Spooky season is almost upon us and, although COVID-19 may have spoiled a lot of our social gatherings, you can still enjoy Halloween 2020 by dressing up.
Costumes are the best part of All Hallows Eve but while dressing up as a generic zombie, Frankenstein's monster or a corpse bride is scary it has been done to death.
Why not show your pride for the red rose county this year by dressing up as a figure from Lancashire's past, present or even the county's mythical folklore?
There are plenty of amazing Lancashire figures to choose from including Preston's Freddie Flintoff, Robert Smith from The Cure (who was born in Blackpool) and Ian McKellen who hails from Burnley.
Here is a list of costumes for Halloween with a Lancashire twist:
1. Wallace and Gromit
A knitted jumper, a shirt and tie, a bald cap and some sticky out ears, viola you are Wallace, the cheese loving inventor extraordinaire who comes from the mind of Preston's own Nick Park.
There are quite a few interesting characters who you could emulate when it comes to the insane world of Wallace and Gromit.
Get out those old bunny ears and be the Ware Rabbit, break out the penguin costume and the rubber glove and you can be the diamond burglar from The Wrong Trousers or even go wooly and become Shaun the Sheep.
Personally we would go for a set of dog ears and a big black shiny nose and be Gromit. He's the real hero of the films, lets be honest.
2. Robert Smith
He might have spent much of his life in London but The Cure frontman was actually born in sunny Blackpool which makes him Lancashire through and through.
Just jazz up your hair a bit, slap on the white foundation, black nail polish and eye liner then don your darkest clothes and make sure everyone at the party knows how much of a goth you are.
Singing Friday I'm In Love is encouraged.
3. The Pendle Witches
We all know the story of the 11 men and women accused of witchcraft back in 1612.
The small quaint village of Pendle, living in the shadow of that daunting hill, was rocked when members of their society were arrested, charged and executed for practising magic.
If you are going to dress as a witch this Halloween make sure its Alizon Devices, Alice Nutter or John Bulcock.
Brooms, pointy hats, cats and a lot of black are encouraged for this costume.
4. Babs the Chicken
Everyone remembers Babs from the 2000 blockbuster Chicken Run, she's the chicken who famously said "but I don't want to be a pie."
Babs was voiced by the talented Rawtenstall actor Jane Horrocks who has also starred as Bubble in Absolutely Fabulous.
That means that you can dress as a chicken, which everyone knows is one of the best Halloween costumes, and still show your loyalty to Lancashire.
Add a bit of blue hair, some knitting needles and occasionally ask if people have gone on holiday just to round the costume off.
5. Amanda Barrie
This is for anyone who wants to go for a risqué Halloween costume.
Forget the sexy cat or the house bunny costume, it's time for your to channel Amanda Barrie, the Ashton actor who featured in two of the Carry On films.
Her most famous depiction was of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra in the 1964 screenplay Carry On Cleo.
Get hold of some black hair dye, make sure you flick that eyeliner then add some gold jewelry and a white robe and you're good to go.
6. Professor Remus Lupin
We had to shoe horn a Harry Potter costume in here somewhere and thankfully Blackpool actor David Thewlis provided for us aptly.
Thewlis is famous for depicting Harry Potter's favourite teacher, the werewolf and Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, Remus Lupin who featured in four Harry Potter films.
There's a lot of wiggle room with this costume as Professor Lupin is also a werewolf.
Feel free to go for day time Lupin (scruffy robes and a wand) or full moon Lupin (wolf mask and torn clothes).
7. The White Lady of Samlesbury Hall
It is widely believed that a pale spectre dressed in white, haunts the corridors of Samlesbury Hall near Preston.
The ghost is believed to be that of Dorothy Southworth who fell in love with an Anglican boy, leading to her brothers viciously murdering him.
Shunned and shamed, Dorothy was sent away to a convent where she eventually died, supposedly of a broken heart.
If you want to go spooky this Halloween, think about an all white macabre look or even go for the creepy nun to emulate Dorothy.
8. Lip Gallagher
Shameless star Jodie Latham from Burnley depicted one of the shows many misfits in the form of Lip Gallagher.
Lip is actually loosely based on the life of Shameless writer Paul Abbot (another Burnley lad) so you can be assured that getting into the mind of the Gallagher boy will be in keeping with the red rose county.
Don a plain t-shirt, trainers and a hoodie. Oh and make sure you're never without a can or a cigarette, then walk around swearing at people.
That's how Lip would have done it.
9. Ian Mckellen
One of Britain's most celebrated thespians, Ian McKellan, was actually born in Burnley and attended drama school in East Lancashire.
Tough he enjoyed a respected and sustained stage career, McKellan is best known for playing Gandalf in Lord of The Rings as well as Magneto in the X-Men series.
We think either would be acceptable for supporting such a great bastion of Lancashire talent.
Break out a plain grey robe and pointy hat for Gandalf or go for a military style jacket and helmet for Magneto.
10. The Briercliffe fairies
Another classic costume that can be spruced up with a Lancashire twist is the fairy costume.
Briercliffe near Burnley is legendary for its mythical fairies who used to play tricks on the people of the town.
In fact the water at Briercliffe was said to have healing properties due to the magic of their winged inhabitants.
Unfortunately, the well’s spring was such a guaranteed source of water that it was redirected to a reservoir to serve the town of Burnley, and after this, the fairies were never seen again.
You will be paying homage to an extinct species if you dress up as one of these guys.
11. Tubbs Tattysyrup, Harvey Denton and Pauline from The League of Gentlemen
League of Gentleman writer and actor, Steve Pemberton, hails from Blackburn so it only seems right and proper that we dress up as some of his most iconic characters.
The amazing Tubbs (she runs the shop with her husband), Harvey (he loves toads) and Pauline (Good morning job seekers!) are all creations of Pemberton and it would be rude not to emulate them this Halloween.
Just remember, when it comes to Halloween get togethers, you can't mix households outside your bubble of six.
Asking punters at the door: "are you local?" will suffice for weeding out the bad apples.
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