Family tickets to some of Yorkshire’s most exciting attractions will be the reward for our Halloween competition winners this week.
Readers have been putting pen to paper in their dozens in a bid to win the coveted YEP Scary Story crown for young writers, after we asked under 16s to write 300 words to complete our spine-chilling intro last week.
Scores of budding photographers have also been sending in their Spooky Selfies in the hope of winning our Halloween prize haul, which we can reveal includes bundles of festive goodies, tickets to the Halloween-mad Lightwater Valley theme park, near Ripon, and passes to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, near Doncaster.
And there is still time to get involved and be in with a chance of winning our spooktastic prizes as the closing date for both competitions is tomorrow at 5pm.
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 yourself one of our top prizes, including tickets to some of the county’s most popular attractions, by emailing us the spookiest of selfies or the scariest of stories to get in the spirit of Halloween this year.”
This year Lightwater Valley is once again running a whole host of Halloween specials as it becomes Frightwater Valley.
Terrifying attractions include a live scare maze, ghost train ride, trick or treat doors, ghostly pirate tales and a UV monster puppet show from October 31 to November 2.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park also promises to be a haunt for Halloween thanks to a special trick or treat trail and firework display.
ENTER OUR SPOOKY SELFIE COMPETITION
A petrifying picture of a Yorkshire Evening Post reader could win you a casket of Halloween goodies this festive period.
As part of our comprehensive cauldron of coverage, we’re appealing for YEP readers to take Halloween-themed photographs of themselves with family, friends or even pets and send them in to be in with a chance of claiming a top prize.
Entering the YEP Spooky Selfie competition has never been easier. You can email, tweet or post your entry on our Facebook page, or even use the brand new ‘upload your photos or videos’ tool on this webpage.
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.
Send us your Spooky Selfies by tweeting @LeedsNews, posting on the www.facebook.com/yep.newspaper Facebook page or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and titling your email ‘YEP Spooky Selfie’.
ENTER 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 write 300 words of petrifying prose to win a Halloween goodie bag and have their work printed.
All you need to do is finish off our short story with 300 carefully chosen words that will leave readers with a fright.
Entries can be emailed to email@example.com 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.
Complete the story
“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 tarmac 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...”