Happy Halloween, Huddersfield!

Stay with us for all our spooky stories, quizzes and useful information on how to get the best out of your Halloween evening.

We have news on what happened when two of our reporters took a trip to West Yorkshire's most haunted home, as well as tonight's weather forecast and even how to carve the perfect pumkin.

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That’s it for this evening folks!

Happy trick or treating! Don’t forget it’s still a school night!

Evans family’s annual scare underway in Longwood

For six years now, dad Melvin, mum Tina, sons Christopher and Andrew and daughter Sally have been scaring kids in - and back out of - their house on Botham Hall Road.

The charity event includes spooky costumes, coffins and a raffle. Here’s what it usually looks like.

Melvin, 49, said: “It went very well again this year.

“It gets better every year and this year we had even expanded it into the garden as well.

“We started at 5pm and within the first two hours, we’d already had more than 400 donations.

“The kids were scared. Even the teenagers were too but they kept coming back again.”

This year, it raised money for DEBRA, a national charity that supports those affected by a group of genetic skin disorders called Epidermolysis Bullosa.

History lesson

West Yorkshire Police horse dresses up too

The force’s latest addition is already horsing around.

Make-up tutorial

Bet you never thought you’d get your make-up inspo from the Examiner!

Would you dare trick or treat at The Fleece Inn?

The Fleece Inn on Westgate in Elland, which is 400 years old, featured on TV show Most Haunted on Saturday night and it left presenter Yvette Fielding concluding: “This is my favourite haunted pub. I think it’s the real deal.”

Read about what happened here.

The Fleece Inn, Westgate, Elland.
The Fleece Inn, Westgate, Elland. (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Tour of Huddersfield's most 'haunted' buildings

Here’s what happened on the annual ‘Shuddersfield’ Halloween walk on Sunday.

Greenhead Park Halloween train is running tonight

Thieves stole all the scary trimmings from Greenhead Park’s popular miniature railway but the show will go on. Read more here.

Greenhead Park, Miniature Railway Halloween theme.Retired train driver Trevor Brown helps to get the railway ready for the guests.
Greenhead Park, Miniature Railway Halloween theme.Retired train driver Trevor Brown helps to get the railway ready for the guests.

More than 500 people went last year so it will be popular.

Trick or treaters' weather forecast

Tonight is set to be cloudy but mild with temperatures of 12 to 13°C. Read more here.

Officer’s Halloween joke

PC Sally Baines is really getting in the spirit! She’s went to work dressed up and, like our Susie’s costume, she’s went for a calavera to carve into her pumpkin.

Halloween decorations in Brighouse

Reader Stuart Black sent us this photo of a decorated house in Brighouse. I wonder who will be brave enough to go under that tape and trick or treat tonight!

House on Bradford Road in Brighouse
House on Bradford Road in Brighouse (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Examiner staff's efforts

Looks like the women are the only ones taking this very important celebration seriously this year!

Our executive editor Lauren Ballinger dressed as Alan Partridge dressed as a zombie. Five stars for uniqueness!

Here’s Despicable Me as Agnes.

Our live blogger Susie Beever painted her face like a calavera, also known as a sugar skull. Decorative or edible skulls are often used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased for the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos.

And reporter Andrew Robinson is recalling his mum’s Hallowe’en tricks and carving pumpkins with his little ones.

Ghostwatch writer opens up on controversial programme

Where were you on Halloween, 1992?

If you were on the sofa in your living room you might have been among the estimated 11.5 million people that tuned in to Ghostwatch.

The one-off special about a family home haunted by a poltergeist dubbed Mr Pipes has become a byword for televisual terror.

Its impact was so utterly unsettling, so authentically frightening that, notwithstanding its massive viewing figures, the BBC promptly buried it for 10 years. Now, 25 years on, its creator Stephen Volk has been talking about what many consider to be the most daring - and menacing - production the BBC ever attempted. Find out what he said here.

Mike Smith, Michael Parkinson and Sarah Greene, presenters of TV's controversial Ghostwatch in 1992
Mike Smith, Michael Parkinson and Sarah Greene, presenters of TV's controversial Ghostwatch in 1992 (Image: Publicity picture)

Huddersfield's biggest pumpkin?

Check out this amazing beast of a Jack O’Lantern grown by sisters Amy and Katherine Gareis, 11 and nine, from Quarmby.

Childminder Carolyn Wignall said: “They grew it in their back garden in Quarmby and they are going to carve it for the 31st.... it’s so big even dad couldn’t carry it! He had to roll it from the veg patch to where it is now.”

Huge pumpkin grown by sisters Amy and Katherine Gareis in Quarmby
Huge pumpkin grown by sisters Amy and Katherine Gareis in Quarmby (Image: Carolyn Wignall)

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Halloween festival?

Think you know your Ghostbusters from your Addams Family?

Test your Halloween knowledge with our spooky quiz!

Who ya gonna call?

Kids throwing flour bombs in your neighbourhood? It’s 101 for non-emergencies, please people!

Company get in on the trick or treat fun

Elland-based firm, YES Energy Solutions got into the Halloween spirit today by running a scary fancy dress fundraiser in their office.

Staff dressed to impress in a pledge to raise money for charity, coming to work as their favourite ghouls, ghosts and goblins. Over £100 has been raised for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice as a result.

Employee Thomas Hoyle was crowned king of the undead having come to work as a servant of hell. He said:

“I couldn’t stop laughing all day – just watching zombies and ghosts filling out excel spreadsheets and calling customers about loft insulation – it was hilarious!”

“It’s good to do these kind of events in the office. It pulls everyone together and everyone has a good time.”

Staff at Elland-based YES Energy Solutions dress up for Halloween
Staff at Elland-based YES Energy Solutions dress up for Halloween

A trip to the 'most haunted house' in West Yorkshire

Reporters Blake Welton and Susie Beever took a trip down the M62 to visit West Yorkshire’s most ‘haunted’ house last week.

30 East Drive, Pontefract
30 East Drive, Pontefract

The 1950s semi-detached home on an estate in Pontefract is as far from the stereotypes of haunted buildings as you get. But did things go bump in the night down at 30 East Drive? Find our for yourself here.

Creepy living room at 30 East Drive, Pontefract, where objects are said to have been thrown
Creepy living room at 30 East Drive, Pontefract, where objects are said to have been thrown

Reminders to stay safe this Halloween

Here are some tweets remind us to stay safe this Hallows Eve!

A reminder that drivers should also take care as there will be more people out and about on the streets this evening.

Here are some tips from the fire service on staying safe:

  • Use LED candle lights instead of wax candles in your pumpkins
  • Ensure fancy dress costumes and any loose fitting clothes are kept away from any open flames including candles.
  • If you must use candles, ensure they are placed well away from any curtains or soft furnishings.
  • Keep candles away from children and pets who could knock them over
  • Do not allow children to play with matches – fire-setting is not a game
  • A responsible adult should always be in charge