Halloween charity party getting scarier every year

Lauren Charlton and brother, Dean
Lauren Charlton and brother, Dean

A Rotherham family who celebrate Halloween in style every year, are also giving something back to the community

Glenn Charlton grows the giant pumpkins that attract people from 'all over the place' to their scary party.

Scary pumpkins

Scary pumpkins

Glenn, 52, said: "It's actually been a bad year this year really, I have had them up to 900lbs. It took seven people to lift that one."

"I've probably got about 80 or 90 pumpkins this year, and the biggest one is about 300llbs, yes."

The scale of the party has been growing over the last 15 years , said Glenn. "Every year it gets bigger and bigger"

"Now I've started growing all these different coloured squashes and gourds, right little weird things they are."

A correspondent calls Halloween a menace. See letter

A correspondent calls Halloween a menace. See letter

The Charltons, from Gallow Tree Road, Brecks, will this year be continuing to raise money for Sheffield’s Weston Park Teenage Cancer Unit.

Lauren Charlton, is a 26 year old Primary School teacher. She handmakes all the different masks, costumes and decorations in the display, along with her brother, Dean, 28, and her dad.

She said: "My Dad has grown a giant 300lbs pumpkin on our allotment, but he says it's not his best.

"The charity we raise money for is one that is close to our hearts, as we lost one of our family friends to cancer aged 18. Last year our party managed to raise just over £600."

Glenn Charlton with squashes and gourds

Glenn Charlton with squashes and gourds

Word has spread about the Charlton's party, with some coming from as far as Nottingham to attend.

Glenn said: "It takes about a week and a half to get all the stuff made, and then two days to set up. It's a lot of work for a three hour party.

"It's unbelievable what people come as now, over the years the costumes have got crazier and crazier. Some of them are really macabre."

"The two and three year old's are in full make up, and people even dress their pets up in costumes. We put our little dog Jazzy in a pumpkin outfit."

Glenn Charlton with his giant pumpkin

Glenn Charlton with his giant pumpkin

Together with other friends, the Charlton family have raised over £101,000 in the past seven years, in memory of their friend, Alexander Albiston.

Glenn Charlton with his giant pumpkin

Glenn Charlton with his giant pumpkin