A spooky surprise to cheer up dad

Tanya Allinson and family.
Tanya Allinson and family.

A man got a spook-tacular surprise when his daughter gave their house a halloween-themed makeover to cheer him up after a stay in hospital.

When Warren Allinson fell seriously ill in 2013, he missed out on all the fun of one his favourite times of the year - halloween.

Warren, 51, suffers from compartment syndrome and spent weeks in hospital last year after contracting blood clots and coming dangerously close to losing his life.

He is now back at home, but his daughter Tanya was determined to make this halloween one to remember for all the right reasons - by transforming their Southowram home into a halloween house of horrors.

Tanya Allinson, 24, said: “Dad used to decorate the house all the time for halloween, but we didn’t get the chance to do it last year because he was in hospital and we nearly lost him twice.

“He always used to make a massive effort and we wanted to do something to surprise him.

“It took us all night to decorate and we did it when he was asleep so it would be ready for when he woke up.

“He was really shocked when he saw it.”

With the help of her uncle, Tanya created the hair-raising scene with witches, skeletons, vampires, as well a bone-chilling butler called Boris - a collection of the items the family have built up over the years.

The spooky setting will now be the perfect place for the family’s halloween party.

Warren added: “It’s really cheered me up and to see it all out is amazing. It looks brilliant.

“When the nurses come in to help me it is a bit of a shock to them, but it’s all a bit of fun.”