A week of ghosts and ghouls in West Norfolk

Halloween Family activity at Trues Yard Museum, King's Lynn 
Spinning a Spiders Web are LtoR, Chester Barber (6) and Riley Sloan (11) ANL-161026-145055009

Halloween Family activity at Trues Yard Museum, King's Lynn Spinning a Spiders Web are LtoR, Chester Barber (6) and Riley Sloan (11) ANL-161026-145055009

It’s been a week of ghosts and ghouls in the borough as adults and children alike get into the spooky spirit of Halloween.

A number of hair-raising Halloween activities were arranged for the half-term week, which were enjoyed by an abundance of visitors.

Hide and Squeak Halloween Trail at St Nicholas Chapel King's Lynn, our picture shows Bryher Harper with 2 of the Bats on the trail, that had been hidden around the Chapel ANL-161025-134801009

Hide and Squeak Halloween Trail at St Nicholas Chapel King's Lynn, our picture shows Bryher Harper with 2 of the Bats on the trail, that had been hidden around the Chapel ANL-161025-134801009

One such event was held in St Nicholas’ Chapel in Lynn where children could complete a Hide and Squeak trail around the building.

Marcia and Tony Goddard, of North Wootton, brought their granddaughter 8-year-old Bryher Harper to the chapel on Tuesday so they could enjoy a day out with her.

Mrs Goddard said that Bryher had loved doing the trail, which saw visitors look for 10 small bats around the chapel in order to win a spooky prize, and had spotted the majority of the bats before they had.

She added: “We try and show her things of interest and this is definitely one of those!”

Spooktacular story telling here at, Dersingham V A Primary & Nursery School,
Sam Sheppard ANL-161019-205250009

Spooktacular story telling here at, Dersingham V A Primary & Nursery School, Sam Sheppard ANL-161019-205250009

The trail has its last day at St Nicholas’ Chapel, which is supported by The Churches Conservation Trust, on Saturday, October 29 from 10.30am to 4pm.

The chapel’s learning and participation officer Holly Isted said: “We struggle to get families in here, as we are a little bit out of town, and a lot of people think we are very religious. This used to be a religious building, but after securing a Heritage Lottery Fund, it is now used as a historical property.

“We set up our Hide and Squeak activity as a fun trail for families to take part in, and we chose bats as they’re not too scary and we have evidence that we have real bats living here.”

Elsewhere, spooktacular storytelling had children gripped as they learnt more about the fictional tales of vampires, wolves and witches.

Spooktacular story telling here at, Dersingham V A Primary & Nursery School,
Mark Middernacht with Ruby Middernacht ANL-161019-205600009

Spooktacular story telling here at, Dersingham V A Primary & Nursery School, Mark Middernacht with Ruby Middernacht ANL-161019-205600009

Staff at Dersingham V A Primary and Nursery School hosted the storytelling event, which also included lanterns and a bonfire to add to the spooky atmosphere, which was also used for marshallows to be roasted on.

Alison Thorne was the principal storyteller of the evening, who got into the spooky spirit of things by dressing up as a vampire for the occasion, along with teacher Jane Kendal who organised the event.

Mrs Kendal said: “A huge thank you to all my fabulous colleagues and friends who made our spooktacular storytelling amazing!”

On Wednesday, True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum in Lynn held a Halloween Family Fun Day which saw more than 20 children get involved in a variety of spooky activities.

Spooktacular story telling here at, Dersingham V A Primary & Nursery School,
Alison Thorne, Libby and Jane Kendal ANL-161019-205236009

Spooktacular story telling here at, Dersingham V A Primary & Nursery School, Alison Thorne, Libby and Jane Kendal ANL-161019-205236009

Visitors to the museum got creative by making pumpkin faces, spider webs out of paper plates and string, and ghost biscuits using marshmallows.

Manager Lindsey Bavin said: “It went really well, we had a lot of children today and they enjoyed doing all of the Halloween activities.”

Halloween Family activity at Trues Yard Museum, King's Lynn 
Judy Simmonds (Trues Yard Schools Liason) with Damien Mallott (12) ANL-161026-145106009

Halloween Family activity at Trues Yard Museum, King's Lynn Judy Simmonds (Trues Yard Schools Liason) with Damien Mallott (12) ANL-161026-145106009

Halloween Family activity at Trues Yard Museum, King's Lynn 
Pumpkins with Erin Mathis (10) ANL-161026-145033009

Halloween Family activity at Trues Yard Museum, King's Lynn Pumpkins with Erin Mathis (10) ANL-161026-145033009

Halloween Family activity at Trues Yard Museum, King's Lynn 
Biscuits making with Abigail Mathis (6) ANL-161026-145022009

Halloween Family activity at Trues Yard Museum, King's Lynn Biscuits making with Abigail Mathis (6) ANL-161026-145022009