It seems like Greater Manchester families are pulling out all the stops for Halloween this year.

And after a difficult year full of bad news and lockdowns - why the heck not?

Locals are getting into the spirit of the spooky season by visiting pumpkin patches, dressing up their little ones and transforming their homes.

But step aside humble pumpkins - this year there seems to be a brand new decoration staple that several households across Manchester have already tried out.

For Halloween 2020, these dedicated October 31 fanatics are putting their Christmas trees up early!

Halloween 2020 in Manchester

But instead of gold tinsel, red baubles, and angel to take her place right at the top - think cobwebs, spiders and a decapitated were-rabbit's head to replace your angel.

The Manchester Evening News recently asked readers to send in pictures of their spooky home decorations.

And many - like Facebook user Ree Ree Carslaw from Oldham - shared a picture of their Halloween-themed Christmas tree.

Facebook user Ree Ree Carslaw's Halloween-themed Christmas tree

'Ree Ree' said that her Halloween tree has been up for a week already and she's currently in the process of transforming the living room.

She said: "It's definitely going to be a new tradition every year in my house from now on.

"I've two wee boys that are autistic and they love Halloween so it was brilliant seeing their faces when they came home from school. They were so happy."

And she wasn't the only sharing tree pics this year.

Louise Adams' Halloween-themed Christmas tree

Louise Adams, from Timperley, Altrincham, also sent in a picture of her tree inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Louise said: "We have a Disney/Nightmare Before Christmas Themed tree and decorations!

"A bit OTT maybe but it’s the year for doing what makes you happy!"

Xena Naomi's Halloween-themed Christmas tree

More Halloween Christmas trees seemed to be cropping up across the city.

Xena Naomi, who lives in Eastlands, shared a picture of her white Christmas tree covered in artificial spiders.

She said: "The fibre optics no longer work so instead of putting this in the bin we have used it as a Halloween tree!

"So far, I've rescued it from the dog several times as she keeps attacking the spiders."

Claire Louise Perrie's Halloween themed Christmas tree

And Claire Louise Perrie, from Urmston shared her tree too.

Claire gave her Christmas tree a fun, spooky makeover topped with a bright orange witch's hat.

The tree also showcased several sparkling hanging pumpkin decorations.

And there are two lacy-looking broomstick ends sticking out at either side.