Takeaway turns into little shop of horrors for Halloween

The owners of a Hampshire fish and chip shop are putting on a spooky spectacular for customers this Halloween, which involves live actors and a gruesome graveyard.

Karen Whitlock and Victor Figueira of Lowford Fish Bar in Bursledon, Southampton, have added to their impressive Halloween display over the past eight years and it now takes them a week to complete the transformation, with the outside taking a whole day. But with last Halloween seeing trade double compared to a standard Wednesday and the whole community coming out to see the display, its owners say it’s most definitely worth the time and effort.

Karen comments: “Victor and I both love Halloween and as we're unable to do much at home due to the working hours of the shop, we put our love for it into the chippy.

“Victor started decorating his car and parking it outside the shop about eight years ago when the previous owner had the shop. Then, in 2017, when Victor and I bought it, we decided it was time to go all out on the Halloween theme and introduce decorations inside the shop too.

"Each year we’ve purchased more props and decorations and expanded to the entire front area outside the shop too."

Last year, the pair upped the ante even further when live actors were added after friends volunteered to take part.

Karen adds: "It's really good for the community as it surprising how many people it brings from the local area, which is great to see, and it gives the community something to look forward to.”

As soon as the Halloween decorations are packed away, Karen and Victor will turn their attention to Christmas with this year’s plans involving a Santa’s grotto, regular visits from mischievous elves and a festive menu consisting of pigs in blankets, stuffing balls, sprouts and parsnips all served in batter.