Halloween Costume Ideas 2013

Has anybody started planning their Halloween costumes yet? If you’re looking for inspiration, check out this piece I penned for Do More magazine.

Halloween is sneaking up on us and it’s almost time to dust off the decorations, carve the pumpkins, stock up on sugar and fashion the perfect fancy dress. The key to creating a great costume is imagination, planning and a fantastic fancy dress shop! Take a closer look for some All Hallows Eve inspiration…

With witching hour almost here, many of you may consider a traditional horror-themed costume, be it zombie, witch, ghost or vampire. But with so many shops offering a conventional fancy dress option, it can be difficult to find a unique and exciting costume.

The Hollywood Party Centre in Bournemouth offers a fantastic selection of Halloween attire, from “Grotesque Burlesque” dancers to “National Horror Service” zombified doctors and nurses.

A great source of inspiration for a spooky costume is the King of Halloween himself, Tim Burton. Create a costume based on one of his most iconic characters and buy a second hand gown from a local charity shop and transform yourself into The Corpse Bride. Give your vintage gown a new lease of life by accessorising with deathly make-up and a liberal sprinkling of cobwebs, whilst feeling utterly angelic for contributing to charity!

The options for costumes are vast and you may wish to don a less ghoulish garb this Halloween. Popular alternatives include superheroes, celebrities, cartoon characters and ‘blast from the past’ costumes.

For inspiration, take a peek in Fun Fancy Dress, located in Parkstone Road, Poole, which provides an array of costume ideas: 1920-1980s attire, Cleopatra to Cavemen, Cowboys to Cops – and those are just the themes beginning with ‘C’! Don’t forget, you always have the option of adding a spooky touch to an ordinary costume.

Why not take inspiration from this summer’s blockbuster The Great Gatsby and create a dead flapper costume, echoing the immortal line “a little party never killed nobody”. All you need is chic 1920s attire and a smattering of fake blood to create the most stylish and scary fancy dress yet!

If you’re searching for a costume for your own little monsters, take the opportunity to engage their imaginations and fulfil their wildest dreams. Are they a Disney princess, superhero, pirate or a budding student at Hogwarts at heart? Delve into a fantastic selection of costumes for children and adults alike at The Rock Bottom Toy Store in Southampton at a budget price. With a great range of Halloween accessories on offer, make sure you stock up on blue body paint to transform the whole family into an army of Avatar aliens or a squad of Smurfs for an cheap and cheerful costume.

Whether you’re a Princess or a Pirate, a Wizard or ‘Where’s Wally?’ find yourself a great costume and have a Happy Halloween!

Hollywood Party Centre, Bournemouth | www.hollywood.uk.com
Fun Fancy Dress, Poole | www.funfancydress.com
The Rock Bottom Toy Store | www.rockbottomtoystores.co.uk

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