 Trafalgar Bay
Halloween Trafalgar Bay 2019

Private Halloween Parties

Each year I run public ticketed Halloween events in pubs or other venues in York. In addition you may be able to book me for your Halloween party or event, but I do require several months’ notice as I begin planning for Halloween in the summer. Please contact me to discuss.

photo by Graham Smith

An Evening of Haunting Yarns with the Ghost Teller.

For Halloween 2021, I’m returning to Trafalgar Bay with an evening of ghost stories from York and around the world. I will explore various paranormal tales and some Halloween customs.

Frequently asked Questions

How much is it?

Tickets this year are £10 a head. There is only an adult ticket available. Eventbrite are selling tickets for me and they charge a small booking fee of £1.37 per ticket. You can buy here:

Important Information about the pub

The Bay takes cash only and provides a range of hot and cold drinks, crisps and snacks but does not serve hot food. They have a pool table and darts, several indoor rooms and have observed covid regulations while having been re-opened. There is hand sanitiser on site. Please be aware that as a Sam Smith pub, they have a no mobile, no technology on site policy and also swearing is not tolerated in the pub. There will be no swearing in the ghost stories! 🙂

Can I bring my dog?

Well-behaved dogs are welcome but I will limit the event to one or two dogs, so this is first come-first served.

Can I bring my children/baby?

Sorry but it is an adult only event and I am not intending to do a family event this year. It will definitely not be suitable for young toddlers or babies.

There is a group of us; is this okay?

Absolutely! The beer garden has 15 tables and I am currently selling 40 spaces so I can accommodate groups of up to six people wanting to attend.

Can I come on my own?

Absolutely! Be aware that you will most likely be sharing an outdoor table, but I am sure this will still be comfortable.

What if it rains or the weather is cold?

The pub provides blankets for a temperature drop and umbrellas in case of rain. Previous Halloweens have been mild and dry so all being well, we won’t need the use of either of these items but it is good to know they are available.

Where is it?

7 Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1AB

Is there parking?

Yes on Nunnery Lane immediately opposite pub but charges will apply.

Where is the nearest ATM?

At Sainsbury corner shop on Blossom Street.

Halloween 2020

In Halloween 2020 I ran “Spooktime” – an hour long ghost storytelling for families during the day. In the evenings I hosted “Ghosts, Witches and Dark Tales” for adults in the Trafalgar Bay Pub,  York​ beer garden.  Customers all gave lovely feedback and despite the impending lockdown, it was a full house for both the family and Saturday events with smaller but enthusiastic audiences on Thursday and Friday. 

Customer’s pet dog at Trafalgar Bay, Halloween Night

Past Halloweens

Gothic Horror Film Festival at Kirkstall Abbey

I have performed stories at the Eagle and Child pub, Grimoire bookshop, Ambience Cafe and Wormholes bookshop as well as leading pub tours around local pubs in York. Each Halloween I try to do something different. From 2019 to 2020 I have ran events at the Trafalgar Bay and last year included a family friendly event. I have also told ghost stories for the British Film Institute at their Gothic Horror Film Festival at Kirkstall Abbey.

Helen with Adrian Spendlow Halloween 2007 photo by Graham Smith

I used to work with the late storyteller Adrian Spendlow, whose mother Connie created the first ever ghost walk in York. She contributed to research by John V Mitchell who wrote the first ever book on York’s ghosts called “Ghosts of an Ancient City.”

Adrian and I worked on the Halloween pub tours, the first of their kind in York. You can find an article below which I wrote for York’s Local Link in 2010 and also an old Youtube video of us at the end of a very successful tour in 2007.

Article by myself which appeared in Local Link
Book by John V Mitchell
Youtube video from Halloween 2008
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