Not that we're trying to rush 2010 to a close, but it's the time of year when you might want to be giving your Halloween fancy dress costumes some thought.

There's often a mad rush for outfits come the end of September, so if you plan ahead now, you might stand a chance of not being dressed the same as everyone else at that October 31st party.

If you want to look as scary as possible and frighten the living daylights out of your mates as they bob for apples, an evil leprechaun fancy dress costume could be a great idea.

Maybe it's the face-obscuring masks or the otherworldliness, but there's something incredibly sinister about those little guys.

Should you want more of a Resident Evil-style theme, you could go dressed in a bloody biohazard suit to indicate that an experiment has gone horribly, horribly wrong somewhere.

Or, if you're planning a kids' party and don't want to be dealing with nightmares right up until Christmas, a benign inflatable pumpkin fancy dress outfit could be right up your (Nightmare on Elm) street.

It's never too early to start planning, after all!