You may remember my Spooky Halloween post from last year where I took you on a tour of the grounds of Lotherton Hall where they'd put on a Spooky Scarecrow Trail. This has been going for a few years now, but last year they decided to extend their opening hours into the evening to make it even spookier with a scary walk through the haunted woods. We went during daylight hours last year but we decided we'd be brave this time and went after dark. Some of my photos look like daylight but it's because I used the flash on my camera, it was actually very dark.
The first thing we came to were the wooden cabins by the car park which have all been decked out as Spooky Wild West. Some new cowboys were just arriving in town.
I think they were just in time to join the cookout.
They'll probably want to join in with a hand of cards later on.
Or perhaps they'll just enjoy some time in the saloon.
All needs are catered for, though the public conveniences could do with a dust looking at the number of cobwebs.
They'll need to have their wits about them though, not everyone gets out of here alive.
If they don't want to join the cookout they can always purchase a burger or hot dog, though on second thoughts I don't think the chef will be up to making them.
After exploring Dodge City we set off to explore the haunted woods.
Unfortunately, the lanterns they'd got strung from tree to tree were only working at the entrance to the woods. The spotlights they'd got trained on the exhibits weren't working either. It turned out to be a spookier walk than was intended as it was pitch black. Mick had to use the torch on his phone so that we could see where we were going and we missed so much of what we were supposed to see.
This was at the start of the trail and looked very spooky in the dark.
I jumped out of my skin when these monks started chanting.
There were lots of scary and spooky things hiding in the trees but unless Mick managed to pick them out with his torch we ended up missing them.
A scary mummy dangling from a tree.
It's such a shame that the lights were out. We always enjoy the events at Lotherton, they really do make an effort with them, and I thought visiting the Spooky Halloween Trail in the dark would really add something to it, but unfortunately, without lighting it was just too dark to see much of anything. Oh well, there's always next year.