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There will be more than the train whistles shrieking aboard north Norfolk’s Poppy Line this Halloween

13:20 12 October 2012

The Poppy Line ghost train for Hallowe

The Poppy Line ghost train for Hallowe'en. Left to right, at Sheringham Station, assistant stationmaster Carol Lumb, station office manager Vinny Blake and buffet staff member Lorraine Edwards. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012

Ghouls and ghosts are emerging from the shadows this month and taking over some of north Norfolk’s most popular tourist attractions.

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Heritage railway The Poppy Line is hosting a week full of spooky tricks and treats from October 27, when it won’t just be the train whistles shrieking.

Witches, warlocks and spiders have descended on Weybourne Station and set up their own hellish haunt in the Halloween Hall. Brave rail travellers can get in, and out again, for free with a Rover train ticket.

Under-15s will have the chance to win a spot prize for the best Halloween fancy dress and anyone who brings a hollowed-out pumpkin to decorate one of the stations will be entered in to a competition to win a free family ticket for next May’s visit of Thomas the Tank Engine.

On Halloween, October 31, the ghost train will be leaving from Sheringham Station at 6.30pm for a trip to the Halloween Hall and back. Tickets cost £9.50 for adults and £5 for children. The ghost train is not suitable for under-eights.

Rover fares will apply all week for all normal service trains.

There will also be spooky goings-on at Blickling Hall on October 27. Little witches, ghosts and monsters will be roaming the grounds from 2 to 4pm during a Halloween treasure hunt. The event, which has been organised by Stepping Stones Pre-school in Aldborough, will also feature a bouncy castle, arts and crafts activities, a fancy dress competition and hot food and drink. Entry costs £3.50 for children and £1.50 for adults. Call 01263 768766 for details.

From 6 to 9pm, Blickling Hall and gardens are being opened up for a haunting night of frights and fun. There will be shocks and surprises in store inside the hall as well as a few unexpected sights to make people jump in the garden. There will also be refreshments in the East Wing. Visitors are encouraged to get in to the “spirit” of the evening and wear fancy dress.

Entry costs £9 for adults, £4.50 for children and £25 for a family. Activities inside the hall are not suitable for under-eights.

On Halloween, there will also be a chance to join a spooky guided walk in the dark from Blickling Hall and through the woods to its mausoleum. The walk starts at 7pm and tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children.

Booking is essential for both evening events. Call 01263 738030.

Spooky clues will be dotted around Sheringham Park from October 27 to November 4 as part of a self-guided Halloween trail.

Entry costs £2 for children and anyone who finishes the trail will get a free Halloween treat.

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