Are you more naughty nurse or wicked werewolf? This weekend is when the freaks come out to play, so get amongst the fun by looking the part. For the last couple of years now, sexy has trumped scary when it comes to Beijingers?dress-up threads of choice come Halloween. That said, there's always room for another ghost at the party. Read on for where to find costumes, plus a couple of ideas to help you pick the get-up that suits your style, whether you aim to scare or seduce.
Scary masks, colorful wigs, spiderman suits and more. Costumes and props for shows. Price: 35-265 yuan, open 10:00am ?9:00pm.
No.115 store, A area, B2-3/F, 77th Street Shopping Center of Xidan Culture Square, No.180 north street of Xi Dan, Xicheng District. 西城区西单文化广场77街购物中心B2, A区115号地下夹层13681308264
Beijing Beeta Culture Company北京贝塔文化传播有限公司
This company rents and sell professional costumes of animals, ghosts, pirates, princesses, cartoon figures, etc. Price: 10-600 yuan to hire, 20-3600 yuan to buy, open 8:30am ?6:00pm.
Suite 2106, Building 15-1, Baihuan Jiayuan Community, Shuangjing Bridge, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 6844-4222/877-29041, 朝阳区双井桥百环家园15号楼1单元2106室. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: http://www.beeta.cn
Yashow Market 雅秀
Find bling pieces to create your own costume, or stalls stocking belly dancing costumes and other fancy dress wear. Price: negotiable, open 9:30am ?9pm.
No.4127, 4/F, SanlitunYashow Clothing Market, No.58 Gongti'bei Lu, Chaoyang district. 6413-2425. 朝阳区工体北路58号三里屯雅秀市场4楼4127号
HOLA Home Furnishing Store Jinsiji Store
Halloween costumes for both adults and children. Candies for children under 12 in Halloween clothing on October 27-28.
Underground level one, Jinsiji Shopping Center, 117 North West Fourth Ring Road, Haidian District. Southwest corner of Sijiqing Qiao. 8849-5555.海淀区西四环北路117号(四季青桥西南角) 金四季购物中心地下一层
Doctors and nurses: If you're male, just throw on a stethoscope over your scrubs and you're set to go. For girls, it's the tiny, white uniform with matching cap and red cross.
Belly dancer: Beads and chiffon equals stunning, plus it's a super-easy option if you're already a fan of this dance fad.
Olympica: Give a nod to next year's Games by dressing up in Houston Rockets?red and white and go as Yao Ming, if you've got height on your side, or if you can brave the cold, as a swimsuit-clad diving diva Guo Jingjing.
Zhong Kui: A black face with bulging eyes and a comic beard while brandishing a magic sword will make you a convincing ghost vanquisher, a fearsome character of Chinese folklore.
Yanluo and his minions: This group decides on the arrival and departure of each ghost to the underworld. A Chinese judge's cap is a must for ruler Yanluo, while the two minions wear a mask featuring either an ox-head or a horse face.
Jiang Shi: Pale face with dark circles under eyes, a long tongue between serrated teeth. Dressed in Qing Dynasty garb with arms outstretched, this is the Chinese vampire. Most importantly, hop, don't walk.
(China Daily October 31, 2007)