GHOULS, ghosts and gremlins from outer space are due to make an appearance as a city gears up to hold Scotland's first ever festival of the paranormal.

Stirling will play host to a series of out-of-this-world events this Halloween when the celebration of the unexplained gets under way, with seminars, workshops and classes on everything from noisy spirits to extrasensory perception taking place over four days at a range of venues across the city.

A range of academics, enthusiasts and declared sceptics will give talks and lectures about paranormal investigation and real-life ghostbusting as well as phenomena such as poltergeists, second sight and deja vu.

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Festival founder and director Peter Broughan said: "The festival will be the biggest, most eclectic and most significant of its kind in the UK and with Stirling being a city so steeped in history I am sure it will be the ideal location for us."

Among highlights will be a presentation by David Kinnaird, actor, writer and organiser of the Stirling Ghost Walk, who will discuss his play A Conjuration of Spirits about Callander woman Helen Duncan who, in 1942, became the last British woman tried for witchcraft.

Other guests include US Navajo Rangers..