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  1. Isle Of Wight Festival 2018

    Isle Of Wight Festival 2018
    Isle Of Wight Festival 2018       Festival season is upon us and it’s not long everyone sets across the water to indulge in a weekend of fun. Yep on the 21st-24th June, the Isle of Wight festival is back to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. And what a better way to celebrate than with a sparkly gold theme!  ...
  2. It's Not All Doom And Gloom

    It's Not All Doom And Gloom
    It's Not All Doom And Gloom The start of 2018 hasn’t been the greatest; Brexit worries, the death of Tinky Winky and the freak snow storm that stopped Britain in its tracks. But now that all that snow has cleared lets celebrate spring properly! It's Not All Doom and Gloom.   Ballooons We have lots of bright and happy spring...
  3. World Book Day New This Year

    World Book Day New This Year
    World Book Day New Lines Stressing about World Book Day again? There's no need to this year, Hollywood have it all, for both kids and adults. Children change their minds on their favorite things daily, and its no different when it comes to their favourite characters in favourite books. With loads of brand spanking new products arriving in time for...
  4. Top Secret Sale

    Top Secret Sale
    Top Secret File Attached Shhhh! don’t tell anyone but Hollywood Fancy Dress are having a huge sale. To make way for new lines for 2018, we're having a massive sale and there's something for everyone. But keep it quiet, once it's gone it's gone and I’ve got my eye on some great bargains. Sneaky Peek It's nearly World Book Day...
  5. Hogmanay & New Year Celebrations in Scotland

    Hogmanay & New Year Celebrations in Scotland
    Hogmanay Origins Christmas is celebrated by many countries across the world. It wasn’t until 1958 that it became a public holiday in Scotland.  The Church of Scotland discouraged the celebration of Christmas for nearly 400 years. The Scots instead celebrated the pagan traditions of Hogmanay from the evening of December 31st until the 1st January. Depending on the day it...
  6. Chinese New Year 2017

    Chinese New Year 2017
    Celebrate year of the Rooster with your friends and family! Saturday the 28th January is officially Chinese New Year. Yes - that means it's time to drag your Dragon decorations out and your Chinese Flags! 23 Chinese New Year 2017 - Year of the Rooster!! Are you looking to dress up for Chinese New Year? Well if so now you...
  7. King of Rock n' Roll's Birthday!

    King of Rock n' Roll's Birthday!
    January 8th is a cherished day for any Elvis fan! It is of course the King of Rock and Roll's birthday! Can you believe the legend would have been 81 this year? Nearly 39 years since his sad passing and we still love and blare his music out today! The King of Elvis costumes. If you are looking to pay...
  8. Last Minute New Years Eve Preparations!

    Last Minute New Years Eve Preparations!
    There's nothing like leaving things to the last minute. If you have left all your New Years Eve prep to the last minute then do not panic! That is what we are here for! Come into store now and pick up the last off your must-have essentials for a successful New Years bash! It's last minute - what costumes are...
  9. Fireworks to End the Year in Style!

    Fireworks to End the Year in Style!
    Fireworks bring you joy no matter what age you are and there is a huge variety to choose from! You’ve got your barrages, Fireworksyou’ve stocked up on rockets and now it’s time to take your firework display to the next level! Catherine Wheels If you have a fair amount of space in your garden or venue and a post to mount them, then you have to pick up some wheels! They are perhaps the most mesmerising of fireworks, as they change colour and effect as they spin and occasionally screech round to keep you on your toes. They are both thrilling and inexpensive. You can pick up a pack of 5 Cyclone Wheels for as little as £5.99 or a mighty pack of 3 Reliant wheels for a bargain £12.99! Roman Candles The most important thing to remember with Roman candles is that they must go in the ground and that they are not to be held when setting off. Misconception about these fireworks has caused them to be banned in parts of the world. Roman candles are tubular fireworks that set off in layers giving you a succession of shots one after the other as the firework burns down. If you want a hefty candle to keep the display going then try V-E Day, which has 55 huge shots. If you’re just looking for a nice gap filler then we have Lunar or Dual Shock and for something more of a novelty, Atomiser which are a steal at £1.99! Continue reading →
  10. Rockets Are A Winner!

    Rockets Are A Winner!
    When it comes to fireworks, you absolutely must have rockets! Whether they are the core of your display or to fill in the time between your barrages, they are a firework night staple. Cheap and Cheerful You can get some real bargains when it comes to rockets so if you’re on a budget, have no fear! Small packs like Star Gazer give you a mix of 5 small rockets for only £4.99 or how about 5 for £9.99 with 5-Alive? They might not wake the neighbours, but they’ll make a nice addition to any garden display. Continue reading →
  11. Barrage Time! It’s Firework Season

    Barrage Time! It’s Firework Season
    It’s that time of year once again and fireworks are on everyone’s mind! Pop into Hollywood and pick up the best barrage in town today. Whether you’re on a tight budget or looking to splash the cash on a display, we’ve got just what you need. Cheap and Cheerful Looking for a display for less than a tenner? While it doesn’t leave you with a lot of bang for your buck, you can get a nice little show out of £10. You can get one or two small barrages such as Star War at this level, they won’t be huge, but the kids will love them and because they are on a single light fuse, they’re simple, safe and easy to use. Up your budget to £20 or £30 and you can have a lot more fun! You can keep to the small stuff and get more to bulk out your party or you can move up a size and get the party going. Try one of our most popular barrages, Jitterbug for a stunning variety display! Continue reading →
  12. Safe Halloween Costumes!

    BE SAFE NOT SORRY THIS HALLOWEEN We test to both EN71 AND Nightwear (Safety) Standards With costume flammability in the media again (The Sun and The Mirror), here's a reminder of everything you need to know about costume safety and testing. Don't forget that test results for all our children's costumes are available online.   What are the regulations for children's costumes...
  13. Make Up Kits For Halloween 2016!

    So you’ve chosen who you want to be this Halloween. You’ve got your costume, you’ve got your accessories and now all you need to complete your look is one of our fantastic make up kits! Make Up On Point! Ok, so we’re not all a dab hand when it comes to applying make up and that’s ok! Don’t miss out on the ultimate scary Halloween looks this year, because Hollywood has you covered. Check out our great range of easy, can-do make-up kits to get you Halloween ready in a flash! New for 2016 we have: -Damaged Doll. She’s all lonely and out to look for new friends to keep her company! Draw them in with your pale skin and bold eyes using face paint, easy to apply patchwork transfers and super long lashes! Brushes and sponges are included in this kit so what more could you need? -Chucky. This make up kit is Child’s Play (See what I did there?) so you’ll have no problem turning yourself into a little menace! Temporary transfer tattoos make this one of the easiest looks to achieve. Use your brush to add red around your scars and some black around your eyes and you are away!  Continue reading →
  14. Horror Film Classics

    Horror Film Classics
    Halloween is all about the fright factor, so get your blood pumping with some of the greatest horror film releases of all time! From cult classics to chilling new releases, indulge in a bit of everything.Horror Film Friday 13th First up we have the story of machete wielding madman Jason Voorhees! Since it’s 1980 release it has become a staple of American horror and has spurred countless spin offs. In 2017, we will be seeing an all new instalment which is rumoured to tell us more about Jason’s back story! It will be the 13th film from the franchise, so it had better be good! Get inspired at Hollywood with one of our many Jason Voorhees fancy dress costumes and kits. Nightmare On Elm Street Freddy Krueger is a horror icon, conjured up by writer and director Wes Craven. It was a huge hit from its 1984 release and even had a cross over movie with Friday 13th called Freddy Vs Jason! Freddy is a menace that haunts your nightmares in a bid to kill you in your sleep, therefore killing you in real life too, a truly terrifying thought. Channel your inner Robert Englund in a fantastic Freddy Krueger costume, complete with that famous hand of knives! Continue reading →
  15. Guy Fawkes Night!

    Guy Fawkes Night!
    Guy FawkesRemember, remember, the 5th of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot! Start your November in true traditional British style, remembering Guy Fawkes with fireworks of course! Guy Fawkes The Gunpowder Plot is one of Britain’s most famous attempts on the life of a monarch. In 1605 a group of 13 Catholic men planned to kill King James I by blowing up the Houses of Parliament with him and many others inside. After being oppressed under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I English Catholics had had enough. Robert Catesby led the group who managed to acquire 36 barrels of gunpowder and plant them in the cellar of the House of Lords. Unfortunately for them, the group were betrayed and their plan was foiled. On the night between 4th and 5th November, the cellar was stormed and group member Guy Fawkes was found along with the gunpowder. He was then captured, tortured and finally executed. Was he framed? Continue reading →
  16. Party It Up This Halloween!

    Party It Up This Halloween!
    A Halloween house party is the ultimate chance to show off to your friends, just how great of a host you are! With so much on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to throwing a truly memorable bash! Decorate! Get creative with decorating your home and garden this year with a little help from Hollywood. Greet your guests at the door with caution tape and some big and bold Halloween balloons. As they enter, entangle them with big spooky spider webs hanging from the ceiling and covering the walls, add some big hairy spiders to really creep them out! Transform your garden with scary tomb stones and maybe even some zombie flamingo props for extra fright factor. If you want to go all out, how about some talking, flying bats? Or what about animatronic statues like Pestilence who is movement activated! Continue reading →
  17. Deadly Disney! Do You Dare?

    Deadly Disney! Do You Dare?
    Disney characters are always popular when it comes to fancy dress, so why overlook them at Halloween? Even the most beloved childhood characters Deadlycan be deadly! Alice In Zombie Land Alice’s dream has become a never ending nightmare now that a plague has fallen over Wonderland. Hatter has been committed to the asylum and become truly mad with murderous rage! Alice has become infected and her brain scrambled with urges to munch on brains. Cruella De Evil Even in life Cruella was no angel, but in the afterlife she is a thing of pure evil! Murdering puppies was never a problem for her and now she wouldn’t blink to massacre the entire town. Lock up your pets this Halloween! Continue reading →
  18. Halloween Essentials!

    Halloween Essentials!
    So it is now October and Halloween is drawing close. Have you got all of your Halloween essentials sorted? If the answer is anything other than “Yes” then you need to take a trip to your nearest Hollywood branch stat! Fake Blood An absolute must for any Halloween costume is fake blood, where it’s to complete a make-up look, cover...
  19. Check Out Our Teen Halloween Range!

    Check Out Our Teen Halloween Range!
    When it comes to fancy dress you usually find plenty of kids or adults costumes, but now there is an in-between! Halloween 2016 is the year of the teen! What happens when you’re too old for the children’s range and too small for an adult costume? This is usually a problem that falls on young boys as most mens costumes are a standard or medium to large size so would be too big for them. While lots of ladies costumes are available in extra small they tend to be pricier than the kids range so the budget has to be stretched further. Well have no fear, this Halloween you will have the pick of the bunch with the new teen range from Smiffys! Continue reading →
  20. Playlist For Halloween!

    Playlist For Halloween!
    If you’re having all of your friends and family over for a Halloween bash then you need to make your horror playlist top of your To-Do list! After all, what is a good party without the best tunes?! If you need some inspiration then check out our top 10 favourite Halloween tracks here.Playlist   “Time Warp” The Rocky Horror Picture Show Ok, so we’ll kick this top 10 off in style with a song that absolutely must be played at any party, especially one for Halloween. Get everyone dancing with this corker from the original Rocky Horror movie! “Ghostbusters” Ray Parker Jr. Another cult classic movie that lends its musical numbers to our playlist is Ghostbusters. The theme tune is catchy and we all know the words so it’s a must have for your playlist. It doesn’t matter what songs you play afterwards as this will be the one stuck in your guest’s heads on the way home. Continue reading →

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