Putting a face on for Halloween

GHOSTS and ghouls may be seen roaming the streets tonight as the Tweed is hit with Halloween fever.

Dare 2 Wear Costume Hire owner Janice Matthews said she had more than 100 Halloween-specific outfits and many of them had been hired out.

“There are only about 20 or 30 left, and a lot of people still are coming in,” Miss Matthews said.

“It’s the busiest time of the year. I’m flat out.”

Grim reapers, witches, devils and executioners have been the favourites this year.

“I’m also hiring out all your naughty-but-nice outfits with face paint to look like zombies.

“And a lot of guys cross-dress. It’s fun doing it because I end up with tears streaming down my face from laughing.”

Miss Matthews has owned the hire shop for five years and said the annual Halloween celebration was getting “bigger and bigger”.

“The first couple of years were average and now it’s massive,” she said.

“Everyone’s right into it, especially the young people.

“Even all the pubs and clubs are having Halloween themes with their staff all dressing up.”

Miss Matthews puts the growing trend in Halloween down to Australia becoming more Americanised.

“Halloween is becoming very, very busy on the Coast,” she said.

“It’s just getting massive.

“Parents even dress up their little children.”

Dare 2 Wear has more than 800 adult and 200 children costumes, which is why Elanora’s Jesse Gill shops there.

The co-owner of Epic Designs and Signs said he had been to plenty of Halloween and costume parties in all sorts of outfits.

“I went as a Playboy bunny one time,” he admitted.

“Luckily there were four guys dressed like girls.”

Scary movies
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Psycho
  • The Ring
  • Wolf Creek
  • Blair Witch Project
  • The Shining


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