No Halloween fun at famous Motherwell house of horrors because of coronavirus fears

A Halloween-obsessed couple who spend weeks transforming their Motherwell home into a terrifying haunted house have taken the tough decision not to go ahead with it this year.

William and Roslyn Howson, of Fort Street, have welcomed hundreds of guisers over the years but are disappointed to announce that, because of the pandemic, the 2020 event has been cancelled.

William said: “After careful consideration and consulting with the local MP we regrettably have come to the decision not to go ahead with this year’s Halloween display.

“We would be responsible for policing social distance measures and taking details for track and trace. We think under the current circumstances it’s safest not to proceed and hope to see you all next year.”

a girl is dressed in a costume: Halloween House, Motherwell.

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Halloween House, Motherwell.

William, who has been in the shielding category, says this year was going to be bigger and better than ever before as they approached their 14th year.

It takes the couple eight weeks to get their house ready for the Halloween display – unpacking 40 boxes of decorations, bought from as far away as Japan and America.

They had even started putting things up on their walls but decided that, after the recent Lanarkshire lockdown, it would be safer to cancel and re-arrange for next year.

William added: “We are gutted but we have to think of everyone involved. We only ever have five people in the house at the one time but there are crowds that gather outside and this would require policing and various other things put in place.

“It’s just not going to be possible. I have my own health problems too so have to think about that. We are very disappointed but there is always next year.”

The pair started the tradition after throwing a Halloween party for their grandson’s fifth birthday in 2006.

Trick-or-treaters queued up on the narrow street for hours to go through the haunted house, which was kitted out with hundreds of creepy decorations and scary mannequins.

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Grim claims about mother’s role in Sydney ‘house of horrors’ case

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It’s the most basic of parental duties but the mother of a Sydney five-year-old allegedly beaten to ‘within an inch of his life’ is accused of a hideous betrayal. 

Daily Mail Australia can exclusively reveal grim details of the case against a Cabramatta mum, 31, who was found with her injured son at home late last month. 

Court documents reveal the mother, who cannot be named, is accused of failing to get her son ‘appropriate medical attention’.

That’s after he had allegedly suffered ‘significant and persistent physical harm and abuse’ over a period of up to two months. 

The details of how police allege the mother let the boy down can be revealed as she was hit with a fresh charge on Wednesday of intentionally wounding the boy.

Her boyfriend, 20, has been accused of the same offence, with police to allege in court that he beat the child with a stick or wooden pole. 

As the mother was refused bail at court on Wednesday for the brief of evidence to be served, it can be revealed questions have been raised about the boy before.

A photo leaked to Daily Mail Australia from the woman’s now-deleted social media pages shows the boy with several scratches or scabs on his head two years’ ago. 

The picture prompted a friend to ask in Vietnamese ‘what’s happened with his face’, but the mother did not publicly reply. 

It is not suggested that the marks were necessarily caused by abuse, neglect or wrongdoing.

The boy was found at his mother’s red brick rental about 9.50pm on Friday, August 28 in a critical condition. 

He was taken to hospital where he was placed on life support. 

It took five days for the boy to wake up at Westmead Children’s Hospital, with loved ones crowing that it was a ‘miracle’ he was alive.

‘I couldn’t imagine how (the father) would be if he lost him, he means the absolute world to him,’ one source said.

Police confirmed on Wednesday that the boy is still in the care of doctors, some twelve days after he was found. 

But he is in a

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Your guide to keeping food moths, fruit flies, and other horrors at bay in your kitchen

I will never forget my first run-in with them. It felt sort of dirty, and not in a good way. It was a Sunday morning, The Archers on the radio, mixer lifted on to the kitchen counter, oven preheating. I lifted a plastic tub of flaked almonds down from the shelf and to my visceral and skin-crawling horror, well, the tub was crawling, moving, pulsing with tiny white larvae. The top of the container was thick with white webbing.

Do you have the enormous good fortune to be reading this somewhere in the Outer Hebrides? If so, now seems as good a time as any to ask whether you could hear the scream that pierced the calm of my London kitchen. I was surprised no one called the police. In fact, they probably should have as over the ensuing 24 hours I did thousands of utterly merciless murders (sorry-not-sorry, once again, to the man who called me speciesist when I wrote about killing clothes moths).

Food moths – Mediterranean flour moths, Indianmeal moths, Ephestia kuehniella, Plodia interpunctella, whatever you want to call them – no thank you, strictly not welcome here, and I will do everything I can, armed with vacuum cleaner, hot soapy water and bin bags, to rid myself of them. By the powers vested in me by Kilner and Ziploc, be gone from this place.

If you find even the merest hint of an infestation (you may see the tiny moths fluttering about, too), don’t waste a second. Start by taking everything out from the cupboards. Next, give cupboards – and shelves and drawers – a thorough vacuum, then toss the bin bag or empty the cylinder contents into the outside bin. Give everything a thorough wash with hot, soapy water, paying close attention to any dark, hidden places. I thought I had got rid of them all and then found some taking a nice rest cure inside the drawer runners.

Next, inspect everything before you put it back. Look carefully for webbing, larvae and pinprick holes in packaging. Examine under paper labels and packet seals, and around the rims and lids of jars. They love flour, cereals, grains, nuts, dried fruit, some dried herbs and pasta particularly, so pay close attention to them. Toss anything that shows signs of infestation into the outside bin. If you have dried goods such as flour that don’t appear to be infested but which you’re worried about, seal them in a plastic bag, and put them in the freezer for a week to kill any larvae, before decanting them into Kilner or other glass jars, or plastic tubs with tight seals.

When everything is soothingly moth-free and order is restored, stick some food moth pheromone traps up in your cupboards (Demi Diamond Food Moth Traps, £6.99 from These work by attracting the male moths, which stick on to the paper and then can’t mate. They also provide a good way to monitor whether you still have an infestation –

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