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.
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."