Archive for the ‘Childrens Fancy Dress’

Last Minute Halloween Preparations Comments Off

Posted on October 30, 2012 by admin

If you are hosting a Halloween party but you have struggled to prepare because of the frantic demands of modern life, fear not! Fancy Dress Ball has dug out some great last minute preparations for you to still make it a party to remember!


Have you ever thought of a Halloween-themed wreath? It’s the perfect time of year for it! Scour the streets for some autumnal leaves and twigs for the basis of the wreath, stick random Halloween decorations made of cotton wool to it and voila! (Courtesy of Love in the Suburbs).


We can’t take credit for this one – Martha Stewart can – but the pumpkin party cooler is one of the best and simplest Halloween ideas we’ve ever seen. If you have a spare pumpkin at home or can get hold of one, simply cut the top off it, fill it with ice and stick your drinks in to keep them cool all night!

Pumpkin Party Cooler


There are so many quick, simple things you can do with food for Halloween that it’s hard to pick and choose! Brownies always go down well at a party – all you need is icing and orange and green food colouring to make them ghoulish! These tasty looking treats are from Mummy Pages:



The First Official Superman Trailer has Arrived! Comments Off

Posted on July 23, 2012 by admin

Amidst all the hype about The Dark Knight Rises (which, by the way, is awesome), a teaser trailer for the new Superman movie has been released. Christopher Nolan, the acclaimed director of the Batman trilogy, is a producer and writer on the movie, with Zack Snyder (300) as director.

The trailer, narrated by Kevin Costner, is only a teaser and doesn’t reveal too much detail, but that doesn’t mean that it fails to get superhero fans in the mood! Man of Steel is a reboot of a classic Superman with British actor, Henry Cavill, as the superhero himself and Michael Shannon as General Zod, Superman’s nemesis.

Very little detail about the movie has been released, with cryptic comments from Nolan doing nothing to satisfy the Hollywood hunger of us superhero fanatics. The respected director is quoted as saying “I don’t want to say too much about it because they’re at the beginning of their process in terms of post-production. I think what Zack and Henry are doing is going to make a remarkable impression” (Digital Spy).

We all have a year to get our Superman costumes ready, but in the same way as The Dark Knight Rises was worth waiting for, Man of Steel will rock 2013 Batman has rocked 2012!

Batman O Clock Comments Off

Posted on July 17, 2012 by admin

The countdown to The Dark Knight Rises has entered its last few days – have you bought your tickets yet?!

It’s had hundreds of reviews over the past few days after special preview screenings around the world. Rather expectedly, it’s received absolutely glowing reviews all round – there aren’t many reviews below four and a half stars (which has only gone and got us more excited hasn’t it!).

Image courtesy of: IGN 

The Dark Knight Rises is the last in the Christopher Nolan trilogy of new Batman movies and if The Dark Knight is anything to go by, this is truly going to be something special.

One of the most anticipated aspects of this new movie is the fact that Tom Hardy, of Inception fame, is casted as Bane. Hardy is one of the most acclaimed up-and-coming actors in Hollywood at the moment and, along with Christian Bale, he has been praised for his role in the newest and hottest of action movies out there.

Friday 20th July is perhaps the biggest date on the movie calendar for a lot of people this year and that includes us! We hope you’ve got your Batman costumes in preparation!

Top 3 Fancy Dress Costumes for Kids Comments Off

Posted on July 06, 2012 by admin

Whatever the weather, whatever the occasion, kids love fancy dress – that’s a fact. There are a few occasions that are made for fancy dress, like World Book Day, for example, but dressing up is an all-year-round fascination for children of all ages (even those over 18s…).

We’ve put together a top 3 list of the best children’s costumes out there to give you and your child some inspiration for any themed parties that may be planned this summer (unfortunately, it is likely that none of these costumes will fit children aged 18 and over).

Buzz Lightyear

One of the modern classics, Buzz Lightyear is a true favourite amongst the kids, along with his mate, Woody. Your child will be off to infinity and beyond in this at their friend’s party!

Indian Girl

This is a favourite for themed dress-up days at school, children’s birthday parties and just general playtime in the park! All girls love to dress up as Pocahontas, right?

Zombie Alley Scary Clown

If you really want your child to nail the scare-factor this year, this terrifying costume is perfect. Halloween might seem like a long way off, but it’s never too early to start planning Halloween costumes for you and the family!

Vamp up this summer! Comments Off

Posted on June 22, 2012 by admin

The summer movie releases are coming thick and fast – and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter offers film fans films lashings of laughs and blood-curdling capers.

Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s book, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sees the lauded American President attempting to foil a plot by vampires to take over the country.

Tim Burton produced the film so you can expect the man who brought Beetlejuice, Batman and Edward Scissorhands to the big screen to deliver his customary madcap style again.

It’s out in the UK this week and the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trailer gives you a flavour of what to expect if you fancy watching this fantasy film.

Vampires, of course, have been a popular fancy dress genre ever since Count Dracula became a cultural phenomenon in the late 1800s.

Get their fangs into these!

First up, why not dress up your little ones in this cute vampire childrens costume?


Morphsuits are all the rage right now…but did you know you can get a vampire morphsuit? Complete with a blood-stained black suit and fangs, this is comedy gold and is bound to have fellow revellers grinning from ear to ear.

For the ladies, this gothic manor vampire costume is both sexy and scary!



Don’t forget, the key to any good vampire outfit are accessories, like these realistic toothcap fangs.

Avengers Assemble for a Fancy Dress Party! Comments Off

Posted on May 08, 2012 by admin

In the midst of all the hype surrounding the release of the new Avengers movie in the past few weeks, the American extras from the movie will be taking part in a huge fancy dress party in Ohio to celebrate its release.

Parts of the movie were filmed in the state of Ohio, so they’re all planning to dress up as the superheroes and party the night away! The event will take place in Cleveland and is expected to attract a lot of attention. To further commemorate Ohio’s part in the making of the movie, there will be an exclusive premiere of the movie for all the extras held at Cinemark in Valley View.

The Avengers has had a very successful first few days in the cinema and looks set to be one of the biggest superhero movies of the year. The blockbuster has received a multitude of great reviews, too, so it seems to be going down a storm with everybody.

Thor Costume
There hasn’t been so much hype about a movie in a lot of years, so now that the wait is over, the fancy dress parties can begin! People are kitting themselves out in costumes like the Thor movie costume and the Iron Man outfit to party in style.

Iron Man Costume

There are plenty of superhero costumes available over at our dedicated category page, too, so even if you’re not a fan of the Avengers, you won’t be short of choice!

Have a Glee-tastic Gleeday with Fancy Dress Ball! Comments Off

Posted on March 09, 2012 by admin

The Glee fanatics amongst you will be happy to hear that the Sue and Cheerios costumes have just arrived in our warehouse! And what’s more, we’ve linked up with UKGleeDVD on Twitter and Facebook to coincide with this special arrival by giving away a fantastic Sue costume!

Glee Sue Costume

Glee, it’s fair to say, has taken the world by storm, so it’s only fitting that we give the biggest fans the chance to take the reins and pretend to be Sue or, indeed, one of the Cheerios for a day.

The third season of the hit show is well underway and the Gleeks have already had re-confirmation of why they love the show so much.
Sue, the usually mean and malicious Cheerios coach, has softened up in the third season and isn’t as hell bent on destroying the Glee club – a character reformation that has left some Gleeks both surprised and pleased with the way the show is progressing.

On a gloomy note, Dave Karofsky, played by Max Adler, tried to commit suicide after he was banished from his new school but, luckily, he survived to keep gracing our screens this spring.

Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell won a lot of fans this season when they appeared as Rachel Berry’s fathers and there has been plenty of activity surrounding the desire for their return to the show.

The rumour mill is churning faster and faster as the season progresses, with hopes for character returns here and story twists there, but the writers continue to pull out all the stops season after season. The Glee train doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon and we’re definitely staying on board for the ride!

For all the latest Glee gossip and for the chance to win more Glee celebrity costumes from Fancy Dress Ball, be sure to keep checking in with our friends at UKGleeDVD on Twitter and Facebook!

World Book Day Comments Off

Posted on February 27, 2012 by admin

As you might have guessed, one of the busiest days on the fancy dress calendar is right around the corner and we’re gearing up to make sure that it remains one of the most exciting days on the school calendar for kids and parents all over the country.

Horrid Henry Childrens Book Day Costume

We’ve filled our stockroom with ideas for World Book Day costumes and are happy to help out wherever we can if you’re still looking for ideas. In reality, most kids will have already made their own choice about who they want to be for the day, but there may be some little avid bookworms who think that there’s simply too much choice.

And they’d be right. There are so many great books, great characters and, therefore, great costumes out there these days that it’s almost impossible to choose. A child’s imagination is a wonderful thing and that is exactly what World Book Day celebrates – creativity comes to the fore when you’re picking the costume of the character that has captured the greatest part of that imagination.

The official World Book Day is set for the 1st of March this year, but the event is also often referred to as Book Week, meaning that kids everywhere often get more than one chance to dress up as their favourite characters from their favourite books. The reality is, though, that most schools will celebrate one World Book Day, which is both more exciting for the children as a one-off event and far easier on the wallet for parents!

There is a multitude of children’s costumes out there, from the funny to the cute, so choosing the right one is nothing short of a challenge. Your little boy or girl might choose the character, but choosing the actual costume for that character is another matter altogether.

That’s why we’ve done our utmost to pick the best costumes in each category from around the world so you can make sure your child looks the part this World Book Day. Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to chat about any of our costumes – we’re always happy to help!

Make World Book Day a Family Fancy Dress Day Comments Off

Posted on February 23, 2012 by admin

Schools and parents all over the UK are preparing for one of the biggest fancy dress events of the year this week. Ideas are being generated and costumes are being created in households and classrooms everywhere – that’s right: it’s World Book Day on the 1st March!
World Book Day presents an awesome opportunity for kids to get kitted out in fancy dress and become their favourite character for a day, encouraging them to really delve into the stories that they (and we) love. We take a look at the top 5 kids World Book Day costumes to give you some creative inspiration:

1) Harry Potter Costumes
A splendiferously British fancy dress idea – Harry Potter is one of the enduring costumes to come out of modern British books and cinema. Single mum J.K. Rowling captured the imaginations of millions of children and even more adults with her wonderful wizardry and inspired many of us to don the robe, the magic wand and even the fake scar of the young schoolboy superstar. We might live as muggles but we can still be wizards for a day!

Child Harry Potter Costume


2) World War 2 Girls Evacuee Costume
Some might be surprised that this costume makes the list but it has proved to be one of the most popular children’s outfits in the UK at this time of year. Dressing your children up in World War costumes is a brilliant way to engage and educate them about the experiences of their ancestors. Maybe they should do fancy dress at school every day…

World War 2 Evacuee Girl Costume

3) Where’s Wally Girls & Boys Costume
Looking like a wally is what most people want to avoid, but children absolutely love it on World Book Day. Where’s Wally is one of the most recognisable characters in the land of children’s books – it’s perfect inspiration for a great big game of hide and seek!

Where's Wally Boy Costume

4) Robin Hood
One of the great storybook legends that is a must-know for all kids is the valiant Robin Hood – both in terms of storytelling and fancy dress. The tale of Robin Hood and his Merry Men was almost written for fancy dress; who wouldn’t love dressing up as the brave British do-gooder?

Peter Pan Childrens Costume

5) Alice in Wonderland
Last but certainly not least on our list is the beautiful Alice from Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Alice in Wonderland. For nearly 150 years, children have travelled with Alice on her wonderful adventure through the weird and downright whacky world that was created by one of the most acclaimed children’s writer to have ever lived.
World Book Day is a big event on the fancy dress calendar, so it shouldn’t just be exclusive to the school-kids of the world…after all, dressing up is surely more about bringing out your inner child than anything else! Feel free to follow us on Facebook for more fancy dress ideas…

Alice in Wonderland Childrens Costume

With great Movies comes great Fancy Dress Comments Off

Posted on February 20, 2012 by admin

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first Spiderman movie – the box office smash hit that shot Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst to worldwide fame in 2002. The first instalment in the series, directed by comic book nut Sam Raimi, raked in over $800 million at the box office and generated an absolutely huge amount of interest around the globe.
The superhero gained many new fans on the back of the Hollywood blockbuster and influenced many movie costumes based fancy dress parties in the process. The story, if you don’t know it, depicts one man’s battle between crime, love and identity after being bitten by a genetically modified spider in a scientific lab. The action that ensues is enthralling – true comic-book Hollywood class.

The sequels were equally as successful and that buzz is set to continue with the release of The Amazing Spiderman later this year. There has been a bit of controversy surrounding the making of what is billed as ‘the untold story’ – the fourth instalment of the Sam Raimi Spiderman series was cancelled due to differences between the director and Sony, so a new director was drafted in to bring The Amazing Spiderman to the 21st century. Marc Webb, best known for his movie 500 Days of Summer, has taken the reins.

Children's Spiderman Costume

E.W. Swackhamer directed the 1977 version of the story, but it was made solely for television and didn’t see the likes of the international superstardom that the modern movies have enjoyed. It remains to be seen how much of a success the new Spiderman movie will be, but it remains a dead cert that Spidey costumes will continue to liven up parties around the world.