Halloween tour in St Albans explores its supernatural history

Updated: May 6, 2021

By Chloe Olivia Sladden

Hertfordshire is really getting into the magical spooky spirit of Halloween this year. Robert Collins’ article in the St Albans and Harpenden Review reveals something unique is coming to the County, this Halloween.

The University of Hertfordshire will be hosting its own Halloween tour, created by Herts’ Senior Lecturer in Literature, Dr Sam George. Dr George has worked with Kaja Franck, post-doctoral researcher to develop the tour.

This tour forms part of the “Open Graves, Open Minds” project by the University The project is recognized for its symposia style events.

Dr Sam George, the tour creator, said the tours highlight acts as a symbol for the project using: “the uncanny winged skull or “death’s head” in St Albans Abbey. It represents death taking flight and the souls’ journey to the afterlife”.

The tours highlight is seen as the “Open Graves, Open Mind” project’s symbol as it represents the project aims of looking at Graves with an open mind.

Topics for the project have included supernatural species such as Vampires and the undead in modern pop culture. Also, a conference was recently held concerning more animalistic species such as werewolves, shapeshifters and unruly humans. It seems that St Albans is the perfect place to explore more of England’s supernatural qualities.

Dr Sam George, of the tour project, said: “St Albans is home to tortured martyrs, ghostly monks, pagan Gods and grotesque carvings,” along with “ancient dragon’s or wyrm’s lair, succubi, winged skulls, witches, Wicca communities [and] folklore rituals”.

It seems there is no shortage of things to see on the tour, to delight and scare all types of Halloween fans.

The tricks and treats of this tour begin at 8 pm, on 31st October from St Albans clock Tower and tickets will be £8 each.

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