Wings Believe you can fly? Even a basic dress can be given the necessary kook and quirk for October 31 simply by attaching some wings. Take to the skies.
The rock star If you’ve got no ideas of your own, why not dress up as your favourite rocker? If you happen to be a closet fan of mask clad metallers Kiss, like this guy, then you’ve lucked out twice for Halloween.
The all-white approach With a steely gaze (and some well applied make-up), the purest of all colours can be as creepy as tarantula. Save cash by whipping out your old wedding dress.
Double up What’s more impressive than a party person all dressed up in an impeccable outfit? Why – two people all dressed up in one impeccable outfit.
Go undead If you’re short of time or cash, one fail safe Halloween classic is to dig out your old white t-shirt, invest in some fake blood – and you’re away.
The robot For a costume that really, really, reeeally stands out, you need to ditch the flesh and blood and go mechanical – like this Transformers-inspired guy snapped at Nasimi last year. I mean, how?
Follow your insects Take a look at the animal world for inspiration – and pay special attention to the creepy crawlies. Or buzz the bumble bee look like this gal.
Go game Computer games have officially left the domain of teenagers’ bedrooms and embraced the mainstream, bringing with them a whole new cultural iconography. Find a classic character and you’re likely stumble on something that no one else has done yet. Go Mario and Luigi!
Don’t be afraid of the classics They might seem clichéd, but what’s more hackneyed than dressing up for Halloween in the first place? It’s hardly the place for style statements, and many of the obvious classics costumes – like the nurses and bunnies here – continue to shine for a reason.
Strength in numbers Even the most underwhelming costume can be impressive in a team, so get all your mates in the same uniform and it will look like you’ve made more effort than you have.
Where to get your Halloween costume in Dubai
Mr Ben’s Costume Closet This wardrobe of extravagant apparel is full of fancy dress paraphernalia, including an enormous array of one-off outfits to suit your theme, whether you want to party dressed as a pirate or a princess. Al Ghazal Mall, Satwa, www.mrbendubai.com (04 345 3577).