Creepy Mannequin Mountain in England Will Give You A Chilling Halloween

The UK's creepiest Halloween attraction is set to open in a salvage yard which has been transformed into a zombie cemetery, with 20.000 mannequins lying in heap around, creating a chilling, scary looking scene that will send shivers down your spine.
October 26, 2021 | 15:14

What springs to mind when you think "car heist"? Is it a Fast & Furious-style style snatch-and-grab of a bank vault in Rio? A fast getaway in a Subaru WRX with classic rock blasting through the stereo? How about you trying to stuff your call full of as many mannequin body parts as possible with a 15-minute time limit? The last one is oddly specific, and perhaps may haunt your thoughts for a long time. But if you want it to be real, I have massively great news for you.

British mannequin manufacturer Mannakin has a big pile of bits, and for just 50 quid (about $70 at the current exchange rate) you can buy yourself 15 minutes of drive-through grab-time in what they're selling as a "heist." As reported by the Daily Mirror and other outlets, businesswoman Roz Edwards has a giant stockpile of more than 20,000 mannequins used on shows like X Factor and Top Gear, and she needs help getting rid of her surplus. As one does, she decided to make a game of it.

Photo: Grantham Journal
Photo: Grantham Journal

Roz Edwards keeps the thousands of dumped dummies which she lovingly restores and sells or hires out for showbiz events.

The 49-year-old has now transformed the salvage yard in Fulbeck near Grantham where she keeps her bizarre collection into a ghoulish cemetery scene.

Horror fans are being invited to take her “Awful Halloween Walk” over half-term.

Most of the dummies have limbs missing while one creepy display shows several child dolls surrounding a zombie mannequin in a blonde wig.

 Photo: The Mirror
Photo: The Mirror

Other models have been covered in fake blood while holding up the heads of dismembered mannequins.

Roz, who once hired a stack of dummies to Lady Gaga for a music video, is charging punters £23-a-head for the 10-minute walk which also features a horror movie show.

Edwards, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, returned to Britain after ten years in Malawi and set up a retail consultancy business in 2007. At that point, only a small part of the venture involved offering mannequins for hire, but demand became so great that she ended up creating her own “Dollywood”.

The salvage yard has been transformed into a creepy mannequin graveyard. Credit: SWNS (52538347)
The salvage yard has been transformed into a creepy mannequin graveyard. Credit: SWNS (52538347)

She said: “They’re being sold for pairs because it is safer walk around a mannequin graveyard with two people.

"We're already almost completely sold out.

“We’re really looking forward to a very scary Halloween.

“It's quite eerie when you drive through the yard and there are models some without arms, or heads piled up all around you.”

Roz owns over 20,000 dummies and sells them sometimes for over £600 each.

Credit: SWNS (52538341)
Credit: SWNS (52538341)

The former retail consultant had lived in Malawi for ten years but found her business on the brink of failure when the recession hit.

She employs 20 staff at her warehouse and is busy with dummy demand from all over the world.

“I wanted to be the next Mary Portas, but people kept asking me for mannequins,’ she said.

“I didn’t actually have any at the start, but I quickly bought them up from shops which had gone under in the recession.

“Soon people heard about ‘that mad woman with all those mannequins’, and it just kind of grew until now I have over 20,000.

“It’s quite eerie when you drive into Dollywood and there are models – some without arms, or heads – piled up all around you.”

Photo: Zing
Photo: Zing

Paying up and going to Lincolnshire allows you to grab as many body parts as you can fit in the trunk of an estate car (the back seats must not be down) and you can even bring a cordless drill to help you—here's the bit that might stick with you—let accumulated water out of the parts before you put them in your car.

What you absolutely, without question, cannot do is fill your trunk with hands. The Mannakin website is extremely clear on this: "We often get asked about hands. You are welcome to hands but there is a limit of 5 pairs per customer along with other parts. Under no circumstances whatsoever will you be able to fill your car boot with hands. Please don’t ask."

If you're after mannequins, then UK prices would put you north of £60 for a single pair of legs, so this is a heck of a deal if you can get away with a few torsos and your mandated limit of hands. A few scribbled calculations later, we reckon that you could be away with at least six sets of legs in the trunk of an E-Class.

Picture: Tom Maddick / SWNS
Picture: Tom Maddick / SWNS

But be careful, the mannequins are dangerous: It's easy to get overexcited as you gleefully hurl humanoid shapes into the back of your car but for goodness' sake, do not start an avalanche. Apparently, the mountainous stacks of mannequin parts are liable to subsidence, so drivers are instructed to keep their cars as far away from the pile as possible and pickers to take care.

If this sounds like your sort of road trip then, Mannakin is based near Grantham, UK, just off the A1. They describe the experience in some detail but do warn you that there are no toilets or refreshments available, to keep the heist atmosphere authentic. "Upon entry, you will be directed around what we used as the Mannakin Safari back in October. Until you get right round to the mountain, nothing is for sale, it is only the mountain that we are selling from.

"Do not get out of your vehicle until instructed when we will park you up in front of the mountain and then you can breathe a sigh of relief that your turn has come. Bring humor and have fun, please."

Picture: Tom Maddick / SWNS
Picture: Tom Maddick / SWNS
Credit: SWNS (52538368)
Credit: SWNS (52538368)
Picture: Tom Maddick / SWNS
Picture: Tom Maddick / SWNS
Photo: Grantham Journal
Photo: Grantham Journal
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