Dare you visit one of the most haunted houses in Britain and, it is said, even Europe?
Ham House and Garden in Richmond is said to be home to about 16 ghosts including that of a duchess, her dog and a heartbroken servant.
The 17th mansion is owned by The National Trust - so we can all go inside.
It even has after-hours ghosts tours when the regular visitors have gone home – and "residents" remain.
Visitor experience manager Lucy Abraham said: “I have never seen anything myself but I know plenty who have done.”
The most famous of the reputed ghosts is that of Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale, who inherited the house from her father in 1655.
The Duchess, an ambitious and ruthless woman who was friends with both King Charles II and Oliver Cromwell, died in her bedchamber in her ground floor apartment, where she lived after the death of her second husband.
People have reported feeling a presence in the bedchamber and the oppressive force in the room is said to feel so powerful that staff have been known to say before entering: “Good afternoon your ladyship.”
Some visitors have experienced a smell of roses lingering in the bedchamber – a scent the Duchess was known for when she was alive.
And dare you look in the mirror in her room?
Lucy explained: “Some people look in it and feel as if they are being watched and some people, because it is the room she died in, they don’t want to risk looking in it.
“There is a painting of [the Duchess] when she was a bit younger – you feel her eyes are watching you as you walk around the room.”
A lady in black, believed to be the ghost of the Duchess, has often been reported seen on the nearby Great Staircase.
You might want to avoid standing on the third step of the Great Staircase between the first and second floor though – it seems someone or something doesn’t like it and might push you off, according to stories.
Lucy said: “One of our ghost tour guides was standing there during his tour and felt as if someone had given him a slight push and he [went] forward and had to steady himself on the bannister.”
The Duchess had a King Charles spaniel whose spirit is thought to roam the house and grounds.
“Visitors have seen a ghost dog running up and down the long gallery and south terrace at the back of the house,” described Lucy.
Of course, you can’t smoke in the house, so why is it that some visitors say they smelt tobacco smoke as they passed through the dining room?
It is thought to be that of the Duchess’s second husband, John Maitland, the Earl of Dysart.
There is also a sad tale of a heartbroken servant called John McFarlane who fell in love with a lady’s maid who was above his station.
He arranged to meet her on the stairs and had bought an engagement ring. But she jilted him and he jumped out the window.
Before John McFarlane died he apparently scratched his name and the date 1780 in a pane of glass, which can still be seen today. According to the stories, his ghost is seen walking up and down the terrace.
Most of the stories are anecdotal, said Lucy, but visitors have shared their experiences to volunteers at the house. “[Visitors] have definitely felt things and definitely felt a presence inside and outside the house,” she said.
One ghost story taking place outside the house is linked to the dairy which was once the cottage of the chaffer to the 9th Earl of Dysart.
Apparently, every Christmas Eve the Earl, who was partially sighted and used a stick, would take Christmas presents over to the cottage. He died in 1935 but since then some members of staff who live at the house have reported hearing the tapping of the stick on the ground and knocking at the door as he brings presents on Christmas Eve.
More spooky tales can be heard on one of the ghost tours, the next of which are family friendly tours being held each day from Monday, October 23 to Thursday, October 26 (October 27 is sold out), from 5pm to 6pm.
Called Terrible Terror Tours, they are ideal for children up to age 13.
“It definitely feels creepy at night,” said Lucy. But she said we shouldn’t really feel afraid of visiting the house.
“There are no nasty ghosts,” said Lucy.
“Don’t be frightened at all. It’s all good fun. They are just really interesting. It’s part of Ham’s history.
“There’s definitely an atmosphere and something about the history of the house. You really feel it when you’re in the space.”
Lucy added: “They are a fascinating family. The house was built in 1610 - it’s over 400 years old. There is so much history in that time and so many stories to tell – we are spoilt for choice.”
As well as the Terrible Terror Tours for children this Halloween, there are half term activities for kids, including a children’s witch hunt and the chance to decorate a pumpkin biscuit and make a witches hat. There will also be spooky storytelling sessions throughout the week.
More ghost tours, this time for adults, are being planned for Christmas and details will be available on the Ham House website page in the coming days.
To book a tour, find out more about events coming up, opening times over winter and prices, you can visit the website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ham-house-and-garden.