Saturday, November 29, 2014

Harlequin Costumes Bristol Closed Down

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We were very saddened to hear that Harlequin Costumes in Hanham closed down in October this year. After 20 years in the business, the owner has retired, and we wish them a very enjoyable retirement, and all the best for the future!

However, we were lucky enough to purchase some of their fantastic hire costumes which they were selling to add to our own collection. These include:
  • Darth Vader
  • Various Military Uniforms
  • 1920's suits
  • 1960's and 1970's outfits for men and women.

costume hire bristolHarlequin fancy dress bristolMany of their period costumes were made by our own costumier many years ago, so we do already have a few of these in our collection anyway, with many more being made and on our to-do list for the new year.

We're looking forward to doing more of our fantastic photo shoots in the coming months so we can get these all on our website, but it'll take us a little while, as there are a lot of them to photograph (along with our own recently made additions)!

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For more information about Harlequin, please visit their website at:

Or for the Bristol Post article, please click here:

To find us, please visit our website at - and look out for those new costumes on our costumes for hire pages!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pirate Party @ The Thekla.

Hop aboard the Thekla on the 23rd September for the Pirate Party. The theme is obviously pirates and we have plenty of great costumes and accessories at Fancy Dress Fanatics.


In store, we have plenty of great pirate costumes for sale and we also have handmade great quality costumes available for hire. We have plenty of costumes for men and women in a variety of styles.
Take inspiration from films like 'Pirates of the Caribbean' or even Captain Hook from Peter Pan.
Pictured to the left is Captain Jack Sparrow from 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. As you can see, accessories are the key to this look.

Here is a link to a women's pirate costume on our website.

Click here to see a men's costume on our website.

Here is another pirate costume to take a look at.

We have a large selection of great pirate accessories, such as the eye patches pictured below.

Props are also a great idea. You could carry a sword or gun, or even have a parrot companion on your shoulder! We have a few different pirate swords to choose from, along with fake guns. We also have fake parrots to perch on your shoulder, along with inflatable ones.

Make up

Pirates aren't usually sparkling clean, so face paint is a good idea. Use dark colours to dirty yourself up a bit. We also have blackout tooth stain to give the illusion of a missing tooth.

Think of the fact that pirates are weathered and stranded on boats for months.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Zoo @ Rehab

The Zoo is coming to Rehab and fancy dress is definitely on the cards! We have great ideas, from face paint, to animal onesies and accessories.

Animal onesies.

In store, we have full animal costumes which are usually made as onesies. They are comfy, easy to wear and look great! We have lots of different animals, such as gorillas, chickens, crocodiles and more! These costumes are very easy to put together, as you need no accessories. We even have some amazing quality animal costumes for hire.

Here is a link to a crocodile costume on our website.

And here is a link to a penguin costume on 

Animal accessories

We also have a collection of different animal fancy dress accessories. We have items like animal kits, which include things like tails, ears, noses and more. We also have separate pieces, such as ears, noses and tails to add to your costume. These are great for people with a more laid back approach. We also have children's plastic animal masks.

Face Paint.

Face paint is a great way to add a little flair to your costume and at Fancy Dress Fanatics, we have lots of it. We have a huge collection of face paint from brands like Snazaroo and Smiffy's. Face paint works for anyone and there are plenty of simple designs that would work great.

Those of you with an artistic eye could make your face paint the focus of the costume, by really taking the time to add lots of detail.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

UV Rave at Walkabout

One of the events at UWE Freshers this year is a UV rave at Walkabout. We have lots of items to buy in store that would be perfect for this event.

Face paint.

We have a huge selection of regular face paint and also UV face paint.

 UV face paint isn't complicated, most people just paint random patterns with dots and lines. It is very easy to do and complicated designs are not necessary. Even the most simple design will look great under UV light.

In store, we have some UV paint sticks. Application is very easy and you can create cool patterns with ease. The more
colour the better!

Morph suits are a great costume to wear with face paint, as it is eye catching, but not flashy so it doesn't overshadow the UV paint.

It is also a great idea to wear lots of UV accessories, such as hats, jewellery, gloves etc..

Here is a link to a Second Skin costume on our website.

We also have official Morphsuits.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

UWE Freshers Beach Party

Freshers is almost here and there are plenty of fancy dress events! One of which is the Freshers Beach Party. There are lots of things you could dress as, so here are some ideas!


The first thing people think of when they hear 'Beach fancy dress' is Hawaiian. These type of costume are easy to find and come in many different variations.

We  have lots of Hawaiian costumes, including grass skirts, hawaiian shirts and dresses.

Most of what makes a great Hawaiian costume are the accessories. We have lots of accessories that will make any costume amazing, such as Hawaiian lei, grass skirts, shell bras, headbands and wristbands.

We also have lots of fun props such as coconut drinking cups and flower straws.
We also have lots of inflatables such as flamingoes, monkeys, parrots, sharks and more!

Here is a link to a Hawaiian man costume on our website.

And here is a link to a Hawaiian dress on our website.


Baywatch is a very popular fancy dress theme and works very well for the beach theme. We have lots of officially liscenced Baywatch costumes for both men and women. We also have some prop inflatable floats, (pictured below with costume).

The official Baywatch costumes are comfortable and easy to wear. Perfect for parties.

Here is a link to our women's Baywatch costume.

Here is a link to our Baywaych men's costume.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


One of the events at UWE Freshers this year is a 'Cat Face Party'. This means one thing: face paint.
This is a very easy theme to pull off and requires little effort. All you need is normal clothes and face paint. You could interpret this theme in a different way, although the basic face paint is more likely.

Face Paint

For most, simple cat makeup is enough. Just paint on a nose and whiskers and you're set! However, if you have an artistic eye, you could go more detailed and create an amazing face paint look. We have lots of face paint in lots of different colours for you to choose from. We also have face paint crayons to use for the basic cat face paint.

Most people tend to wear simple black clothing whilst dressing as a cat, or just match your clothes to the colours of your face paint if you want to use colours other than black.
You could even accessorize with cat ears and a tail. We have instant cat kits in our store which include ears, a tail and sometimes a nose or a bow tie.

Click here to take a look at our website!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WIN! A Festival Goody Bag this week, worth over £30!

WIN! A Festival Goody Bag this week, worth over £30!

It's festival season already, and there are loads coming up over the next couple of months! We thought we'd celebrate with a fantastic prize giveaway of some of our customer Festival Faves!

The Goody Bag includes:
  • 3 x Glitter Gels by Stargazer
  • 1 x Glitter Hairspray
  • 1 x Neon Gel Hair Colour by Stargazer
  • 1 x Face Paint set
  • 1 x pack UV reactive Face Paint crayons
  • 2 x Glow Sticks 
  • 1 x Neon Moustache Set (10 moustaches)
  • 1 x Tie Dye Bandana with flowers
  • 1 x Indian Feather Headband

Over £30 worth of goodies!

All you have to do is 'Like' our post competition on facebook, and your name will be entered into a draw to win this goody bag! We'll be picking one lucky winner on Tuesday 22nd July, so make sure you like it beforehand!

If your name is picked, you just have to pop into our shop in Bristol and pick up your goody bag, so we recommend Bristol residents only. Draw will take place this Tuesday (22nd July 2014) at 3pm, and the winner will be announced on our facebook page after this time (we suggest 'liking' our facebook page too, so you can see if you have won).

We have loads of Face Paints, Glitter and all sorts in stock ready for the festivals, as well as costumes to suit each of the fancy dress themes of some of the big ones coming up, so pop in and see us if you need an outfit, accessories or just make up and glitter.,
To enter, simply visit our facebook page, and 'like' our post (shown in image above). 

Or CLICK HERE to go directly to the facebook post!

Competition Terms:

The winner will be picked from a hat on Tuesday 22nd July 2014 at 3pm. Names of people who have 'liked' the competition facebook post only will be entered into the draw.
The winner will be announced on facebook on Tuesday 22nd July 2014 - we suggest that if you enter by 'liking' our post, that you also 'like' our page so you will know when the winner has been announced.
The prize must be collected from our shop in Bristol - so we recommend only those locally enter this competition as we will not be posting the prize.
To collect the prize, the winner will need to show some identification to prove they are the winner of the competition.
The winner will receive our festival goody bag, to the value of £30.89. The exact value of the contents of thisis as follows: 3 Glitter Gels at £2.49 each, 1 Glitter Hairspray at £2.50, one Neon Hair Gel Colour at £2.99, Face Paints set at £1.99, Tie Dye Bandana at £2.99, UV Face Paint Crayons at £3.99, 2 Glowsticks at 99p each, One Neon stick on Moustache kit at £4.99, One Indian feather headdress at £1.99.
The promoter is: Fancy Dress Fanatics Ltd whose trading address is at 212 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5QU.
Employees of Fancy Dress Fanatics or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via our facebook page
Closing date for entry will be 22nd July 2014 at 3pm. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
Winners will be chosen by drawing a name at random by picking names our of a hat. The winner will be notified by via our facebook page on Tuesday 22nd July 2014, and if possible contacted directly via facebook (subject to individuals privacy settings as some do not accept messages unless they are 'friends'). If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
The promoter will notify the winner of when and where the prize can be collected.
The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: 212 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5QU, or by viewing the announcement on our Facebook page.
Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Fancy Dress Fanatics Ltd and not to any other party.