Forget Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster this Halloween.
A Hartlepool paranormal investigator is inviting people to discover the real-life stories of ghosts and ghouls on their own doorstep.
Jo Banks will lead a guided walk called Historical Haunts of Old Hartlepool, on the Headland, on Sunday night.
She will reveal little known tales of the area’s dark past including murders, hangings and paranormal activity, which has inspired at least one Hollywood blockbuster.
Jo, who has conducted numerous paranormal investigations around Hartlepool, said: “When you look into the fascinating history of Hartlepool, some of it is really quite gruesome.
“There are so many that are oblivious to our rich heritage and we should keep these tales alive.
“On the walk I will be taking them passed places I have investigated in the past.
“We have kindly been invited into nearby places which have never been investigated before. They have had many reports of unexplained activity.
“We are very happy to be joined with the very respected medium Ryan Griffiths and clairvoyant Paul Marlborough, who will help with the spiritual side of the evening.”
During the walk Jo will tell the stories of a haunted Headland house featured in a 2006 DVD called Real Monster Houses released to coincide with Steven Spielberg’s hit animated film Monster House.
Stories about the well-known Victorian entertainer Billy Purvis, who is buried in St Hilda’s churchyard, will also feature.
The walk starts at 7.30pm and will finish at around 10pm.Tickets are £10 each with all proceeds going to Kev’s Kids Club.
For further information, call Jo on 07956 727118.