One of Essex’s most haunted locations is once again offering a ghost hunt this Halloween. The Red Lion, in Colchester, is widely believed to be one of the most haunted inns in the area with three ghosts having made a number of appearances.
This Halloween, lovers of the paranormal can go on a ghost hunt within the hotel’s walls in the hope to see one of the famous faces. The event will also include a private two-course dinner with a special spooky menu.
Of the three resident ghosts, the best known – and most frequently seen is that of Alice Catherine Millar, who was murdered in the hotel in 1638. Reports of her hauntings go back as early as the 1800’s when the owner of the inn at the time was so frightened he had the door to her room bricked up.
His efforts to stop Alice’s hauntings didn’t appear to work as she has continued to appear to both guests and staff at The Red Lion. Most of her appearances have been in rooms 5, 6 and 10 but she has also been seen in the kitchen and in her old room through the blocked doorway.
The figure of a hooded monk has also been reported, usually during the early hours around reception and the corridors. This ghost is believed to be that of a monk who died at the inn in a fire several hundred years ago.
The third ghost is a small boy who has been seen a number of times in the parliament room and is often spotted by children. He has also appeared in several photos taken by guests at the hotel.
This year’s ghost hunt is taking place on October 22 and is only open to those over 18. The evening will start with dinner in the dining room before exploring the most haunted bedrooms, the Tudor Room and there will even be a vigil in the cellars.
Tickets cost £49 and can be booked here.