SLIDESHOW: A week of ghoul-ish goings on around Ripley and Heanor

From pumpkin carving to haunted houses – and even haunted trains – Ripley and Heanor folk have been getting in the spirit (excuse the pun) of Hallowe’en this year.

Just check out this ghoulish gallery of shots from around the area from the weekend as youngsters got dressed up in all manner of frightful costumes at a series of organised events across the towns.

Halloween steam trains - Ria and Evie Pinkey and their grandparents David and Shan Moore

Halloween steam trains - Ria and Evie Pinkey and their grandparents David and Shan Moore

In Waingroves more than 50 people lit up the community centre for a pumpkin lantern parade on Saturday, November 2.

The Community Association and Woodland Trust put on a late afternoon scary pumpkin parade through the village woodland and a fancy-dress junior disco. More than 20 youngsters entered their sculpted creations into the pumpkin carving competition, which was judged by Mayor of Ripley Cllr Alwyn Bridge.

Chairman of the association John Stamp said: “It’s the first time we have organised a pumpkin parade and it was fantastic. Seeing all the lanterns lit in the darkness with the different carved faces alongside the children in Hallowe’en fancy-dress made for a really tremendous family event.”

A series of spooky trains have operated at Midland Railway – Butterley last week, with children invited to ride on the vintage carriages in fancy-dress.

And there was plenty of fun to be had at Denby Pottery, where youngsters entered a spooky ‘house of fun’ to make and decorate scary items to take home.