Skulls are scary – and anything that glows in the dark will make you stand out – literally. Look at this chap.
The fictional character
It might require a little more effort, but if you can pull off a recognisable face – such as this dude being Chucky – you’ll get extract points on the night.
We’ve noticed a Dubai Halloween trend for togas and chainmail – look back to ancient times and emerge a hardened warrior like this double act here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
This party superstore offers a dizzying array of fancy dress items. Party Centre also offers themes from disco to Hollywood and fiesta.
Garhoud, Party Centre Building, opposite Welcare Hospital, www.mypartycentre.com (04 283 1353).
Party Universe is a treasure trove of themed birthday party products. They also stock wigs, hats, hair dye for adult fancy dress parties.
Party pack (up to eight guests) Dhs70. Building 5, Gold and Diamond Park Dubai, email@example.com, www.partyuniverse.ae (04 380 4848).
Click here to see the 50 best Halloween costumes in Dubai last year.