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Last minute Halloween costumes ideas from Centrale & Whitgift

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Face painting sorted, now let’s get your spook on! It’s time to sort your Halloween costume for you and the family. Need some easy ideas to whip up some boo-tiful looks? You don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy dress that’ll end up thrown in your attic. Most of these outfits – all available to buy at Centrale & Whitgift – are based around items you can wear all year around. Pretty cool, right? 


First, crank up the theme tune to get in the spooky vibe (clap clap), then arm yourself with a Morticia Addams-style black dress. Zara do a great one that is darker than Frankenstein’s soul (plus it’s super stylish so perfect for nights out when you’re not trick or treating, too). Slick on a fiery red pout like the Lady Danger MAC lipstick from House of Fraser, and finish with a Morticia-style long black wig and black smoky eyes. 

How about going as a daring duo with Gomez Addams? All you’ll need is a pinstripe suit, gelled black air and a pencil-thin moustache. 
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Our picks: buttoned knit dress, £59.99, Zara; MAC matte lipstick in Lady Danger, £17.50, House of Fraser 


Still obsessed with Netflix’s hit-show Stranger Things? Same here. For Eleven’s season one killer outfit, get hold of this light pink dress from H&M (which you can repurpose for warmer days), and pair it with some sporty tube socks. This is a great twinning outfit, so we’ve found the ultimate kid’s Eleven outfit at Centrale & Whitgift too. Double trouble guaranteed.

To fully embrace the Upside Down, add some white trainers, blue bomber jacket and blonde bobbed wig. (Top marks for the extra trickle of fake-blood under the nose.)

And for anyone out there aspiring to be a Sheriff, Chief Hopper might be the coolest look going. Think full-on beige suit and a cowboy hat.
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Our picks: Modal-blend dress in light pink, £14.99, H&M; white stripe sports socks, £2.99, New Look For your mini-me: dress with seam details, £22.99, Zara; Adidas Originals solid crew socks, £14 for three pairs, JD Sports 


We would make a skeleton joke, but we wouldn't find it very humerus. For any busy mums and dads looking for the comfiest and most versatile Halloween costume for kids, this skeleton hooded top and joggers will turn heads.

Chilling and original enough to go trick or treating with the squad, it’s also the perfect lounging outfit for around the house. Just add some white sneakers or some funky skeleton slippers.
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Our picks: hooded top and joggers, £17.99, H&M


What’s yellow, wears dungarees and obsessed with bananas? A Minion from Despicable Me, of course. All you need for this easy Halloween costume is a long-sleeved yellow top like this one from Next and a pair of denim dungarees. Finish with a yellow beanie hat and swimming goggles and, voilà, the most Instagrammable Minion out there. 

And if you fancy doubling-up on this one, think Gru! Pull on black trousers, a grey top and pair with a stripy grey and black scarf. Add thick drawn-on eyebrows and you’re ready to go and scare!
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Our pick: long sleeve plain T-shirt in ochre, £3-£5, Next; denim authentic dungarees, £18-£22, Next


Join us for our scarily good Day of the Dead themed event – and have a scream! It’s taking place on 23rd and 24th October. You and the kids can get involved in mask decorating and slime making, plus there’s dress-up activities and more! 

Plus, to get your hands on some free Halloween face gems, download the Centrale PLUS app ahead of your visit.

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