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Family home transformed into house of horrors for Halloween

Francis McIsaac and Julie Smith in Liverpool have spent nine days decorating their home

Halloween displays at a house in Liverpool (Peter Byrne/PA)
Halloween displays at a house in Liverpool (Peter Byrne/PA)

By Eleanor Barlow, PA

A home has been transformed into a gallery of ghouls ahead of Halloween.

Francis McIsaac and partner Julie Smith spent nine days preparing their end-of-terrace house in Norris Green, Liverpool, for the spooky season.

Among the terrifying props on display in the couple’s garden are a guillotine, electric chair, gallows and coffins which may be hiding some surprises.

Ice cream man Mr McIsaac, 51, said: “We’ve been doing this about six years. We started doing it for our own kids when they were younger and it just grew and grew.

“It’s nice to give something back to the community.”

The ghoulish gardens are open to the public to look around between 6pm and 9pm in the week leading up to Halloween – and the family collect donations for nearby Sandfield Park School, for children with disabilities.

(Peter Byrne/PA)
(Peter Byrne/PA)
(Peter Byrne/PA)

Mr McIsaac, a grandfather-of-four, makes many of the moving props himself in the garage of the house, and on Halloween itself the family put on costumes to scare the visitors.

He said: “People love the house, although their reactions are not so good when we jump out at them.

“There are children who have been coming to see it since they were one and are now seven years old.

“My partner enjoys Halloween more than me, but I like making all the props.

(Peter Byrne/PA)
(Peter Byrne/PA)
(Peter Byrne/PA)

“Usually it takes me six to eight hours to make something, but if it’s an animated prop it can take a little longer.”

Last year, the house of horrors made £700 for the school, but the couple hope to raise even more.

Mr McIsaac said: “This year we have had more than 2,000 shares of the pictures we put on Facebook.

“Last year we had to close the doors and only let a few people in at a time and this year we think it will be even busier.”



From Belfast Telegraph