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Kielder's house of horrors puts out the welcome mat

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The Witch Factor - Chrissie Hickes and Judith Simpson from the Forestry Commission go head-to-head as they get ready for Kielder Castle's Halloween event on 28 October

Something is stirring deep in Kielder Water and Forest Park – and this is a Halloween brew with a real kick.

The Forestry Commission is promising young thrill-seekers a truly ghoulish night on Friday 28 October 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 5 years old take place every 15 minutes between 5.30pm and 8pm.  There’ll also be a magician, fancy dress and pumpkin competitions and Halloween 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. For more on the Forestry Commission go to

Notes to Editor

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Media calls to Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038.