Frightening facelift for family home

Fright; Warren Allinson with daughter Tanya and neighbour Janet Simpkin, and some Halloween friends get ready fore a big weekend.
Fright; Warren Allinson with daughter Tanya and neighbour Janet Simpkin, and some Halloween friends get ready fore a big weekend.

EVERY year strange happenings occur at a home in Southowram, the cobwebs cover the picture frames, strange noises can be heard and lights flash through the ornaments.

The ghostly ghoul responsible is Warren Allinson.

With the help of his family, friends and girlfriend Kim Collins a Hallowe’en haven is created all around his house. It all began 23 years ago, when the couple bought one sole Hallowe’en decoration.

“It’s just got bigger each year,” he said.

Now, every inch of the ground floor is covered in spooky goodies, from lifesize talking characters, to coffins with skeletons inside. No inch, or expense, is spared.

The house is shown off all week with people popping by to see his latest additions and a party will be held this weekend. Characters who will turn up include the Corpse Bride, a bad fairy and Warren has – unsuprisingly – a whole host of outfits to choose from on the night.

Neighbour Janet Simpkin couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the house for the first time. She’s been a regular visitor over the last three years.

“It takes so much time,” she said. “I was absolutely wowed when I came up the first time.” The preparations take Warren three weeks, and he will be adding the final touches until the last minute.

He has adapted some of the spooky things to be spookier, and made some of the innocent memorabilia to cause a scream, or two.

Daughter Tanya, 21, said: “It’s mental, just in a good way,” she said.

“I daren’t come down in the night anytime while it’s up.”