Fancy Dress Ideas

Here's a few fancy dress ideas to inspire you when planning your Birthday, Halloween, Christmas, New Year's Eve or Hogmanay fancy dress Costume party. If you need any more excuses to throw a fancy dress party then you'll find 52 reasons towards the bottom of this page.

Ultimate Uniforms Party:

Naughty Nurses, Sexy School Girl, Flirty French Maids, Fire Girls, Air Hostesses and more

Once Upon a Time Party:

Fairytale Princess, Disney, Pixar, Red Riding Hood, Wizard of Oz, Goldilocks, Cinderella and more.

Alice in Wonderland Party:

Mad Hatter, Alice, White Rabbit, Cheshire CatQueen of Hearts, White Queen, Doormouse and more

Under the Knife Party:

Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Surgeons, Patients

Hero and Villain Party:

Super Heroes, Film Villains, Gangsters, Pirates, Angels, Devils

Vicars and Tarts Party:

Vicars, Nuns, Cardinals, Bunny Girls and Tarts.

Pirates of the Caribbean party:

Pirates, Pirate wench, Jack Sparrow, Navy Officer, Admirals

Your Era Party:

When were you born? 90's child, 60's hippies, 50's flirts and 80's rockers

Around the World Party:

Barvarian Beer Girls, Bollywood Beauties, Irish Girls, Eskimo Cuties, Statue of Liberty, Spanish Matador, Geishas, Hawaiian Hotties and more countries of the world costumes.

Fictional Character Party:

Dress up as your favourite fictional character whether it be Jessica Rabbit, James Bond, Fred Flintstone, Penelope Pitstop, Tarzan etc

Ancient Antics Party:

Cave Girls, Warriors, Vikings, Greek Goddesses, Egyptian, Roman Emperors and more

Great Gatsby Party:

Flapper Girls, Gangsters, Vintage Glamour, Daisy, Gatsby, Myrtle and Party Girls

Super Heroes Party:

Batman, Robin, Cat Woman, Super Girl, Wonder Woman, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Incredible Hulk

Celebrity Party:

Throw the ultimate red carpet event with all your guests dressed up as their favourite celebrity

Rocky Horror Party:

Frank n Furter, Magenta, Columbia , Riff Raff, Brad, Janet, Dr Scott, Rocky

Circus Party:

Clowns, Ring Masters, Lion Tamers, Lions, Gymnasts and other circus cuties.

Saints and Sinners party:

Angels, Devils, Nuns, Vicars, Vampires, Demons

Beach Party:

Bring the beach to you - bikinis, hula skirts, board shorts, shades, flippers, sarongs, bbq and cocktails

Make Believe Party:

Mythical Creatures, Unicorns, Fairies, Imps, Elves, Sprites, Mermaids, Dragons and other heavely beings

Grease Party:

Danny, Sandra Dee, Pink Ladies, ‘T’ Birds

Letter of the Hosts's Name:

Go as anything beginning with the letter... for example 'B' for Beyonce, Bugsy Malone, Beer Girl, Bumble bee, Beckham, Bananas in Pyjamas or Burlesque Dancer etc

Garden Party:

Flowers, weeds, honey bees, love bugs, head gardener, gnomes

Pyjama Party:

Wear your pyjamas and slippers, serve popcorn, have pillow fights and make the venue into a bedroom!

Back to School Party:

Schoolgirls, Schoolboys, Teachers, School Nurse, PE Teacher, Head Mistress, Cheer Leaders

Invaders Party:

Vikings, Pirates, British Empire , Martians, Virus

Valentines Party:

Everyone wears red, the host plays cupid, lots of love hearts and red and pink food and drinks (see Valentines Costumes for ideas).

Disney Party:

Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast

Undead Party:

Zombies, Mummies, Werewolves, Witches and Vampires - this one is great for Halloween

Wild West Party:

Cowgirls, Indians, Saloon Girls, Can Can Dancers and Sheriffs

Shakespeare Party:

Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s dream, Taming of the Shrew

Egyptian Party:

Cleopatra, Mummy, Pharoah, Gods and other Egyptian Costumes

Roman Empire party:

Roman Lady, Centurion, Senator, Caesar, Slave, Gladiator

Sci Fi Party:

Aliens, Space Girls, Moon Walkers, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Star Trek, Avatar, Men in Black

Teen Movies Party:

Scream, American Pie, Bring it On, Teen Slasher Movies, Mean Girls, High School Musical 

Miss Demeanours Party:

Cops, Robbers, Gangsters, FBI, Sheriff, SWAT

Unfuneral Party:

Enjoy your own wake!

Wizard of Oz Party:

Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch, Glynda – good witch, Toto, Wizard

Twilight Party:

Vampires, Werewolves, Bella, member of the the Volturi

Underwear as Outerwear Party:

For the brave - wear you underwear to the party!

PVC Party:

Dress in PVC, Wet Look and Leather

Medieval Mayhem Party:

Wenches, Peasants, Robin Hood, Monks

Elements Party:

Earth, fire, water, air, silver, gold, copper, krypton, arsenic

Under the Sea Party:

Mermaids, Starfish, Flounder, Nemo, Shark Tale, Ursula and other aquatic delights

James Bond Party:

James Bond, Pussy Galore, Goldfinger, Q, M or just Black Tie and Ball Gowns! Why not turn you venue into a casino and serve Martinis.

Back to the Future Party:

Wild west, 50s, 80s, the future, mad scientist

Furry Monster Party:

Any monster will do!

Outlaws Party:

Robin Hood, Dick Turpin, Ned Kelly, Bonny & Clyde , Josey Wales

Gangsters and Molls party:

Don’t forget your violin case!

Punk Party:

You know – punk!

Glam Rock Party:

Bowie , The Sweet, T Rex, Wizard, Mud

Amphibians Party:

Frogs, Newts, Toads, Tadpoles

Panto Party:

Oh no it isn’t

Boys will be Girls and Girls will be Boys Party:

You need to cross dress for this one

Roaring 20s Party:

Flappers, Gangsters, Molls, Bugsy Malone

Nifty 50s party:

Rock and Roll!

60s and 70s parties:

Flower Power, Big Hair, Flares, you know the rest!

Colour Themed Parties:

Black and White Themed Costumes

Wig it Out Party:

Everybody attends wearing a wig

Beer Fest Party:

Barvarian Beer Girls, Alpine Cuties and Beer Guy Costumes

Masquerade Ball Party:

Keep the mystery alive - go Venetian and don't forget your mask!

Seasons party:

Spring, summer, autumn, winter

Agatha Christie party:

Murder on the orient express, Poirot, Miss Marple, Death on the Nile , Sparkling Cyanide

Bad Taste party:

You won’t need our website for this one!

Toga Party:

Greek Goddess, 300, Roman Emperor, Gladiator

Ultraviolet Party:

Anything fluorescent. Ensure you have UV lighting and visit our Clubwear and Ravewear Section.

Mile High Club Party:

Air Hostess, Stewardess, Pilots, Stags, Hens

Bare as you dare Party:

Wear as little as possible

Carry on:

Carry On Films Camping, Cruising, Doctor, Screaming, Dick

Cocktail party:

Dress up as your favourite cocktail

Constellations party:

The Bear, The plough, Orion, Libra, Pisces, Gemini

Occupations Party:

Sexy Secretary, Games Mistress, Career Girls, Army Girl, Show Girls and Sailors

Harry Potter Party:

Harry, Hermione, Ron, Hagrid, Wizards, Witches, Voldemort, Bellatrix, Dumbledore, Golden Snitch, Malfoy, Dragons

Pub Party:

Dress as: The Red Lion, The Swan, The Dog and Duck, etc.

Murder Mystery Party:

Get in character – Miss Scarlet in the library with the candlestick


52 excuses for a party

If you need an excuse to have a party beyond Halloween, Christmas and New Year's Eve or you simply don’t want to miss an opportunity to have a party then this list is for you.




Valentine’s Day

New Year’s Eve

Bonfire Night


Mardi Gras


Hen Nights

Stag Nights



May Day

4th July



St Patrick’s day

St, George’s day

St Andrew’s day

St David’s day

Midsummer’s night

Shortest day

Spring equinox

Autumn equinox





End of term

End of exams

Passed your exams


Passed driving test

New job


Leaving your job

House warming

Decorating party

Garden party



Talk like a pirate day

New boobs

New nose

Mother’s day

Father’s day

Labor Day

Yom Kippur

Chinese New Year

The cat’s away

Sporting Events

Burns night


Even more party ideas.

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Party Weekend

Book a long weekend away with some friends and have a themed party Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
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Pole Party

How about hiring a pole dance instructor complete with pole and have your own pole dance party. This is a great idea for hen nights!

Midsummer Madness

We did this with some friends a few years ago. We climbed up Snaefell, the highest mountain on the Isle of Mann, to watch the sun rise on Midsummer’s day. This involved setting off from Douglass at 2am to climb the mountain in the dark. We dressed in black tie, dinner jackets and ball gowns and had a 6 course champagne breakfast complete with candelabras as we watched the sunrise!

Obviously, any mountain would do and you could do any fancy dress theme but make sure you plan it well and take professional advice to ensure you are properly prepared, equipped and take every precaution for the terrain, conditions and circumstances you may encounter.