Beware! A zombie apocalypse is expected to unfold in Penwortham this Halloween.
The Walton family of Howick Park Drive are once again at the centre of the drama, as they prepare to turn their home into a house of horrors in the name of charity.
Since July dad Chris, girlfriend Tracy Wilson and Chris’s daughter Frankie have been hard at work, stocking up on gory props and fashioning state-of-the-art animatronics for the walk-through attraction.
They’ve even got 20 litres of fake blood to make the decorations look even more terrifying.
“Everything you can think so to do with Halloween, we’ve got it”, said Frankie, 19, a student at the University of Chester.
She added: “It all started four or five years ago. My dad is a big kid and loves halloween, so he got some decorations in.
“We decided to throw a party with pumpkins, signs on the windows and all the usual decorations you can buy from supermarkets.
“One of the neighbours suggested that we should open it up to the public and since then it’s really taken off. It’s crazy to think the amount of people who have walked through my house.
“Last year we had over 1,000 and there might be even more this year.”
The event, held on October 30 and 31 from 5pm, will be a walk-through affair where the downstairs of the house and garden is transformed into a spooky crypt.
In total there will be 11 themed areas including Dracula’s Lair, an Exorcist movie themed room, a saw movie prop Room, an ayslum and an operating theatre.
Frankie said: “It’s the downstairs where we decorate so we can still live there and my bedroom isn’t affected, though when we’re bringing all the props in it does make it difficult to sit and watch the X Factor!”
She added: “We used to just get all the things that you see in the supermarkets, but now we’ve moved on to live animatronic props and displays.
“My dad’s very clever with electronics, so he’s been doing a lot of work.
““We’re always looking to recycle what we’ve had before and create new things, we try to have a different theme every year and pick the things that people are scared of.
“We do pay out of our own pocket, but we don’t tend to throw anything away. We usually recycle things.
“All the neighbours enjoy it. We don’t want to upset them, so we give out leaflets and make sure everyone’s okay with it.
“But everyone’s behind us and they end up coming along and joining in.”
In the past the family have raised money for the North West Air Ambulance, but in recent years have supported Cancer Research UK, last year raising over £1,700.
The event is free to enter and is open to all ages. There will be lucky bags for all children in costume.