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Witch Wanted

The York Dungeon holds national witch hunt to fill Halloween vacancies

The York Dungeon has embarked on a national witch hunt to find eight actors for the Halloween holidays.

The city’s scary fun attraction is being transformed into ‘The Home of Halloween’ this October and needs eight new actors, male or female, to play the role of ‘resident witch’ from 18th October to 3rd November.

Experts in bringing horrible history to life in a series of fun-filled actor-led performances, the Dungeon team will also require candidates to play a number of rascals and rogues from over 2000 years of York’s murky past, including Dick Turpin, a plague doctor and a medieval torturer.

Helen Douglas, York Dungeon Manager, said: “Halloween is always a special time of year at the York Dungeon – it’s like our Christmas – but this year sees our most epic Halloween ever, not least because it’s the first time we’ve celebrated since our re-launch earlier this year.”

The Dungeon’s re-launch in March following winter flood damage saw the attraction transformed with all new shows incorporating film standard costumes, make up and special effects.

Helen went on to say: “This Halloween we are building on the fantastic start to the year we had after our re-launch.

“Visitors can expect to meet not one but three completely new Halloween characters, see a brand new Halloween show and of course, pumpkins and Halloween decorations throughout the whole Dungeon.”

The York Dungeon’s all new Halloween show runs from 18th October – 3rd November and is a core part of the attraction’s ‘Home of Halloween’ experience. Transporting Halloween revellers back to Samhain, Halloween night, in 47AD, visitors will meet the ancient Celts, who believed ghosts of the ancients could rise and walk amongst the living on this sacred night of the year. Guests will need to keep their wits about them however, as even for the most practiced witch; conjuring spirits is a dangerous business. . .

Of the Dungeon’s witch role, Helen said: “This is a rare opportunity for the right actors to get their hands on some really engrossing character work. A big sense of fun is integral to this role, as well as a passion for bringing gripping storytelling to life. A liking for making people jump is also desirable.”

“We are witchless at the moment so we need to get the roles filled as soon as possible.”

Auditions for the role are being held on Monday 30th September, 9.30am. Actors wishing to apply need to contact Mark Pollard on 01904 632599 or DD 01904 464013 or email

Those wanting to find out more about visiting the York Dungeon’s Home of Halloween experience can find out more online by visiting



For more information, media interviews or images, please contact Laura Strangeway at The York Dungeon on 01904 632599 or DD 01904 464109 /


Samhain Halloween Facts

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Samhain (pronounced "sow-en") comes from the Gaelic “Samhuin,” but they’re divided on whether it means the end or beginning of summer.

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During the pre-Halloween celebration of Samhain, bonfires were lit to ensure the sun would return after the long, hard winter. Often Druid priests would throw the bones of cattle into the flames and, hence, “bone fire” became “bonfire.