Star Wars Films

There is a new Star Wars film ‘The Force Awakens’ in the offing December 2015, and some of its secrets were ‘leaked’ by Vanity Fair magazine on May 4th (geddit?). Meanwhile, in London, the Secret Cinema organisation is creating a stir between June and September with its immersive version screenings of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, even bringing the film back into the popularity charts. It is time for Props & Frocks to look at Star Wars and its characters.

A quick note: The Star Wars universe, like Space itself, is vast, with a great many more characters than are listed here. Even within the Props & Frocksiverse, we cannot necessarily hope to have all characters listed here in stock (some of them you can create yourself and others are not available on the mass-production market). On the flipside, other characters not listed here, notably the leading female character Rey, a scavenger of planet Jakku, may become available and in stock as more about the new Force Awakens film is revealed. We will try to keep you updated.

Anakin Skywalker – Anakin is key to the whole Star Wars saga in ways you can only envisage if you have seen the films. Suffice to say, costume versions of both the young Anakin and his later Jedi persona are generally available.

Asajj Ventress – An evil female sith from the Clone Wars era who clashed many times with the likes of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. An official costume was produced but can probably now only be found on specialist sites.

Ashoka Ta –  A character seen in the earlier Clone Wars animated episodes. She was a young Jedi padwan (apprentice), hence only childrens’ outfits were/are available. She is notable for distinctive white facial markings.

Aurra Sing - Female albino bounty hunter who trained Boba Fett following the death of his father. Seen briefly in Phantom Menace and may reappear in a future movie.

Boba Fett - Bounty hunter and son of Jango Fett, has made regular appearances throughout the Star Wars story.

Cad Ban   – A ruthless bounty hunter ‘gun for hire’ seen in the Clone Wars series. Wears a distinctive wide brimmed hat. Child costumes only available.

Chewbacca – The Wookiee warrior and co-pilot on Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon starship. The trailer for the new film confirms the return of this popular character.

Commander Cody – (Clone Trooper) A character derived from the Clone Wars series, and currently one of the few adult outfits on the market from that series. (Must be the Stormtrooper thing).

Darth Maul – The villainous Sith of the Phantom Menace prequel film. Most notable for his red/black facial tattoos and small head horns – masks are available.

Darth Vader - Supreme leader of any best film villain poll ever conducted, and menacing even down to his breathing technique. The costume comes in a range of complexities, but the helmet is iconic and usually essential, except in the somewhat lightweight skirt-based female version available!

Emperor Palpatine - A pivotal character in the prequel films yet no dedicated outfit was mass-produced. There is/was, however, a character mask. Specialist contact lenses, plus a black hooded robe can create the Palpatine look.

Han Solo – Pilot of the Millennium Falcon and mercenary fighter. Was a leading character in the original films and is set to return (along with Chewbacca) in the new films. Costumes in various formats are available.

Imperial Guard – With their distinctive crimson robes and helmets (which have been available as masks in the past), an undoubtedly striking visual addition at any Star Wars event, but probably not the most practical outfit for a party.

Jabba the Hutt - An intergalactic gangster and racketeer who resembles a giant slug. For the enthusiast there is actually an inflatable outfit available for those wanting to portray this character.

Jango Fett – A bounty hunter seen in Attack of the Clones, and actually the template for the clones in question, one of which was his ‘son’ Boba Fett. His costume is a blue/silver variation on the trooper outfit with a more distinctive helmet.

Jar Jar Binks – A love/hate alien character from the prequel films. At the time of the movies’ releases, masks were available but despite the divided opinion about Mr Binks, there is rumour he may return in some form in the new film.

Jedi Knights - The Goodies of the Star Wars saga (unless they turn to the Dark Side) come in all shapes, sizes and alien species. Some characters such as Anakin, Luke and Obi-Wan have their own outfits available, others such as Mace Windu have part-costumes (tunic, belt) on the market, but for the custom cosplayers you can buy your own Jedi Robes in Light Brown, Dark Brown or Black and create your own character.

Kylo Rent - One of the new characters, and an apparent villain at that. Seen in the teaser trailer wielding a cross-guarded light sabre (expect those to be a popular accessory), he is one to watch, but may be fronting for a more evil as yet unrevealed master.

Luke Skywalker – The original Star Wars hero, with a range of outfits virtually continuously available since that film. The new movie is set 35 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, so he returns, although one might expect the focus to be on the newer characters.

Obi-Wan Kenobi – He is, of course, the iconic Jedi master of the original Star Wars films. For all his status, he wears the simple dark brown robes of the Jedi and is, of course, armed with a light sabre.

Padme Amidala  – Once Queen Amidala gave up the trappings of royalty, she became a Padme and Ambassador and pivotal to the whole Star Wars saga. It says much for her that her feisty padme fighter outfit is still on the market, whilst her royal persona has been written out of the catalogues apparently.

Pio Koon – An alien Jedi master from the Clone Wars series and a mentor to Ashoka Tano. As with most of the Clone Wars series costumes, outfits are only available in child sizes.

Princess Leia – Was about the only female in the original Star Wars films, so lucky she cut such an iconic figure with her long white robe and ‘danish pastry buns’ hairstyle. The look is still popular and the traditional costume remains available, along with a slightly sexier slit-skirted version. Leia is set to return, possibly with a more varied wardrobe now that she’s a ‘Disney Princess,’ in the new film.

Princess Leia as Slave to Jabba the Hutt in Empire Strikes Back created an iconic costume counterpoint with a metal bikini look. This costume is not as widely available as the traditional Leia outfits, but it’s a staple of many a Star Wars and Costume Convention.

Queen Amidala -The Queen of Naboo and central to the action (in various guises) in the three prequel films. The Phantom film had her in many elaborate gowns, with a symbolic face make-up, but only the ‘gown of lights’ was widely available on the market. Even this now seems deleted.

Rey - Scavenger of Jakku. A leading character of the new film but so far with little background info. Cosplayers have taken a photo from the Vanity Fair article, featuring her in a desert outfit, made mostly of cotton, hemp, and leather, (similar to Luke Skywalker’s Tatooine costume) as their lead.

Savage Opress – A warrior/fighter/assassin who was allied with the villainous Count Dooku. He is apparently the brother of the better known Darth Maul (seen in The Phantom Menace).

Stormtrooper – These outfits have had a long-lasting appeal to Star Wars fans (you can buy a ‘build your own’ kit for around £800, but not from us!). Aside from the standard stormtrooper outfits there are a couple of skirt-based ‘sexy’ variations on the stormtrooper available. The good news is that the new film brings some named Stormtrooper characters to the screen. The one causing the most speculation is Captain Phasma, a chrome-clad trooper played by the actress responsible for Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones.

TIE Fighter Pilot - For a militaristic option, and less restrictive than a Stormtrooper, the TIE Fighter Pilot flightsuit might be a good choice. You might have to explain your character a few times though.

X-Wing Pilot – Like the TIE pilot, the orange flightsuits can add a colourful dimension to a Star Wars party.

Yoda – An undoubtedly well-known Star Wars character and this is one where, due to the jedi master’s small stature, he can be well portrayed by a child or young adult.

Carry On Films Costume Ideas

Carry on Films Costume Ideas

Carry On Films have been a British institution since 1958. They are a great theme for a fancy dress party as there have been so many variations so there will be plenty of choices for your costume. Many of these costumes will be found in our hire range, if you are looking to purchase, ask a member of staff and we will see if we can improvise with the costumes that we have for sale.

Carry on Sergeant – 1958      

  • William Hartnell as Sergeant Grimshawe: Home Guard costume
  • Eric Barker as Captain Potts: Home Guard
  • Bob Monkhouse as Charlie Sage: Home Guard

Carry on Nurse -1959

  • Joan Sims as Stella Dawson:  Nurse outfit
  • Kenneth Williams as Oliver Reckitt:  Striped  pyjamas
  • Shirley Eaton as Nurse Dorothy Denton: Nurse outfit
  • Hattie Jacques as Martron: Nurse outfit
  • Charles Hawtrey as Hinton: Stripped pyjamas
  • Harry Locke as Mick: Doctor Costume

Carry on Teacher – 1959

  • Ted Ray as William Wakefield: Teachers Gown
  • Kenneth Connor as Gregory Adams: Teachers gown
  • Charles Hawtrey as Michael Bean: Teachers gown and thin framed circular glass
  • Kenneth Williams as Edwin Milton: shirt and tie and a tweed jacket
  • Hattie Jacques as Grace Short: Teachers Gown and mortar board

 Carry on Constable -1960 – look at our police accessories

  • Sid James as Sgt. Frank Wilkins: Policeman
  •  Eric Barker as Insp. Mills: Policeman with glasses
  • Kenneth Connor as Const. Charlie Constable: Policeman with helmet
  • Charles Hawtrey as Spec. Const. Gorse: policeman with hat
  • Joan Sims as WPC Passworthy: policewomen with hat
  • Hattie Jacques as Sgt. Laura Moon: policewomen
  • Kenneth Williams as Constable Benson: policeman with helmet

Carry on Regardless -1961

  • Sid James as Bert Handy: Light coloured suit
  • Kenneth Connor as Sam Twist: Suit
  • Charles Hawtrey as Gabriel Dimple: Suit and glasses
  • Joan Sims as Lily Duveen: White beads, plain coloured dress to just below the knees
  • Kenneth Williams as Francis Courtenay: Pin striped light coloured suit

Carry on Cruising -1962

  • Sid James as Capt. Wellington Crowther : Black suite with a captain’s hat
  • Kenneth Williams as Leonard Marjoribanks: White Naval Officer
  • Kenneth Connor as Arthur Binn: Black suite with a captains hat
  • Dilys Laye as Flo Castle: Yellow summer dress
  • Liz Fraser as Glad Trimble: 60s pink blouse dress
  • Lance Percival as Wilfred Haines: Chef whites and chef’s hat

Carry on Cabby-1963

  • Sid James as Charlie Hawkins: Black woollen cardigan and a shirt and tie.
  • Hattie Jacques as Peggy Hawkins: Standard 60s two piece dress
  • Kenneth Connor as Ted: Woollen flat cap brown and 60s shirt, jumper and brown coat
  • Charles Hawtrey as Pint-Pot: Black beret with scarf, black leather jackets and black jeans
  • Liz Fraser as sally: 60s dress overalls
  • Esma Cannon as Flo: 60s type blazer and skirt with beret

 Carry on Jack -1964

  • Kenneth Williams as Captain Fearless: Victorian navy officer
  • Charles Hawtrey as Walter: Long grey/black hair glasses and black cloak
  • Bernard Cribbins as Albert Poopdecker: Victorian blue navy officer
  • Juliet Mills as Sally: Victorian blue navy officer
  • Donald Houston as Howett: Victorian blue navy officer
  • Cecil Parker as First sea Lord: Victorian blue general

Carry on Spying -1964

  • Barbara Windsor’s  as Daphne Honeybutt: Belly dancer’s outfit – huge range in our hire department
  • Kenneth Williams as Desmond Simpkins: Suit with a colourful tie
  • Charles Hawtery as Charlie Bind: Suit with checked tie and glasses
  • Jim Dale as Carstairs: Dinner suit (bow tie)
  • Bernard Cribbins: Harold Crump: Shirt and black tie
  • Dilys Laye as Lila: Roll neck top 60s clothing
  • Eric Barker as The Chief: Black suit and glasses

Carry On Cleo -1964

  • Sid James as Mark Anthony: Roman Solider Costume
  • Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar: Red robe with a Roman laurels (gold)
  • Kenneth Connor as Hengist Pod: Purple tunic down to knees with a Roman laurels (gold)
  • Charles Hawtrey as Seneca: Roman Solider
  • Jim Dale as Horsa: light brown tunic
  • Amanda Barrie – Cleopatra outfit

Carry On Cowboy- 1965

  • Peter Butterworth as Doc:  Gambler/Western man with black Stetson
  • Bernard Bresslaw as Little Heap: Indian costume with head dress
  • Sid James as The Rumpo Kid: Cowboy with Stetson
  • Kenneth Williams as Judge Burke:  Gambler/Western man
  • Jim Dale as Marshall P. Knutt: White t-shirt with cowboy hat
  • Charles Hawtrey as Big Heap: Indian with head piece
  • Joan Sims as Belle: Black 1920s ladies evening dress – take a look at our hire 20s costumes
  • Angela Douglas as Annie Oakley: Cowgirl

Carry On Screaming – 1966

  • Kenneth Williams as Dr Watt: Brown suit with a white face
  • Jim Dale as Albery Potter: Flat cap Victorian type mustard colour coat with tie
  • Charles Hawtrey as Dan Dann: Shirt, waist coat black and black hat with a cap
  • Joan Sims as Emily Bung: Mop cap and Victorian maid outfit
  • Harry H. Corbett as Det. Sgt. Bung: grey suit with a mustard checked jacket over the top
  • Fenella Fielding as Valeria: long red ball gown long black hair.
  • Angela Douglas as Doris Mann: Victorian evening dress with hat

Don’t Lose Your head  1966

  • Sid James as Sir Rodney Ffing: Georgian suit and a grey wicked count wig
  • Kenneth Williams as Citizen Camenbert : Georgian suit and wicked court wig
  • Jim Dale as Lord Darcy: Black Georgian style suit
  • Charles Hawtrey as Duc De Pommfrit: Georgian man/ Admiral suit
  • Joan Sims as Desiree Dubarry: Georgian ladies dress pink – look at our Georgian range of hire costumes

Follow that Camel    1967 – Arabian costumes also suitable as well as a Camel costume (hire only)

  • Phil Silvers as Sgt. Nocker:  French Foreign Legion suits – Available in our hire department
  • Kenneth Williams as Commandant Burger: French Foreign Legion suit with hat
  • Jim Dale as Bertram Oliphant West: French Foreign Legion suits
  •  Charles Hawtrey as Capt. Le Pice : French Foreign legion suit with hat
  • Joan Sims as Zigzig: Gypsy style dress cream in colour
  • Peter Butterworth as Simpson: French Foreign Legion suits
  • Bernard Bresslaw as Abdul: Long dark brown tunic with neck tie and headscarf (black)
  • Angela Douglas as Lady Jane Ponsonby: Victorian style ‘My Fair Lady’ dress with hat

Carry on Doctor  1967

  • Frankie Howerd as Francis Bigger: Striped pyjamas
  • Sid James as Charlie Roper: Striped pyjamas
  • Kenneth Williams as Dr Tinkle: Black suit and tie with stethoscope
  • Jim Dale as Doctor Kilmore: Black suit and tie
  • Bernard Bresslaw as Ken Biddle: Striped pyjamas
  • Hattie Jacques as Marton: Blue Nurses tunic
  • Barbara Windsor as Sandra may:  Pink Nurses outfit

Carry On Up The Khyber   1968

  • Sid James as Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond: White capt navy officer with gold sash, gold lapels
  • Kenneth Williams as Khazi of Kalabar: Gold tunic with dark green turban
  • Charles Hawtrey as Pvt James Widdle: French Foreign Legion uniform
  • Joan Sims as Lady Ruff-Diamond:  Victorian ladies dress with hat
  • Bernard Bresslaw as Bungdit Din:
  • Peter Butterworth as Missionary:
  • Roy Castle as Capt. Keene:  Grenadier guard with white helmet

Carry on Camping   1969

  • Sid James as Sid Boggle: Straw hat and jumper
  • Kenneth Williams as Dr Soper: Cream coloured shirt with creams /green striped jacket
  • Charles Hawtrey as Charlie Muggins: Brown suit with brown tie and very dark brown shirt
  • Joan Sims as Joan Fussey: Green/orange/blue flowery dress
  • Terry Scott as Peter Potter: Black pin striped suit (a gangster costume would be ideal) with cream suit and tie
  • Hattie Jacques as Miss Haggerd: Pink blouse with navy blue pinny
  • Barbara Windsor as Baba: orange plain dress
  • Bernard Bresslaw as Bernie Lugg: Green jacket and blue tee shirt
  • Peter Butterworth as Joshua Fiddler: White with black stripe shirt, grey tweed jacket and trilby hat

Carry on Again Doctor 1969 – Doctor’s Costume an easy option

  • Sid James as Gladstone Screwer: Cream cowboy hat with white shirt and bandana around neck
  • Kenneth Williams  as Frederick Carver: Dark blue suit and tie with white shirt
  • Charles Hawtrey as Dr Ernest Stoppidge/Lady Puddleton: White shirt black tie and white Doctor’s  coat
  • Barbara Windsor as Goldie Locks: Blue plain coloured blouse dress
  • Hattie Jacques as Miss Soaper: Blue nurses outfit
  • Jim Dales as Dr James Nookey: Light grey shirt red tie and dirty lab coat and stethoscope

Carry On up the Jungle   1970

  • Frankie Howerds as Prof. Inigo Tinkle: White tunic or safari style outfit
  • Sid James as Bill Boosey:  Blazer with white shirt or safari style clothes
  • Charles Hawtrey as Walter Bagley/ Tonka the great: Orange robe
  • Joan Sims as Lady Evelyn Bagley: Victorian lady outfit with cream blazer
  • Terry Scott as Jungle Boy: Swimming trucks/Speedos no top.

Carry On Loving   1970

  • Sid James as Sidney Bliss: Grey suit with tie
  • Kenneth Williams as Percival Snooper:  Velour jacket with shirt and tie
  • Charles Hawtrey as James Bedsop: Tweed suit with shirt and tie
  • Joan Sims as Esme Crowfoot: Tweed style green blazer with long green skirt
  • Hattie Jacques as Sophie Plummet:  Long blue tunic with white neck collar
  • Terry Scott as Terence Philpott : Tweed jacket with yellow waist coat and bow tie
  • Berenard Bresslaw as Gripper Burke: Black suit with shirt and coloured tie

Carry on Henry   1971 – wear Tudor Costumes

  • Sid James as Henry VIII: Henry  VIII outfit – take a look at our hire range
  • Barbara Windsor as Lady Bettina: Brown with gold trim medieval ladies dress with head piece
  • Kenneth Williams as Tomas Cromwell: Medieval man – available in our hire range
  • Charles Hawtrey as Sir Roger: Medieval man
  • Joan Sims as Queen Marie: Medieval ladies long white dress
  • Terry Scott as Cardinal Wolsey: Red turban with a long red priest like tunic
  • Kenneth Connor as Lord Hampton of Wick: Grey suit white shirt and black tie with grey chauffeur’s style hat

Carry On At Your Convenience    1971

  • Sid James as Sid Plummer: Blue cardigan with shirt and tie
  • Kenneth Williams as WC Boggs: Black suit with white shirt and tie
  • Charles Hawtrey  as Charles Coote:  Lime green shirt and black trousers
  • Joan Sims as Chloe Moore: Pink dress with pink blazer and a purple dotty shirt
  • Hattie Jacques as Beattie: Blue long dotted dress
  • Bernard Bresslaw as Bernie Hulke: Woolly hat with white shirt and neck tie

Carry on Matron   1972

  • Sid James as Sid Carter: Yellow shirt and black trousers with a tie
  • Kenneth Williams as Sir Bernard Cutting: Black suit with white shirt and blue tie
  • Charles Hawtrey as Dr Francis Goode: Grey suit with purple shirt and tie
  • Joan Sims as Mrs Tidey: Victorian style long purple pyjama throw over
  • Hattie Jacques as Marton: Blue nurse long dress with white mop cap
  • Terry Scott as Dr Prodd: Doctor’s Costume

Carry on Abroad    1972

  • Sid James as Vic Flange: Blue trousers and a cream jumper
  • Kenneth Williams as Stuart Farquhar: Black suit ,white shirt and blue tie
  • Joan Sims as Cora Flange: Yellow blazer and skirt
  • Bernard Bresslaw as Brother Bernard: Priest | Vicar costume
  • Barbara Windsor as Sadie: Wears various summer outfits shorts and tee shirts
  • Kenneth Connor as Stanley Blunt: Yellow blazer and trousers and straw style Weston hat
  • Peter Butterworth as Pepe: Black suit with white shirt and black tie
  • Hattie Jacques as Floella: Long white tunic
  • Charles Hawtrey as Eustace Tuttle: Black suit white shirt and blue tie and bowler hat

Carry on Girls    1973

  • Sid James as Sidney Fiddler: Blue cardigan with white shirt and black tie
  • Barbara Windsor as Hope Springs: All in one brown Abba style jumpsuit
  • Joan Sims as Connie Philpotts: Light blue dress
  • Kenneth Connor as Frederick Bumble: Black suit with shirt and tie

Carry on Dick                                      1974

  • Sid James as Dick Turpin: Dick Turpin style outfit – available in our hire costumes
  • Hatttie Jacques as Martha Hoggett: Georgian women’s outfit
  • Kenneth Williams as Captain Desmond Fancey: Georgian with tricorn hat
  • Joan Sims as Madame Desiree: White Georgian ladies outfit
  • Kenneth Connor as Constable: Georgian Man with grey wig

Carry on Behind   1975

  • Kenneth Williams as Prof. Roland Crump: Green shirt, cream cardigan, neck tie
  • Kenneth Connor as Major leep: Black suit
  • Jack Douglas as Ernie Bragg: Black suit
  • Joan Sims as Daphne Barnes: Pink/ black roll neck style 70s dress
  • Elke Sommer as Prof. Anna Vrooshka: Green army style shirt and trousers

Carry on England  1976 – Army Uniforms

  • Kenneth Connor as Captain S. Melly: Green Army captain’s outfit – available in our hire costumes
  • Windsor Davies as Sergernt Major Tiger Bloomer: Green army outfit
  • Jack Douglas as Bombadier Ready: Green army outfit
  • Joan Sims as Pvt. Ffoukes Sharpe: Green womens army outfit
  • Peter Butterworth as Major Carstairs: Black suit with blue shirt and tie

Carry on Emmannuelle  1978

  • Kenneth William as Emile Prevert: Tuxedo
  • Suzanne Danielle as Emmannuelle:Pink vest top, shorts or bikini
  • Kenneth Connor as Leyland: Cardigan with shirt and tie.
  • Joan Sims as Mrs Dangle: Blouse with and rain jacket.
  • Peter Butterworth as Richmond: Black suit and tie
  • Albert Moses as Doctor: Turban and cream suit with stethoscope.

Carry on Columbus      1992 – Tudor costumes – we have a selection to purchase and a wide range to hire

  • Jim Dale as Chris Columbus: Red Tudor man outfit with hat
  • June Whitfield as Queen Isabella: Dressed in a red robe very similar to what Queen Elizabeth would wear
  • Bernard Cribbins as Mordecai Mendoza: Tudor man in black
  • Leslie Phillips as King Ferdinand: King style outfit with crown – wear a Henry VIII costume from our hire range

Wizard Of Oz Costume Ideas

Wizard of Oz Costume Ideas

Frank L Baum created the land of Oz, and the books about it, the best known being The Wizard of Oz. Although almost everybody knows the 1939 film of the story, featuring Judy Garland, Baum was a prolific writer and amongst his many other works, there were in fact thirteen books written about Oz and its inhabitants. Baum even created his own film company to make movies of the books himself! The original film is, of course, a classic, but in recent years there have been other developments – not only the successful ‘Wicked’ musical featuring the ‘back-story’ of the witches of Oz, but also the new Andrew Lloyd Webber stage version of the tale.

A new big-budget prequel to the ‘main’ story – ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’  tells the story of how the Wizard came to arrive in Oz.  In the meantime, today you can celebrate the characters of Oz, the ones you know – Tin-Man, Scarecrow and Lion, and the ones you can perhaps create from your imagination – the Tik-tok Man, the Patchwork Girl and the Woggle-Bug!

Other Oz Characters for some Wizard of Oz Costume Ideas… (there are many more where these came from, but they should give you a start!)

  • Sea Serpent
  • Army of Oogaboo – Tik Tok is a Private in the army
  • Aunt Em – A farmer’s wife. Plain dress, you can also wear a pinny and hair pulled back into a bun
  • Uncle Henry – shirt, waistcoat, trousers, stetson style hat.
  • Betsy Bobbin – 1st appears in 1913. She was originally described as having blonde hair, although later adaptations show her as a brunette. Wear a white dress with a red bow and a white hat.
  • Glinda – wear a pink long dress
  • Guardian of The Gates – original illustrations show a green jacket over tight trousers, or tights with a pointy hat.
  • Hungry Tiger – look at our hire tiger costumes or Tiger masks
  • Cowardly Lion
  • Jack Pumpkinhead – wear a pumpkin mask
  • Tin Man – hire costumes available
  • Scarecrow
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Dorothy
  • John DoughGingerbread Man
  • Kabumpo – an elephant
  • Kalidah – body of a bear, head of a tiger – use one of our bear hire costumes with a tiger’s mask
  • King of Bunnybury – a rabbit king – wear a rabbit costume wearing a crown
  • Wicked Witch Of The West – wear a black witch costume
  • Wicked Witch of The North
  • Wise Donkey
  • Winged Monkey – wear a Monkey mask with wings – an easy costume to put together.
  • Shaggy Man
  • Boq – a Munchin. Munchins love the colour blue but people use Dwarf, or gnome style costumes for these characters.
  • Cap’n Bill – Sea Captain with a wooden leg
  • Ervic
  • Frogman – a man size frog, dress in Georgian style costume with a frog’s mask
  • Fyter The Tin Soldier

Horror Film Costume Ideas

Horror Films Costume Ideas
Horror Films is a fancy dress theme that comes up many times throughout the year, but is more popular around Halloween! This is an outline of some of the very popular horror films and possible costume ideas, however, this is by no means an exhausted list.

Some great Horror film Costume Ideas:

A Nightmare on Elm StreetFreddy Krueger Costumes & accessories:
The Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise is a hugely popular horror franchise. There have been 9 films between 1984 and 2010, a television show, novels and even comics! The main character of these films is Freddy Krueger who was a child murderer before being burnt alive. He returned from the dead  and began manipulating the dreams of children and killing them, to get revenge on his killers. Freddy Krueger’s iconic outfit includes a red and green striped jumper (although some official costumes are red and black), a brown fedora, and a bladed glove. He also has burnt skin and a mask can be used to recreate this effect. This outfit is perfect for horror parties as it is so recognisable.  Props & Frocks stock a number of Freddy Krueger costumes, accessories of full sets. The bladed glove is also available to purchase on its own. Props & Frocks also stock a ladies Miss Krueger costume for something a little different, or as a great couples costume idea.

Devil costumes & accessories:
Devil costumes are always a popular choice for horror parties as Devils appear in a number of horror films and costumes can be created very simply.  Props & Frocks stocks a large number of devil costumes and accessories for men and women ranging from our superior devil man costume to simple devil horns that can be used to accessorise with a red dress.

Silence Of The Lambs – Hannibal Lector:
This film was released in 1991 and the main character is Hannibal Lector, a former psychiatrists and cannibalistic serial killer. In the pursuit of another serial killer, it was thought Hannibal Lector’s knowledge could be useful.

Props & Frocks stock straight jackets and masks that are appropriate to use for a Hannibal Lector Costume.

The Shining – maybe wear some sort of shiny material!

Nosferatu:
Nosferatu is a classic German horror film from 1922. Nosferatu means vampire and the main character is Count Orlok, a vampire based in Transylvania (based on Count Dracula).  This is an excellent costume to use for a horror themed party as the film is one of the oldest horror films and is easily recognisable.  Props & Frocks stocks a wide range of Vampire accessories including wigs, capes, medallions, and of course, the fangs!

Frankenstein, The Bride Of Frankenstein and The Son of Frankenstein:
Frankenstein was a 1931 monster horror film based on the novel.  Henry Frankenstein is the scientist who created the monster (known as Frankenstein’s monster), by piecing together parts of a human body that had been collected. Frankenstein’s aim is to create life. Once Frankenstein has created this monster he then realises he has to destroy it.  The film Frankenstein was also followed by The Bride of Frankenstein and also The Son of Frankenstein. The main costume for this film is Frankenstein’s Monster. Props & Frocks stocks full costumes, which although includes a headpiece, some people do prefer to use a separate mask . The overhead mask is very effective but alternatively you could try to get the effect using monster bolts, and working with some face putty and face paints.

Saw:
The Saw films (there have been seven since 2004) are arguably a leading example of what has been termed ‘torture porn’ – you might think the Saw theme ride at Thorpe Park was scary, but these films are in a class of their own and not for the faint-hearted. Without giving too much away (because that would be cruel) the films were initially based on the hunt for a man called the Jigsaw Killer – Jigsaw for short. Jigsaw delights in settling his ‘subjects’ various tests and puzzles, so that they may redeem themselves of ‘crimes’ and wrongdoings in their past, however, most usually end up mutilated or dead. He gains his nickname because he carves a jigsaw-shaped piece of flesh from his victims, although he would argue that he does not kill them, they choose to kill themselves. An additional factor is that the killer himself is terminally ill but he succeeds in gaining ‘accomplices’ (willing or otherwise) who will help continue his warped form of retribution.

This successful franchise has spawned two Saw costumes, both of which have proved popular in past Halloweens. The first is Billy the Puppet, a ventriloquist doll-type character in a suit and bow tie which Jigsaw uses, through electronics, as a mouthpiece to communicate with or taunt his victims.

The costume comes with a mask which, although undoubtedly effective, may be restrictive when it comes to eating, speaking etc. In theory, with a little effort and some derma wax (artificial skin/putty material) to build up the cheeks, it is possible to do a Billy Puppet face with make-up, but it depends upon your level of dedication to the character. It is also possible to purchase the Saw Mask

The other character is rather simpler, but again mask-based with no make-up alternative this time. This is Pig-Head, a character based on plain (or blood-splattered) black robe topped with a pig’s-head, the mask styled as being decaying, reflecting the disease and rot both of Jigsaw’s cancer and his attitude to his fellow humans. The outfit is used by Jigsaw’s accomplices in disguising themselves to help terrify their prey (amongst other reasons). It is also possible to purchase the Saw Pig mask

As the last film was subtitled ‘The Final Chapter’ the Saw series may have come to an end, but we think there is still plenty of scare value in these costumes.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
Although when released in 1974 it was advertised  as a true story, the film is actually fictional with a few plot details inspired by the story of Murderer Ed Gein.   This film was exceptionally influential in the horror film industry and has been credited as one of the first films so encourage the use of such power tools as weapons and a killer as faceless.

The main character is Leatherface, who wears a mask made of human skin is a killer and cannibal. Props & Frocks stocks an appropriate mask for the character of Leatherface either individually or with a costume.  The Leatherface costume includes a shirt, tie and apron as Leatherface works in a meat factory.  This costume can be accessorised with a fake chainsaw, the murder weapon, also available at Props & Frocks.

Halloween:
Halloween was first release in 1978 and after its popularity had 7 sequels and also a remake of Halloween II in 2009. The first film is set beginning on 31st October 1963 when Michael Myers, a six year old boy, kills his older sister.  He is sent to a hospital where he 15 years later escapes from. Going on to kill again Michael Myers is repeatedly seen wearing a white mask and overalls. Props & Frocks stock Michael Myers Masks and also blue overalls that can be worn and accessories with fake weapons.

Friday The 13th :
Friday the 13th was originally released in 1980 but its success has led to the franchise of 12 films overall, comic books, novels and television shows.  The main character of the films is Jason Vorhees, for which Props & Frocks stock many suitable Jason Costumes & accessories.  Jason dies in the first film when a young boy as a summer camp. However later in the films Jason returns as a fully grown adult. Jason is determined to kill anyone wanting to re open the lake in which he drowned. In one film  Jason removed a hockey masks from one of his victims and used it to hide his face, this has become one of the most recognisable images surrounding this film.  Jason often used a machete as his murder weapon. A set which includes a fake machete and hockey mask can be purchased at Props & Frocks.A ladies sexy Miss Vorhees costume is also available

Scream:
Scream was originally released in 1996 and there have since been 3 sequels. The killer in these films is a mystery killer known as Ghostface.   At its time of release Scream was considered unique in its genre, because, as well as being a thriller it also incorporates dark humour.  The characters in Scream openly acknowledge the existence of other horror films and discuss their Clichés.  The killers in Scream are always seen wearing a ghost mask and a black robe, these are both available at Props & Frocks.  This costume can also be accessories with a fake bloody knife.

Zombie Costumes:
Zombies appear in many horror films such as Dawn of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead for example. Props & Frocks stock many types of zombie costumes including skeleton zombies and zombie nurse.  Accessories can also be purchased as Props & Frocks, such as Zombie flesh, teeth and scars.

Gothic Costumes:
If you don’t want to dress as a specific horror film for a horror party, then a good option is gothic clothing.  Props and Frocks stock a huge amount of gothic clothing both to hire and to buy, and can be as simple or as over the top as you may like! Popular gothic items include large gothic wings, wigs, black nail varnish, black lipstick and many gothic costumes.

Dracula:
Dracula films have been released in both 1931 and 1992. The films are based on the stage play and novel of the same name. The main character of the Dracula films is of course count Dracula, who is a vampire.

Vampires are very popular costumes for both men and women following the success of The Twilight Saga.

Vampire costumes are very easy to put together and Props & Frocks stock most of the necessary components.  The main items needed to put together a good Dracula costume are, a black cape, a red bow tie, a white shirt, black trousers, fake blood (of which many types are available at Props & Frocks) and fangs.  Dracula Hair and a Dracula medallion can also be used to make a more convincing costume.

Werewolf Costumes:
Werewolf costumes can also go very well alongside a vampire costumes.  There are many popular werewolf films for example An American Werewolf in London. Popular accessories to use with a werewolf costume are in Werewolf accessories .  An easy option is to use a werewolf mask, however some people are not so keen on wearing a full mask and so other options are available such as a werewolf wig and self-adhesive facial hair.

Song suggestions to play at your Horror Film Fancy Dress party:

  • Werewolves in London – Adam Sandler
  • Thriller – Michael Jackson
  • Hammer Horror – Kate Bush
  • This is Halloween – Marilyn Manson
  • Welcome to My Nightmare – Alice Cooper
  • Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett & The Crypt-kickers
  • Ghost Town – The Specials
  • Cry Wolf – A-Ha
  • Killer Queen – Queen
  • Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran
  • 666 – Iron Maiden
  • Time Warp – Rocky Horror Show
  • Nightmare On My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • Tubular Bells Part 1 – Mike Oldfield
  • Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jnr
  • Season Of The Witch – Donovan
  • somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
  • I’m Your Boogieman – White Zombie

Hollywood Greats Costume Ideas

Hollywood Greats Fancy Dress Ideas

This fancy dress theme could also be called:

  • A Night At The Oscars
  • Film or Movie Stars
  • Stars Of The Silver Screen

This costume theme will no doubt bring a touch of glamour and glitz to your fancy dress party. The ladies will enjoy dressing up to the nines and the men have the option of dressing in costume (based on a film stars famous film roles) or a dinner jacket, as if attending a red carpet event.

Obviously, we do not need to give you any guidance when it comes to evening gowns and dinner jackets, but we can offer some costume suggestions that would be suitable for this great fancy dress theme…

  • Tom Cruise – Wear an aviator costume - Top Gun
  • Vivien Leigh – Wear a Scarlett O’Hara costume - Gone With The Wind
  • Marilyn Monroe – Choose between the white halter neck dress or the pink ‘Happy Birthday’ costume
  • Christopher Reeve – Superman Costume
  • Audrey Hepburn – Wear a black evening dress – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Elizabeth Taylor – Cleopatra Costume
  • Richard Burton – Roman Man Costume – Mark Antony
  • Clark Gable – Rhett Butler – Gone With The Wind
  • Keanu Reeves – Neo from The Matrix
  • Sean Connery (and other Bond Actors) – James Bond Costume
  • Angelina Jolie – Lara Croft
  • James Dean – an easy costume, just wear blue jeans, white tee shirt.
  • Judy Garland – Dorothy – Wizard of Oz
  • Marlon Brando – The Godfather – wear a gangster costume
  • Harrison Ford – Indiana Jones
  • Keira Knightley – Pirates Of The Caribbean
  • Uma Thurman – Kill Bill
  • Richard Gere – An Officer & a Gentleman costume
  • Johnny Depp – so much choice, Captain Jack Sparrow to name just one!
  • Gywneth Paltroe – Shakespeare in Love
  • Heath Ledger – The Joker
  • Catherine Zeta Jones – Chicago
  • Roger Moore – The Saint
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Titanic
  • Sylvestar Stallone – Rambo
  • Whoopi Goldberg – Sister Act
  • Brad Pitt – Grim Reaper – Meet Joe Black
  • Greta Garbo – wear a glamourous 1930s gown
  • John Wayne – wear a cowboy costume
  • Halle Berry – Cat Woman or The Flintstones
  • Julia Roberts – Pretty Woman
  • Nicole Kidman – Moulin rouge – take a look here for loads of Moulin Rouge costume ideas
  • Reese Witherspoon – French Maid from Bridget Jones

Who do you think should be on this list? Drop us a line and we will add on your suggestions…

Cult Films Fancy Dress Ideas

Cult Movies Costume Ideas

The word ‘cult’ has different meaning to different people, so we have tried to stick with a list that doesn’t just rely on the more mainstream types of film that you all know, and if you feel that they are in fact a ‘cult’ then please go ahead and dress up as a character in one of  them. If you need more great film costume ideas, check out our website selection.

Here are just some of our costume ideas for Cult films…

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • The Pink Panther
  • Star Trek
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Quadrophenia – 60s costumes
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
  • Barbarella
  • The Sound Of Music – wear nun outfits
  • Evil Dead – bring out those Zombie Costumes again
  • Blues Brothers – we stock all the Blues Brothers accessories including Pork Pie Hats, black ties and glasses.
  • Planet Of The Apes
  • Ben Hur
  • Blade Runner
  • Scarface
  • Labyrinth
  • Pink Flamingos – Tranny Costume
  • Mamma Mia – dress up as Abba
  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – a great opportunity to wear a western costume, or another ‘out of the box’ idea woul dbe for a group of 3, 1 would dress up as a good character such as an angel, another as a ‘bad’ character such as a convict and the other made as ugly as possible!
  • Donnie Darko
  • Monty Python & The Holy grail – Knight & Biblical costumes
  • Reservoir Dogs – Black suit, black tie, sunglasses
  • Train Spotting
  • The Wizard of Oz – we stock a wide range of Wizard of Oz Costumes
  • Showgirls
  • Silence of The Lambs – use a straight jacket and mask
  • The Warriors
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Kill Bill
  • Dawn Of The Dead
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Bond – choose any film – for Bond costume ideas take a look at its designated page
  • Lawrence of Arabia – wear an Arab style costume
  • Star Wars

What cult movies should we have included on this list? We’d love to know your own thoughts.

Animated Film Costume Ideas

Animated Films (also includes computer generated films)

Some of our animated film costume ideas….

Toy Story
Released in 1995 . Lots of Toy Story Costumes are available to purchase.  Main characters include:

  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Woody
  • Mr Potato Head
  • Jessie
  • Bo Peep
  • Soldiers
  • Rex, green dinosaur
  • Bullseye – a horse 
  • Wheezy, a penguin
  • Rocky Gibraltar (Rocky) wear a boxer’s costume

Brave 
Released in 2012. Main characters include:

  • Merida – wear medieval style costumes
  • Witch
  • Queen Elinor (also is a bear in the film)
  • King Fergus

The Adventures of TinTin
Released in 2011.

  • TinTin,he wears brown short legged trousers, white shirt and a grey/blue jumper. His hair is brown and has a small quiff at the front.
  • Captain Haddock, wears a blue shirt or roll neck jumper, navy naval jacket and navy Captain’s hat. He has a rather long nose!
  • Thomson & Thomson. The pair wear a black suit with white shirt and black tie. Thy also have matching black bowler hats and small moustaches.

Superman
There have been various animated films of Superman with all the usual main characters including:

  • Superman
  • Lois Lane
  • Lex Luther

Justice League – The New Frontier
This was a film released in 2008 based on a novel of the same name. Heroes include:

  • Superman
  • Green Lantern
  • Wonder Woman
  • Flash
  • Batman, Lois Lane
  • Aquaman

Wonder Woman
Film released in 2009

  • Wonder Woman
  • Zeus, wear a Roman Costume
  • Hades – wear a Devil’s costume

The Green Lantern
Film released in 2009

  • The Green Lantern
  • Sinestro

Gnomeo & Juliet
Film released in 2011

  • Gnome costume – needs to wear a blue hat
  • William Shakespeare

Happy Feet
Released in 2006

Kung Fu Panda
Released in 2008

  • Panda Costumes
  • Tigers
  • Monkey

Puss in Boots
Released in 2011, a prequel to the Shrek story

  • Puss in Boots, wear a cat costume with a musketeers hat and over boots.
  • Jack & Jill
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Golden Goose
  • Giant (The Great Terror)

Winnie The Pooh
Released in 2011 this is a musical animated film.

  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Tigger
  • Rabbit – we stock rabbit ears and costumes
  • Piglet
  • Owl
  • Eeyore
  • Kanga

How To Train Your Dragon
Released in 2010.

  • Hiccup
  • Stoick The Vast – both wear Viking Costumes
  • Toothless – THE dragon!

A Christmas Carol
Released in 2009

  • Scrooge – all characters wear Victorian outfits although Scrooge could also wear an old fashioned nightshirt and cap.
  • Jacob Marley – Victorian ghost holding heavy chains
  • Tiny Tim
  • Bob Cratchitt

Fantastic Mr Fox
Released in 2009, based on the book by Roald Dahl

  • Mr Fox wears a tweed suit
  • Badger
  • Rabbit

Madagascar
Released in

  • Lion
  • Hippo
  • Tiger

Star Wars – The Clone Wars
Released in 2008

  • Jabba The Hut
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Anakin skywalker
  • Yoda
  • Padme Amidala
  • Clone Troppers

The Simpsons
Released in 2007 basedon the popular Television Series.

  • Bart Simpson – official Simpson costumes are available
  • Marge Simpson
  • Homer Simpson
  • Krusty The Clown

The Incredibles
Released in 2004

  • Mr Incredible
  • Mrs Incredible

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
Released in 2004

  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • King Neptune
  • Patrick – a starfish

The Lion King
Released in 1994

  • Simba – Lion
  • Mufasa – Lion

Beauty & the Beast
Released in 1992

  • Belle
  • The Beast

Aladdin
Released in 1992

  • Aladdin
  • Jafar
  • The Genie
  • Princess Jasmine – wear a belly dancer’s costume
  • Lago – a foul mouth parrot
  • The Sultan

Wallace & Gromit – a wide range of characters to choose from their various animated films, including…

  • Rabbit – The curse of The Were-Rabbit
  • Wallace
  • Gromit – hire only

Shrek – A film that has so many Disney characters in, you’ll be spoilt for choice, you will find a list of all the Shrek costumes in detail in our Disney section of the Costume & Ideas area of this website

Snow White
Disney’s 1st feature length film released in

  • Snow White
  • Wicked Queen
  • Woodcutter
  • Prince Charming
  • Dwarves

Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas

  • Sinabd – use a pirate costume
  • Goddess
  • Arab style costumes

Alice in Wonderland – look in our dedicated section for some great Alice in Wonderland costume ideas

Batman: Mask Of the Phantasm, Batman Beyond: The Movie and Return Of The Joker

Chicken Run
Released in 2000

  • Chicken
  • Rooster

Pocahontas
Released in 1995

  • Captain John Smith
  • Pocahontas – wear a ladies indian costume
  • Chief Costumes
  • Brave Costumes

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Released in 1993

  • Jack Skellington
  • Ghouls
  • Ghosts
  • Werewolves
  • Witches
  • Vampires
  • Sally – a rag doll

The Little Mermaid
Released in 1989

  • Ariel – a mermaid
  • Prince Eric – wear a Prince Charming outfit
  • Merking – a Neptune style of character
  • Ursula – a sea witch

Sleeping Beauty
Released in 1959

  • Aurora
  • Prince Charming
  • 3 Good Fairies
  • Evil Fairy – Maleficent

Cinderella
Released in 1950

  • Cinderella (rich & poor)
  • Ugly Sisters
  • Prince Charming
  • Fairy Godmother
  • Footmen

Peter Pan
Released in 1953

One Hundred & One Dalmations
Released in 1961

  • Cruella De’vil
  • Dalmations

The Sword In The Stone
Released in 1963

  • King Arthur
  • Merlin
  • Knights

The Jungle Book
Released in 1967

  • Tigers – other characters quite difficult!

Robin Hood
Released in 1973 (all main characters are animals)

  • Robin Hood – Fox
  • Little John  – bear
  • Prince John and King Richard – Lions
  • Lady Kluck – chicken
  • The Sheriff of Nottingham – Wolf

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
Released in 1996

  • Esmerelda – wear a peasant costume
  • Clopin – a gypsy
  • Quasimodo

Hercules
Released in 1997

Mulan
Released in 1998

  • Chinese Emperor
  • Mulan – Chinese dresses

Tangled
Released in 2010

  • Rapunzel – don’t forget the hair!
  • Mother Gothel
  • King & Queen- medieval style
  • Flynn – wear a Prince Charming style costume

Transformers
Released in 2007

  • Bumble Bee
  • Optimus Prime – costumes are available to purchase