Kooky: Roz Chapman, Warrick Hosking and Cathy Brand at newsXpress get into the spirit.
Kooky: Roz Chapman, Warrick Hosking and Cathy Brand at newsXpress get into the spirit. Renee Pilcher

Shop sinks teeth into Halloween

FROM its origins as an ancient Celtic holiday Halloween has grown into a billion-dollar industry.

Retailers have come to value this day of ghosts and goblins as a fun way to promote their products in the lead up to the Christmas holiday season.

And the office place is the next frontier for Halloween partying. The move toward a more pleasant working environment has helped Halloween gain momentum as a way to improve morale and increase productivity.

Of course not every employer is as enthusiastic about Halloween as Warrick Hosking from newsXpress so make sure you check with your boss before you show up for work in that witch’s outfit.

And if you haven’t decided what you’re going to wear for Halloween, here are some ideas.

An American Express survey found the witch to be the most popular costume for adults, followed by movie monsters and then a fictional film character. Pirates, devils, hunchbacks and phantoms are also popular choices but you can’t go past Count Dracula.

Speaking of which, it was reported in the London media this month that Britain’s Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II are Count Dracula’s direct descendants.

The Sun tabloid newspaper said the British royal family could be directly traced to the 15th century Romanian ruler Vlad Dracul, known as The Impaler because of his favourite method of dealing with his enemies.

Although not proven to have been a vampire, the bloodthirsty Vlad was an inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.

Quoting from a new book, Roots of the Rich and Famous by Robert Davenport, The Sun said Vlad’s bloodline entered the British royal family through Queen Mary, who died in 1953.

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