As young ghosts and ghoulies prepare for a night of fun, here are some of the best haunts in Slough and Windsor – so huddle around and listen closely if you are looking for a bigger scare this Halloween.
The Ostrich Inn, Colnbrook High street: Previously home to landlord and serial killed Mr Jarman.
The Ostrich has reportedly seen over 60 murders on its premises.
Together with his wife Jarmen, they built a trap door into the floor of one of their bedrooms and would tip sleeping victims into the hidden compartment, into a vat of boiling liquid.
The couple targeted rich visitors, making large profits from their deeds.
However, their activities came to an end when a missing customer’s wandering horse led to a search for the owner, Thomas Cole.
Cole’s body was found in a nearby brook and some say that this Cole-in-the-brook is how Colnbrook got its name. His ghost is thought to haunt The Ostrict, with TV show Most Haunted visiting the Inn in 2002.
Windsor Castle: Named one of the most haunted places in England, Windsor Castle is steeped in history.
It is reported to be haunted by over 25 ghosts, with the sounds of previous rulers hobbling around the castle.
The royal tombs under St George’s chapel hold the bodies of nearly a dozen royals, but their spirits are said to roam the castle.
Queen Elizabeth I has reportedly been seen in the library, her ‘footsteps can be heard on the bare floorboards, before her striking presence appears’.
Other sightings claim to have seen King George III ‘longingly looking out the window’. Members of the public wanting to learn more about the Castle’s hauntings can go along to a Royal Windsor Ghost Tour this Halloween weekend.
Windsor Great Park: The park is thought to be haunted by a huntsman known as Herne who was employed by King Richard II during his reign.
Herne was said to have rescued the king from a huge stag while on duty.
After being terribly injured during the incident, he was saved by a man on horseback.
The story goes on to say how the mysterious horseman removed the antlers from the dead stag’s head and attached them to Herne’s own.
Following the incident, Herne was greatly rewarded for his actions and removed the antlers. However, he is claimed to have met his end after he was framed for theft by other jealous huntsmen.
Upon hearing Herne was a thief, the Royals cast him out and he later took his life from an old oak tree that still stands on the great estate to this day.
Today visitors claim to have seen an antlered figure in the grounds of the park.
The Maiden’s Head: Previously known as the Hobgoblin, the pub is situated on Maidenead High Street and is thought to be home to a playful spirit named Old Bod.
The previous landlord and customers have reported lights being turned off, the sound of footsteps, as well as items being moved and going missing.
Old Bob was first encountered when the landlady and her family were playing trivial pursuit upstairs, and the counters started moving by themselves.