FRIGHTENING skeletons adorning every wall, a spooky spider’s web hanging from the ceiling and terrifying masks behind every doorway.
Welcome to Christine Fothergill’s Halloween house of horror.
But for the excited children who live nearby in the town’s Cornwall Street there’s nothing to be scared of.
In fact they can’t wait to get through the front door tonight to enjoy Christine’s annual Halloween party - and she makes some effort in making sure everyone has a Halloween to remember.
Ever since Kyle, one of Christine’s four children, was born on Halloween 21 years ago, the 52-year-old has gone out of her way to celebrate the occasion in style.
And those who dare to step into Hartlepool’s very own house of Halloween horror are promised a bigger and better party every single year.
This year Christine has forked out more than £200 on terrifying decorations and sweets and goodies for the youngsters to get tucked into.
And it isn’t just those who are at the party who are in for a treat, Christine has made up a goody bag for all the youngsters who knock on her door trick or treating tonight.
“It seems like I’ve been doing it forever now,” said unemployed Christine, stepping into her kitchen, the only room downstairs which isn’t decked out in skeletons, Dracula, spiders and other frights.
“The kids absolutely love it, every year we get every kid in the street coming in.
“I just love to see their little faces light up when they see all of the decorations lit up and all of the sweets out on the tables. The only rule we have is everyone who comes through the door must dress up.”
So what does Kyle, who is celebrating his 21st birthday today, make of it?
“I’ve never known any different,” he laughed.
“I used to absolutely love it when I was a kid.
“It was brilliant, all of my friends used to love it as well.”
His fiance, Tracey Wilford, 23, and their children Kacey-Leigh Tweed, one, and four-month-old Kai Fothergill will also be part of the fun tonight.
Christine, a grandmother-of-two, added: “It’s mainly over in America where they make a big deal out of Halloween, but the kids love it so why shouldn’t we?”
This time tomorrow Christine will be taking all of the Halloween decorations down for another year.
But it won’t be long before she’s decking the house out again for Christmas.
l An annual Halloween event at Rossmere Park has proved popular in recent years.
However, unfortunately the event has come to an end because the Friends of Rossmere Park group, which used to organise and run the event, ceased to exist earlier this year.