Zombies and spooky dressing up at local

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SPOOKY fancy dress and live music is set to go down a storm with punters at The Winchester Arms over the Halloween weekend.

The pub, in Winchester Road, Buckland, will be transformed into a ghostly haunt complete with cobwebs and skeletons for the free evening of fun on Saturday, October 29.

The theme of the night will be ‘Paul of the Dead’, a twist on landlord Paul Fewings and the zombie comedy film Shaun of the Dead.

Tony Day and Steve O’Halloran, of Portsmouth group Napper and Vamp, are set to perform with their take on traditional Irish, country and western music.

The free Halloween celebrations will continue on Sunday as Portsmouth acoustic duo Violet Sky take to the stage to perform covers including Sting’s Probably Me and Kate Bush’s hit Running Up That Hill.

The pair will also perform some of their own material.

Paul, 44, has been running Halloween parties for the last three years at the pub, which features in this year’s Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide.

He said: ‘We’re hoping for loads of people to turn up dressed as zombies and other spooky characters.

‘In other years the turn-out for fancy dress has been fantastic, it’s very rare that people don’t make an effort.

‘The first time we did it more than 80 people came through the doors and only a handful didn’t dress up.’

Paul, who has been in charge of the pub for the last eight years, added: ‘It’s a really nice party atmosphere.

‘Everyone really enjoys themselves and beer sales over a weekend like this tend to be great.’