There were screams coming from the Masonic Lodge at Coal Creek, with one of the most popular displays: snakes, crocodiles and lizards. Here Angeline and Anna Anthony from Leongatha do their best to scare the snake as much as it scares them! D434412.

WELL over 5000 visitors from around the region attended the most successful Halloween night at Coal Creek yet. The trick-or-treat event was most popular, with tickets selling out early in the night. The dress-up competition was again wildly popular, with a significant increase in the amount of adults getting behind the evening. Coal Creek coordinator Rowena Ashley was thrilled with the evening. “Halloween is always a wonderful time at Coal Creek, but this year has exceeded our expectations,” she said. “We had a wonderful response to our purchasing online ticket option, which has been a great help in keeping track of postcodes and less work for our volunteers.” Ms Ashley said staff and over 50 volunteers worked tirelessly to make Halloween a huge success. Ms Ashley noted how the displays were always changing, and including more people: torture chamber, Egyptian King and Queen, magic shows, story-telling, fire twirling, apple bobbing, reptile display, Meeniyan Amateur Dramatist Society shows, psychics, medieval combat displays, scarecrow competition, bon fire and more. “It’s wonderful for people to see Coal Creek in this setting, and we know a lot of people return at different times of the year for other events because they’ve enjoyed themselves so much,” Ms Ashley said.