Wearing Halloween fancy dress may have sounded like a good idea for a man who tried to rob a restaurant in the US this week - after all, it should have scared everyone enough to result in plenty of money being handed over.

However, this is not what happened to the bungling burglar, according to the Colorado Daily.

Although he got all dressed up in a black cape, Halloween mask, gloves and a scary wig, a quick-thinking young cashier refused to be cowed and quickly pressed the panic button behind the counter.

The unknown man mumbled something incomprehensible - perhaps "I would have got away with it if it wasn't for those pesky kids" - and ran off empty-handed.

Colorado cops are now appealing for witnesses in a bid to catch him.

Back in July, a robber successfully pulled off a bank heist in Long Island by sporting Star Wars fancy dress.