2nd October 2017
Art & Design students at York College are working on a live project for York’s Great Ghost Search to attract visitors to the city during the Halloween half-term. The new free, family friendly walking trail will see ghost hunters seeking out twenty six individually-designed custom made ghost lamps hidden in shop windows across the city.
BA (Hons) Contemporary Craft students are busy customising 16 of the 26 ghost lamps, with the other ten being created by local designers and artists. Students will also handmake 500 bespoke mini ghosts for the Great York Ghost Search. Student Dena Massey is enjoying being part of the Ghost Trail design process, she says: “Working on this live project with Angus McArthur from the Snowhome design shop in Gillygate has been great fun, the project has given us a real insight into the world of craft and production.”
The Great York Ghost Search will see families taking to York’s medieval streets, alleys and secret passage ways to discover the ghost-shaped lamps displayed in shop windows, each decorated and named, from A to Z and Ghost Search maps will be available from the Visit York Information Centre. If all 26 illuminated ghosts lamps are spotted and correctly named, ghost hunters can enter into a prize draw to win a family trip to Kidzania in London with rail travel and a two night stay included, provided by Acomb Travel. The completed Ghost Search cards can be handed in through the Ghost Box (letterbox) of the Visit York Information Centre.
In addition, 300 of the miniature handmade ceramic ghosts will be hidden in curious secret locations around the city and if children are lucky enough to find them, they can keep them. From approximately 4.00pm on each day of the search, fifty new mini ceramic ghosts will be hidden in nooks and crannies along the special mini ghost search route for avid ghost hunters to discover. A further 200 limited edition ghosts will be on sale in the Visitor Centre, with proceeds going to charity.
Sally Greenaway, Head of Visit York, a part of Make It York, said: “York has long been known for its ghoulish past and as Europe’s most-haunted city, we wanted to do something different to mark our special spooky status. This is a fun way for residents and visitors to explore the city and to delve into the depths of York’s eerie but fascinating history.”
The search is being co-ordinated by Angus McArthur, Owner of Snowhome, Gillygate and Make It York, in partnership with York College. Angus says: “We hope The Great York Ghost Search will provide fun and excitement for local families and visitors over the half term holiday. We wanted to create something that used this hauntingly atmospheric old city as a backdrop for a hands-on search and would fire up the imagination. There’s something thrilling about following a trail with the prospect of finding something that you actually keep.”
Some of the decorated ghosts will go to auction on eBay following the event to raise money for the two charities: The Institute for Cancer research and The Family Holiday Association. To take part in The Great York Ghost Search between 26th October - 31st October. Ghost hunters are encouraged to head out after dark and share eerie images on social media, using hashtags #yorkghosts @visityork. The Ghost Search Map can be downloaded at visityork.org/autumn.