The fears of a clown will put the frighteners on visitors to Lancashire’s most ghoulish house of horrors this Halloween.
Creepy circus comics are guaranteed to be no laughing matter when dad and daughter team Chris and Frankie Walton open up their home in Penwortham for their annual spookathon starting tomorrow.
Last year the theme was Alice in the Graveyard, this time it’s chiller clowns as the pair aim to raise more than £6,000 for charity.
“Don’t ask me what it is about clowns, but no matter what age people are they seem to find them scary,” said Frankie as last minute touches were being put to the family’s Halloween spectacular in Howick Park Avenue ahead of the grand opening at 5pm tomorrow.
“I really don’t know why that is. It’s a mystery. Maybe it’s the make-up or the mask and not knowing who is behind it. Whatever it is it’s a real phobia and we are hoping to tap into that with our creepy clowns this year.”
The Waltons have been decorating their detached home every Halloween for the past six years since a fancy dress party proved a terrifying success.
In 2015 more than 1,000 people visited the house of horrors during the two nights it was open to the public. Last year more than 3,000 turned up after they extended the event to three nights.
This time the target is for a bigger turnout still, with a bumper donation going to Cancer Research at the end of it all.
The family turn every room in the house into themed displays with blood-curdling sound effects. Five extra rooms have been built along the driveway. The front and back gardens are also filled with ghoulish scenes.
“We’ve got some amazing things, like a pitch black scare maze in the garage,” said Fankie. “That takes over one and a half minutes to walk through and when the lights go out everyone imagines the worst. It’s brilliant.
“Basically, when we’re planning this every year, we try and think about what people are scared of. We came up with clowns this year and it’s going to be very scary.
“We raised £6,000 for charity last year and we are hoping we can top that this time. People are incredibly generous.”