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Halloween Costumes

Halloween Costumes
Every October, Halloween catches the imagination of the nation as millions people of all ages don their favourite scary halloween fancy dress outfits and set out to scare anything that moves. Our extensive range of costumes, props and even coloured contact lenses will help you get frightfully creative this Halloween to make sure you provide the best fright of the night
The classic costumes remain as popular as ever, while Hollywood movies continue to inspire new ones, but if you find yourself bored of the bland and banal this October, browse Fancy Dress Ball's Halloween department for some of the darkest, scariest and sexiest new Halloween fancy dress outfits available!

Halloween fancy dress is undoubtedly one of the nation’s favourite pastimes every October, but people just aren’t as scared by the same old predictable capes and witch hats anymore. That’s exactly why, here at Fancy Dress Ball, we are constantly working to increase the nation’s fear factor year on year by offering you the most petrifying costumes on the market. This year’s creepy catalogue of creations includes Malice in Wonderland, which is bound to put the jitters up anybody who is unfortunate enough to set their eyes on you.
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Every October, Halloween catches the imagination of the nation as millions of people of all ages dress up in their favourite scary fancy dress costumes from Animals to Zombies and anything in between and set out for Fright Night in style. Adults ready to party to wake the living dead and children armed with tricks up their sleeves...unless they get thier treats!

Here at Fancy Dress Ball we have everything to help you get your spooky fright fest off to a scream, with our extensive range of costumes, wigs, props and a large range of colourful and wonderfully freaky contact lenses your’e sure to make it a ‘FRIGHT’ to remember!

HALLOWEEN ORIGINS:

Halloween, a yearly passing celebrated in many countries on the eve 'All Hallow's eve' on the 31st of October. All hallows eve has both christian and celtic influences, a feast influenced by western european harvests and festivals of the dead linked with the pagan roots of the Celtic Samhain, Samhain was observed as a gateway to another dimension where souls of the departed and other such beings would enter into the real world and welcomed with festivals, described as Feast of the dead. Though it was believed that malevolent spirits also entered at Samhain and in an attempt to ward off these evil spirits folk would wear costumes which is a strong link as to why we dress up today also jack o lanterns 'carved pumpkins' originated from pagan rituals though instead of pumpkins they would use turnips to create lanterns, carving faces into them to ward off evil spirits from their homes swell as to light their way on Samhain night. Another legend is that of a trickster named Jack. Who one day tricked the Devil and captured him in a pumpkin and paraded him throughout the town. Unwittingly Jack set him free but the Devil cursed Jack and banished him as a spirit in hell. It was believed, Jack was released on the eve of Halloween to terrorize the country all night. In order to wade of jacks evil presence a pumpkin with a face carved into it was placed outside the home to scare Jack into believing he was seeing the Devil. Although we see Halloween as an American tradition (as they seem to embrace it a lot more than us) it was originally a British tradition, not until the mass immigration of the Scottish and Irish in the 19th century that Halloween was brought to America, the festival gradually bled into mainstream society and by the 20th century many across the continent of all social and racial backgrounds began celebrating Halloween.

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HALLOWEEN MOVIES:

Halloween is a good time to dim the lights get a bowl of popcorn snuggle up and watch horror movies the new and the old, though there is really no beating the classics at this time of the year, notably the nights namesake 'Halloween' John Carpenters classic from 1978 accompanied with its unforgettable soundtrack also scored by John Carpenter.

 

The film went on to become the first in a Halloween Franchise. Beginning on Halloween night Michael Myers, only six years old murders his older sister with a huge kitchen knife.

 

After fifteen years of incarceration at a high security psychiatric hospital he escapes and returns home to Haddonfield on Halloween night stalking teenager Laurie Strode played by Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film was produced on a budget of $325.000 and grossed over $70 million worldwide and $240 million as of 2012, it is one of the most profitable independant films ever!

HALLOWEEN TODAY:

Halloween activities today are a lot more fun and lighthearted than that of its origins. Trick or Treating and dressing up in Fun and scary Halloween Costumes where children go around their local neighbourhood, knocking on doors with the question "Trick or Treat?" say trick at your own peril as this refers to an act of mischief to be carried out on the homeowners property if no treat is given so be sure to stock up on candy on the 31st of October. Though we know in America, Halloween has often seen to be celebrated more, though it didn't appear on their shores until 1911, it originated in the 16th century within the United kingdom and over the recent years it has gained mass popularity back on these shores. In the past it was seen as a night for children to go out trick or treating, now…Adults are joining in on the festivities too, Halloween Costume parties are thrown, people go out into town in group fancy dress and ghost tours are very popular with participants dressing up as they are shown through some of England's older historically preserved and major cities such as London and York, which is known as the most haunted city in England. Traditional Halloween Costumes are often based on mythical and supernatural figures like monsters, ghosts , skeletons, witches and devils. Nowadays the costume range is vast and do not necessarily have to be scary, from popular fiction characters, celebrities and generic characters from cowboys, pirates and princesses, anything goes but the scarier the better…all the afore mentioned categories are often zombiefied which is a popular look for Halloween ie: dead celebrities, ghost pirates, zombie princesses etc, a bit of blood and latex make up is all that's needed.

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