Halloween’s still more than half a year away in the distant, mysterious, and far-off realm of Late 2021 (I wonder what that’s going to be like?), but some internet users are already thinking about what costumes they’ll be wearing and gathering intel early. And it’s all because of one little Twitter post that went viral.

Twitter user Alina Pleskova found a book all alone, abandoned, and lonely on the curb and decided to rescue it, bringing it back home with her. She couldn’t help but share the photos from Jane Asher’s ‘Fancy Dress’ book that has dozens of brilliant, wild, and hilariously bizarre costumes for kids and adults alike.

Check out the photos below! And, I don’t want to sound too cheesy but, ready your cheeks for smiling way, way too much. Remember to upvote your fave pics, too! And be sure to drop us a few comments telling us how you feel about the most outrageously awesome costumes featured here.

More info: Twitter | AlinaPleskova.com

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A.J Milne
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2 months ago

This actually smart. A smart way to hide from bullies.

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Jumilicious
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2 months ago

After long weeks of metamorphosis, Herb was finally feeling himself again.

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Well-known English actress Asher wrote and published the book back in 1986, but it’s still relevant today. And with a byline like “Over 100 costumes for children and adults and how to make them,” the book’s got our interest piqued to the max.

Personally, I found the Sandwich Man costume to be the best of the best. Even someone as costume-shy as I am is just itching to put that together and try it on. There’s just something deliciously graceful about it, don’t you think?

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Terry Jones Sex Object Iteration 2

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Hannah Edwards
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2 months ago

Love the Chelsea bun t#ts.

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Donald Pleasence as a judge in a toilet roll wig

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Alison
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2 months ago

This would be worth millions now, look at all the meat left on loo rolls

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Asher’s ‘Fancy Dress’ looks like the embodiment of GameStop stocks when they were at their peak. In other words: drops of liquid gold! The book is incredibly expensive on Amazon, switching between ‘unavailable’ to exorbitant prices in the US (we’re talking about hundreds of dollars, sometimes rising to above a thousand for a used copy).

Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, the price is far tamer. It’s still expensive, but 60 or 70 pounds is something that a vintage book collector or fancy dress lover wouldn’t balk at paying.

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Iggy
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2 months ago

There's something a bit demented about this one. although it's quite clever.

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Horse lover
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2 months ago

Da qweeen

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So if you just have to have the book, pray that you can get your hands on a UK version because the US one makes healthcare costs seem paltry in comparison. Or you could trust your luck and expect to find a copy of the book on the curb just like Alina did!

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It’s made from several lampshades

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Iggy
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2 months ago

That's really cute.

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Alison
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2 months ago

The guys face is priceless 🤣 " is this really my calling in life? I'm a manwich"

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Alina’s thread got over 165.5k likes on Twitter at the time of writing (it’s been climbing steadily since I started writing this article, so expect that number to be getting higher and higher!). The thread also got around 22k retweets (including those fancy quote retweets that Twitter rolled out). And who can blame anyone who’s so excited to see photos from the book? You can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be fitting in some of these photos whenever the context is right while chatting with my pals online.

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Justin G
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2 months ago

The fact that they’ve included wine makes this picture infinitely better

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Jumilicious
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2 months ago

I don't even know where to start...

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As for Alina herself, well, she’s incredibly talented. The Moscow-born woman is currently living in Philadelphia. She’s a poet and an editor by trade. Her collection of poems, ‘What Urge Will Save Us,’ got published by Spooky Girlfriend Press in 2017, according to her website. So she’s a professional in her field.

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The wings are made of a broken umbrella

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Jumilicious
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2 months ago

Final step: glue your child to the ceiling and enjoy the party getting smashed like you did back in '83.

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This costume was titled “The Future”

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Val Izhakevich
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2 months ago

Is it a young Jimmy Fallon on the right?

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What’s more, Alina got the Leeway Foundation’s 2020 Art & Change grant. She also hosts poetry workshops, events, and panels for a variety of organizations, from Rutgers University to the Institute of Contemporary Art.

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Cecily Overli
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2 months ago

Tf is this? An exploding battery? House fire fashion is soooo in

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This is a “jail bird”

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Iggy
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2 months ago

I'll never look at Martin Shaw the same again!

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If that wasn’t enough, Alina is also the founding member of the Cheburashka Collective (loving that name!) which is a group of “women & nonbinary writers who are emigres/first-gen/refugees from the Soviet diaspora.” But even while she’s editing literary magazines and coordinating festivals, she also finds the time for her day job in higher education communications. Do we wish that we all had the amount of energy that Alina has? I’ll say!

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Roll up, roll up to the circus, I am the only clown inside

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

Yes, this circus one, thats the one i meant b4 re: being suitable for pregnant women! I wish they'd included the suggestions of who can wear it/what occasion to use it for, it's gold

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Alison
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2 months ago

I'm definitely going to dress my kids up like this, and stick actual food to it so least they will be amusing and providing a purpose

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A.J Milne
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2 months ago

Let me guess, this one is: 'Stay away from me'

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Alison
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2 months ago

Well she definitely 'wears the trousers' in the relationship lol

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Edward and Emilia Fox, more successful father and sister of alt-right knobhead Laurence Fox

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Kisses4Katie
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2 months ago

There he is.

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Helena R
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2 months ago

That's my valentines date outfit sorted

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So, dear Pandas, what did you think of the ‘Fancy Dress’ photos? Which costume did you like the most? Which one did you think was the wackiest, weirdest, and worth making? Did you get any ideas for Halloween, however far away that might be? Maybe you’ve even got a copy of Asher’s ‘Fancy Dress’ at home? Let us know what you think in the comment section below. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Iggy
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2 months ago

This one is actually lovely.

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Ivy
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2 months ago

human centipede

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Alison
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2 months ago

The guy is definitely wearing tights isn't he, let alone dressing as a carrot

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Cecily Overli
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2 months ago

SleePEAing beauty

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Kisses4Katie
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2 months ago

An ACTUAL Harlequin! I love it!

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Alison
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2 months ago

Little shop of horrors pops into mind

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The one and only
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2 months ago

i need it

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

That man is adorable.

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This is supposed to be a “rock salmon”

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Kisses4Katie
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2 months ago

This should be the "Harley Quinn" of 2021. Rock salmon.

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Mae (just add water)
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2 months ago

Nope

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MermaidsAndDragons
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2 months ago

Why'd they behead a blowup doll for this?

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Alison
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2 months ago

What the...

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2 months ago

Everyone wants to come and pop your bubbles.

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Kisses4Katie
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2 months ago

On your way to a Zoidberg costume

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Catherine Hankinson
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2 months ago

What is this one?!

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