Gear up for that Halloween dress party with the spooky attire and accessories from these haunting sites.

Tis soon ‘the very witching time of night,' ladies and gentlemen, 'when churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out contagion to this world.’ So said Shakespeare and he couldn’t be more right, because at the time of going to print there’s just nine short days left to get your costumes in check, your candy ready and your vampire teeth sharpened... And - all together - double, double, toil and trouble... Here without further ado are our best sites for that all-important costume. is an excellent resource chock-full of Halloween paraphernalia, and there’s so much more than just costumes; a myriad of accessories, wigs and house décor, not to mention makeup, prosthetics and even the all-important trick-or-treat buckets - but our favourite item has got to be the 'Spooky Mist Maker', a brilliant mist machine in the shape of a witch's cauldron. Delivery options are top notch (with a countdown to same day dispatch) for those of you cruising towards Halloween at a decidedly leisurely pace. 


Another site well worth a visit, Fancy Dress Ball focuses entirely on costumes, with a wide range of spooky attire that will bring out the zombie in you. Prices are incredibly reasonable and there’s a vast array of clearance items which are just as arresting as the rest of their ghoulish collection. Delivery is also guaranteed – great if you’re ordering last minute, with the 30th being the last order day for delivery on the 31st.

Is the online venture of the much lauded Camden store, with years of experience under their pirate belt. They also offer next day delivery and dispatch (so again get your orders in by the 30th at the very latest), but Escapade must particularly be commended for their wide selection of accessories and their extensive  range of film and TV costumes, which are just incredibly well observed, take Edward Scissorhands for example.

This site certainly deserves its moniker because there’s a huge range of costumes on offer at seriously reasonable prices. Vampires, skeletons, ghosts, it’s all there in abundance and there’s even a 50% off sale to plunder too. Want to go as a favourite personality? The devils in the detail, check out Avatar Jake Sully – costumes that will seriously increase your chances of winning the best dressed prize. Last orders again on the 30th.
Updated October 2017