4:24pm Friday 1st November 2013
VILLAGERS are warning visitors to watch out of creepy characters and ravaging residents who have been spotted roaming in the dark.
The George and Dragon pub in Hudswell, near Richmond, is hosting its annual Halloween scarecrow competition in terrifying style as residents and local groups have come out in force to out-scare each other with their gruesome entries.
Jackie Stubbs, landlady of the pub, said competition was fierce and regulars at the pub would remain tight-lipped about their creations until they were unveiled.
She said: “There is definitely a lot of rivalry and everyone seems to get more imaginative each year.
“Some people have actually complained about one of the village scarecrows because it has been frightening children – it is called Vlad the Impaler and is of a zombie scarecrow impaled on a huge wooden steak, with plenty of fake blood.
“We also have an Adams Family, a stabbed drunken zombie on a bench, some zombie children and an enormous spider wed with a three-foot spider on it with a child wrapped up in spider web – it is fantastic.”
Mr Stubbs said judging is done by everyone who visits pub, who will vote for their top three scarecrows, and the winners will be announced next week.
The top prize is a Halloween cake, complete with marzipan spiders, made by Olwen Westerman of Super Cool Cakes.
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