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A NORTHUMBERLAND estate is gearing up for a spooky Halloween.

Meldon Park, near Morpeth, which featured on Channel 4's Country House Rescue this summer, will be holding the Halloween event on October 31.

Owner James Cookson will be hosting a walk around the estate, taking intrepid ghost-hunters through woods and across fields in search of a headless horseman.

And well-known Northumberland storyteller Jim Grant will tell the tale of the legend of Meg O'Meldon, who lived in the village in the 1600s.

According to Northumberland folklore, the notorious witch and miser stashed her money in various places around the nearby countryside, and she may well resume her search for her hidden loot during the spooky night.

Mr Cookson said: "We hope we will be welcoming wizards, witches, cats and bats as walkers can either dress up or come as they are. They can bring a pumpkin, lantern or torch to light the way and get ready for a few scary moments.

"The event is perfect for children but it will also be great fun for adults as is suitable for all ages. You never know what might happen on a mystical spooky night like Halloween, but it will probably be as scary as Scooby-Doo."

Doors open at 4.30pm and the storytelling starts at 5pm. The event runs until 7pm.


AS SCARY AS SCOOBY-DOO The headless horseman above, and right, host James Cookson, the owner of Meldon Park
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 23, 2012
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