Ghosts and ghouls stalk Lancashire with Halloween fun

Photo Ian Robinson'Youngsters from Smart Kids Nursery  during their Halloween spooky storytime with library assistant Alison King at Sharoe Green Library

Photo Ian Robinson'Youngsters from Smart Kids Nursery during their Halloween spooky storytime with library assistant Alison King at Sharoe Green Library

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It’s all gone a bit frightening as the county celebrates Halloween.

Such annual traditions as trick or treating, apple bobbing and pumpkin carving were enjoyed by children on half-term, and even some adults, and one couple from Leyland went all out.

Julie Hesketh, 42, and her partner Rebecca Barnes, 41, previously held Halloween on the Green at their home on Woburn Green but hadn’t done anything for two years until a request came in from a local child.

Julie said: “We were at the garage one day and a young boy shouted over ‘are you doing your house again this year?’

“We both just looked at each other and said, why not?”

Julie and Rebecca then set about transforming their home into a haunted house with Halloween props they had collected over the past ten years. In all, it took around one week to set it all up.

The couple have creepy props, fog machines, giant spooky inflatables, a man hanging out of the attic hatch and a skeleton in the bath covered in leaves.

Julie adds: “We just see things in the sales after Halloween and stock up each year.

“Our two dogs and three cats get involved too and have their own costumes.

“And we’ve changed pretty much every lightbulb in the house to either green or red.”

Children from Smart Kids Nursery on Bhailok Square, Fulwood, enjoyed a special Halloween spooky storytime with library assistant 
Alison King at Sharoe Green Library

And crafty creepsters whipped up some creative displays at Brockholes Nature Reserve’s pumpkin carving contest.