Fancy Dress Kit Essentials

Throughout my childhood I’ve always loved dressing up whether that be for World Book Day, fancy dress parties with my friends or, of course, trick-or-treating on Halloween night. And, to be honest, not much has changed in my teen or adult years either. I still love fancy dress.

World Book Day in Primary School (~1997)

I think my love of fancy dress was largely influenced by my parents, who always got involved with our costume planning, whether that was making or hiring them, applying make-up and/or fake blood, and even dressing up with us with a family costume (such as the Addams Family).

With various themed parties at comic con, costume parties and of course Halloween, it’s safe to say I’ve gathered a useful collection of fancy dress and cosplay items over the years; which I’d like to share with you. They’re ideal if you need a last minute costume in a hurry!

My Fancy Dress Kit Essentials

Ears, horns and hats

Devil horns

Witches hat

Elf ears


Army cap

Cat Ears

Mouse Ears

Halloween masks

Santa hat

Pirate Hat

Toy weapons

Devil fork

Bullet belt

Plastic knife


Toy gun

Toy grenade




This is basically anything that doesn’t fit in to the other categories such as,:


Skull belt


Fairy wings



Costume jewellery

Old clothes – anything that’s ripped or stained could have the makings of a good zombie costume.


Scarecrow brand fangs

Liquid latex

Fake blood

Black, grey and white makeup

Red, green and blue makeup

Glow in the dark cream

Full costumes

While we always try to make costumes out of clothes we already own, or hire them, there are some occasions where we’ve purchased a costume. Like my dad’s Uncle Fester outfit. But while some people may where their costumes once and then get rid of them, we reuse ours.


Pumpkin Dress

Uncle Fester


Merlottles waitress apron and t-shirt

Kaylee Frye overalls

Do you have a fancy dress kit? What are some of your essentials? Let me know in the comments.


  • Britt

    November 14, 2019 at 00:05

    This is a great list! I don’t have a kit, but I have a bunch of different costume pieces floating around hahaha – I generally get a new costume each year and sell off or donate the stuff from the previous year.

  • Sophie Wentworth

    October 31, 2019 at 20:57

    This kit list sounds impressive! I’m not even sure if I have one full fancy dress outfit never mind a full kit. It must be fun getting ready at your house x


  • Jaya

    October 31, 2019 at 14:36

    All I have are a collection of scarves and jewelry. I usually end up brainstorming or popping down to a thrift store for the rest. But your kit is amazing; you could be anything at the drop of a horn!

  • Jazmin

    October 31, 2019 at 10:07

    I don’t have a fancy dress kit per say, more like a collection of random objects dotted around the house that only take on use once a year. Great post!

  • Laura

    October 28, 2019 at 15:40

    Such a lovely post and I love your dress up looks, it’s been a while since I’ve dressed up but it was always fun that’s for sure 🙂
    Laura xo

  • Kathleen Howell

    October 27, 2019 at 12:54

    This is a great list! I have a red plastic choker with blood drips – I’ve fooled a kid or two with it!

    1. Kim

      October 27, 2019 at 12:55

      That’s a great item to have on hand. I might have to pick one up for my own kit. x

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