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Halloween 2016

Ghoul or ghost? Skeleton or Vampire? There’s a monster selection of kids’ costumes available right now but ‘witch’ will impress the most?

Ahead of Autumn's Belfast FASHIONWEEK 2016, director Cathy Martin talks us through the very best Halloween buys from some of the high street heroes that will be stepping out on the catwalk...

ASDA

Hands down, ASDA has the best variety of costumes at very affordable low prices ranging from £7 to £15, so whether your kid wants to look adorable or scare the bejeezus out of friends and family, ASDA has you covered.

The boys’ costumes consist of the awfully cute spider, pumpkin and bat choices, or the monster onesie. The Frankie and skeleton packs are the ideal choice for a cute costume with just-enough gore. The ninja and glow in the dark skeleton costumes will make your kid feel too cool for school, but you might get a fright when you see your child dressed in the timeless ghost, werewolf, pirate boy, or the more alternative options, including Goosebumps’ Slappy, the metallic robot and the American footballer. The vampire, zombie or Day of the Dead costume may leave little ones feeling a tad too spooked.

With their teen costumes ASDA has pulled it out of the trick or treat bag with the scare level this year. With the grim reaper, fright knight, Goosebumps Jack O’Lantern and mischievous Jester you won’t know whether to laugh or scream! The costume that will have you running for the hills though is the hair-raising creepy clown costume. Your child will not be out spooked this Halloween… And nor will parents after horrifying news stories based on clown predators. It’s probably not a safe bet in terms of costumes, to be honest.

The girls’ costumes include a variety of magical witch costumes including pink witch, sequin witch fairy, cat witch, sequin ball gown witch and green witch with light and sound effects. The more alternative pumpkin witch fairy and spider witch princess are also options to make them the coolest witch in the coven. The ghost, cute cat onesie, little devil, Spiderella, Monster Girl, skeleton onesie with pretty tutu detail and pirate girl are all absolutely adorable. The ‘Belle of the Ball’ Miss Halloween costume or vampiress will make your child look and feel all grown up and fabulous. The scariest costume is the spooky white dress with veil. The front panel of the dress mysteriously changes from a scary skeleton picture to an image of thorns and roses … jeepers!
The teen girls’ costumes of zombie cheerleader, Jesterella, Fallen Angel, Ragdoll, and neon fairy will make her look rebelliously cool but scary at the same time.

NEXT

Next’s Halloween range is limited, but in a nice ‘compact and bijou’ way, however the black skeleton and orange pumpkin sparkly tutu outfits are absolutely adorable, a great option if you want your little ones to look cute as a mini pumpkin. Costumes range from ages 3 months to six years with prices from £16-£22. They also have a few spooky style T-shirts your child can wear in the run up to the main event to give them a suitably scary build up.

M & S

M&S has more to offer with its range of costumes for boys and girls. The girls’ choices consist of the classic scary witch and skeleton costume, or a corpse bride if your child really wants to dress for the occasion. The fairy costume, which includes a wand and butterfly wings, and the ladybird leotard costume are so cute they are sure to fly off the shelves! Boys’ options include the standard vampire, Frankenstein and the more alternative corpse groom. Marvel fans might choose to become a hero in disguise as the ‘Friendly Neighbourhood’ Spiderman or the fantastic Iron Man. M&S costumes prices range from £24 down to the simple two-piece pumpkin costume which is just £12.

2016 Halloween Honours List

Cutest - Bat Onesie (Asda)

Most Fabulous - Corpse Groom (M&S)

Coolest - Glow in the dark skeleton costume (Asda)

Best Alternative - Halloween Goosebumps Slappy Fancy Dress (Asda)

Most Popular – Superheroes will always win the day (M&S)

Best Value for Money - Pink witch, Skeleton and Green Witch all only £7 (Asda)

Scariest - Glow in the dark Hoop Clown (Asda)

Best Baby/Toddler - Pumpkin Dress Up (Next)

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