Things that go bump... at Holkham Hall this Halloween

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Ghoulish adventures and spooktacular happenings will set hearts racing at Holkham Hall when it hosts a spine-tingling array of Halloween events sure to terrify the bravest of souls.

Halloween Horrors will take place from October 26 to 31 with lots of scary activities, ghostly games and gory fun and frights for everyone to enjoy celebrating Halloween.

In the Bygones Museum, visitors can discover the wonders inside the amazing ‘Curiovan’ and see the natural world in a magical way.

Their sense of curiosity and wonder will be awakened by the specimen jars, dancing skeletons, singing mechanical birds, clockwork ladybirds and tiny skeletal fairies which are among the many exhibits to be discovered and explored.

A yarnsmith will enthral listeners and bring to life his spell-binding, mystical tales and Victorian stories of ghosts, witches and devils.

Some hauntingly scary fun with silhouette bingo, a skull-duggery challenge, pumpkin carving and craft activities to make the scariest pop-up ghost will keep everyone occupied.

In the 18th century walled gardens Halloween visitors will be able to pit their wits against the ghosts and play phantom football, or test their knowledge and try the mind-boggling code breaker trail.

Spooky body parts and frightful factoids are all to be found in the state rooms of Holkham Hall where children can make pencil ghosts and join in the fun.

In the magnificent Old Kitchen, ‘Kiddycook’ will be on hand to help younger visitors decorate their own Halloween cookie with some gruesome additions.

Visitors are encouraged to come dressed up for the occasion and can have their outfits enhanced by ghoulish face painting to add some gory grazes and weeping wounds providing a touch of the macabre. A fancy dress parade will take place each day at 12 noon. Holkham’s Halloween events run from October 26 to 31. The hall will be open on the Sunday, Monday and Thursday. All other areas will be open every day.

For further information and admission prices go to www.holkham.co.uk/html/Halloween2014