Halloween is on its way, but if the idea of spending another year surrounded by plastic pumpkins and other cheap gimmicks make you balk, youmight like to try something out that’s done with a lot more scary style.

Nevendon Manor – a 16th-century house in Wickford – is holding a Halloween horror trail, where for seven acres of land you can walk among the ghosts and ghouls who have roamed the land for 500 restless years.

Of course, said ghouls are simply actors working on an abundance of set scenes, but it’s meant to be pretty scary and non-stop. The event has won numerous awards over the years, and this time promises to be even better with “the scariest set scenes we've ever created, including the return of our bigger-and-better-than-before eerie dolls house maze”.

Jane Aprile-Smith, of Nevendon Manor, said: “There are 70 actors working on the trail, on lots of different sets using lots of different props, with special effects, lighting and sound. Through the whole seven acres, something is constantly happening.

“It’s not like you go through one scene, then walk for a little while with nothing happening. It’s a non-stop event, all along the way, and it lasts for approximately one hour.

“I don’t want to give too much away, but people will find it interesting, scary...it works with all the senses.

“The actors in each of the scenes add to the horror of the whole experience, leaving you feeling rattled, exhausted but thoroughly entertained.”

The scary fun – which is said to be suitable for those aged 12 upwards – runs from Tuesday, October 27 until Saturday, October 31. Bookings start from 7pm and are booked in 15-minute time slots until 10pm.

Tickets are £16.95 to £19.95.

For more details or to book, visit nevendonmanor.co.uk or visit facebook.com/nevendon.manor.events