IT is the creepiest night of the year, when the line between the living and the dead is said to be at its weakest.
But All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as it is more commonly known, is also one of the most exciting, with spooktacular events and activities going on across the county.
Whether you want a fancy dressed fest for the whole family, or are after a genuine scare, there is plenty to choose from.
For the first time ever, Chatsworth will invite visitors into the house for a tour that is not for the faint hearted, with events for youngsters going on all week in the farmyard and the gardens.
And Bolsover Castle becomes the creepy backdrop for a host of Halloween events, from twilight tours to eerie illuminations.
If you prefer to get into the Halloween spirit whilst supporting a good cause, Chesterfield RSPCA is hosting a special Black Cat Day, where you can see all the felines up for adoption.
Thursday, October 27
Chesterfield Ghost Walk - Take a trip into Chesterfield’s Twilight Zone and listen to stories of strange sounds, shocking shades and supernatural slaughters. 6.30pm start. Adults £3 Children £2. Call 01246 345777 to book.
Telling Tales for Halloween - At the Derbyshire Eco Centre in Middleton by Wirksworth, Create your own spells and write a story for Halloween. Paint a Halloween character. Adults: £8 Derbyshire Gold Card holders: £6, Derbyshire residents in receipt of various income-based benefits: £2; children free. Call 01629 533038 to book.
Friday, October 28
Electric Tales: The Halloween edition at Chesterfield Library - From witches and werewolves to UFOs – it’s story telling, but not as you know it.Spooky stories from around the world, with sound effects from the invisibly controlled synth gizmo. Family entertainment for audiences over 9-years-old. 2pm start. Adults £5, Concessions £4. Call 01246 345777.
Ghosts and Ghouls at Bolsover Castle -Creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore! Take part in a trail around the grounds to find the hidden tomb and discover who lies within. Adult £7.80, conc £7, child £4.70, family, £20.30. Call 0870 333 1183 to book.
Saturday, October 29
Gore in the Gorge - Spook yourself silly with an eerie, night-time tour of the Creswell Crags gorge followed by scary stories told inside Robin Hoods Cave this Halloween. Visitors are invited to add to the atmosphere by dressing up in costume, but wear sensible footwear. There will be a prize for the best costume & an opportunity for face painting. 6pm start. Adults: £12, Children £8. Call 01909 720378 to book.
In the Deep Dark Woods at Longshaw Estate - Spooky fun and a woodland walk around the Longshaw Estate, hearing haunted tales of times gone by. Includes a witches broth (seasonal soup and a roll). 5.30pm start. Tickets £5. Call 01433 637904 to book.
Bolsover Castle at Night - On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30, Bolsover Castle will open its gates at 6pm for two nights of spooky Halloween fun. Find out about Bolsover’s more horrific happenings and ghostly goings-on, then explore the site by torchlight and meet some the castle’s previous residents. Adults £10, conc £9, children £6. Get tickets online at www.english-heritage.org.uk/bolsovercastle or by calling 0870 333 1183.
Sunday, October 30
Halloween Walk - Calling all wizards, witches and magical creatures for spooky tales and eerie encounters in the grounds of Hardwick Hall. Meet in the main car park and wrap up warm and bring a torch. All tickets £5.
RSPCA Black Cat Halloween Event - Meet all the black cats and kittens needing new homes. There will be stalls, refreshments, yard sale, traditional games, bobbing for apples and a fancy dress competition. This event is being held at Chesterfield RSPCA Centre, 137 Spital Lane, Chesterfield, S41 0HL. 11am start.
Chatsworth Halloween Trail - New this year, the Chatsworth Halloween Trail which 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 1777; former librarian Sandford Arthur Strong’s death mask and a model of Madame Langhan’s tomb depicting her bursting through the slab clutching her baby. Starts 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm and 7pm. £10. For more information and ticketing options including a 10 percent discount for online booking, visit www.chatsworth.org
Monday, October 31
Frankenstein at the Buxton Opera House - A spooky adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for Halloween night. See page 54 for more information.
Halloween Night at Tango Chesterfield - Scary fancy dress and fun night social dancing at the Riverside Club, Clayton Street. Call Gavin on 07845989246 for more details.
Chatsworth Halloween Trail - See above.
By Ellie Hunter