Halloween Special - Fancy Dress

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  • 16 October 2008
Halloween Special - Fancy Dress

Dress it up

As the single most important aspect of the Hallow’s Eve festivities, it’s important to get your fancy dress just right, and with both Glasgow and Edinburgh playing host to a multitude of fancy dress outlets, there is no excuse for not looking the part.

Across in the capital, you cannot go wrong with a jaunt to Armstrongs (0131 220 5557). Lurking in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle, and in an area known for its public hanging and body snatching in days gone by, this vintage clothing emporium has the whole package; and is sure to provide you with something both original and oozing with flair. Next up is Glasgow’s enigmatic Saratoga Trunk (0141 332 0808), famous for providing costumes to a wide range of Hollywood blockbusters, such as Evita and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – as well as housing a collection that would make any clothes junkie worth their salt sell their granny for a shopping spree. Invitation is by appointment only. For more of the same, as well as the chance to go behind-the-scenes, one of Edinburgh’s most well loved theatres, The Royal Lyceum (0131 248 4848) has recently reopened its grandiose costume hire department. Whatever your choice (be it medieval knight or 1930s jungle explorer) each outfit is sure to be of the highest quality. Last but not least, and undoubtedly the cream of the crop when it comes to quality and range of costumes on offer, the Scottish Opera Wardrobe Department (0141 332 9559) has over 10,000 pieces available for rent. To stop your head spinning off from the sheer amount of clothing, Scottish Opera staff will be on hand to help answer any queries, as well as help you pick out your perfect costume.