The history of Oktoberfest may stem back more than 200 years – it was the wedding of Crown Prince, later King, Ludwig I that saw citizens of Munich indulge in month-long festivities and celebrations – but today the tradition has a whole different meaning. A festival of fun, food and of course beer, Oktoberfest celebrations have become popular around the world, not just in their native Germany.
The UK in particular hosts a number of Oktoberfest events in the month of October. Many thousands of fun seekers gather in towns and cities across the country to enjoy the world’s most famous beer festival. Oktoberfest goers don’t just turn up and party, they dress the part too. Make sure you look your best for your upcoming Oktoberfest celebration by taking inspiration from the fancy dress outfit options below and following our top tips…
DO go traditional
Embracing the traditional outfits worn by German natives during Oktoberfest is always a must. We stock Oktoberfest costumes for men and Oktoberfest costumes for women so every festival goer can embrace the traditional side of the celebration. Featuring braces and lederhosen, the Oktoberfest look is one that you can certainly pull off.
Those looking to merge Oktoberfest celebrations with Halloween may also want to take a look at our zombie Bavarian costume.
DON’T forget the headwear
Your authentic Oktoberfest outfit wouldn’t be complete without the Bavarian hat. Both styles for men and for women sport fetching feathers, whilst the women’s Oktoberfest hat is also available in mini for an ultra-feminine look. We stock a selection of Bavarian inspired hats for men too so you can find the right headwear to complement your outfit.
DO see the funny side
From oversized Bavarian moustaches to beer barrel hats, embracing the lighter, funnier side of Oktoberfest is essential. Just add a huge tankard of beer and your outfit is complete!
It’s almost that time of year again and after weeks, or even months, of training, avid runners will be taking on the north of England’s favourite half marathon. Whether you’re running to beat your personal best or for charity, the Simplyhealth Great North Run is the ultimate challenge. Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne, the 13.1-mile route takes in scenes of the River Tyne and the Tyne Bridge before taking runners to Gateshead and South Shields.
Taking place on Sunday 9th September 2018, the Great North Run’s winning times aren’t the only thing onlookers will be keeping a beady eye out for. The coveted ‘Runday Best’ accolade is up for grabs again this year, meaning many runners will go the extra mile with costume prep! Are you taking part in this year’s Great North Run? Want to put yourself in contention for the Runday Best prize? Check out the following fancy dress ideas, outfits guaranteed to grab attention at this year’s event…
Fancy a Mexican?
Nothing says stamina like this wrestler costume. This Mexican wrestler outfit complete with cape, leggings and mask is an iconic image and one certain to put the fear into your opponents!
Bo Selecta is a cult classic that’s still known and loved today, so why not kit yourself out to become a modern day Craig David, Michael Jackass or Scary Spice? Browse our full range of Bo Selecta outfits here.
Unleash your inner animal
Become your favourite animal just for a few hours during your Great North Run experience. There are tons of animal themed outfit options to choose from including a fearsome lion, cheeky monkey or mesmerising octopus.
Go back to the 80s
Take onlookers on a journey through time with these iconic 80s fancy dress outfits. You can become a Sesame Street character, Baywatch babe or even emulate the classic board game Twister. The possibilities are endless!
Festival season is officially here! Come rain or shine, your festival wardrobe has to be on point and one sure-fire way to get into the festival spirit is to don fancy dress. Here at Mr Bens Fancy Dress, we have tons of festival friendly, high quality and truly show stopping fancy dress costumes to choose from.
With RiZE Festival (formerly known as V Festival) just around the corner, now is the perfect time to give our rundown of the top five fancy dress ideas for the 2018 festival season…
A superhero for the day
Who doesn’t love a superhero? When choosing your favourite take a hint from the biggest superhero film releases. Deadpool was a huge hit this year, and the latest Avengers release will leave you spoilt for choice.
Out of this world
A festival is the ideal time to take your look out of this world. Whether it’s an alien or spaceman costume that takes your fancy, travel not just to a festival but to another planet! Browse our range of science fiction costumes for inspiration.
We take safety very seriously and invest heavily to ensure the integrity and safety of all our products. We go above and beyond the required safety standards for children’s costumes. In 2015 alone, we invested over £1,000,000 in our safety testing and procedures.
Regulation of Children’s Costumes
Children’s costumes are regulated and must comply with EN71. This is a European standard which tests for flammability, choking and strangulation hazards, and toxicity. This strict criteria does not apply to everyday children’s clothing (with the exception of some nightwear).
Children’s clothing can catch fire and burn when exposed to fire and naked flames and some manufacturers only voluntarily add “keep away from fire” warnings.
Children’s costumes must comply with EN71 Toy Directive. This is a Europe-wide standard which tests for Small Parts / Sharp edges (Choking & Strangulation prevention) Flammability and Toxicity.
The flammability testing for EN71 measures the ‘rate of flame spread’ on fabric & complete costumes and how quickly the flame self-extinguishes.
Suppliers can voluntarily test children’s costumes to Nightwear (Safety) Standards, and Smiffys does this as an additional measure to EN71.
Smiffys approach: Going above and beyond
Our dedicated in-house team ensure that all of our children’s costumes (and certain accessories) are manufactured and rigorously tested to comply with both EN71 regulations and Nightwear (Safety) Standards. This ensures the absolute highest safety standards and reassurance that all children’s costumes are as safe and fit for purpose.
We take pride that all Smiffys children’s costumes are:
Labelled “Warning. Keep away from fire” irrespective of the burn rate within the EN71 regulatory limit
Labelled with the CE mark as a declaration that the product meets the European Toy Safety Directive (2009/48/EC), and has undergone a variety of product tests to ensure that it is safe for use
Tested to Nightwear (Safety) Standards as an additional safety measure
Subject to further safety checks through spot-checks and batch tests (surveillance and due-diligence testing) once the products are received in the UK warehouse to guarantee quality and safety assurance
In addition, every production run is batch tested and verified as compliant at source and our safety certificates are continually updated.
It was believed that on this day, the line that divided the world of the living and the dead narrowed, allowing the spirits to pass through to the world of the living. The spirits of the family were guests and welcomed, while the unwanted were removed by means of masks and costumes to scare them away.
Halloween took force in the United States and Canada until 1921, and was internationalized until the 70s and 80s, thanks to the cinema. Today celebrated as we all know, costume parties, trick or treating, houses “haunted” horror movie marathons and firefighter costumes sexy-cop, sexy-witch, sexy-quesadilla, etc.
Well, after this little story of Halloween, we bring you some options costumes more ad hoc to a “night of terror” if they are tired of the typical costume ghost, Dracula, fireman, etc.