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Chills and Thrills at Castle Howard

Castle Howard will host its first ever Halloween event when the magnificent grounds of the historic house are transformed into a spooky wonderland for a family friendly ‘Chills and Thrills’ spectacular on Wednesday 30th October 2013.

Walk the flare lit path and catch glimpses of the house and statues rising out of the mist before encountering the headless horseman and his flame bearing guards amongst the trees. The fire damaged South East wing will be brought to life by our spine-chilling story tellers, whilst terror face painters and magic mirrors will transform you into a frightening sight this Halloween.

The ‘Horses of Halloween’ grand finale will see Yorkshire based Atkinson Action Horses, who have appeared in productions including War Horse, The King’s Speech and Wuthering Heights, perform death defying stunts and breathtaking displays with fire and explosions.

Fire eaters and stilt walkers will appear from the darkness and owls, toads and creepy crawlies will take up residence in the eerie grounds of Castle Howard this Halloween. There’ll be prizes for the most ghoulish costume and best carved pumpkin too.

Katy Pryor, Events Manager said: ‘This is our first ever Halloween event and now that we are putting together the finishing touches we’re all getting very excited. It will be a unique Halloween experience, with Castle Howard making the perfect backdrop for this family friendly evening’

Tickets are on sale now and cost £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and Under 5s go free. Gates open at 4.30pm with tasty Halloween treats on offer throughout the evening.

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Notes to the Editor

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• Castle Howard is home to the Hon. Simon and Mrs Howard, and their twins Merlin and Octavia.
• Castle Howard welcomes over 200,000 visitors each year, and is open in 2013 from 23 March until 3 November, and 23 November until 22 December from 11.00am. The gardens, shops and cafés are open all year.
• Income from visitors and other estate businesses, such as retail, forestry, farming and property, contributes towards the ongoing programme of restoration and conservation across the estate.
• Castle Howard sits within a 10,000-acre estate, in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is located 15 miles north east of York, just off the A64.