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York Ghost Festival: ‘Orribly Original

The original York Ghost Festival was started in 2004 by York-based paranormal investigation group PSI, and is believed to be the first of its kind in the country, although there are now a number of other ghost festivals celebrating Hallowe’en and the paranomral. Since then, it has run every October, around Hallowe’en (except for one year, when it ran in November). After the first year, the GhostFest became more of an umbrella title for Hallowe’en events in and around York, although PSI still run some of the events. This was the original aim of the festival, and it continues to be so.

Thank you to everybody who has participated in the past, and is participating this year, whether as organisers or attendees.

If you want to be a part of the GhostFest, let us know and we’ll add you in – it costs nothing, and we will carry on promoting you throughout the year as the website is not active just for the festival.

The organisers of the GhostFest usually make no profit from the event, however if any is made it is donated to charity. Our current favoured charity is APOPO HeroRATS – we think these little ratties are adorable as well as being life savers! This charity was adopted by us by request of Richard & Colin Rat, our mascots:


For more on events in York, see the What’s Occurring York website.
For more on York’s ghosts see our Spirit Level
For more on York’s history see our timeline

Looking for somewhere to stay during the festival? See York Hotels on I Know Yorkshire.

Looking for haunted places in York? Try this new iPhone app

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