Hatfield man transforms home into spooky Halloween castle

PUBLISHED: 15:18 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:18 31 October 2016

Steve Penstone-Smith outside his house decorated for Halloween and raising money for Carers in Hertfordshire.

Steve Penstone-Smith outside his house decorated for Halloween and raising money for Carers in Hertfordshire.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

A dad from Hatfield has transformed his home into a Halloween castle complete with dragons, witches and cauldrons to raise money for charity.

Steve Penstone-Smith, 40, a professional props maker who is known as ‘Mr Props’, created the ghoulish display in the front garden of his home in Primrose Close.

Steve said: “We’ve built a castle in the front garden with a witch’s lair with a cauldron and a dragon’s head coming through the wall.

“We’ve got cages and fire traps and we’ve got a pit of despair and a smoke machine. Everything’s all lit up.

“We’ve got an electric chair with a man inside and that lights up and makes lots of noises.”

The display also has dancing pumpkins and a giant spider on the roof.

Steve’s wife Jolene has multiple sclerosis, and their children Kasey, 17, Kia, 15, and Codie, 12, are all young carers.

Through his Halloween display, Steve hopes to raise money and awareness for the charity Young Carers in Hertfordshire.

He said: “Carers in Hertfordshire have been amazing. My three kids are young carers and they have done so much for my kids, I can’t thank them enough.

“We don’t have a lot of money so we can’t give back like others can. This year I decided to go all out and go nuts and raise money for them.”

Welham Green-based building firm Pexhurst donated all the materials, including £800 to £1,000 worth of wood, to help build the display.

Steve said: “I have been making props since I was 10. My first prop was a Phantom of the Opera chandelier with my dad. A lot of it’s all been made over the years.

“The witch itself was donated by Lets Dance in WGC. The dragon I made out of cardboard.

“Every year my front garden gets bigger and bigger with displays because Halloween is the Christmas of prop masters.”

So far the Halloween castle has raised £445 of its £2,000 target. The castle is available to visit between Friday, October 28 and Monday, October 31 from 6pm to 10pm.

To donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mrprops

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