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The best haunts for trick or treaters in Breckland and South Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 17:46 30 October 2019 | UPDATED: 17:46 30 October 2019

Tracey Fairweather from Morley decorates The Buck pub in Morley for Halloween.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Tracey Fairweather from Morley decorates The Buck pub in Morley for Halloween. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

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eople in south Norfolk and Breckland are going all out to ensure they give visitors the jitters on the biggest day of the spooky season.

Tracey Fairweather outside The Buck pub where she's decorated up for Halloween.
 Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Tracey Fairweather outside The Buck pub where she's decorated up for Halloween. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

At the Buck pub in Morley St Botolph, Halloween is always a big deal, but landlady Lesley Carruthers said this year was set to be the spookiest yet.

The theme this year, 'revenge of the fairytale witches', has been created by Tracy Fairweather, and decorations will include a gingerbread house, holograms and a skeletal sleeping beauty, as well as a 7ft 6in smoke breathing dragon.

Ms Carruthers said: "Tracy spends the best part of the year making the props. When you see the kids' faces some are terrified and some think it's hilarious."

Oli Reeve, who lives on Castle Hill Road, New Buckenham, with his fiancée and three daughters, said the family had been planning their Halloween makeover for months.

The Buck pub's decorations for Halloween.
 Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Buck pub's decorations for Halloween. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Decked out with cobwebs, skeletons, danger tape and posters, the Reeve household has caught the attention of its neighbours.

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Mr Reeve said: "We usually have quite a few decorations every year and have had people asking since the start of October what our plans for this year."

Over in Hingham, Nikki Hill, partner Dan Smith and their dog Pip are gearing up for trick or treaters with projectors, smoke machines and eye catching costumes.

Oli Reeve, who lives on Castle Hill Road, has been preparing the house for Halloween for months. Photo: SubmittedOli Reeve, who lives on Castle Hill Road, has been preparing the house for Halloween for months. Photo: Submitted

The trio moved onto Admirals Walk four years ago from Norwich city centre, and Ms Hill said Halloween in the village had been a highlight ever since.

She said: "We started off really basic with decorations but have gotten bigger and better every year. It takes all year to plan and when this Halloween is done we'll start on next year's."

Karen Wilton, who lives on Connaught Road in Attleborough, first fell in love with Halloween while living in the USA.

Since returning to the UK she has applied the "bigger is better" ethos to her family home, with hanging ghosts, cobwebs, atmospheric music and intricately carved pumpkins.

Karen Wilton, who lives on Connaught Road in Attleborough is gearing up for Halloween with pumpkin carving. Photo: SubmittedKaren Wilton, who lives on Connaught Road in Attleborough is gearing up for Halloween with pumpkin carving. Photo: Submitted

She said: "Our family of 11 starts Halloween with a visit to Undley Pumpkin Patch in Lakenheath. My first grandson was born this year and we've already started his Halloween training with pumpkin decorations!"

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