The best and worst costumes and traditions to make the news

Sadly this year we can’t expect the usual clusters of kids pounding the streets in search of enough sweets to fill a cauldron, or even be tempted to squeeze into our favourite Hallowe’en horror film costumes once again for a gorily good party or three.

Still, we’ve got super reliable Sky Broadband Superfast for streaming the scariest movies we dare watch from the safety of our sofas, and if the kids aren’t knocking at the door, we can scoff those treats, right?

So cheer yourselves up, grab a sack of candy and come on a journey with us through our favourite hits and misses of the Spooking Season, including some very British attempts to get the “trickery” right.
Let’s start with Hollywood’s very own Queen of Hallowe’en…

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Former model Heidi Klum is famous for her Hallowe’en parties. Every year the celeb crowd really put the “cost” into costume as they doll themselves up for her famously spooktacular party, but few can outdo their hostess. Last year she dressed as an alien with her bloodied astronaut victim – her husband Tom Kaulitz – in tow. The effect was gruesomely glorious. Klum’s parties are such a highlight on the celebrity circuit they now have their own sponsors. Though we suspect even she will have to rein in the guest list this year.

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One old lady opened the door to a bunch of men dressed up as firefighters. “You’re a little old for this,” she chided them, before dropping a sweet into each of their upturned helmets and closing the door. The doorbell rang again. The firefighters were back, this time to put out an illegal leaf fire in her garden. They kept the sweets.

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We associate pumpkins with a good ol’ American Hallowe’en, adding a splash of fiery orange to cold, drab autumn. Once upon a time, lanterns made of turnips (“neeps” in Scotland) were the highlight of a British Hallowe’en. Some regions also celebrated winter by trooping from house to house with a dead wren on a pole, picking off feathers and singing at doors in the hope of being given food or a beer. You can see where trick or treating might have come from – presented with a dead bird, most of us would probably reply by throwing a bucket of something horrible.

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Well, a “hit” for this hapless schoolboy’s mates anyway… early experiments with costumes aren’t always reliable, as one teen proved when he bathed in green food dye to perfect his Hulk look. It worked brilliantly, but he’d forgotten that his school photo session was the next morning. Food dye takes at least three days to come off – something he learned the hard way.

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Grown ups can’t be relied upon to get it right every time, either. It was only when one American student turned up at a psychology department Hallowe’en bash, elegantly dressed as a big, furry rat, that she discovered the party wasn’t fancy dress. Ouch, talk about leaving with your tail between your legs.

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Hallowe’en fancy dress can trip up the most unlikely people. Earlier this year, one minister of information (we’ll spare his blushes by not saying which country he’s from) celebrated the launch of a satellite by tweeting a picture of a space suit, and the words: “Astronaut suit, bright future.” Twitter being Twitter, it took about five minutes for someone to identify the “astronaut’s outfit” as a $20 Hallowe’en costume with the Nasa badges digitally removed. The minister responsible was presumably given a rocket.

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During his stint in Hollyoaks, actor Gerard McCarthy once called on the talents of the show’s make-up team to help him prepare for a friend’s star-studded Hallowe’en party. He confessed to the New York Times that he spent all day in a make-up chair to be transformed into Freddy Krueger. His dedication paid off – the paparazzi loved it when he made his entrance. He was a hit! However, his getup soon turned into a “miss”. A full on Nightmare on Elm Street, you could say. The heat and sweat made him think his head would explode and after hours of partying the prosthetics had all but welded to his head. In the end it was too unbearable. Eight hours to put on, just three minutes to rip off!

Broadband so fast its frightening

For costume inspiration, grossly gooey cake recipes and streaming your fave horror films, you can rely on Sky Broadband Superfast for a fangtastic Hallowe’en. It comes with their Speed Guarantee as standard – get the speed they promised or money back. At least that’s one bad dream you WON’T have.

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