Now the resort is aiming to cash in on close encounters of a different kind after being named the UFO capital of Britain.
Tourism chiefs hope ET could do for the resort what the Loch Ness monster has done for the Scottish holiday trade.
A film company is making a documentary about the area following a spate of strange sightings over the North Sea.
UFO watchers report seeing a flying saucer landing on a hill near Scarborough’s former football ground before taking off again and disappearing into nearby woods.
There are also claims that “a ball of light” was involved in an aerial dogfight with “black flying triangles”.
A red light was also observed hovering over the sea before splitting into smaller fiery shapes. A Flying Saucers Have Landed conference is now a regular event in the tourist calendar and traders are planning a giant fireworks display on the beach.
John Senior, chairman of South Bay Traders, said: “We are all for the idea of extraterrestrial tourism.
“We have been assured our fireworks displays called Starfire will be visible from space.
“We hope there will be someone up there watching. We would welcome all life forms here in Scarborough and are very happy to accommodate UFO spotters and cater for their needs. There is no question there is other life out there.”