Hallowe’en thrills and chills

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SOUTHSIDERS in search of a spooky Halloween — read on (if you dare).

Those brave enough to venture out on Hallowe’en night may be interested in a ghost walk around Eastwood Park. It’s all for a good cause — but you’ll have to survive the ghouls and goblins first.

Cats Protection Giffnock hosts the charity event from 7pm, including free mulled wine for the adults and treats for the kids.

It’s free to join, although donations are welcome, and fosterer Lisa Kay told The Extra: “It’s all for charity and it should be a fun, spooky evening.

“We can’t give too much away, but there will be some scary surprises going on.

“We’ll also have our mascot cat, Hamish, along for the occasion, and anyone who wants to dress up is very welcome”.

THERE lies the thrill, but what about the chills? For those in search of a real Hallowe’en fright, there are plenty of southside-based ghostly legends to chase this year.

Here are some of the top terrifying tales we’ve managed to dig out:

The Citizen’s Theatre is home to a grey or green lady, believed to be a former manager who threw herself from the upper circle balcony. Her apparition is said to have been seen by staff and theatregoers for years.

Commuters using Shields Road subway station report seeing a phantom mother who leaps from the platform with an infant in her arms. The story says a woman and child fell on the line in 1922 — the little girl was rescued, but the mother wasn’t so lucky...

The line between West Street and Shields Road seems a popular route for spooks, with reports of The Clatter — a cloud-like spirit first discovered when the tunnel was built and unearthed mass medieval plague pits — as well as the ghost of a child who would dart out of the shadows then disappear quickly.

Thornliebank station has received reports of a man in long black coat and top hat pacing the tracks near the Eastwood cemetery boundary.

Walkers in Langside have been known to spot a phantom cyclist: a craggy-faced woman who travels along the River Cart walkway. Each account is the same — the screech of brakes, followed by the apparition herself, casting a sad glance at the pedestrian as she passes.

Between 1976 and 1979, there were 17 reports of a ghost invading the homes and streets of Crosshill. The spectre, known as the gurning man, appeared only to women and was described as tormented looking. Multiple witnesses said he had been spotted at the end of their beds, only to disappear — lucky for southside residents, he hasn’t been seen again in over 30 years.

Have your own story to tell? Share tales of terror or pics of your Halloween events by emailing gillian.loney@jpress.co.uk (link above).