Halloween-obsessed couple turn home into haunted house for 16th year

Spooktacular! Halloween-obsessed couple spend seven weeks turning their home into terrifying haunted house for the 16th year – as Britons decorate their properties ready for the big night

  • William Howson, 67, and wife Roslyn, 61, transformed their north Lanarkshire home into a haunted house 
  • This is the 16th year the couple have done so and people travel from all over Scotland to visit the spooky scene
  • Guisers queue up for horus to the go through the scary house,w here family members dress as characters
  • Mr Howson’s grandson Joshua Brown, seven, is seen dressed up as Chucky with mannequins for the displays
  • In Bristol, Mark Davenport has also spent the last five years building spooky displays outside his house
  • Do you have a terrifying Halloween display? Get in touch at [email protected] 

A Halloween obsessed couple have spent seven weeks turning their home into a terrifying haunted house – for the 16th year – as Britons decorate their properties in preparation for the big night on Monday. 

William Howson, 67, and wife Roslyn, 61, transformed their Motherwell home into a haunted house that leaves ‘adults terrified’ and sees people travel from all over Scotland for.

Guisers queue up for hours to go through the north Lanarkshire couple’s haunted house, which is kitted out with hundreds of creepy decorations and scary mannequins. 

Mark Davenport, 55, has also spent the last five years building spooky displays at his home on Thicket Road in Fishponds, Bristol, since moving to the area. 

William Howson, 67, and wife Roslyn, 61, have also transformed their north Lanarkshire home into a haunted house – for the sixteenth year 

Mr and Mrs Howson’s spooky home leaves ‘adults terrified’ and involves the whole family dressing up as different characters

(Pictured: Mr Howson’s daughter Nicola as Pennywise, her partner Jordan Brown as a scary jester, Colette Boyd, Mr Howson’s niece, as a scary witch, Mr Howson as Michael Myers and his grandson Joshua Brown as Chucky)

Seven-year-old Joshua as Chucky pictured with one of the spooky dolls on display at the Motherwell home

The outside of Mr and Mrs Howson’s Halloween home at night with green lights illuminating the spooky graveyard

The spookily green lit graveyard makes a good setting for the characters played by the family (Pictured: Chucky, Pennywise, Michael Myers and a scary jester) 

The north Lanarkshire haunted house sees people travel from all over Scotland to be scared by the Howsons 

Mr and Mrs Howson began their spooky attraction in 2006 and have welcomed hundreds of trick-or-treaters over the years.

It takes seven weeks to get their house ready for the Halloween display which is spread over their living room, kitchen, bedroom, hall and garden.

The couple has welcomed 600 people to their house in Motherwell in previous years and will open their doors again on October 31.

Dad-of-four Mr Howson said they never considered cancelling the event despite the cost of living crisis – and that it’s all about having fun.

The retired carpet fitter, who has 17 grandkids and one great-grandchild, said: ‘We have been doing it for 16 years now. 

The couple has welcomed 600 people to their house in Motherwell in previous years and will open their doors again on October 31

Pictured: Nicola Howson as Pennywise, Mr Howson as Michael Myers and seven-year-old Joshua as Chucky

In a video of the Howson’s haunted house, grandson Joshua can be seen dressed as Chucky 

In a video of the north Lanarkshire spooky house, scary dolls can be seen covered in blood 

The Motherwell haunted house also has a skeleton holding another skeleton’s skull

‘We never had a thought about cancelling it this year.

‘It doesn’t’ actually cost us that much to run as we have accumulated the decorations over the years.

‘The only expense is the treats my wife gives out.

‘We don’t charge people to come in, it’s just all about the fun.

‘We have to start setting up in September, there are hundreds of decorations to get out, so it takes us about seven weeks.

‘The decorations are in the hall, the kitchen, the bedroom, the living room and the garden.

‘It can be quite awkward to live with all the stuff out, especially in the kitchen when you are just trying to cook dinner.’

Pictured: Colette Boyd as a scary witch with Mr Howson’s grandson Joshua as Chucky

Pictured: One of the unnervingly spooky dolls at Mr and Mrs Howson’s haunted house in north Lanarkshire

Pictured: Joshua as Chucky, Nicola as Pennywise, Mr Howson as Michael Myers, Colette Boyd as a scary witch and Joshua Brown as a scary jester 

Outside the home of Mr and Mrs Howson, where they have hosted a haunted for 16 years, is a graveyard 

His daughter Nicola Howson, 28, dressed up as Pennywise while her partner Jordan Brown, 27, was a scary jester.

The couple’s son Joshua Brown, seven, went as Chucky and Mr Howson’s niece Colette Boyd, 35, was dressed up as a screaming witch.

Halloween mad Mr Howson said people come from all over Scotland to see the spooky display.

He said: ‘People will queue for hours to get in, we have had 600 people in previous years.

‘It’s so funny seeing people’s reactions to it, especially the adults who are scared.

‘It’s funny to see adults terrified and running out the door.

In a video of the Motherwell haunted house, a scene is shown of someone being exorcised while chained to a bed

Mark Davenport (pictured), 55, has spent the last five years putting up spooky displays at his Bristol home 

Mr Davenport’s Bristol display is covered in skulls and lights and is a popular attraction with locals 

‘Our neighbours all know what to expect now.

‘We are the Halloween house and people will stop by and ask if we are doing it again this year.

‘We put up black netting over the window when we start getting stuff out so it’s a real surprise.

‘All the family gets involved, the grandkids love it. There is not much they are scared of now.

‘I had a heart attack five years ago and it has been hard this year but I am still going.

‘It’s a family affair.’

In Bristol, Mr Davenport’s gory-looking designs may not be for the faith-hearted but it has been well-received by the local community as well as friends and family who have stopped by to check out his latest construction.

Mr Davenport’s ‘hot rod from hell’ display is popular with locals and his work has been featured at Comic and Horror Cons across the UK where enthusiasts are able to take pictures with some of their favourite movie characters from ‘Never Ending Story, E.T, Aliens and Ghostbusters’

Mr Davenport was able to build a zombie horse, a hell bike and a huge hot rod with passengers and skeletal riders for his Bristol display 

In Bristol, Mr Davenport says he likes to come up with back stories for his displays whether at home or at Comic-Cons

Using materials he has sourced himself for his ‘hot rod from hell’ themed display, he was able to build a zombie horse, a hell bike and a huge hot rod with passengers and skeletal riders. 

He said: ‘Over the last years I’ve done clowns, witches, horse and carriage and a pirate ship – but this year a hot rod escaping from hell.’

Mr Davenport’s incredible work has been featured at Comic and Horror Cons across the UK where enthusiasts are able to take pictures with some of their favourite movie characters from ‘Never Ending Story, E.T, Aliens and Ghostbusters’.

He said he enjoys coming up with back stories for his displays whether at his home or at Comic-con shows in locations such as Scotland, Wales or Weston-super-Mare.

Mr Davenport has plans to set up his own creative business but is hesitant due to the current economic climate, the ‘UK prices and Covid’. For now, he’s delighted knowing his art ‘cheers up’ his local community and thanks everyone for checking out his incredible Halloween display.

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