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Fancy Dress Ideas - Find a Halloween Costume Online

Updated on December 3, 2012

You've been invited to a fancy dress party, and you need some ideas because you just can't think of what to go as.

Have a read here and see if anything strikes a chord with you.

Sometimes it is just ideas we are short of.

Other times, we may have a fancy dress costume or two stuck away at the back of a wardrobe but perhaps for you it's the wrong time of the year.

If your costume is furry and all-encompassing, you're going to be too hot wearing it to a summer party. Alternatively, your skimpy outfit will leave you shivering if it's winter.

Even if the house or venue the party is being held in is centrally heated, you still have to travel to get there.Try and pick something suitable for the season.

It's always handy to have one or two fancy dress costumes kept in reserve anyway, for those last minute party invitations, or even worse, those parties you have been looking forward to for weeks, but only discovered at the last moment that it was fancy dress!

Sailor Costume

I am including a selection of outfits for both sexes, seeing as both are likely to read this page. If there is a third sex that I don't know about, I'm afraid you'll just have to mix 'n match!

Sexy Pin-up Navy Girl

Includes the skirt, top, belt and hat as shown in this picture.

First Mate Sailor Men's Costume

Include pants, shirt 100% poly-poplin and blue scarf.Hat not included. Offered here separately.

Life on the Ocean Wave

Everybody loves a sailor, and make the party go with a swing with a sailor costume. Always glamorous, sailor outfits are sexy and eye-catching. Get your chance to show off your dancing skills with one of these outfits.

Sailor Costume

Waitress Costume

The only trouble with wearing a waitress costume to a party is that everyone will keep handing you their glasses to refill and asking you to fetch them food! Plus if you do sit down to try and enjoy yourself everyone will think you're a right lazy git for not getting on with your job! On the plus side, expect some tips!

As Amazon themselves say, many of these outfits can be used theatrically so if you are involved in any amateur dramatic society, you may find all your costumes at a really great price for your next production.

Waitress Costume

Zombie Costume

Again more with Halloween in mind, a zombie costume is a great idea. Even better if there are a few of you and you learn to dance to Michael's Jackson's Thriller. That would really set the scene!

Don't be tempted to wear a zombie costume to the dancing (in a nightclub), you might find yourself in a spot of bother if fancy dress wasn't on the agenda for the night. Don't be surprised if the management ask you to leave, assuming you got past the bouncers in the first place.

Nor is it advisable to walk down the street wearing one, especially if you develop a stilting gait. You may frighten the children.

Zombie Costume

Flapper Costumes

Recreate the roaring 20s with one of these fantastic outfits. There is nothing old-fashioned about the look they had in the 20s - in fact, they could teach us a thing or two about style!

Make yourself feel fantastic, sexy and sophisticated at any party wearing this outfit. You'll be the Belle of the Ball!

This fabulous purple flapper costume consists of a velvet dress in sizes 6 - 14, a headdress with feather and feather trimmed glovelets. You just need to supply the shoes, stockings and obligatory cigarette holder.

Purple Flapper Costume

photo courtesy of amazon
photo courtesy of amazon

Grim Reaper Costume

A grim reaper costume is perfect for setting the scene and scaring the ladies! The bringer of death is just the costume to wear to a Halloween party, though I wouldn't advise trying to get into the Friday night disco with this on. The bouncers would confiscate your scythe as a 'dangerous weapon' (even if it is only plastic).

Grim Reaper Costume

Dracula Costume

Dracula Costume

Wow! Doesn't this lad look HOT! If all vampires looked like this we'd be queueing round the block to get a look-in, wouldn't we girls? In fact, I think everyone who works for the blood transfusion service should dress like this - they could take my blood any time!

California Costume Women's Adult-Vampire'S Mistress

This women's Adult Vampire Costume is gorgeous! Available in sizes Small to Medium, this really is an outfit for a slender lady, but wow! you'd feel empowered wearing this dress and not a little scarey. The Costume arrives with dress with front lace detail, feather collar to wear round the neck, and hair ornament.

The dress itself is cold water hand wash only.

As far as fancy dress ideas go, this one is great. I'd wear it anyway, fancy dress or not (if I was slim).

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      Lauren O'Donnell 

      8 years ago

      We had a Fudge 44 fancy dress party this Halloween for my friend Stephanie's 25th. We got our outfits for less than $15 each including our wigs from our local fancy dress shop and from our parent's dodgy wardrobes, lol :D everyone really made an effort except for one or two people who just wore suits. My friend Martina was Noel Le Mar and my cousin Sean was also Le Mar. There were three good Jean Claudes but no Sals! That was the big talking point. Why did nobody do Sal? Especially as we all decided he could look esclator-squished! There were plenty of Fenton's which was the guys being lazy. Like none of them watched the film methinks. BASTARDS! After hanging out at the Stephanie's for a while, we moved on to the disco bar called "Yuio", which is in the centre of town. Everybody thought we were supposed to be gangsters and we all told them about Fudge 44 and they said they were gonna watch it.

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      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks! I'm one of these people who can never decide what I want to be, so I'm hoping that someone will get some good ideas from here that will help them make their mind up.

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      Dobson 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Well, the source for great Halloween constumes has been found. Izzy you have a swell lineup here, sure to please a seeker of any taste!

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      Pro Design Source 

      8 years ago

      That is definitely true Izzy!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      That's what we used to do as kids because we never had the money to go out and buy a proper costume. Lot easier to just buy one instead of having the get the needle and thread out 'converting' something else.

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      Pro Design Source 

      8 years ago

      Great ideas! I've used a thrift store Christmas dress for a Halloween Costume before. Really easy to turn into a Princess Dress.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      Isn't it just! Imagine meeting that on a dark night! Would give you the heebie-jeebies! Thanks for commenting :)

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      Wendy Krick 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      Great selection, Issy. That Zombie costume is very realistic and scary.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      Really? Not many women sailors are they? I've no doubt her real uniform will be a lot more substantial than any fancy dress costume :)

      Oh...you wanted a mini-dress length, didn't you?

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      Tony 

      8 years ago from At the Gemba

      Love the pictures, want to get my wife dressed as a sailor now (She is a qualified "seaman" but never seen her in uniform!!)

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      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks K9. Had some fun putting this all together too :)

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      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      Gotta tell ya, I am a big Halloween fan! Halloween costumes, decorations and anything else spooky and fun. Great insight on how to locate good costumes for the big day!

      K9

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      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks Humagaia :) Working on # 3 at the moment :)

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      Charles Fox 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub for those looking for fancy dress and Halloween costumes. You've started on the road to the 30 target.

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