Hallowe'en is frighteningly popular
Tourism attractions are building up to a spooktacular Hallowe'en with the feast becoming a moneyspinner second only to Christmas.
Virtually every attraction in the region has a special event on to welcome the ghouls and the ghosts. The "zombie pound" is reportedly worth more than £300 million to the UK economy, up from £12 million in 2001.
And local businesses have been quick to cash in on the growing craze for Hallowe'en which conveniently falls during the half-term school holiday.
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From the witch at Wookey Hole, to the ghost trains on the heritage lines and the pumpkins at Over Farm in Gloucestershire, families have a wide range of specials to choose from.
Bob Smart, of Visit Somerset, said: "Trick or treat simply didn't exist 20 years ago and the whole idea of going out for some entertainment on Hallowe'en only came about in the last five years.
"Now everybody is pushing it for all its worth and the customers are piling in. Easter is difficult to define in tourism terms but Hallowe'en is much easier to promote.
"It's become a particularly important event that extends the season and the youngsters have a really good time."
The Hood family from Shepton Mallet, Somerset, will have one of the scariest Hallowe'ens in the West Country after winning a competition to spend it 200 feet underground in the caves at Wookey Hole with members of the Ghostfinders Paranormal Society.
Deanne Hood, her husband Mark and their nine-year-old twins, Aaron and Connor are aiming to stay until 6am. Mrs Hood said: "Our minds are open to pretty much everything when it comes to the supernatural. We are apprehensive but really excited at the same time."
Even the animals at Bristol Zoo have been tucking into carved pumpkins and skull-shaped piñatas filled with tasty treats.
But more than 1,400 students in Exeter have been left disappointed after a huge Hallowe'en party was cancelled at the last minute.
Some assumed the wet weather forecast was to blame, but the organisers issued a statement which read: "Over the past 72 hours we have received an appeal against our license by the local authorities raising last-minute concerns over the nature of the woodland venue."
There is also sadness in the Forest of Dean after revellers learned tonight will be the last underground Hallowe'en party in a former mine at Clearwell Caves.
After 45 years the owners Ray and Jonathan Wright say they no longer have the stamina to stay up until 4am to police the popular event.
But some say the celebrations are going too far and James Creighton, 25, was asked by police to tone it down after a parent complained his Hertfordshire home decorated with skeletons, bloodied corpses and cobwebs was frightening local children.
Student mental health nurse Katie Sutton delivered a 5,500-name petition demanding officials at Thorpe Park in Surrey change the name of its horror-themed attraction, The Asylum Maze.
Asda also withdrew a fancy dress costume, described on its website as "a mental patient", which featured someone covered in blood and brandishing a machete.
Many older people have come to dread falling foul of 'trick or treat' but police forces say they have managed to reduce antisocial behaviour by working with shops, schools and young people.
Some put on events such as the a spooky treasure hunt and disco at the Youth Club in Portishead to tempt youngsters off the streets.
In Avon and Somerset the number of 999 and non-emergency calls on October 31 has dropped dramatically from 4,563 in 2007 to 1,020 last year. Over the last two years the number of 999 calls on Hallowe'en fell to below 500, a decrease of 60 per cent compared with 2009.
Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson, who leads the force's response to antisocial behaviour, said there will still be extra staff on duty.
She said: "There needs to be a balance so that children and young people can enjoy 'trick or treat' while vulnerable members of the community feel safe and supported. People should be prepared for some noise from excited children."