If you're in charge of a Halloween fancy dress party this year that involves large numbers of small children, you could have a bit of a dilemma on your hands.

Do you dare go for super-scary costumes - and risk traumatising them for life - or should you opt for a still supernatural but slightly less frightening theme?

Your bacon could be saved by the new summer blockbuster The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Not only will most kids have been to see it at the pictures this holiday, but it's also the ideal non-threatening theme to adopt for your get-together this October 31st.

A large part of the film sees Nicolas Cage dressed up as sorcerer Balthazar Blake, making wizard fancy dress a must-have.

There are also dragons and plenty of other mythical beings to choose from, meaning your bash needn't be boring.

However, if this is still a bit too much for tiny tots, there is also a part in the movie which gives a nod to Fantasia - the bit where the brooms come alive to the surprise of the sorcerer's apprentice.

Therefore, Mickey Mouse fancy dress jazzed up with a wizard's hat could be the perfect back-up plan.