There's parties this weekend, and indeed next weekend - but there's still time to get that outfit...
Whether you’re dressing up on Halloween at work or enjoying a fright night across the city in the evening, this list should help you with your last minute costume needs.
If you’re anything like me and don’t want to do the minimal / lazy cat-ears-and-covered-in-blood look for the sixth year running, then keep reading.
All Things Fancy Dress
With stores in Manchester, Salford, Sale, Stockport, Bury and Oldham, there’s no opportunity of you missing out on that perfect last minute ensemble. They’ll help you with their best sellers and new costumes in that week, so you’ll be spoilt for choice with only a day to go. There’s that much to choose from, even down to kids costumes so you can dress the whole family in fell swoop.
All Things Fancy Dress, 149 Great Ducie St, Manchester M3 1FB
0161 832 3918
In all honesty, Afflecks should be your first thought all year round for any sort of fancy dress, but it couldn’t be more perfect for Halloween. Two shops in particular in the self-titled ‘emporium of eclecticism’ will give you the perfect ideas for a costume. American Graffiti on the 2nd Floor offers fancy dress including wigs and accessories and staff that are happy to help at all costs. On the 3rd Floor, Attic Theatrical Fancy Dress has an array of items from stage make up to latex masks, so you can go wherever your imagination takes you for Halloween this year.
Afflecks, 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
0161 839 0718
Located in the Arndale, so very minimal effort is needed for your last minute needs, this store has a selection that ranges from pirate costumes to celebrity masks. Whether you’re wanting to go head to toe fancy dress or just have your face covered, you’ll do well to take a look in Luvyababes.
Luvyababes, Unit X, Marsden Way, Arndale Centre, Manchester M4 3AB
0161 819 5395
Now it may not necessarily be a witches costume, although you might get lucky, but you will definitely be able to rustle something up from the clobber that’s in here. You need to think out the box and probably be slightly discriminatory to some sort of group, maybe hipsters or maybe grandma’s.
Oxfam Original Shop, Unit 8, Smithfield Buildings, 51 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JR
0161 839 3160
Hidden Corner Fancy Dress
Another in the Arndale, this bespoke shop running now for 50 years promises that it ‘moves with the times’, so you’ll have no trouble finding the most perfect costume with little time before the night itself. Opening hours are 9:30am – 5pm so if you’re city centre based, pop down on your lunch break to acquire an affordable costume.
Hidden Corner, Unit29/Marsden Way South, Arndale Centre, Manchester M4 3AT
0161 839 2117
This shop in Manchester Fort is absolutely perfect for all you last minuters. Open until 8pm if you want to go in store and browse before Tuesday, but also offering Tuesday morning delivery at a reduced charge of £7.95. The array of costumes is huge and includes decorations and all things needed for any particular theme.
Party Delights, Manchester Fort Retail Park, Manchester M8 8EP
0161 834 7543
All You Need To Party
As it sounds, all your Halloween party needs are met in this store near Stretford. With limited time before All Hallows Eve, the helpful staff will atone to all your Halloween needs, so you need not stress.
All You Need to Party, 7 The Furrows, Stretford, Manchester M32 0SZ
0161 866 0100
For those not located too close to the city centre but need an outfit pronto, look no further than Celebration in M21, with a whole store dedicated to celebrating Halloween. Rated for its great selection of costumes and friendly staff.
Celebration, 515 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M21 8AQ
0161 881 0888