House of horrors back for Halloween
FEAR and moaning in Les Prins is an apt description of Debbie Duport’s house over the coming fortnight as she turns the family home into a fright-fest for Halloween.
Running for its second year but bigger and better than before, Charity Halloween House ensures all donations go to the Guernsey Alzheimer’s Society.
Mrs Duport said she got the idea to do it in her house from her brother and most of the decorations and props were his.
Her brother, Paul Skipton, also put in the majority of the graft, setting up the various rooms in the house.
She and her family have converted the porch, hallway, bathroom, kitchen, conservatory and garden into a Halloween wonderland with competitions on offer for the visiting children.
‘I would like to firstly thank my brother Paul for all his effort. If it wasn’t for him then it wouldn’t happen. This year’s entrance isn’t as scary as last year’s, there are blow-up pumpkins to greet you and it is bright and colourful until you get in the kitchen,’ said Mrs Duport. ‘Then you get to the “body parts” but... to distract them I have given the kids two competitions to do. The first one is to find eight witches hidden around the displays and the other is to find the fairy door. Also if they are nervous we have a playroom as soon as they walk in but last year it was only used by about six children.’
Unfortunately, this will be the last year for some time that Mrs Duport can open up the house.
‘He [Paul] was moving house in Bournemouth and so couldn’t do it at his any more so I thought let’s go for it here, now he’s moved in and wants his stuff back again. That’s partly why we have opened it up earlier this year, to give everyone a chance to come and see it. There are sweets for the children, a shot of “blood” red wine for the adults.’
Last year the family raised £1,750 and this time they would like to raise more than £2,000.
If you turn into Les Prins Estate and keep right the house will be hard to miss.
- Annaberg, Rue des Fleurs, Les Prins, Vale, GY6 8HA
Thursday (Halloween) 10am-8pm
- For more information visit www.debbie-duport-dancing.co.uk