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Whip out those cobwebs and start carving those pumpkins – it’s almost Halloween!

Did you know that over a quarter of Australians will celebrate Halloween this year? Whether you’re prepared for the onslaught of trick or treaters on October 31 or plan on hitting the streets yourself, it’s time to start preparing: and we’re not just talking about stocking up on sweets.

Deciding which spooky costume you’re going to wear can bring a lot of pressure, so it helps to know what’s trending. Thankfully, CostumeBox co-founder Nikki Yeaman is here to help.

“The demand for Halloween costumes has grown over 500% over the last ten years, showing the increasing popularity,” says Nikki. ”It is definitely no longer considered an ‘American only’ celebration.” 

From dressing up as your favourite movie character to replicating the classic scary villains, you’re sure to nail your Halloween look with one of these five trending costumes.

Creepy Clown
Keep away from the drains and avoid the red balloons this Halloween because Pennywise is back! Start clowning around and terrifying both children and adults with CostumeBox’s ‘IT Chapter 2 Pennywise Adult Costume Kit’. The kit comes with Pennywise’s signature wild orange hair attached to a white bald front. The costume also includes a white neck ruffle with two matching ruffled wrist cuffs so you can creep out anyone who is petrified of clowns this Halloween.

“Evil clowns are now our most popular Halloween category, and have truly surpassed Zombies as the preferred creepy costume choice,” says Nikki. “This is no doubt spurred on by the It movies and the new Joker.” 

Zombie Bride
Take your dog on a walk down the aisle this Halloween with these matching CostumeBox ‘Zombie Bride Girls Costume’ and ‘Puppy Love Bride Pet Costumes’. The girls costume comes with a tattered wedding dress with intricate white skull lace overlay, blotches of red blood, a red rose, veil and faux bouquet so you and your dog can scare away your wedding guests by becoming the walking dead. Apply some white face paint and add some fake blood to your dog’s dress to complete the ultimate matching Zombie Bride outfit. Til death do us part!

Handmaiden
Take a step into a horrifying dystopian future this Halloween with CostumeBox’s ‘The Maiden Women’s Costume’. The costume includes a red robe, attached hood, a white bonnet and sleevets, allowing you to bring out your inner Offred and break all of Gilead’s patriarchal rules. Praise be! 

Eleven
Tap into your psychokinetic abilities and turn up your costume game from a ten to eleven this Halloween with CostumeBox’s ‘Stranger Things Elevens Blue Women’s Jacket.’ You can discover the sinister truth of Hawkins by also wearing the ‘Elevens Pink Dress’, ‘Blonde Wig’ and ‘Knee High Socks’ to finish the look.

Zombie Mum
Mums, come as you aren’t (or are?) this Halloween with CostumeBox’s ‘Zombie Mum Women’s Costume.’ Although most mothers already feel like the living dead every day, this costume takes it to the next level including a pink dress with a ragged hemline, a light pink floral gown and a pair of tights with purple and blue veins printed on them. This costume comes with everything you need to become a flesh eating zombie, ready to frighten your kids and neighbours this Halloween.

www.costumebox.com.au  

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