Bradwell man's incredible Halloween display to return - for one day only
PUBLISHED: 16:25 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 24 October 2018
Head to Neil Potter’s house on October 31 and you’ll find the Grim Reaper in the front garden, a skull-clad front door and blinking skeletons beckoning you in to trick or treat.
Gigantic spiders climb the walls and the ground is swamped with a soupy fog, beneath which, who knows what lurks?
Now in its seventh year, Mr Potter’s incredible Halloween display in El Alamein Way, Bradwell, has staked a claim to be the spookiest around.
And what’s more, it’s entirely homemade - right down to the animatronic Death who sits hauntingly in the driveway.
Mr Potter, 57, who works as a driver for Jewsons, said he started the display in 2011 to scratch his creative itch.
“I enjoy making things out of bits and pieces, so I started with some polystyrene gravestones with funny writing on, and the children in the street loved it,” he said.
“The next year I made a Grim Reaper and lots of people liked it, so I’ve just kept adding bits year after year.”
The growing display has cost Mr Potter ‘thousands’ - but the price tag could have been far scarier.
“I’ve got a skull archway over the door which I made out of plastic milk bottles, and it looks really good,” he said.
“That cost me around £120 to make. But I’ve looked at buying one from the US and you are talking about £1,500.”
This year’s additions include a three-headed dog called Cerberus - although Harry Potter fans have already dubbed him ‘Fluffy’.
And while the display is spooky, the almost military planning it takes to get it set up is even more terrifying, due to Mr Potter’s refusal to have it standing outside Halloween hours.
Set up starts at 11pm on October 30, with Mr Potter working until around 3am, when he then gets around three hours sleep, ‘if I’m lucky’.
On October 31 itself, he is up at 6am to pick up where he left off, and works through to 4pm, when children begin to queue along the street to get a glimpse.
Mr Potter, who dons a Jack Skellington outfit, is then joined by his family, handing out around £350 worth of streets throughout the evening.
The display is put on for fun but is also raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) this year.
And Mr Potter says it is all worth it.
“Seeing the look on people’s faces when they see things that I’ve created, and they are amazed, is really nice.” he said.