With Halloween just around the corner, horror enthusiasts may be interested to read about some of the supposedly haunted hang-outs on their doorsteps.

From spooky hotel stories to creepy 17th century captains lurking in old buildings, Reading has its fair share of reported ghost sightings.

Read on to find out more... if you're brave enough.

Watlington House

One of Reading's oldest buildings, Watlington House, dates back to the 1500s and is now used by local community groups.

It is said to be haunted by Captain Edward Purvis, who was the first recorded occupant of the house - back in 1794.

He fought at the Battle of Corunna in the Peninsular War with the 4th Regiment of Foot and trained the Berkshire Militia in Orts meadow near his home.

Apparently, dressed in his red uniform and smoking a pipe, Captain Edward looks out of the window of the building.

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The Roebuck Hotel

According to witnesses and website Paranormal Database, a ghost can be heard knocking on doors and opening locked windows.

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Shaw House, Newbury

According to Daniel Marchant from the Southern Ghost Society, Shaw House in Newbury is another haunted spot.

The Elizabethan mansion was built in 1581 and has an interesting history.

According to ghost hunters, bright blue balls of light are frequently seen emitting from the upper window of the attic when there's no one inside.

The screams of a former house maid are also said to echo from a tunnel, which reportedly runs between Shaw House to nearby Donnington Castle.

It is said that she was tragically killed when the tunnel collapsed.

The sound of marching has been heard coming from within the building, and visitors have also reported the feeling of being watched when they have been alone inside.

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The George Hotel, Pangbourne

The most haunted place in Berkshire according to site Haunted Rooms, the hotel dates back to the 12th century when it was originally a coaching inn.

Supposedly, somewhere along the way a witch named Betty Price visited, and is said to still haunt the building today.

Local legend says that Betty Price used the coaching inn as a hiding place, but she ended up dying while hiding out in the cellar one day - but not before placing a curse upon the parson of the hotel and every single person who had a hand in capturing her.

Apparently, she is still seen wandering the corridors.

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