It’s spook-tacular!

Spooktacular at Penny Farm, Blackpool. Youngsters running away from the "headless horseman".
Spooktacular at Penny Farm, Blackpool. Youngsters running away from the "headless horseman".
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A HEADLESS horseman joined little ghouls and scary skeletons to prove Halloween can be frighteningly fun.

There were scares and frights all round as Blackpool’s Penny Farm World Horse Welfare Centre welcomed dozens of little monsters – and even the horses got into the spirit.

One eager little pony donned a witch’s hat for the annual Halloween Spooktacular, while horse Roger played his part as the terrifying headless horseman’s steed.

Bosses at the centre, on Preston New Road, have hailed this year’s event their biggest ever success.

Visitor centre officer Zoe Clifford said: “It’s always the biggest of our holiday events and I think the fact it was fabulous weather brought everybody out in droves.

“It was a hugely successful day and by far the best Halloween we’ve ever had here.”

The centre encourages youngsters to don their scariest Halloween outfit to join in the fun, and around 60 children took part in the costume competition. Little ghosts also got the chance to learn how to care for a Shetland pony while there were more than a few screams to be heard from the centre’s home made haunted house.

Zoe said: “We’ve had lots of good feedback about our haunted house, which we transformed out vet box into complete with a hanging man, spiders webs, scary sounds and a witch with flashing eyes.

“It’s the first time we’ve done it on that scale and it worked very well.”

And Zoe had special praise for the mysterious headless horseman who roamed the grounds – even if the children didn’t quite believe her tale.

She added: “I tried to convinced the kids I had chopped someone’s head off for the day but they didn’t believe me!”