That freakish night is nearly upon us. Halloween is that sacred time of year when all the creeps and creatures of the night can truly come out to play. If there's one thing you can count on, it's raucous, ghoulish and god damn freaky behaviour. It suddenly becomes acceptable to wrap yourself in toilet roll, pretend you're an axe murderer or even become one... Moving on. Halloween is definitely the most fruitful of fancy dress affairs, so we thought this was a good time to give you the lowdown on some of our favourite characters you just might run into once the sun goes down.
The Slutty Critter
Sorry ladies, it had to be done. Less scare, more pwitty liddle kitty. Perfecting the art of pouting and the trade mark cat sneer with claw to match, these Halloweeners come in all manner of creatures. Kitten, tigress, devil, bunny, the list goes on. As long as there's a cheeky set of ears, some eyelinered on whiskers or an animal print in there, you're good to go. Think Mean Girls: "I'm a mouse, duh?". The female fail safe of all Halloween fancy dress outfits. And let's face it, always executed purrr-fectly.
The DIY Guys
"It's just basic Chemistry, yo." These guys have blown the hand crafted Halloween outfit out of the water. Toilet roll and cobwebs are no longer acceptable. Sometimes the simplest of ideas work the best; the people who go for iconic over idiotic or statement over silly and absolutely smash it on the night. When you see them you nod with respect and think, 'Well played guys, well played.'
The Downright Inappropriate
There's always one, or two in the case of these cheeky Chester clubbers. Funny? Controversial? Thought provoking? Nahh. People seem to loose all inhibitions around Halloween and you can always count on someone taking it that one step too far. Laughable (perhaps not outloud), mainly offensive and definitely frown inducing; we've seen it all. Political commentaries taken too far (insert Prince Harry dressed as a Nazi), public figures defaced in one outfit or even global tragedies made into 3D art. Yeesh.
Welcome to Fright Club. Championing the utterly terrifying masks and morph suits, these guys are crawling with Halloween thrills and scares. Obviously the aim of the game is to horrify, but there's something about a masked man that quite literally screams psycho killer. Halloween is just the perfect disguise and these folks go all out. We're looking at the ones who are uncomfortably convincing in their get up guys, you'll see them and you'll run.
The Superhero Wankers
So technically Mario & Luigi aren't superheros but they're basically in the same family. Typically seen in big groups of friends with a couple of couples in there. You can count on seeing a good spread of bloody superman's and wrecked wonderwomen, probably a batman and catwoman parading around too (followed by the unlucky Robin trailing behind in shame). And then there's Mario and Luigi. Yes, the outfits are great and the wigs even better but unfortunately it's been tried and testing a million times and you will run into some clones.
Basically the bugger in a binbag. When dressing for Halloween resorts to kitchen tactics. This is in salute to the half-a-job Harry's and the lazy Susan's that toy with a Halloween outfit, maybe splash a bit of blood on their clothes or go for the classic white face which has partially melted off before they've even reached the venue. These guys return to the nostalgic fancy dress so popular when we once roamed the streets calling on houses for tricks or treats. It's the rogue witches hat, the vampire cape, the devil's trident, the prized binbag ... oh the shame.
The Awkward Turtle
There's people you see that only warrants one response - the awkward turtle hand movement. A strong, commendable effort is there, but sadly no complimentary biscuit. These guys are always great for comedy value alone. Second is their dedication to the outfit they've chosen and got terribly wrong. Several difficulties tend to occur: navigation, perishable/breakable accessories, if you go as a statement pair you can't lose the salt to your pepper or you look like a weirdo in an awkward unexplained outfit.