Fancy dress parties are popular all year round, but some annual events, such as Halloween, offer more fitting opportunities than most to dress up in fancy dress costumes. Classic Halloween fancy dress garb includes witches, wizards, skeletons or even the Grim Reaper himself. Other popular fancy dress themes, for birthdays, hen and stag parties and other occasions, include retro 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s fashion and film and television character fancy dress wardrobe.
Raunchy, but nonetheless very funny, films such as The Hangover – Parts I, II & III, provide perfect ammunition for group themed fancy dress, while international events, such as Australia Day or Oktoberfest provide justification, if any were needed, for dressing up and having a good time. Children, too, can strut their stuff as their favourite celebrity, pop star, superhero or cartoon character; if your little boy insists on being Spiderman, or your little girl insists on being Elsa, from Disney’s Frozen, on every possible occasion, there’s no harm in that as long as they’re happy.
Whatever the theme, whatever the occasion and regardless of their age or gender, most people barely need an excuse to transform themselves into someone, or something, new by donning fancy dress costumes, wigs and accessories. Ultimately, fancy dress is all about creating a fantasy world, a world of illusion, in which we can escape from reality for a time – and, of course, have fun while doing so – so it should be no surprise that fancy dress parties remain in vogue.