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BOO!!  Bill and Margaret Roper by one of the many pumpkins in their garden at their spooky Hallowe'en house in Swanfields, Long Melford.
BOO!! Bill and Margaret Roper by one of the many pumpkins in their garden at their spooky Hallowe'en house in Swanfields, Long Melford.

QUEUES of children line the streets waiting for their chance to enter a cave filled with witches and ghosts ...

This was the scene in Long Melford on Monday night as the village fell into the grip of Hallowe’en.

Youngsters came from all around to see inside the “Hallowe’en House” – extravagantly decorated each year by owners Margaret and Bill Roper with talking ghosts, witches, pumpkins and even the odd smoking cauldron.

The decorations go up solely for October 31 and the event has become something of a tradition among in the village.

“It has really grown over the years,” said Mrs Roper, who lives in Swanfields. “The only reason we do it is for the children – they love it.”

She added that preparations were usually done at the last minute, with her husband spending hours carving the 20 pumpkins for their displays around the house and the garage, which acts as the cave.

“Sometimes the children are here before we are even ready,” said Mrs Roper.

“It is a bit of a mad house but everyone seems to enjoy it and we always dress up ourselves.”