‘I’ve spent thousands on my haunted house’
If you enjoy a good scare then head to Great Waldingfield this Halloween, if you dare, after a resident spent thousands on creating her very own haunted house.
All in aid of raising money for charity, Teressa Knipe has spent a small fortune on creating the scariest haunted house she can.
Bringing in local actors, and purchasing and hiring impressive gadgets and gizmos, Mrs Knipe has even roped the local blacksmith in to donate scaffolding to hold it all together.
The Free Press has been sworn to secrecy on most of the hair-raising ideas, but can promise you will be in for a shock.
“I’m doing Halloween but in a big way,” said Mrs Knipe. “I do it each year for the local kids and it’s got bigger and bigger because each time I’ve gone out and bought something else.
“This year we decided to do something a bit different. From 6pm-7pm it will be for the young children, with free sweets. After that we will be ramping it up for the brave teenagers and adults. It gets very scary.”
On the night there will also be competition for both children and adults for the best fancy dress costumes and for the scariest cakes.
Having had the local children visit the haunted house on Halloween for several years, this year will be a one-off scare-fest for everybody.
“I like to give something back to the community. I like the neighbours to get together and have a chat,” Mrs Knipe said.
“It’s always just a bit of fun, that’s all it is for me, but I thought why not bring in some money for charity and there’s no better cause.”
On the night there will be collection buckets around the property and all proceeds will go to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
As an extra treat, for the adults, there will be mulled wine helping to calm the nerves after they have taken a trip through the haunted house and terrifying grounds.
Living in a very secluded, quiet part of the village, the many spooky surprises waiting are sure to jangle a few nerves, and there will be photographers waiting to capture that moment of shock, with photos going on the internet after the event.
Only being held on October 31, Mrs Knipe is hoping the event is a success, with people from across the Sudbury area visiting.
For those brave enough, the address is 41 Brandeston Close, Great Waldingfield, CO10 0XY.
But be warned, you go there at your own peril...