Ireland’s Most Popular Halloween Costumes in 2015

The most popular Halloween costumes this year are being massively influenced by movies and comic books this year. If you are unsure about what costume you may opt for this weekend or are you trying to have a unique costume by avoiding being cliche with your costume. Either way, this is definitely the blog post for you.

5 – Batman 

Batman is in fifth place this year and has possibly grown in popularity due to the anticipation of the release of both Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad in 2016. The Batman costume is iconic as the all black costume is known all over the world. We have a Deluxe Batman costume available at Fun Place now.

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4 – Pirate

Pirates are always popular every Halloween but in recent years they have been increasingly popular due to the massive success of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Dressing up as Captain Jack Sparrow played by Johnny Depp is massively popular the last few years. Here at Fun Place, we have great Pirate accessories to help you put your Pirate costume together.

3 – Superhero

Superhero costumes keep growing in popularity thanks to the huge amount of fans The Avengers movies and TV shows such as Flash, Supergirl and Arrow. We have incredible Superman and Supergirl costumes available now.

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2 – Star Wars

Star wars was always going to be near the top of the pile this Halloween thanks to the new Star Wars film being released in December 2015. The highly anticipated movie has made Star Wars costumes, accessories and merchandise massively popular this Halloween and Christmas. We have Star Wars costumes and masks available at Fun Place.

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1 – Harley Quinn

Once the Suicide Squad trailer was released this summer, Harley Quinn has become a massive hit among movie fans and comic book readers. The once girlfriend of The Joker and best friend of Poison Ivy is going to be one of the most popular characters in Hollywood in 2016. Expect massive things from the Suicide Squad movie next year. The great thing about Harley Quinn costume is you can become the traditional Harley Quinn or opt for her new Suicide Squad look. We have a deluxe Harley Quinn costume available at Fun Place now.

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Staff Pick of the Week – Beetlejuice

Happy Halloween Week! This week we have chosen an iconic costume from the 1988 cult classic Beetlejuice. The crazy character Beetlejuice was played by Michael Keaton and the movie gathered a massive cult following. Check out why we have chosen it as our staff pick of the week for this week.

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“This costume is based on Beetlejuice. Included in the costume is the shirt, tie, jacket and trousers. Any fan of the iconic movie would love this costume. It comes in a one size fits most. Also in store we have a beetlejuice mask. The masks are running out quick so you better get here before there all gone!! If masks are not to your liking we have wigs and face paint in all the colors you need to replicate his look”.

Fun Place also stocks wigs & face paints which would complete this costume 🙂

Beginners Guide to using Face Paints this Halloween

Whether you are putting together a costume for yourself or for your child, face paints can bring the entire look together. Although, most people aren’t sure how to go about using face paints and wouldn’t know where to start. Don’t worry this blog post will run through some basic steps on how to create certain looks using face paints. Just take your time and follow the steps and you can become a face paint pro this Halloween.

Dracula

Dracula is a popular one in Ireland this Halloween thanks to the Bram Stoker festival in Dublin and Hotel Transylvania 2 has just hit the cinemas. The key to looking like a credible vampire is to look as pale as possible and less is more with this look.

  • Using a damp sponge, cover the whole face with a base coat of Light Grey.
  • Mix a darker grey by adding a little Black to the Light Grey and sponge on the dark patches around and above the eyes, on the side of the nose and on the cheeks and chin.
  • Add the detailing with a brush. First using White paint, then using Black paint, draw thin lines from the corner of the eyes, on the upper cheeks under the eyes and on the lower cheeks from the corner of the nose.
  • With White paint, add fangs at each corner of the mouth, and outline with Black.
  • Using Black, draw on exaggerated eyebrows on the forehead.
  • Using Red paint, draw a thin line under each eye, paint the bottom lip and add drips of blood from the fangs.

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Witch

Witches are a classic Halloween choice and kids love to become witches thanks to popular movies like Harry Potter and Hocus Pocus. It is possible to become a witch without using face paints as most young girls will want to look like Hermione Granger but if you want to go for a spooky Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch of the West look then you have to use plenty of green face paints.

  • Using a damp sponge, apply a layer of Dark Green paint all over the face as a base, leaving the area around the eyes.
  • Using a brush and Dark Grey paint, fill in the upper eyebrow areas, adding a line of dots over each brow.
  • Add 2 dots on each upper cheek area.
  • Draw a large dot in the centre of the right cheek, this will be the body of the spider.
  • Using Black paint, draw a thick line over each eyebrow adding long lashes rising up between the grey dots.
  • Add a line under each eye and crease lines at the outer corners.
  • On the left cheek, draw a cobweb using fine lines.
  • On the right cheek, complete the spider by outlining the grey dot and adding 3 legs on each side.
  • Paint the lips and add a dot on the end of the nose, just off-centre.

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Zombie

Zombies are becoming increasingly popular thanks to hit TV show The Walking Dead and this means that there will be plenty of zombies walking around this Halloween. The key to looking like a credible zombie is to walk very slowly, wear raggedy clothes and your face paint must make your face look like it’s decaying. It’s really a look that can only be pulled off at Halloween.

  • Sponge lime green on face leaving a balloon shape area on one side of mouth for teeth.
  • With sponge dab black on eyes blending out & dragging down on cheek area.
  • Sponge balloon shape by mouth with black , as well as the temples , under the cheekbones & under the chin.
  • At top of nostrils create teardrop shape by pressing brush on top of nostril by cheek & pull towards tip of nose to make nostril look bigger.
  • With a brush dab & drag red to create cuts & blood along forehead & down nose.
  • Add blood around the inside of the mouth balloon shape to look like red gums & with loaded brush dab red dripping out of mouth & down neck.
  • With a brush make dabs of white for teeth & paint some Xs over cuts to look like stitches.
  • Using black again on a fine brush outline white stitches & draw a line around ballooned mouth to define it.

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If you have mastered all of these face paints and are feeling like a pro, why not challenge yourself to try out this Skeleton Face Paint tutorial.

Staff Pick of the Week: Michael Myers from Halloween

This week’s Staff Pick of the Week is the Michael Myers costume. It’s less than two weeks until Halloween so what better costume to pick than one of a crazed serial killer. It has everything you need in a Halloween costume this year! Check out below why Amy picked this costume as this week’s staff pick of the week.

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“The pick of the week has been chosen as Michael Myers from Halloween. I cant think of a better costume to pick this close to his favorite day! For me growing up it was a ritual done every year to watch the Halloween movies on Marathon close to Halloween. He is a warped serial killer and super creepy, you cant help but get a pang of horror when the music played and he came on the tv. Am I the only person who shouts at the people on the screen to run away from him and not into attics or basements? The costume itself does him great justice. Included is his mask, knife and his famous boilersuit. Sizes include medium and large. We also sell his knife and mask on their own. The mask itself is enough to scare even the hardiest of men! This movie has sewn itself into history as one of the creepiest, goriest and frankly one of the  greatest movies of our time. It would be a sin to not have a few Michael Myers walking around this Halloween. You better be quick tho, he is proving to be popular in the shop and we wont have many left the closer to Halloween we get!”

Check out the trailer below of the original Halloween movie from 1978.

Top 5 Lazy but Clever Halloween Costumes

Are you one of those people that dreads having to shop for a Halloween costume every October and would rather make the least amount of effort needed to make a costume so that you could still attend the coolest Halloween parties? If yes to all of that, then this blog post is just for you!

5- Error 404

You know that annoying Error 404 notice you get sometimes while browsing online, well why not become that annoyance for Halloween. It’s possibly one of the easiest costumes you could ever plan on making as all you need is a black sharpie and a white t-shirt. Write “Error 404” on the middle of the shirt and write underneath it “Costume Not Found”.

Take a Sharpie to a plain white tee and you get a 404 Error.

4 – The Ladybug

This costume is a suitable last minute effort for both adults and kids. All you need is some red clothing such as a dress, skirt, top or whatever you prefer and then attach (sew or glue) some circles of black material on to the red clothing. You can then finish off the costume with a pair of antenna.

Stick black dots on a red outfit and you, my friend, are now a ladybug.

3 – Ceiling Fan

No, you don’t have to put together an elaborate costume and hang off the ceiling at every party. You just have to get a white t-shirt and either use a sharpie to draw on the words “Go Ceiling” or even get “Go Ceiling” printed on a t-shirt if you have the time. Your words of support and encouragement for every ceiling at every party you attend is bound to make you a legit ‘Ceiling Fan’.

Another great play on words: ceiling fan.

2 – The Tourist 

Want to look like your new to this part of the world this Halloween and just want to check out the best of everything it has to offer. Well that’s simple, all you need is a t-shirt, sunglasses, a camera and the weirdest looking fannypack you can find. Also looking enthusiastic about everything really adds to the costume.

Add a fanny pack to literally any outfit you already have and you're instantly a tourist.

1 – Bouncers

This costume is perfect for a group of lads who couldn’t really be bothered putting too much effort into a costume. All you need is some black clothing such as black shoes, pants and tshirts. Some sunglasses, mock ear-pieces and stand at some rope at the entrance of every party and you have made the costume complete.

All it takes to be bouncers are black suits, sunglasses, and a rope running between you.

Pick of the Week: Toxic Ivy

It is time for a new staff pick of the week. This week’s pick is the Toxic Ivy costume which is inspired by supervillain Poison Ivy. Check out below why Amy picked this costume as the pick of the week. 

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“This weeks pick of the week has been chosen. I have picked Toxic Ivy. This costume was chosen because it is a replica of Poison Ivy from Batman. The costume is a very reasonable price compared to what you would pay online! Any batman fans will be very impressed with this particular costume. Included is a beautiful two piece outfit. The top is a corset of the emerald green covered in ivy. The bottom half is a short emerald green skirt a shade just a hint darker than the top. You also get green gloves that are elbow length and add a hint of elegance thats attributed with Poison Ivy. Of course the costume would not be complete without the Ivy eyebrows that dominate the top half of your face in a villainess style. All thats left to add yourself would be a beautiful pair of gold shoes. Growing up I always loved Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy in Batman. This costume is the essence of her all in one! She was composed, self assured and excuse the language but extremely bad ass! You fans better be quick tho because we only have one in store and we have had a lot of interested people looking at it! I envy the person that buys this amazing costume”.

Also, Poison Ivy is best friends with fellow supervillain Harley Quinn which is another great costume that we have in stock. That’s another idea if you and your bestie are looking for some cool costumes this Halloween.

Best Ever Halloween Costumes from Celebrities

Celebrities have often excelled when it came to Halloween costumes whether they turned up at awards shows or events in the costumes or just shared their Halloween shenanigans on Instagram or Twitter. We have compiled a list below of the best ever Halloween costumes from celebrities. 

Jade Thirlwall (Little Mix) – Mystique 

This is a hardcore Halloween 2014 costume as Jade included a blue bodysuit, blue bodypaint, coloured contact lenses and red wig in her costume and gave Jennifer Lawrence a run for her money with her Mystique transformation.

The Geordie pop star didn’t stop there though as she transformed herself into Napoleon Dynamite all in the same weekend. This was a much simpler costume as you just need to get the right wig, a pair of glasses and a “Vote For Pedro” T-shirt.

Iggy Azaela – White Chicks

Iggy Azaela took a lot of flack during her career for having a slight resemblance to the Wayans Brothers’ characters from the hit comedy White Chicks. The Australian rapper took it all in good humor though as she along with a friend became Brittany and Tiffany Wilson for Halloween 2014. Iggy wore a special effects mask and then went for a double denim look and a pink tshirt along with a pink handbag.

Ellen Degeneres – Nicki Minaj

Ellen is one of the last people in the world you would think could pull off a Nicki Minaj costume but she did exactly that. Ellen had a Minaj-esque wig, coloured contact lenses and completed the look with a black cardigan, leather pants and some fake boobs.

Ellen DeGeneres takes a page from the Nicki Minaj look book.

Heidi Klum – Older Version of Herself

Heidi Klum has created a reputation for herself to be known as queen of Halloween costumes as she has impressed fans, the media and fellow celebs with her costume efforts. Klum sat in hours of make up to create an illusion of her being either skinless or inside out which shocked but impressed onlookers.

Heidi also relied on the powers of make-up and special effects to transform herself into an 80 or 90 year old version of herself. Klum then completed the costume with a grey wig, an old fashioned skirt and top along with some pearls.

Katy Perry – A Cheeto

Most celebrities aim to transform themselves into other celebrities or fictional characters but Katy Perry decided to think outside of the box by becoming a snack – a cheeto. The Pop Queen wore a cheeto costume with some orange underclothing and footwear while she then carried around a bag of cheetos – simple but effective.

Pick of the Week: Prince of Thieves

Prince of Thieves

It’s Monday which means that is it is Pick of the Week time again. This week’s costume has been inspired the story of Robin Hood and old medieval stories. Ezije has explained below why they have chosen this costume for their pick of the week.

“The pick of the week is the Prince of Thieves costume. Included in this costume is the belt, quiver, gloves, boot covers and hooded shirt. I chose this costume because I love Robin hood. I think he is an amazing character to have been created. Everything about him makes you love him more. The costume is so amazing in and out of the packaging. The green and brown that are on the costume give a great camo look to anyone that wants to hide in the forest. The second reason why I chose this costume is probably the more dominant reason. Growing up I played the Legend of Zelda a lot. The main character in it is called Link. He is a young boy who is chosen as the hero of the land. Any gamer will no who he is with a mention of his name. The costume is extremely identical to the hero clothes from the games. That is why I have chosen this as my pick of the week.”