So you heard the news and discovered that we have a few Halloween-themed rumbles ongoing, and you’re ready to take photos and send those terrifying photos. Before you document those scary moments however, allow us to inspire---or rather frighten you---with a few ghost photos that will surely send shivers running up, down, and around your spine.
The Tulip Staircase Ghost
This rather famous photo was taken in 1966 by Reverend Ralph Hardy, a retired clergyman from British Columbia. Rev. Hardy merely wanted to take a picture of what is known as the Tulip Staircase,found in the Queen’s House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, but upon development of the film, a shrouded figure trying to climb the stairs was seen.
Apparently, this was not the first apparition, as there have been several instances of figures and footsteps treading the said staircase.
The Pink Lady
Guy Winters and a friend of his were investigating on paranormal activities in the abandoned O’Hare Mansion in Greencastle, Indiana. They brought film and video cameras in the said exploration. Guy took photos of an upstairs window, and the images above came out.
The figure of a pink misty woman is seen in the photos, but Guy himself did not see the image of the ghost at the time he took the photos. They appeared only after the film was developed. The photo on the bottom right is a digital enhancement that shows the skull-like appearance of the ghost’s face.
Specter of Newby Church
This photo could be easily dismissed as a double exposure shot of someone wearing a costume combined with the image of an altar. It was taken in 1963 by Reverend K.F. Lord at North Yorkshire’s Newby Church. The Reverend claimed that the cloaked figure was not visible at the time he took the photo and appeared only when the film was developed.
The Brown Lady
What is it with staircases, really? Why do ghosts like to go up and down the stairs when we as humans find it tiring?
This infamous photo was taken in 1936 by Captain Provand and Indre Shira for Country Life Magazine. The two photographers were assigned to photograph Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England for the said publication. The ghost is believed to be that of Lady Dorothy Townshend, wife of Charles Townshend, who lived in Raynham Hall in the 1700s.
Records show that Lady Townsend died and was buried in 1726 but legend has it that her husband, suspecting her of infidelity, had locked her in a secluded area of their residence until her death years later. Her ghost is said to haunt Raynham Hall, especially the staircase. Even King George IV is reported to have seen the ghost of the “brown lady”—-as she is seen wearing a brown satin dress—-during his stay at Raynham.
White Lady of Worstead Chuch
Another church photo with a ghost. Spirits sure do love to reside in quiet, peaceful places.
This photo was taken by Peter Berthelot who, along with his wife Diane and their 12-year-old son, visited the Worstead Church in Norfolk, UK in 1975. Peter took a picture of Diane as she sat and prayed on one of the church benches. It was only when they looked at the developed photos months later that a friend of theirs noticed the figure of a woman seated behind Mrs. Berthelot.
The Bertehlots visited Worstead again the following summer and showed the picture to the church vicar, Reverend Pettit. The Reverend told them the tale of the White Lady, who was supposedly a ‘healer’ that appears when someone at the church needs healing.
Now, whether the stories behind these photos are true or otherwise, speculation does not make them less creepy. If you got scared looking at these images, I got multiple goose bumps looking them up and writing this feature.
If you’ve got photos that are even half as frightening as the ones above, then maybe you’d like to join our Scariest Photo Rumble. If you have Halloween memories you’d like to share, win fat Piggies by joining our Best Halloween Memory Rumble. But if you’re dressing up as a zombie tonight, better have your photo taken and take part in The Walking Dead Rumble. Visit our Competitions section for details.