After the Fresher’s Week festivities, Halloween is the next big event in your diary for parties around Plymouth. A great time a splash out on a new fancy dress costume, read on for your ultimate guide to a Halloween for Plymouth University students in 2018.

What to Wear – Trending Costumes for 2018

Regardless of which party you go to, the most important part of Halloween is what you wear. Don’t just dust off the same of thing you were wearing last year – check out our list of the best costumes that are trending in 2018. Big cinema hits are topping the charts this year:

  • Black Panther smashed the box office earlier this year, and T’Challa costumes are set to be popular this Halloween
  • Handmaid’s Tale has been another recent hit – if you’re looking for group costumes, what could be better than a flock of red capes?
  • One for the ladies – Wonder Women costumes are back in fashion following the film that hit our screens last year
  • Have you been watching Stranger Things? If so, that’s a great place to seek costume inspiration!
  • Zombie Unicorns. Yep, this is thing.
  • Winter is coming… and Game of Thrones costumes are still trending for students
  • Deadpool costumes are great if you want to stay warm – you can’t beat head-to-toe lycra

Where to Buy Your Costume

When looking for a Halloween costume in Plymouth, students should look no further than ‘Plymouth Fancy Dress’. Conveniently located just over the road from Plymouth University, this is the one stop shop for all your Halloween goods. If you live in a student house share, bear in mind that you can get free delivery on orders over £50, so you’re best off shopping as a group. Here are some of the things you can buy in the best fancy dress store in Plymouth:

  • Costumes! The range is epic, and if you’re searching online you can shop by theme. Popular ranges include Cowboy and Indian, Emergency Services, Around the World, Pirates, and Religion. You can also brose by movie, with classic choices including Despicable Me, Grease, The Hobbit, The Simpsons, V for Vendetta and X-Men
  • Accessories! If you don’t want to go all out on a full-blown costume, how about just picking up some accessories to jazz up your outfit? Browse their range of hats, masks, wings, weapons, footwear and inflatables
  • Are you a dab hand with a makeup brush? Check out the range of face paints and make-up available to complete your look. They even stock prosthetics!

Where to go – the Best Parties in Plymouth

Once you’re dressed to the nines you’ll need somewhere to go, and there is a great variety of Halloween parties happening in Plymouth this October.

  • On Thursday the 25th, Annabel’s Cabaret and Discotheque is hosting GHOULS GHOULS GHOLUS from 8:00. Tickets cost £8 and performers in this spooky burlesque show include Violent May, Sammy Dodger and Fantastic Ms Fanny.
  • If you’re looking for a big party, look no further than The Nightmare Project, hosted at PRYZM! Doors open at 10pm on Friday the 26th and festivities continue until the early hours. Keep your eyes peeled for scary actors, spooky inflatables and their FREE trick or treat tuck stall.
  • On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th, head to Dartmoor Zoo for an adults only evening event featuring a swarm of zombies. Tickets cost £35 and you will be completing tasks as you try to survive the zombie apocalypse.
  • Do you love a scary movie? Head down to the student union on October 29th for a special screening. The 30ft cinema screen will be showing your choice of Halloween movie – voting is open now on the UPSU Facebook page.
  • Halloween Fest 2018 is happening on October 31st – make your way to the SU for a Trick or Treat event. £3 entry.
  • Are you familiar with Factory? They’re hosting a free Halloween party on the 31st, with cheap drinks to boot!
  • If you fancy something a bit more sedate, Café Fandom is hosting an adults only fancy dress party and quiz on October 31st. Door open at 8:00, tickets cost £3 and out can expect food, games and drinks.


There are endless choices for Plymouth Uni students to hit the town this Halloween, and with so many great deals to grab at Plymouth Fancy Dress, it isn’t difficult to host your own party either. If you live in a house share with 6 or 14 other students, your communal area might be the perfect place to host a party – just remember to seek permission of all your flatmates first. Also, don’t post an open invitation on Facebook – those horror stories of the world and his wife turning up to parties (and wrecking the joint) are not the scare you need this Halloween! Whatever you do, stay safe, drink responsibly and have a spook-tastic time!