VISITORS to Dalby Forest rubbed their eyes in disbelief as a witch flew through the air intent on mischief and mayhem.
The Forestry Commission summoned up the grisly airborne apparition to promote its spectacular Hallowe’en event in the 8,600 acre beauty spot, near Pickering.
But this wasn’t the wicked Witch of the West on her broom, but rather Sara Long from York defying gravity using Go-Ape’s zip line to fly across verdant Sneverdale Valley.
It set the tone for a night of dastardly Hallowe’en entertainment later in the month when revelry descends on the North York Moors beauty spot, served up by a cast of aspiring young actors from Scarborough’s Yorkshire Coast College.
Storytellers gifted in the art of suspense will lead the unwary along a ghostly trail frequented by ghouls and spirits as plots unravel and pulses race.
Tanya Rex, from the Forestry Commission, said: “It will be a real fright night in the forest.
“The young actors love to get their teeth into a meaty role and there is nowhere better to let imaginations rip than Dalby with the owls hooting away.”
Adding to a magical evening captive bats will reveal their loveable nature and there will also be children’s crafts.
Ghosts walks start at 5.30pm and last about 40 minutes – they are suitable for children.
Booking is essential on (01751) 472771, or at the visitor centre on (01751) 460295. The cost is £5 per person.