Spook yourself silly with the YEP this Halloween!

Lucy Martin at Whiteley's Farm, Pudsey, with pumpkins ready for Halloween. Picture by Tony Johnson

Lucy Martin at Whiteley's Farm, Pudsey, with pumpkins ready for Halloween. Picture by Tony Johnson

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The Yorkshire Evening Post is planning a frightful festival of Halloween hocus pocus, and we want you to join in.

Every day until Halloween on Friday October 31 we will be trick or treating readers with everything from spine-chilling stories to cobwebbed competitions.

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As well as enjoying our interactive coverage of every ghoulish and gruesome we are launching our Scary Story contest for children and our first ever Spooky Selfie competition, where winners of both will claim a casket of Halloween goodies. We’ll also give you the inside scoop on what to do and where to go to mark Halloween, as well as road test all sorts of costumes and festive fare.

Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the YEP, said: “This year we are taking our Halloween celebrations to the next level, and we’d love you to join us.

“Bag yourselves some petrifying prizes by sending us the scariest of stories, emailing us the spookiest of selfies and send in your Halloween recipes, pumpkin carving pictures and videos.

“Why not get in the spirit of the holidays by following our comprehensive cauldron of coverage?”

Readers of all shapes and sizes are being urged to send us Spooky Selfie photographs of themselves, friends or family dressed the part for the Halloween before Tuesday October 28 at 5pm.

We’ll be publishing the best selfies in the YEP and online, and put all entries forward to our eerie expert panel before the winner is revealed and rewarded for their frightening photo.

Every day until Halloween your newspaper will feature a page jam packed with festive listings, competition updates, giveaways and stories.

Meanwhile the YEP website will be give you the lowdown on everything from pumpkin festivals and haunting horror film screenings to ghost walks and themed events.

We also want to hear about your Halloween events, traditions, family recipes, pictures and videos.

Send us all of your festive selfies, videos and information by tweeting @LeedsNews or posting on the www.facebook.com/yep.newspaper Facebook page or emailing yep.newsdesk@ypn.co.uk and titling your email ‘YEP Halloween’.

YOU DECIDE SAM’S FATE IN OUR SCARY STORY COMPETITION

Budding young writers could have their own gruesome tale published in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

We have teamed up with Aldi to launch the second YEP Scary Story competition, where we ask children aged 16 and under to finish off the start of a terrifying tale by writing 300 words of petrifying prose. The winner will scoop a Halloween goodie bag and have their work printed in the YEP.

All you need to do is finish off the start of our short story below with 300 carefully chosen words that will leave readers with a fright.

Entries must be emailed to jonathan.brown@ypn.co.uk titled ‘YEP Scary Story’ and give the entrants, name, age and contact details before Tuesday October 28 at 5pm.

You can also post entries to Jonathan Brown, Editorial, Yorkshire Evening Post, No1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS12 1BE.

An eerie calm filled the air on a cold, dark night in Leeds – it was Halloween.

The deserted street was dimly lit from the flickering streetlights above, the thin evening mist making it hard to see much more than a few yards ahead, leaving the squelching echo of Sam’s footsteps on the harsh, rain-sodden road below the only sound for company.

The temperature is falling, the chill of the October night is pinching at Sam’s skin as his warm breaths instantly freeze and blend into the misty atmosphere.

Suddenly he hears a noise in the distance. His ears strain and eyes widen as he senses it slowly coming closer, and closer. Sam holds his breath, stops and turns to find...

Thomas Williamson, photographer. Image by Paul Craig Photography

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