How about having a Monsters or Myths & Legends Mystical fancy dress party? August 22nd 565 and we find the first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster. The Irish monk St Columba was visiting Loch Ness in the land of the Picts, as many people do at this time of the year, and came across some locals burying a man who had been attacked by a water beast. Showing true fearlessness Columba sent one of his followers (note, he never actually went in himself!) into the water and when indeed a creature did appear, Columba forbade it to approach or harm his man, warding it off with the sign of the Cross. Although doubt has been cast on this story, the ‘monster’ seems to have kept a low profile until 1933 when a tourist couple, the Spicers, claimed to have seen something like the monster we know today since which, of course, there have been regular claimed sightings and scientific surveys to try and establish the creature’s existence. To date, there is no scientific proof and the ‘monster’ is one of our most famous legends.
A ‘Monsters’ fancy dress theme could be expanded to include other monsters i.e. serial killers, this will give your guests a bit more costume choices. Alternatively, The Loch Ness Monster could be incorporated into a Myths & Legends Costume Party. This fancy dress theme gives lots of costume ideas including fairies, an ideal ladies costume, Greek & Roman Gods, George & The Dragon, Merlin costumes, even Michael Schumacher – a Racing DriverLegend!
If monsters is a bit of a stretch as a theme, this date seems to be a popular date for monstrous art crime – in 1911 it was discovered that someone had stolen the Mona Lisa from The Louvre in Paris (it took two years for it to be found – the thief, an Italian, was trying to ‘repatriate’ the work of art) and in 2004 two paintings by Edvard Munch – The Scream and Madonna – were stolen from a museum in Oslo. They were recovered, slightly damaged, in 2006. ‘The Scream’ is off course the model for ‘Ghostface’ in the Scream movies and their various spin-offs and imitators. Props n Frocks stocks ‘ Scream’ costumes and al the accessories you need including Bleeding Scream Masks and knives. So how about a ‘Monsters of Art’ event – it might be a scream.