Halloween Hauntings

A very seasonal post today. I am a big fan of hauntingly moody photography and since ’tis the season I thought I would dig out the archives for some of my most haunting images and a bit about where they were taken. So time to get spooky!

Spooky Shere, Surry, UK

I visited Shere, Surry in mid-October as I wanted to see the shifting autumn colours. Many of the houses here date to medieval times which certainly give the place that historic feel. Also there are 34 listed buildings that pre-date 1830! Undoubtedly a beautiful place I spotted many a window and door that had an element of eeriness about them. The silent pool which is located between Guilford and Shere is said to be the sight of a local haunting of a woodcutter’s daughter who appears every night at midnight. And so I have goose pimples.

Moody Isle of Wight, UK

Spooky House in Yarmouth Harbour, Isle of Wight
Yarmouth Harbour, Isle of Wight

Some more hauntingly moody photography. I took this on my most recent trip to the Isle of Wight. During my research I discovered this is meant to be one of the most haunted places in the UK. Some phantom hunters refer to it as ‘Ghost Isle’. Locals tell stories of haunted lighthouses, spooky soldiers that roam the Needles battery, disappearing manor houses, a ghastly ghost train and phantom nurses that spook a garden – the site of a former tuberculosis hospital. Not to mention the ghost girl of Carisbrooke Castle – eeek! Is there anything scarier than a little girl ghost?!?

Read: Isle of Wight

Hauntingly moody Hayling Island, UK

Read: Funland

I’m not quite sure what it is but moody beach scenes transfix me. There is something particularly spooky about a derelict beach scene, ominous looking clouds in the background, a rickety old rollercoaster in the background that looks like its on its last legs. A lonely dilapidated beach hut compounded by the sense of isolation. Not a single soul in sight.

Eerie Emsworth, West Sussex

One of my favorite places in West Sussex, there is something quite stirring about these boats just floating in the water, half sunken into the sea. Hauntingly beautiful.

Haunted Hillegom, The Netherlands

What a sight this was. Imagine a very crisp December morning, sub zero temperatures and what can only be described as Alice’s abandoned playground. Since i’ve already written about this in full I won’t repeat.

Read: Alice’s Abandoned Playground

Moody Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

There is just something about fog that makes everything so gloriously mysterious. I personally love it, other photographers despise it, opting for the clean and crisp, ‘dehazed’ look. I personally sometimes hype up the mist or reverse the de-haze function in lightroom to add a bit of extra mood, its personal preference.

On this particular morning we got up at 4.30 am to hike up the Storr and be there about 45 mins before first light. It was incredibly creepy walking through these large stone structures in complete pitch darkness. Rumored as the site of pagan worship, our footsteps echoed like the sound of a beating drum. Or could it be Pachamama’s heartbeat?

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Spooky Škofja Loka, Slovenia

As with the Isle of Skye, it was an overcast moody morning in this small town, a 40 min train ride from Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. It was only early September in Slovenia but the mist hung thick in the air shrouding the town in complete mystery. Another placed absolutely steeped in Medieval history it dates back to the 10th century! It truly is like stepping back in time.

Blood-red Budleigh Salterton, Devon, UK

Last but certainly not least in this hauntingly moody photography series – Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

And here we have yet another moody beach scene. Unsurprising really, the UK is not known for good weather! What made this scene particularly creepy was the red sea and thrashing waves against the backdrop of a thunderous sky. The waves were crashing so violently it left a thick mist hanging in the air which you can see pictured. And how about that sea? It almost looked like a large animal had died and the sea was draining it, diluting it of its blood. It was quite unlike anything I have seen before.

I did some research but I was unable to find the exact reason the sea is the colour it is. My theory is that the waves stirred up the ground soil which is red from the mudstone and sandstone from the triassic era. However I couldn’t actually find anything to confirm this. If anyone knows why please let me know!

So that’s it for today folks, wishing you a very spooky day from me and my pumpkin!

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