Home of Halloween: Body Snatchers

2nd September, 2015

Home of Halloween: Body Snatchers

Something sinister is lurking and you may not live to tell your tale. A gang of body snatchers roam the area looking for a “fresh corpse”….Dare you walk alone in Walmgate cemetery on All Hallows Eve?

Join the body snatchers this Halloween (Saturday 17th October – Sunday 1st November) as The York Dungeon celebrates Home of Halloween with its new spine-chilling show ‘Body Snatchers’.

The popular attraction’s new hair-raising show will see one of the most intimidating, darkest, characters ever introduced. John Hodgson, the local body snatcher is morbid, cruel and gruesome has no remorse for digging up the dead!

Although reported widely in the local press in 1825, in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries York was hit by an unsettling problem, that of body snatchers, or resurrectionists. These individuals would dig up freshly buried bodies and take them to sell to medical schools, often in Edinburgh, which made York a prime target as it was on the main coaching route. Local newspapers suggest that the gang are “assisting in death”…who will be next?

Watch out for jumps, screams and ghastly fun this Halloween presented in The York Dungeon’s inimitable style.

As part of the experience thrill-seekers can also enjoy an 80 minute journey through 2,000 years of York's dark history. Guided by a full cast of actors, visitors will walk through The Dungeon, moving from show to show. Shows are based on York’s real history (minus the boring bits) where you can get up close and personal with local legends including Eric Bloodaxe and Dick Turpin.

We are the Home of Halloween will be running for just two week, 17th October – 1st November and advance booking is essential to avoid horrible disappointment. Visit thedungeons.com/york/en/ to book tickets. Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance. 

For regular news, updates and competitions, The York Dungeon is also on Facebook facebook.com/TheYorkDungeon and Twitter twitter.com/YorkDungeon.


For further information please contact The York Dungeon on 01904 632599

Laura Strangeway – Marketing: laura.strangeway@merlinentertainments.biz


Note to Editors:

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 105 attractions, 11 hotels/3 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and c25,000 employees. 


Among Merlin’s attractions are - SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park Resort, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK.  All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

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