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Prepare to be scared at Chatsworth

BRAVE visitors to Chatsworth this Halloween should prepare themselves as the house, garden and farmyard deliver a whole week of tricks, treats and scary surprises.

Torchlit tours of the house, pumpkin trails and a secret scary tunnel to explore in the garden, zombie dance workshops in the Farmyard and Fright Flights through Warlock Wood are lined up to thrill all the family from October 27 to November 4.

In the Farmyard, all who enter the Broomstick Barn can discover how to dance like a zombie or move it like a monster in new horror dance workshops. For those who dare, there will be snake and reptile handling sessions too.

Fright Flights take off regularly into Warlock Wood, where there is every chance of meeting all sorts of creepy characters. The particularly brave can take an evening ride that is sure to send shivers down everyone’s spine. Night Fright Flights take place on October 31 and need to be pre-booked on the Chatsworth website.

Creepy creative Halloween crafts will be available daily in the craft marquee.

The Chatsworth Halloween Trail is back for a second year, with some fascinating new additions and is certainly not for the faint-hearted. The tour showcases a man trap, a 500-year-old Latin spell book on how to summon spirits, an autopsy report for Catherine Cavendish – Dowager Duchess of Devonshire 1777, the death mask of former librarian Sandford Arthur Strong, and a model of Madame Langhans haunting Tomb - depicting her bursting through the slab clutching her baby. Children will love spotting all the pumpkins hiding in the house too. The self-guided trail is available from the entrance and can be downloaded from the Chatsworth website.

Those in search of more thrills and frights have the chance to see the house after dark. The popular Torchlit Tour reveals the house in a different light complete with dark corners and mysterious shadows. Torchlit tours are available from October 27-31 and need to be pre-booked.

Out in the garden, other spooky goings on include a pumpkin trail, a scary secret tunnel to explore; scarecrows in the Kitchen Garden dressed by local schoolchildren.

Chatsworth hosts one of the most impressive Bonfire Nights in the country on November 3 and 4. Expect breathtaking fireworks, a huge bonfire and live entertainment throughout the night until 9pm. Gates open at 6.30pm, Bonfire is lit at 7.15pm and fireworks begin at 8pm. £12 adult, £8 child 4-16 year olds.

Saturday, November 3, is sold out, but there are still tickets available for Sunday, November 4 at www.chatsworth.org. Pre-booking is essential.

Check www.chatsworth.org for dates, times and prices.