Halloween party-goers dressed up in their spookiest outfits on Saturday night as they braved the cold weather to hit their favourite hit pubs, bars and clubs up and down Britain.
Revellers in Leeds in particular were in the mood for fancy dress last night, with pictures overnight showing a variety of extravagant costumes – from angels and devils, playboy bunnies, superheroes, brides and a number of other fantastical characters.
LEEDS: Two friends walk down the streets of Leeds on Saturday night as people up and down the country celebrate Halloween, despite the threat of rain and dropping temperatures
Two girls walk down the high street dressed as a latex playboy bunny and a bloody bride, wearing a white veil and corset (Pictured)
A group of friends are pictured wearing bright coloured corsets paired with shorts and tights, paired with bloody cleavers. One of the girls hilariously brought out a plastic hoover to go with her costume (Pictured)
At the end of the evening, two girls are pictured waiting to get home at the side of the road, resting their feet from their high heels (Pictured)
A girl comforts her boyfriend (pictured) at the end of the night as he struggles to keep up right, whilst sitting on a bench
One girl is pictured vomiting on the side of the road as she walks down the high street in Leeds
Revellers braved the 44F last night in Leeds and dressed to impress whilst attending their favourite pubs and clubs.
It’s been more than a year since the Covid-19 pandemic where social interactions with other people were restricted, and many took to the streets to celebrate Halloween eve with a night on the town.
Many revellers across the UK were likely to have wet and windy journeys home with the Met Office warning that strong gusts coming in from the west will bring a ‘wild start’ to Sunday, with 70mph winds during the first week of November.
In London, youngsters got creative with their outfits and donned costumes from the popular Netflix series, Squid Games, which has become the streaming platform’s most-watched show after hitting 11million views less than a month after its premiere.
Another group posed for pictures dressed as the twin sisters from The Shining, whilst another pulled a face at the camera dressed as the clown from the film IT.
Taking the meaning of fancy dress to a new level, one group of revellers made their own Venus fly trap costumes, hilariously painting their faces red and wearing handmade green stems.
LONDON: Roller Skaters in fancy costumes made the most of Halloween night in Soho, central London by donning a light-up LED pumpkin mask (pictured)
Revellers pulled out all the stops on Halloween Eve and marked the occasion by dressing up as characters from their favourite horror films
In London, youngsters got creative with their outfits and donned costumes from the popular Netflix series, Squid Games, (Pictured) which has become the streaming platform’s most-watched show after hitting 11million views less than a month after its premiere
One reveller dressed up as the clown from the film IT, wearing a spooky mask and red balloon to pay homage to one of the movies scariest scenes (Pictured)
Two girls are seen posing for a picture dressed as the twin sisters from The Shining (pictured), wearing matching blue dresses that featured a peter pan style collar and pink ribbon
One couple hilariously dressed up as Where’s Wally, donning matching red and white striped jumpers and thick-framed black glasses (Pictured)
Taking the meaning of fancy dress to a new level, one group of revellers made their own Venus fly trap costumes (Pictured), hilariously painting their faces red and wearing handmade green stems
One group got particularly creative with their costume and dressed up as lifeguards, donning yellow t-shirts and a pair of bright red shorts.
Others chose not to dress up and skipped the spooky costume mayhem, attending their favourite bars and clubs wearing their go-to outfits.
At the end of the evening, many revellers sat on the pavement waiting to get home, particularly in Nottingham town centre.
Groups of youngsters were pictured with their head in their hands, waiting to go home – with some getting emotional at the end of the evening.
NOTTINGHAM: One group got particularly creative with their costume and dressed up as lifeguards (Pictured), donning yellow t-shirts and a pair of bright red shorts in Nottingham
Groups of youngsters were pictured with their head in their hands, waiting to go home – with some getting emotional at the end of the night
At the end of the evening, many revellers sat on the pavement waiting to get home, particularly in Nottingham town centre
Two men were propped up by a shop window at the end of the night (Pictured) waiting to go home before the hangover sets in
This comes as the Met Office has said torrential rain and 70mph gale-force winds are set to batter Britain as forecasters have issued yellow weather warnings for flooding across several areas of the country.
Strong gusts coming from the west will bring a ‘wild start’, with potential for further disruption and wet weather going into the first week of November, according to the Met Office.
The yellow weather warning is also in place for Glasgow, where the global Cop26 climate conference is due to begin on Sunday.
Steven Keats, meteorologist at the Met Office, said conditions would begin ‘going downhill’ on Sunday.
He added: ‘Further West heavy rain will be picking up and there’ll be some heavy rain coming in from the Atlantic.
‘That will dominate the weather into tomorrow.
‘Heavy rain will push across into…western parts of England and Wales and be accompanied by some pretty strong and gusty winds.’
The said winds of around 40mph to 50mph were expected and could ‘potentially cause problems’.
He continued: ‘Given the fact that trees are in full leaf and the ground is pretty saturated in many areas, you could get one or trees coming down.
‘It’s going to be very unsettled.’
WITCHCRAFT AND THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN
Salem’s internationally known and famous Witch Lorelei Stathopoloulos uses dragon powder on a candle in her shop on Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts
The word ‘witchcraft’ has three main connotations: the practice of magic or sorcery; the beliefs associated with the Western witch-hunts of the 14th to the 18th century; and varieties of the modern movement called Wicca.
Wicca was first publicized in 1954 by a British civil servant named Gerald Gardner who said the religion dated to an old witch cult that existed in secret for hundreds of years, originating in the pre-Christian Paganism of Europe.
Wicca is recognized as an official religion in the United States.
It is a primarily Western movement of nature worship based on pre-Christian traditions.
The Wiccan witch religion honors the ‘Elements of Nature’ – Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit – and their associated directions – North, East, South, West, Center – in ‘sacred circles’ where rituals are held.
The Wiccan New Year of Samhain is considered a precursor to modern Halloween.
Today it coincides with Halloween on October 31.
Historically, it was a Celtic festival held on November 1 where the world of the gods was believed to be made visible to mankind.
Modern witches say it is a time of year when the ‘veil between the dead and the living is thin.’