STAFFORD youngsters are in for a monster day of fun today with spooky goings on for Hallowe’en.
Ghostly goings on have been taking place at Amerton Farm since Monday where youngsters attending a Scare Fest come face to face with monsters. The event runs until tomorrow (1). Call 01889 270294 for more details.
At Casa a hallowe’en disco with optional fancy dress will take place in aide of Katharine House Hospice.
For a ghoulishly low price on the door of £3 and £5 after 10.30pm revellers will be treated to a barbeque, toffee apples, cakes, reduced priced drinks and a selection of spooky sounds. The event will be taking place upstairs at the Bridge Street club.
The event has been masterminded by Heather Wheeler who has been a superhuman supporter of the hospice, raising £10,000 from fundraising events since the loss of her father at Katharine House in 2011.
The disco takes place from 9pm to 2am.
Hospice fundraiser Amy Ratcliffe said: “This is sure to be a Hallowe’en night to remember. Heather has worked so hard in putting together a fantastic event.”
Stafford’s haunted Ancient High House is the perfect venue for spooky hallowe’en trails and bat and spider trails taking place until Sunday (3).
At Shugborough there will be a night of family fun and frightening frolics with a theme of things that go bump in the night.
The mansion house will be transformed into a haunted house where visitors will find behind every corner a bump, a bang or an icy tap on the shoulder.
A gardens ghost train and a pumpkin trail leading deep into the darkness of Shugborough’s grounds will generate even more shudders and shrieks on a night when visitors can also enjoy all the fun of a fair (additional charges apply), free face painting, trick or treating, apple bobbing and traditional refreshments including toffee apples, roast chestnuts and warm punch.
Shugborough is the perfect place to stage hallowe’en activities as it takes its name from shug and barrow meaning: place of the impish devil.
With so many people living on and passing through the estate over centuries it’s no wonder that things that go bump in the night are a frequent occurrence on the estate.
Many people remark on the cold chill when they enter the state bedroom which is said to be haunted by Lady Harriet. Every morning there is the imprint of a body left on the bedclothes which is duly straightened out but then reappears the next morning.
Lady Harriet has also been seen holding a baby, combing her hair at the table and reflected in the mirror.
The Lichfield Suite corridor at one time led to the nursery and staff have frequently reported sniggering children playing a game of knock and run. A painter once working there felt his ladders being rattled by giggling children and left the job, refusing to come back to complete his work.
On another occasion two members of staff were working late in the office with the door closed when they heard two ladies talking and laughing quite loudly on the other side of the door. Assuming it was two of their colleagues who must have also been working late they opened the door to find no one there.
A lady in a brown dress is known to sit in the corner of the parlour and a photograph taken by a member of staff not so long ago shows candles in the room with flames blowing all at different angles (including horizontally) and three orbs in the room.
There are also ghosts within the farm mill block where a gentleman is sometimes seen and occasionally a baby crying is heard.
Gates open at 5pm today with adult tickets costing £10 in advance (£12 on the night); children and concessions £7.50 (£9.50) and family groups of two adults and up to three children £30 (£37). Parking is free and located a short distance from the event area.
Tickets are available to buy online or via the box office on 0845 459 8900 or from the Shugborough ticket office every day except Tuesdays from 11am to 4pm.