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I’m a last-minute person. 

The person who is frantically Googling a recipe 30 minutes before dinnertime. For those of you who are still undecided about how to dress for your friend’s Halloween party next week, have I got a post for you!

We’re all Britophiles here, so naturally we want a Brit-tastic costume for Halloween. With so many options—most either cheesy or hackneyed—it’s important to put your creativity to work. Here are some tips for pulling off a really wonderful costume:

1. Pick obscure historical figures

We’ve all seen Royal Family Halloween costumes (some more horrific than others), but when was the last time you saw Sir Isaac Newton show up to a party? William Wilberforce? Emmeline Pankhurst? Don’t go for low-hanging fruit. Look up the list of the 100 Greatest Britons and get inspired.

Boudicca Costume: a voluminous bedsheet + red dressing gown + colored rope + Roman soldier’s helmet
Isambard Brunel Costume: frock coat + waistcoat + striped trousers + white stock with black over-bow + sexy top hat

Boudicca Halloween Costume http://www.picturebritain.com/2014/10/7ideasforhalloween.htmlBrunel Halloween Costume http://www.picturebritain.com/2014/10/7ideasforhalloween.html

Dress as a fictional character

Whether you are Jane Eyre or Aragorn, you’re going to make a splash when you arrive dressed as a British literary character. Once again, be original! Research popular British literature and make those character sketches from high school English come alive. Some costumes are easier to create than others, but it’s worth some effort if they’re going to be really impressive.

Sherlock Holmes Costume: waistcoat + cape + overcoat + deerstalker + pipe and/or magnifying glass
Harry Potter (and company) Costume: gray jumper + starched white shirt + red and yellow striped tie + black robes emblazoned with the Gryffindor crest + round spectacles

Sherlock Halloween Costume http://www.picturebritain.com/2014/10/7ideasforhalloween.html     Harry Potter Halloween Costume http://www.picturebritain.com/2014/10/7ideasforhalloween.html

Come with a Pet Sidekick

Who doesn’t love a furry animal dressed in clothes? Create something unique for your dog or cat (or hamster or parrot, if available), and everyone will notice when you walk through the door.

Maybe you need a Union Jack padded jacket, or houndstooth patterned suit (complete with bowtie).

British Halloween Costumes for Pets http://www.picturebritain.com/2014/10/7ideasforhalloween.html

Explore traditional British garb

The wild and wonderful world of traditional outfits is bursting with inspiration for creative costumers. Scottish kilts are always fashionable, as are the dramatic gooks of Cornwall, and you’re sure to get a reaction if you arrive to the party dressed as a mummer.  
Traditional Welsh Costume (ladies): a black felt hat + lace cap + red flannel shawl + full wool skirt + black boots
Mummer’s Costume: a collection of higgeldy piggeldy ragged items

Dress as your favorite singer

You can now judge your friends’ taste in music by their reaction to your costume. (You hate David Bowie? How dare you!) Do you only love British bands? No problem! The little guy below has proved that you can dress as George, Paul, John, and Ringo simultaneously. 
The Beatles Costume: a black suit + mop top wig + paper + cardboard + tape + a lot of ingenuity 
David Bowie Costume: practically anything that qualifies as totally freaky
Beatles Costume for Halloween http://www.picturebritain.com/2014/10/7ideasforhalloween.htmlDavid Bowie Costume for Halloween http://www.picturebritain.com/2014/10/7ideasforhalloween.html

Show your love of the BBC

We all know that British television is the best. Full stop. No question. So why not dress as someone from your favorite show? Fawlty Towers, The Office, EastEnders, Monty Python—they’re all fair game.

My brother pulled off a pretty epic Eleventh Doctor for a reasonable price, and I wore a dress that my Mom made, inspired by the costumes from the Pride and Prejudice miniseries.

Doctor Who (Matt Smith) Costume:  floppy hair + bowtie + tweed sports jacket + suspenders + sonic screwdriver + optional fez and/or cowboy hat
Regency Costume (ladies): dress pattern with an empire waist, low neckline, and slightly puffing sleeves + long gloves + curled hair + simple cross or pearl necklace

Dr. Who Costume for Halloween http://www.picturebritain.com/2014/10/7ideasforhalloween.htmlJane Austen Costume for Halloween http://www.picturebritain.com/2014/10/7ideasforhalloween.html

Come as an inanimate object or place

Who says you have to dress as a person? British culture has some of the world’s most iconic and recognizable icons. How about dressing up as a telephone booth? A pot of tea? The London Eye? Double-decker bus? Fish and chips? The options are endless.
Big Ben Costume: a very talented seamstress
Big Ben Costume for Halloween http://www.picturebritain.com/2014/10/7ideasforhalloween.html
Don’t be just another zombie or Queen Elsa. Create a costume that is unique, and more importantly, British! 
Hosting your own Halloween party? Check out my post on Ten British Halloween Traditions! And don’t forget the Scrumptious Autumn British Desserts. Yum….

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Written by Abigail Young

I've had a passion for everything British my entire life, despite being raised as a small-town girl in the American Midwest, After years of dreaming, I got the chance to live and work in England for an entire year. Now I write about my favorite country, and hopefully inspire my fellow Britophiles to get over there and experience it for themselves.

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