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Fright night

18 October 2022

Halloween originated more than 2,000 years ago with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain – a festival which marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark cold winter, symbolising the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead.

Decades later, Christian Festivals were introduced including ‘All Hallows’ Day’. Originally celebrated on 13 May, sometime in the 8th century the date of the All Hallows’ feast was moved to 1 November. The night or evening of Samhain became known as All-hallows-even then Hallow Eve, still later Hallowe’en and then Halloween. 

Halloween is still celebrated today and our fascination for investigating the world of the dead and things that go bump in the night is reflected in the spooktacular array of paranormal shows on TV. Two Halloween specials are scheduled for the last week of the month – Ghostober and Monster Week.   

Ghostober (Really 24-31 October) features ghost hunters, paranormal investigators and first-hand witnesses of strange happenings. My House Is Haunted, The Curse Of The Highgate Vampire and Night Of Terror are just some of the spine tingling programmes that may mean you have to sleep with the light on! 

If monsters are more your thing, Blaze TV also has a full week of programmes (24-31 October) investigating all things monstrous. Get into the Halloween spirit by learning about the rumours, myths and legends of creatures supposedly living in our midst. 

Already a Sunday night fixture, Paranormal Lockdown UK and Hotel Paranormal (DMAX) are compelling viewing. The presenters in Paranormal Lockdown UK spend up to 72 hours locked alone in haunted places to see what spirits lurk in the dark, while Hotel Paranormal is a series that tells spooky stories of paranormal and otherworldly guests who have haunted hotels around the globe.

If you’ve noticed new interference to your free to view TV – there’s a small chance it may be due to mobile signal upgrades rather than a poltergeist hiding inside your TV set.  We’re here to help. Call us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).   


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