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Kielder’s house of horrors puts out the welcome mat

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Chrissie Hickes and Judith Simpson of the Forestry Commission preparing for Kielder Castle’s Hallowe’en event

Something is stirring deep in Kielder Water and Forest Park – and this is a Hallowe’en brew with a real kick!

Young thrill-seekers are being promised a ghoulish night by the Forestry Commission on October 28, complete with a spine-tingling walk through Kielder Castle’s House of Horrors.

The 18th century ex-hunting lodge of the Dukes of Northumberland is reputedly haunted by the Gray Lady and a sad servant girl called Emma, who died of a broken heart when her lover was killed in the Boer War.

Such is the castle’s reputation that it has become a big draw for paranormal investigators with half a dozen over-nighters being staged this year to detect signs of the spirits.

But now the resident spectres will be jostling for space as an assortment of grizzly characters pay a visit, including vampires and witches.  The ancient rooms have been re-decked as a magical wood, spider’s lair, graveyard and even Frankenstein’s laboratory.

Spooky walks suitable for children over five years old take place every 15 minutes between 5.30pm and 8pm.  There’ll also be a magician, fancy dress and pumpkin competitions and Hallowe’en themed activities.

Ranger Malte Iden said: “There’s no better place for spooks than the forest and with the owls hooting away in the background, it’s a perfect stage to let your imagination run riot.”

The cost is £6 and booking is essential on 01434 250209. Parental discretion is advised.

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