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Halloween Fancy Dress - The Best Ever
Halloween Fancy dress
This is the 'Best Ever' Halloween Fancy Dress page you will find on line. How can we say that? Well, to start off with, Props n Frocks have been established at our Essex base (in the UK) since 1998. We are not running our online store from a back garden shed, and we see these items on customers in the shop every day of the week. We note their feedback and can give honest advice regarding each costume or accessory as they have all been 'road tested' .
Great information, Great links to other sites, Good, honest advise, Great costumes for all budgets and sizes, FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE for ON LINE PURCHASES - what more could you ask for?
Props n Frocks is based in the UK and Halloween is celebrated a bit differently here than in the US. Generally in America, costumes are called a Halloween costume, even if they are not traditionally what us Brits would call Halloween. This lens is looking at Halloween costumes from a UK point of view and will only discuss traditional Halloween costumes such as Dracula, Witches, Zombies etc...
Halloween is one of our peaks of the year, so please do not leave ordering your outfit or accessories until the last minute. We always do our best, but even the fantastic Customer Care Team at Props n Frocks cannot produce miracles.
What Our Customers Say About Us...
We know that purchasing an item on line is always going to be a bit more risky than going into a shop and trying it on. 80% Of our customers come to us via personal recommendation, The reputation for quailty is so important. - Here are just a few comments we have had lately...
"Hi, Just to let you know I took delivery at about 2pm this afternoon, your service was very swift."
"I am so happy with my order. Quality, price, fast delivery, fantastic. Thank you."
"Many thanks, 150 head boppers received on the 11th and excitedly worn by 3,4,5 & 6 year olds dancing to S Club and Mamma Mia for an hour!
Will definitely use your company again."
Props n Frocks has a designated Customer Care Team - available 7 days a week who will answer any queries, keep track of your orders and alleviate any problems that may occur. You can contact them by telephone or email.
Some of Our Halloween CostumesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Halloween is growing in popularity every year (in the UK), possibly because of the various safety issues associated with Guy Fawkes/Fireworks Night (November 5th), although we are noticing some 'cross-over' with V for Vendetta masks becoming popular. Over time it has become the busiest time of the year for traditional fancy dress shops and that trend is possible is also true of on line stores as well.
AS we said in our summary, in the UK, the majority of our customers still wear traditional 'horror' Halloween costumes (Dracula, Witches etc..). In the US, the trend is for people to wear any style of costume, so it is not uncommon to see a Snow White out Trick or Treating! We anticipate that the trend for wearing non traditional Halloween costumes will also drift over to this side of the pond, but I do not believe that the UK will go over to everyday costumes for this spooky time of the year as much as our American cousins. This page will concentrate on the traditional style of Halloween costume
One of the great things about Halloween is that it does come every year, so if you do purchase a costume, you can normally wear it at least once more, making it more cost effective. It is also possible to make any costume into a 'Halloween' costume, by adding a bit of fake blood, ripping the costume, adding teeth marks, or other special effect around the neck or throat, hey presto, you have a cheap Halloween costume!
Props n Frocks has a huge range of adult Halloween costumes, from sexy witches to Freddy Krueger and the Grim Reaper. New costumes are added to our range every year, so it is always worth checking the website for the most up to date selection of Halloween outfits.
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Ladies Plus Sized Halloween Costumes
It wasn't that many years ago that if you were a large size that a UK ladies size 12 that you would struggle to find a suitable Halloween costume. Luckily that has now changed with many of our lines going up to a UK dress size 18 -20.
If you are a larger sized lady, we would suggest that you contact the shop and we can give you some honest advice, as the sizing that is on the packaging can be a little misleading. As we see ladies in the our costumes in the fancy dress shop, we can honestly say if the item has a good chance of fitting you as some will suit ladies with larger busts etc...
As you can see from the image of this beautiful purple sexy witch, just because you are a larger size, does not mean you need to go frumpy, oh no, you can be as sexy as you like!
We offer the following costumes in a wide range of sizes...
* Sexy Cat Costumes
* Bloody Prom Dress
* Pumpkin Costumes
* Wicked Witch Of The West Style costume
* Devil Lady Costumes
* Sexy Vampiress Costumes
Ladies Sexy Halloween Costumes
There are some great sexy ladies Halloween costumes available to purchase, but remember you can always make any Halloween costume look sexier just by wearing fishnet tights, or stockings, and a couple of other accessories. Eyelashes are always a huge hit at Halloween time.
A lot of the sexy costumes are quite short, so you may decide to wear a pair of shorts underneath to make you feel more confident. Another way to feel more confident if you are wearing fishnet tights, is to wear a pair of 'American Tan' tights underneath. This way, our legs will look as if they have a natural tan (always a good sign in late October!) and it gives you two layers on your legs, but it still keeps the sexy look.
The costume, pictured right, is another example of a lovely sexy costume. The sides of this dress actually lace up. So rather than always needing to wear a short costume, this costume gives you a different type of sexy Halloween outfit. Again, to make yourself feel more confident, you may wish to wear a natural coloured vest, or top, underneath.
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Mens Halloween Costumes
Where the ladies tend to favour a sexier Halloween look, with men, we have found, the gorier the better. We also find that men do not mind wearing a mask with their costume.
Here at Props n Frocks, we offer a huge range of mens Halloween costumes. Over the years the range of male Halloween costumes has improved. It wasn't that long ago where all you could purchase for a man would be a Dracula or Wizard costume. What a difference in choice there is now.
There are variations on a theme and you will find some different Grim Reaper style costumes. These are always popular with men, especially if they do not want to do too much in the way of getting ready. They can even wear 'normal' clothes underneath so they can get changed halfway through the evening - we must remember that not all people like dressing up!
The Scream costume is a variation of the Grim Reaper and again, is very simple to put together. For those of you wanting to be a bit more adventurous, why not go as a Zombie? We have some fantastic Zombie costumes, including some in a plus size as well for you larger chaps.
With the success of The Twilight Saga, Werewolf costumes and vampires have increased in popularity. Vampires are so easy to do and if you are on a limited budget, they are a great cheap costume option. We stock a large range of some fantastic vampire fangs, some even have gold, or bloody fangs. This more modern vampire style costume does not really need anything else, but you may want to add to your costume with some fake blood dripping down from your mouth, and possibly a cloak for added effect. We find that the majority of our customers will put a werewolf costume together as we offer such a great range of werewolf accessories to make it quite easy, and cost effective to do so.
There is also a large range of licensed costumes on the market. What we mean by 'licensed' is that the costume is associated with a film, for example, Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street). Jason Vorhees (Friday 13th) or Michael Myers (Halloween).. These costumes are instantly recognisable, but do tend to be a little bit more expensive than a generic costume as the company who is granted the license (for a small, or should we say very large fee) has to recoup their money somehow.
There are some fantastic Halloween masks that you can purchase. Masks are ideal to complete your required look, or to help you to join in with the theme without making that much of an effort.
Your eyesight in a mask can be a bit restrictive,so some people may actually open up the eye holes a little bit more to achieve better vision. Please do not drive, or operate any machinery, whilst wearing a fancy dress mask.
Most masks are designed for the male market (ladies will only wear a mask if it is a masquerade style of eyemask, in our opinion). Some masks are what we call a half face mask. These masks will normally not cover your mouth, so that you can talk, eat, and most importantly, drink with the mask still in place. Other masks will go completely over your head and cover your entire face. If you do not want to ruin the effect of the mask, you may need to drink your drink through a straw. We do admit, that most people, will remove their masks after a period of time and only replace them for photos.
There are a lot of licensed style of mask on the market. Like with licensed costumes,these masks are designed to complete a licensed character such as Beetlejuice. The costs of these licensed masks, like the licensed costumes, will also tend to be more expensive than a generic 'wizard' mask.
A great mask trick if you are looking for a easy and cheap Halloween costume. Wear dark clothes, purchase a cheap black cloak and a mask and you have a great looking Halloween outfit.
If you know that you will be removing the mask at some point in the evening, you may wish to put some make up underneath. When you remove the mask, you have another gruesome face underneath.
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Halloween Make Up & Special Effects
Make up is a big part of Halloween. You may only be using a bit of fake blood, but that is still considered to be make up to us.
Always make sure that you are not allergic to whatever make up you are going to use. it is always a good idea to do a small tester spot before you completely cover your face. We stock Snazaroo make up at Props n Frocks. Most reputable make up companies will provide good information on its packaging advising of what you should do.
Always start off with a clean area and then build the colour up slowly. Try to use a damp make up sponge - always try and remove as much water as you possibly can before you add any colour. This will help to make the colour more even.
To get the look, as in the image right, all you need to do is build up the neck with some face putty shaped like a long sausage. Fix it to the neck by pushing out the edges. You can also use liquid latex to fix the special effect into place. Using a flat edge make a slit where you want the cut to be. Using your fingers shape some of the edges so that it looks like flaps of skin. Put some black face paint right into the 'cut' and then use a thick gel blood to put into the cut. Adjust as necessary.
Props n Frocks stocks a whole range of make up and special effect products so that you can create a gory look at home.
Check out our page full of Halloween Make up tips Halloween Make up Tips
Fancy dress accessories will help you to complete an outfit that you have purchased, or help you to create one from scratch at home. We find that at Halloween accessories out sell actual Halloween costumes. So what is an accessory? Well, accessories can be anything from jewellery, make up, capes to wigs. We will look at Halloween wigs in their own section just a bit further down this page, but in this section, we will look at the most popular Halloween accessories that Props n Frocks sells.
Jewellery We stock everything from Dracula medallions to ladies rings, necklaces and bracelets.
Hats Witch hats are obviously very popular at Halloween, but we also stock wizard, grave digger hats & numerous styles of hats that can be distressed to create a Halloween look.
Gloves Gloves are a sophisticated way to create a sexy devil or vampire look. We also stock some great cat gloves and mens gloves in black and white, ideal for many Halloween outfits.
Werewolf Accessories - This is a very popular range for us. We stock some great werewolf accessories including, hands, facial hair, teeth, ripped shirts, and masks.
Witch Accessories Our range of witch accessories includes: Noses, tights, shoe covers, black lipstick, tooth black out and hats
Cat & Devil Accessories Always popular at Halloween, our range includes: Tails, Ears, horns, hair clips, whiskers, masks and gloves.
Some Halloween Accessories That We StockClick thumbnail to view full-size
A wig can change your appearance dramatically and are always a fundamental part of most fancy dress costumes. Not everyone likes wearing a wig, but most people will happily wear a wig, even if it is just to create the initial impression when they arrive.
Due to hygiene reasons, we do not accept wigs, that have been removed from the packaging, back as part of our Returns Policy.
Wigs come in all sorts of styles and colours. Most fancy dress wigs will be nylon, and as such, should be kept away from naked flames, or heat. Real hair wigs are available but do cost considerably more money. Wigs only come in one size, and as most wigs are based on a flexible netted base, this makes them suitable for most people's heads. Due to this under netting, it is not possible to change the wig too much as the netting will be seen underneath. It is also not possible to straighten, or curl a wig, as the appliance of heat can cause the hair to melt. Our team are always on hand if you wish to discuss what you are trying to achieve with a wig and can advise you which wig would suit you best.
Ideally, store you wig on a polystyrene head when it is not being worn. You can freshen up your wig, by rinsing it in warm water (with a drop of fabric conditioner), rinse and allow to air dry. Do not use any form of heat on the wig to dry. Use your fingers, or a soft baby style of brush, to gently brush the wig. If you are too harsh, the hair will frizz (a bit like doll's hair tend to).
Props n Frocks stocks so many styles of wig, there is not really set wigs especially for Halloween, check out the photo gallery below, as this will show you some of our wigs that are popular at Halloween.
Halloween wigsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Sometimes you will need a weapon to make your Halloween costume complete. Some costumes, such as a Scream style costume will need to have a knife to make the costume look complete. We offer 2 versions, 1 plain and 1 bloody. The bloody knife, pictured right, is especially great at Halloween.
Another Halloween costume that really needs a weapon to finish it off is a Grim Reaper costume. This costume requires a scythe.Long and short versions are available, although, we favour the longer version for this particular costume.
Bloody style costumes, like our Horror Doctors & Nurses also require a bloody blade, or similar style of weapon, and Devil costumes always look better if you carry a trident (of which there are lots of versions available to suit all types of devil outfit).
Do be aware that if you are travelling, especially by plane, that weapons, even fake ones, could delay your journey. It may also be worth thinking about whether children will be present at your function - some schools will refuse to let children in with any type of weapon, fake or otherwise.
Halloween Eye Accessories
Legally, we are not allowed to call these 'Contact Lenses', although a lot of our customers will ask for them by that name.
Props n Frocks stocks a huge range of eye accessories and they look fantastic with any Halloween fancy dress costume. Each pair of lenses comes complete with full instructions, cleaning solution and storage pots. The lenses can be used as many times as you require within a month of opening.
For some, there is a natural reluctance to be 'putting things in your eye', and it may be an idea to practice putting them in and ensuring your are comfortable wearing them before your actual event. So long as you follow the instructions (especially the part about keeping them clean and using the right cleaning solution, you should be fine.
The most popular lenses at Halloween are the plain white, the plain white with black ring, plain red and all the colours of the cat eye.
Some of our staff have worn these in the shop, and they look so spooky, It is hard to explain, but they do add an extra Wow factor to your ensemble.. If you want to make an impact this Halloween, you should compliment your costume with some eye accessories.