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Ghosts, goblins and ghouls unite, it’s Halloween!

Written by on October 31, 2016

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As we know, today marks the 31st October and All Hallow’s Eve, a celebration of everything spooky! The origin of the holiday is disputed but many agree that the celebration we recognise as Halloween today takes inspiration from many religious groups and historical events.

Some believe proceedings stem from the Celtic Pagan festival of Samhain, meaning ‘Summer’s End’ that commemorates the end of the harvesting season. Gaelic tradition said that Halloween marked a time where the so called ‘invisible walls’ that separate the living and the dead are removed meaning spirits are allowed to roam the earth and cause terror to the living. Christian legend says that the 31st October falls the day before the feast of All Hallows, a ritual that took place in the eighth century in a bid to obliterate Pagan rituals. Christians would speak of saints and pray for the souls stuck between earth and heaven in the hope that they could make the transition to the afterworld safely.

We’re not quite sure where Halloween comes from but that doesn’t stop us joining in. We love celebrating the fun-filled day with apple-bobbing, pumpkin carving, trick or treating and of course our favourite, dressing up! If you’re looking for some inspiration or have left your fancy dress costume until the last minute McCarthy’s is on hand to help. We’ve boxed up some brilliant ideas that all include our convenient friend, the cardboard box! We love good quality removal boxes – not just ideal for moving day or self-storage, but also for hours of harmless fun!

X-Ray Fancy Dress

 

Skeleton Silliness – To create a walking, talking x-ray machine begin by taking a box and cutting out holes for arms and your head before removing the boxes bottom flaps where your body will go. Paint the box black or cover in black paper then sketch your skeleton design in pencil. Once you’re happy with it, paint the bones in white and add some buttons and switches to the front. If you want to jazz up your creation, why not pop some glue onto the bones and sprinkle on some glitter. Finish the outfit off with black long sleeved clothing worn underneath.

 

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Barbie Fancy Dress

 

Barbie Girl – This one is an oldie but a goodie. Create a Barbie in her box by cutting the front side out (leaving around 10cm on each edge) before painting pink. Then either paint the inside also or stick in some fun wallpaper, the brighter and wackier the better! After this, print off or paint a Barbie logo onto the box. Once you’ve got her packaging in place dress up and decide what kind of doll you’re going to be, the possibilities are endless!

 

Photo Credit: Costume Works

 

 

Popcorn Fancy Dress

 

Night at the Movies – We all know that sweets are aplenty come Halloween but did you consider how deliciously easy a popcorn themed fancy dress costume could be? Simply take a box and cut in holes for arms, legs and your body before painting it in red and white stripes of approximately 8cm each. After this print out or paint a vintage inspired popcorn logo, to keep your lines perfectly straight when creating stripes use masking tape (something we also sell in our online store)! Then glue tea-stained fluffy cotton wool around the top of the box. Now all that’s left to decide is if you’re in the mood to be sweet or salty!

 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

 

 

Lego Fancy Dress

 

Lego Legend – This one is super easy and the kids are sure to love it! To make yourself into the ever popular Lego man take a rectangular cardboard box and cut out the holes as described in previous costumes. Then stick six disposable dessert bowls to the front of the box. Once the glue has dried choose your favourite primary colour and paint all over. Now that the body is complete find a smaller box and cut out room for the face at the front, creating a huge mouth shape works well for this. After you’ve done that stick another bowl to the head and paint the whole thing Lego yellow, choose your desired facial expression and draw it on in jet black, finished!

 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

 

Remember you can pick up boxes from any of our Storage World self-storage centres at Leeds, Harrogate or Wakefield, or from our online Box Shop.

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