Photo by Fabrizio Belluschi
By Jennifer Higgins

IT’S that time of year again.
October 31 is fast approaching – witches are dusting off their brooms, devils are tweaking their horns and that naughty nurse uniform is making its way out of the wardrobe.
What to wear and where to go will be the hot topic of conversation for most over next couple of weeks. Hallowe’en is always a great holiday for people to dress up and have fun and with a host of activities throughout Belfast, this year should not disappoint.
A number of nightclubs around the city are hosting a Hallowe’en themed night, where revellers are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.
And if you still haven’t decided on a costume yet, don’t worry, there are a number of costume shops to choose from.
Elliotts, on Ann Street, is a popular choice at Hallowe’en with people queuing round the block for that perfect outfit.
At this costume shop the popular choices for women include Marilyn Monroe, Greek Goddess, Cave woman and a Bunny Girl to name but a few. For the guys out there, popular characters include Batman, Austin Powers, Daddy Pimp and various Little Britain characters.
Other costume shops in Belfast include Harlequin Fancy Dress and The Rusty Zip, both in Botanic and Dramaqueens Fancy Dress on the Ormeau Road.
If dressing up isn’t your thing there’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy this All Hallow’s Eve.
Belfast is holding their biggest ever fireworks spectacular at the Odyssey Complex and will include over 60 street performers for all of the family’s entertainment.
Lord Mayor Jim Rogers said: “This year’s event will offer a fantastic feast for the senses, with a crazy carnival, magical music and a truly magnificent fireworks display”.
The evening kicks off at 7pm with music provided by the City of Belfast Youth Concert Band.
Derry, the Hallowe’en capital, will hold their spectacular annual Carnival.
Jam-packed with diary full of events, the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival celebrations kick off this weekend building up to the main event on Wednesday October 31.
Derry Mayor Alderman Drew Thompson said: “With top class live music guaranteed, carnival costume colour and a choice of unrivalled family events across the city leading up to the event, the only place to spend some time this Hallowe’en is with us”.
So if you haven’t already organised what you will be doing this Hallowe’en, there is only days left to make your decision and from what’s on offer it may not be an easy choice. Have fun this Halloween.