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Halloween house of horrors returns to terrify visitors for good cause

PUBLISHED: 12:50 28 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:50 28 October 2017

Lorrie Thackeray in his garden cemetery.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Lorrie Thackeray in his garden cemetery. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A self-confessed Halloween addict will be feeding his hunger for all things horrifying by scaring the wits out of visitors to his Suffolk home.

Lorrie Thackeray has made all of the decorations.   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Lorrie Thackeray has made all of the decorations. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Each year, Lorrie Thackeray raises money for charity by inviting people to tour his ‘haunted house’ in Peterhouse Crescent, Woodbridge.

The 24-year-old begins preparations weeks in advance of the big day – an occasion he looks forward to with more anticipation than his own birthday.

Last Halloween, more than 300 people plucked up the courage to walk through the front door – with one adrenaline hunter travelling from Colchester for the heart-thumping experience.

Mr Thackeray hopes to raise at least £250 for Make-A-Wish UK – which grants wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions – by asking for online donations, and cash in a collection bucket on the night itself.

Lorrie Thackeray in his house, decorated for Halloween to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish charity.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Lorrie Thackeray in his house, decorated for Halloween to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish charity. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“I try to come up with new ideas every year,” said the father-of-two, whose three-year-old daughter, Layla-May, and two-year-old son, Freddy, have been eagerly lending a hand with preparations for Tuesday night.

“I’ve got surprises planned in every room.”

Mr Thackeray chose a ‘haunted house’ theme for the living room, where spooky old-fashioned portraits will trigger a few scares.

A blood-soaked bathroom also awaits visitors brave enough to venture onward – through the sense-rattling kitchen and down a specially built creepy corridor to the hair-raising final frights that lurk outside.

Lorrie Thackeray in his garden cemetery.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Lorrie Thackeray in his garden cemetery. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“I live and breathe Halloween,” said Mr Thackeray.

“It has always been an obsession – from decorating my mum’s house as a child, to making my own props as I got older.”

Mr Thackeray hopes his house of horrors will delight those with an appetite for the macabre – but people of a sensitive disposition might wish to stay home and draw the curtains.

“People who like being scared will absolutely love it,” he said.

“It’s not for the faint-hearted – there’s a sign on the front door warning people about smoke, loud sound effects and strobe lighting.”

Donations to Make-A-Wish UK can be made in a collection bucket at the house on Tuesday night.

Anyone who can’t make it along, but would still like to make a donation, can visit justgiving.com/fundraising/lorrie-thackeray1.

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