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Hitwise, the leading competitive intelligence service on the web recently published a report on Halloween costume related search terms in the UK market. They confirm what many in the fancy dress industry had had already suspected, but it is still interesting to get the confirmation from such a respected source:

Aparently Jokers’ Masquerade is the most popular fancy dress and Halloween costume retailer in the UK and has seen a 25% increase in visits since Halloween 2007. Batman and the film The Dark Knight seem to be the theme for this Halloween, with the most popular specific costume search being ‘joker costume’, and searches for ‘batman costume’ and ‘catwoman costume’ coming in the top 10 for the week ending 18/10/08.

Top Costume related Searches (4 weeks ending 18/10/08)

1. joker costume
2. pirate costume
3. batman costume
4. alice in wonderland costume
5. witch costume
6. devil costume
7. jack sparrow costume
8. catwoman costume
9. beetlejuice costume
10. tinkerbell costume

More about Hitwise
Hitwise provides its 1,500 clients around the world with daily insights on how their customers interact with a broad range of competitive websites, and how their competitors use different tactics to attract on line customers. Since 1997, they have pioneered a network-based approach to Internet measurement. Through relationships with Internet Service Providers around the globe, Hitwise’s patented methodology anonymously captures the on line usage, search and conversion behaviour of 25 million Internet users. This unprecedented volume of Internet usage data is seamlessly integrated into an easy to use, web-based service, designed to help marketers better plan, implement and report on a range of online marketing programs.

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Many people ask me about making their own Halloween costumes and where they can find Halloween costume patterns. I think if you want to make Halloween costume, a good way to start it to take a look at what others have done before you. So in this post I have decided to make it a picture gallery of the best homemade Halloween costumes that I could find.

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omemade creative Halloween costumes
Just because you are making your own costume, does not mean that they don’t have to be creative. In fact I believe that some of the most creative Halloween costumes are those that are homemade.

Home-made Boys Halloween costumes
This Homemade Barbarian Boys Halloween Costume is awsome, but I think that only advanced makers of costumes should give it a try!


Homemade Women Halloween costumes
This picture shows just what is possible if you really put some effort into making your own Halloween costume.

Homemade Halloween Witch costume
Scary witch costumes and Halloween go together like Tom and Jerry, and what I think is great about them is that a wich costume is pretty simple to make. In the example below, all you really need to do is make the pointed hat out of some cardboard painted black, some face paint and then some old clothing. The witches broomstick is also pretty simple to make.

Homemade Superhero Costumes
Ok, I know that these are not scary Halloween costumes, but it is becoming more and more pupular not to wear scary costumes for Halloween and Superheros are really big at the moment, I think that these ones pictured below are particularly brilliant!

Least effort as Possible Halloween Costume
Ok lets say you have left it to the lastminute and you just dont have time to make your own costume or go out and buy one what you going to do? Well here is my winner for most creative Halloween costume with least amount of effert winner:

Happy Halloween!

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I have worked in the fancy dress industry for a while now and part of my job is to come up with unique and I suppose creative Halloween costumes. As with most things, I thing that having a totally unique idea only happens a very few times in your life and so the best way is to take your inspiration from other peoples ideas. A few techniques that I have come up with, are below:

1) Browse websites that either write about or sell fancy dress costumes.
Sounds pretty basic, and I suppose that it is! And I guess that is why you are reading my post! So what sites help me: Jokers’ Masquerade Fancy Dress are excellent inspiration, they have literally thousands of fancy dress costumes on line, where you can browse categories of major themes like Superhero costumes, 70’s costumes, Pirate costumes etc. I would also recommend a great blog called fancy dress ideas, similar to this blog and has been around a while.

2) Fancy Dress Images on the Web
For me another great source of inspiration are images of fancy dress costumes that I find on the web. A website called Flickr (http://flickr.com/) is a great place to start and had a huge library of photos added by users, just search for fancy dress in their search box and you will be provided with a bunch of ideas for your Halloween costume.

Google’s image search (http://images.google.co.uk), is also another great location to search for your fancy dress ideas. Just like searching for websites, you can be quite specific for what you are looking for. Try things like: Kids Halloween Costumes, Infants Halloween Costumes, scary Halloween Costumes, Funny Halloween Costumes, Witch Halloween costume or Couple Halloween Costumes!

Then for a more “out of the box” way of coming up with that once in a life time truly Unique Creative Halloween Costume, you just need to keep your mind open to everything around you. TV characters or the latest movie themes are always good, but there are many places you can draw inspiration from: children’s books (Alice in Wonderland Costumes), Supermarket products (Marmite costume!), litterally there are ideas all around you and that is what makes fancy dress so fum!

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