Halloween fun at The Village

David Weston bobs for apples at the Village, Church Farm's Halloween event.
David Weston bobs for apples at the Village, Church Farm's Halloween event.

Hundreds of ghoulish guests attended a Halloween spectacular in the spooky surroundings of the Village, Church Farm, last week.

Volunteers organised a whole host of entertainment for visitors of all ages to enjoy during one of the heritage site’s most successful events since it moved from under council ownership last year.

Youngsters at the Village, Church Farm's  Halloween event.

Youngsters at the Village, Church Farm's Halloween event.

Youngsters dressed in their creepiest costumes for an afternoon of Halloween themed fun involving traditional games, craft activities and delving for tasty treats in a tank of gruesome gunge.

Director, Trevor Monahan, said: “The young ones all seemed very excited and a little bit scared as well - but that’s Halloween for you.”

As dusk descended on the freaky festivities, adults also joined in with the fun by bobbing for apples and getting merrily messy in the ghastly gunge.

Volunteer coordinator Lynn Beeston played the role of an evil witch accused of ruining crops and stealing children as she stood before a mock witch trial.

A visitor dressed as a pumpkin at The Village, Church Farm's Halloween event.

A visitor dressed as a pumpkin at The Village, Church Farm's Halloween event.

She cackled and cursed as the baying mob dunked her in a bucket of water, pronounced her guilt and then burnt her at the stake.

After dispensing of the wicked witch the revellers embarked on a spooky ghost walk to the nearby St Clement’s Grave Yard.

The popular event marked the end of the Village’s second season of volunteer control, which has seen the open air museum grow more successful as it establishes its own identity.

Mr Monahan said: “We are beginning to branch out more and each of the events we held this year has been better attended than those the year before.”

The next event at the Village is a Victorian Christmas event on December 15 and 16.