As Halloween draws ever closer, have you heard anything go bump in the night?

Seen a strange figure that disappeared as soon as you flicked on the light? Felt a cold chill in a room?

You wouldn't be the first person to experience haunted Huddersfield.

A healing white spirit, a devil-dog and a phantom bingo player feature in reports of paranormal activity in and around the town.

Here's seven spooky tales from over the years:

  • A healing spirit allegedly frequented a house in Meltham in 1961 where the family living there were left terrified by a large white entity until they discovered it would sit by their young son as he lay in bed, stroking his legs which were affected by meningitis. A medium told them that the phantom was a family member named Annie, who had died a few years previous. After a couple of years, the son regained the use of his legs.

  • A former bingo hall in the town is thought to be haunted by a bingo player who won the jackpot, only to collapse with a heart attack caused by the shock.

  • A large black dog was said to frequent the Milnsbridge area in the twentieth century, howling at the moon and turning its victims blood to ice.

  • A 'black panther', spotted around Huddersfield in the last ten years, has been seen several times in Homfirth, New Mill, Hade Edge, Penistone, Linthwaite and Birchencliffe. In 2005, the Examiner offered a £500 reward to anyone who captured the beast on camera.

  • A fairy-type spirit has been reported haunting Lascells Hall, Huddersfield.

  • In the early 1980s, a female driver swerved and crashed into a parked car in order to avoid a young blonde boy who stepped out in front of her car in Somerset Road, Almondbury. Her description of the child matched that of a boy who had been killed in a road traffic accident years previously.

  • A ghost called Jonah is said to haunt Huddersfield Railway Station and St George's Square. A former porter at the railway station, Jonah was hit by a train and forced to retire early due to the injuries received. It is said his spiteful laugh can sometimes be heard when there is an accident on the site, or a narrowly avoided mishap.

Click below for more spooky tales from across the UK


The reports - taken from a paranormal activity database website - range from the horrifying to the ridiculous.

Across the UK and Ireland as a whole 10,509 sightings were recorded including 15 vampires, 14 werewolves and 161 sightings of the devil himself.

There are also accounts of curses where misfortune or death is brought to the occupier of a particular building or upon contact with specific objects.

The reports range from as early as the ninth century to the present day with some sightings being continuously reported for over hundreds of years.

Sightings of famous or historical figures include Guy Fawkes, Anne Boleyn and a leaping shadow that throws itself from Westminster Bridge at the start of a new year and is thought to be the ghost of Jack the Ripper committing suicide.

CCTV in Liverpool caught this eerie clip which appears to show a spectre making its way across a rooftop.

Click below to watch - is this a ghost or a trick of the light? You decide

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