Open for October half-term, meet the makers behind our spooktacular Gothic Garden trail…

We’ve always known we had an exceptionally talented team amongst the younger members of the Chawton House staff and the creativity and imagination demonstrated in our Halloween garden trail only serves as proof for what they can do! From ghostly figures dancing on the lawn, to a giant spider ensnaring wanderers in the Wilderness and floating heads dangling from the fairy tree, it’s fair to say we’ve never seen anything like this before at Chawton House.

Forest of floating heads

The Gothic Garden Trail was created by Sasha Dean, General Assistant, and Lucy Abraham, Events Assistant. They handmade each of the features on the trail using a variety of materials, including chicken wire, paper mache and even a child’s pop-up tent!

Made from a pop-up tent!

Explore our Gothic Garden Trail and look for a Grim Reaper in the old Shepherd’s Hut a dog’s ghost in the old Knight pet cemetery. Entry to the Gothic Garden Trail is included in admission but any child wearing a costume gets to visit for free!

Find out more about the creators of the Gothic Garden Trail:

About Sasha

Sasha Dean is a young actor, trained in Musical theatre and straight acting. She earned six Distinctions for her Level 3 Performing arts Extended Diploma and Stage Management course at Queen Mary’s College in July 2020. Her studies of Stage management involved making props, set and much more. Alongside this, she also has an Art GSCE and can use and apply SFX makeup, to enhance both acting performances as well as her art pieces. Sasha is the mastermind behind the trail and only 19!

About Lucy

Lucy is our first ever Events Assistant and surely the only Kickstarter employee to have co-created a Gothic trail in the country! She studied BTEC Level 2 & 3 Textiles, Fashion and Art at Alton College, Sixth Form. She has an interest in all things Gothic and Halloween with a love of the macabre! Lucy hopes to pursue a career in prop making, set design and creating costumes.