Halloween Traditions: Then and Now

Halloween was first conceived centuries ago when it was believed that the real world and spirit world connected. People would host dinner parties to impersonate the dead so that they could receive offering on behalf of the dead souls.

Over time, Halloween traditions has evolved, but everyone still loves to get dressed up and make crazy Halloween costumes.

With so many options out there, choosing a Halloween costume can be a difficult and daunting task. That is why, this year, we decided to share with you some of Our Top 10 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas 2018 .


Halloween 2018 with Hold Fast Entertainment

With Halloween falling in the middle of the week this year, we are celebrating the holiday of the dead with two massive nights at both of our clubs.


Halloween at The Garage

We are excited to announce our immersive Haunted House of Horrors experience on Saturday 27th October 2018 as well as our scary Clowning Around event on Wednesday 31st October 2018.

Over the course of the two nights, The Garage will take you on a journey through a spooky alternate reality. Working your way up through our six rooms, you will party your way through a Witches Coven, a Torture Chamber, Theatrics, and an Attic of the Dolls. From décor and lights shows to music, exploring our huge club will be an experience in itself!


Halloween at Cathouse Rock Club

Meanwhile, the Cathouse Rock Club events will fully decorate each bar to tie into their own thematic experiences.

The main event for Halloween this year will our Cathouse Halloween on Saturday 27th October 2018, quickly followed by our Cathouse Halloween: Return of the Living Ice Screams on Wednesday 31st October 2018.

Walking into the bar on Level One, you will be transported to the world of Beetlejuice; Level Two will suck you into a scene out of the famous American horror Saw franchise; and our Jager Bar will have you locked into The Kill Room. You can expect special themed drinks on each floor as well some other spooky surprises.


Halloween 2018: Best Dressed Costume Competitions

For us Halloween is the biggest and best night of the year. Dressing up is mandatory at our clubs to make Halloween the most experiential night of the year. To make it more enticing we are hosting Best Dressed costume competitions.

In previous years, our clientele have gone over and above to make their costumes original and artistic, with some people forking out huge sums of money to make them perfect. To incentivise creativity and effort, we will have a range of prizes for those who put out all the stops.

We can’t say exactly what prizes we have in store this year, but we can tell you that in previous years we have given as much as a £500 cash prize for the most hardworking competitors. To give you a better idea of costume you could choose from, we have compiled a list of Our Top 10 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas 2018 as well as creating an album of our guests Halloween costumes from previous years.


Our Top 10 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas 2018

Fitting in with our clubs themes, we have compiled a list of the best Halloween film characters to dress up as this year…


DIY halloween costume ideas 2018 - the shining1.     Jack Torrance – The Shining

Don your best Jack Torrance costume and impersonate Jack Nicholson’s maniac behaviour.

Create your very own wooden door frame to attach to your head, wield a plastic axe and shout ‘HERE’S JOHNNY’ sporadically throughout the night.



The Grudge DIY Halloween Costume Ideas 2018

2.      Kayako – The Grudge

Cover yourself in white body paint and dress up as the Ju-on horror ghost Kayako!



pennywise diy halloween costume ideas 2018 3.      Pennywise – IT

Become Pennywise, Stephen King’s terrifying clown that prays on children




sanderson sisters DIY halloween costume ideas 2018

4.      The Sanderson Sisters – Hocus Pocus

Channel the Sanderson Sisters and pick from the domineering and buck-toothed Winnie; her right-hand witch Mary; and the youngest, most beautiful sister Sarah.




DIY halloween costume ideas 2018 the witches DIY halloween costume ideas 2018 - the witches

5.      The Grand High Witch – The Witches

Choose between lathering yourself in foam prosthetic and liquid latex to create her terrifying ‘natural’ look or by portraying her ‘public’ masked look.


DIY Halloween costume ideas 2018 wizard of oz witch

6.      Wicked Witch of the West – The Wizard of Oz

Make-up and face paint has advanced since 1939 when Margaret Hamilton damaged her skin using toxic copper paint. Now you can dress up pain-free for this classic witch character.



DIY Halloween Costume Ideas 2018 chucky

7.      Chucky – Child’s Play

Use own black magic to trap your soul inside a creepy doll or just copy the look using make up and liquid latex.





DIY Halloween Costume Ideas 2018 Beetlejuice

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas 2018 Lydia Beetlejuice

8.      Beetlejuice and Lydia – Beetlejuice

Tie directly into the Cathouse’s Beetlejuice theme as our two favourite characters played by Winnoa Ryder and Michael Keaton.



DIY Halloween Costume Ideas 2018 john kramer9.      John Kramer/ Jigsaw – Saw

Dress up in a long black cape with a red interior to achieve his mysterious look. You could even add a disturbing pig mask or combine the Jigsaw puppet mask with a black suit and red bow tie.



DIY Halloween Costume Ideas 2018 Dexter

10. Dexter Morgan – Dexter

To achieve the look of the forensic scientist serial killer, layer a dark long sleep top and cargo trousers with a vinyl waterproof apron and leather gloves.




Hold Fast Entertainment Halloween 2018 Event Tickets

Already decided which of our DIY Halloween Costume Ideas 2018 that you’ve chosen? Head over to Tickets Scotland to buy your chosen Halloween event tickets to ensure that you have somewhere amazing to celebrate Halloween, show off your costume and hopefully win some prizes!


Cathouse Rock Club

So far, Cathouse Halloween on Saturday 27th October 2018 has already sold out online, with Cathouse Halloween: Return of the Living on Wednesday 31st October 2018 not far behind, selling their second release tickets on Tickets Scotland. To attend both Halloween events, we are still selling dual tickets on Tickets Scotland.

If you don’t manage to buy a ticket in advance, there will be £12 tickets sold at Cathouse Rock Club both nights so make sure you arrive before the opening time to guarantee entry!!


The Garage

Halloween: Haunted House of Horrors on Saturday 27th October 2018 will be the biggest, most theatrical night in Glasgow. We will be opening early and staying open even later with our 9.30pm-4am licence! Currently there are still tickets left on Tickets Scotland.

Halloween: Clowning Around on Wednesday 31st October 2018 will be not far behind with a 10.30pm-4am extended licence. Be sure to celebrate Halloween with us and buy your tickets now on Ticket Scotland!


With less than 3 weeks till our events, you better start planning your costume(s) using our DIY Halloween Costume Ideas 2018! If you need more inspiration take a quick look through our DIY Halloween Costume Ideas Album

We look forward to seeing you soon!


About the Author Lauren

After studying International Business at the University of Strathclyde for four years, I travelled around Latin America for seven months, learning Spanish. I am now a Marketing Executive at Hold Fast Entertainment and a regular volunteer at Nordoff Robbins Scotland's SSE Scottish Music Awards.

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