With Halloween just a day away, one Leeds pub is putting the shivers up its punters by taking its ghostly presence to a new extreme.
The Myrtle Tavern, in Parkside Road, Meanwood, is adorned with around £4,500 of decorations as it bids to live up to a haunting reputation.
A ghoulish series of events will see Halloween rock and roll bingo, pumpkin carving and a professional ghost tour frighten visitors this week.
Pub landlord Scott Westlake claims four ghostly presences have been found at the pub. “It’s quite eerie. The pub is meant to be haunted and we’ve done three ghost hunts – two members of staff have even seen ghosts.”
He said the building’s cellar reportedly housed the body of Henry Trevor Wheeler Handcock after he was thought to have killed himself in 1892.
The pub is among dozens of Yorkshire museums, shops and landmarks getting into the spirit of Halloween this week.
Temple Newsam House and Leeds City Museum are among the venues offering ghostly tours, hunts and horrifying displays until tomorrow.
Highlights include spooky tours around Leeds Industrial Museum, at Armley Mills, today and tomorrow from 3.30pm to 4.15pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm, as well as free scarecrow hunts at Kirkstall Abbey today and tomorrow from 10am to 3pm.
Elsewhere there is entrance to an enchanted forest and, for older children, terrifying fright nights at Stockeld Park, in Wetherby.
RSPB Fairburn Ings, near Castleford, will host trails and spooky competitions on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm, while Wakefield’s Ridings Shopping Centre shoppers can decorate Halloween lanterns tomorrow.