Though Scotland boasts many venues that are reputedly haunted, take a trip to Stirling this Halloween and you might just increase your chances of getting in touch with those from the other side ….. or indeed other worlds!
From the evening of 30 October to 2 November, Stirling plays hosts to the first ever Scottish Paranormal Festival taking place in various venues across the city and there are some frighteningly good sessions included in the programme. Ghosts, ghouls, aliens, UFOS - all these and much, much more await you as part of three spine-tingling days of investigation and interrogation into the unknown. And with tickets to most events priced at just £5, it’s also horrendously good value! The event kicks off on Thursday evening with an audience with ‘Most Haunted’ presenter Gordon Smith who has been acclaimed as one of the UK’s most accurate mediums.
On Hallowe’en itself you can hear such fascinating speakers as real-life ghost buster Stephen Mera who has been contracted by councils, businesses and even the police to investigate paranormal occurrences, and Hayley Stevens who gives an entertaining guide to ghost hunting as a sceptic. As darkness falls, the most ghostly night of the year is rounded off by the Caledonian Vampire Ball where you’re invited to dress as a vampire, a witch a ghost ……. whatever you like, and enjoy the some paranormal rock, a demonic DJ and even ……. ceilidh dancing!
On Saturday 1 November Dave Hodrien discusses the links between UFO and the pop and rock music industry – how the subject is addressed within song lyrics and even musicians who claim to have had actual experiences themselves. Nick Pope who previously headed up the British government’s UFO project talks about what would happen if ET really phones our home. James Fox, a real life Fox Mulder whose latest film was described by director Steven Spielberg as ‘compelling’, talks about UFOs and the media, while Christina Stewart, together with her ensemble of singers, musicians and storytellers presents ‘Haunting’ – an evening of spirits, second sight, stories and song in Gaelic, Scots and English.
Sunday 2 November sees Navajo rangers Lt Jon Dover and Sgt Stanley Milford Jr give a fascinating insight into cases they’ve investigated against the iconic backdrop of the Native American territories in the south-western United States, Malcolm Robinson recounts fascinating tales of UFO sightings in Scotland and comedians Ian D Montfort and Paul Gannon present a hilarious double bill of paranormal stand up laughs. A fascinating film festival offers horror film fans to enjoy frights galore at the city’s macrobert centre and other venues throughout the city. Films being screened include Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining featuring a stunning performance from Jack Nicolson and the first UK showing of a new Polish film based on Scots writer James Hogg’s celebrated novel ‘The Private Memoirs & Confessions of a Justified Sinner’. Most intriguing of all is a unique chance to see 1922 black and white horror classic Nosferatu (an unauthorised adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula) regarded as a cinematic masterpiece. with live musical accompaniment, narration and sound effects from David Allison.Youngsters also have the chance to experience Hallowe’en fun as Tapsalteerie Theatre come to Cowane’s Hospital for some spooky storytelling, dressing up, singing dancing and howling. They might meet the witches from Tam O’Shanter or investigate that howling noise in the woods! The film festival has some spooky kids’ favourites too, including Disney’s Frankenweenie from director Tim Burton.
Other events include a UFO skywatch, ghost hunters workshops and vigils, ghost walks and the chance to go behind the scenes at the museum after hours in the company of the grumpy night watchman!
Tickets and further information are available now at http://www.paranormalscotland.com
PICTURED: Scene from Roman Polanski’s ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ (1967)