Villains and spooky spectres are among the top picks for Halloween party-goers this year.
David Farry, of Yvonne’s Fancy Dress on the Seagate, revealed the shop’s biggest sellers in the run-up to October 31 have been more traditional costumes.
He said that following several years of guisers opting for less typical outfits, there’s a trend for clothes that really embrace the spirit of the scariest time of the year.
David said: “There’s been a big push on well-known characters like Slenderman – a child- snatching monster dreamt up on internet message boards – along with killer clowns like Pennywise from the remake of It.
“And with the new Halloween film out there’s been big demand for costumes of Michael Myers.
“We still do a lot of ‘generic’ costumes but people like to make them scary. People are buying costumes of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Little Red Riding Hood and adding blood and cuts.”
Social media has given a platform to budding make-up artists, who use their skills to create some truly grisly effects.
For those who don’t have a make-up artist to hand, Yvonne’s has also stocked up on a variety of “kits” offering everything from cuts and scars through to more elaborate – and gory – bodily injuries.
David added: “It’s usually the kids more than the adults who want to add gore, blood and guts. Even little girls and boys.
“It used to be that people wanted to dress up as less scary things at Halloween but that tide has turned again.
“Superhero characters like Deadpool and Harley Quinn from Suicide Square are still very popular but there’s a lot more demand for horror.”
For those who do prefer their look to be more current, Yvonne’s has up-to-date costumes, including a “carry-me” one showing Donald Trump riding on the back of Kim Jong-un.
For those coming in to buy their wicked wares, David added that there’s no need to be scared.
“All of our staff get dressed up and slap on the make-up – it’s more fun for the customers to see us like this,” he said.
“Adults can be a bit sheepish but when they see us totally involved in it they really go for it.”