When I was little (30 something years ago now *sigh*) my best friend and I would start planning our Halloween costumes as early as August. In those days ‘trick or treating’ was known to us kids as “guising” and generated enough excitement to very nearly rival Christmas and birthdays. We would dress up in our carefully planned costumes and call at houses around the neighbourhood to perform party pieces (usually a Halloween inspired poem or song) in return for treats. Our parents would risk serious injury carving spooky faces into turnips for our Jack-O’-Lanterns (no easy-to-carve pumpkins in those days!) and we would get soggy bobbing for apples.
Since those days, Halloween has gone from strength to strength in terms of popularity. In the USA, the celebration of All Hallows Eve is now a billion dollar industry second only to Christmas in terms of generating sales. Here in the UK we’ve also begun to adopt an increasingly American-inspired approach to all things Halloween, with a fantastic array of costumes, decorations and props now widely available. Halloween has undoubtedly become more bankable over the years, due in no small part to one very important and timeless factor – children still very much look forward to dressing up and having spooky fun on the 31st October!
So seeing as it’s now well past August and there are less than 6 weeks to go till Halloween, it’s most definitely time to start thinking about dressing-up ideas for your little darlings. At Party Domain we’ve got all kinds of exciting Fancy Dress ideas for children, including a spooktastic range of Halloween Costumes, hair-raising Halloween Accessories and some macabre make-up kits.
By Jennie Humes