Holkham Hall spooktacular

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Ghosts and ghouls lurked around ever corner at Holkham Hall this week as Halloween visitors of all ages met spine-chilling apparitions in the Bygones Courtyard and Museum or pitted their wits against a ghoul-keeper in a game of phantom football in the walled garden.

There are spine-chilling competitions, giant spiders crawled across ceilings weaving their webs everywhere and Norwich yarnsmith, Dave Tonge, enthralled his audiences with scary tales of ghosts, witches and devils while braver youngsters had their faces painted with gory grazes and weeping wounds.

Younger visitors can enter a skull-duggery challenge to carve their own pumpkin lantern or make their own pop-up ghosts with paper cups and lollypop sticks.

A highlight has been the daily midday spooktacular parade where competitors tried to outdo each other in a fancy-dress parade. It all adds up to a magical day for visitors who enjoyed being frightened – but just not too much.