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Halloween house frighteningly popular in the Hutt community.

Nov 4th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


HUNDREDS of children in costume and their parents braved awful weather to get a glimpse inside the Ludlam family’s spooky property last night.

This year marked the 16th year that the Stokes Valley family has transformed its home into a scary attraction for the Hutt Valley to enjoy.

Brent Ludlam, who works in I.T spends six to eight weeks prior to 31st of October with help from family and friends creating, building and setting up his house for Trick or treaters to enjoy from all around Wellington.


CHAIN OF EVENTS: Mike and his dad Brent Ludlam.

Mr Ludlam decided to start transforming their house soon after they moved into the area.

His son Mike who was four at the time had not had a good experience trick or treating around the streets of Stokes Valley so he started to transform his home the following year and it has just got bigger and bigger since then.

Mr Ludlam sees this as a year round job, constantly thinking of new ideas to scare trick or treaters.

He has given up previous hobbies such as restoring hot rods to put his time and money into something everyone can enjoy.

“I do this each year to give back to my community, I love to show the house off for the enjoyment of others but I also enjoy scaring people, but that’s all part of the fun” said Mr Ludlam.

The “Halloween House” includes some amazing features including, two fibre glass dragons guarding the medieval style gates, a blood waterfall, a graveyard, below, and Mr Ludlam’s personal favourite and new addition “Ludlams Haunt” – a frightening maze toward the back of his section.

The maze which he describes as “bloody awesome” is complete with features such as smoke machines, spooky sound effects, scary contraptions around each corner, cameras to capture the public’s reaction and actors waiting to jump out and frighten children brave enough to enter the labyrinth.

Mr Ludlam designs and builds most things that feature around his Halloween attraction himself.

“Im an artist at heart, I like to create crazy things. It’s easy to buy things, but I love to create” said Mr Ludlam.



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  1. Awesome! Great story.

  2. Fantastic to see such creative community spirit in action! Stokes Valley is lucky to have their own Halloween event. Great work Ludlams!

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