Spooky thrills at Chatsworth

Practical Magic: Curator of Exhibitions Hannah Obee with The Key of Solomon, a spell book with over 500 spells, just one of many artefacts at the forthcoming Hallowe'en exhibition at Chatsworth House.
Practical Magic: Curator of Exhibitions Hannah Obee with The Key of Solomon, a spell book with over 500 spells, just one of many artefacts at the forthcoming Hallowe'en exhibition at Chatsworth House.
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Chatsworth is getting ready to trick and treat visitors thanks to a number of spine-tingling family activities this Halloween.

In the house is something new for this year, and not for the fainthearted. The Chatsworth Halloween Trail showcases for the first time a 500-year-old Latin spell book to summon spirits, an autopsy report for Catherine Cavendish – Dowager Duchess of Devonshire from 1777, former Librarian Sandford Arthur Strong’s death mask and a model of Madame Langhan’s haunting tomb depicting her bursting through the slab clutching her baby.

Back for the second year running, visitors will have another chance to see the house after dark on one of the popular Torchlit Tours on a eerie exploration throughout the house.

Other spooky sights include pumpkin hunts, a scary secret tunnel, a pumpkin maze, scarecrows in the kitchen garden while avid ‘Potter’ fans can try their hand at broom stick making.

Creepy creative Halloween crafts will be available daily, plus spider and reptile handling sessions and face painting.

For more information on these and other events, plus ticketing options, visit www.chatsworth.org.