Antiques for Everyone creaked open its doors to the public today, with some chilling collectables on offer in time for Halloween.
The popular fair, held at Birmingham’s NEC three times a year, has been going 18 years now and is the most successful of it’s kind in the UK.
This time round though “the more macabre and unique, the better” says exhibitor George Johnson. His spooky offerings include golden skulls, glass eyes and death masks. "The dark side of the antiques trade is doing really well... I have just sold a skull to a radio DJ!" he said.
Elsewhere on show, a 1920’s ventriloquist’s dummy and taxidermy items from the early 1900’s.
James Gooch, another dealer, says Gothic items are really popular - "People seem to want unusual and unique objects... They are one-offs and therefore have rarity value."
The show runs from today until Sunday 3rd November.
Nottingham and Derby have been voted the third and fourth 'spookiest' cities in the UK.
There have been 300 reported paranormal sightings in Nottingham in the last 25 years.
In Derby, 180 sightings have been reported.
Police in Leicestershire have urged anyone planning to go trick-or-treating to play safe and respect the wishes of anyone who does not want to get involved.
Warning people not to "be a devil" this Halloween, the force has issued posters for people to put in their windows to let people know whether to knock on their door or not.
Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police have launched a leaflet and poster campaign urging people to stay safe during Halloween.
The campaign will aim to deter unwelcome callers ‘trick or treating’ in the run up to and during Halloween.
A campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour over Halloween will be launched today in Leicestershire.
Police officers have teamed up with the city council to issue posters to residents, who can put them in their windows to make it clear whether trick-or-treaters are welcome or not.
It comes after the number of calls to police about anti-social behaviour more than tripled on Halloween night last year.
Police handled a total of 247 complaints - up from the usual average of 68.
- Many people suffer from Samhainophobia which is an irrational fear of Halloween.
- Trick or treating came from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to pacify spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a festival to mark the end of the Celtic calendar year.
- In China lanterns shaped like dragons and animals are hung around houses and streets to help guide spirits back home.
- People used to carve their Halloween lanterns out of turnips in Ireland to keep evil spirits away.
- The tradition of wearing masks on Halloween is stop the spirits recognising the living.
- Collecting sweets door to door actually started in England before it reached the USA
- If you see a spider on Halloween it is said to be the spirit of a loved one watching you.
765 witches have descended on Warwick Castle for a world record attempt!
West Mercia Police is running its 'No Trick or Treat' campaign once again this year to ensure everyone has a safe Halloween.
Youngsters who are going out trick or treating are being urged to have fun without causing distress to other people.
Police are encouraging residents to display a specially designed ‘No Trick or Treat' sign in their window or door if they do not wish to be disturbed by nuisance visitors on Wednesday 31st October or over the weekend.
Mike Stephenson, Crime Risk Advisor, West Mercia Police, said: "We have specially designed 'No Trick or Treat' posters, which carry advice for householders on the back. Trick or treaters are asked to show respect and move on if they see one of the posters."
The bad weather over the last few months has caused real problems for one farmer who grows an unusual crop in Lincolnshire.
Europe's biggest pumpkin grower, David Bowman, says his yield is down by a fifth this year, which is expected to have a huge effect on him financially.