FORGET making a witch's cape from a bin bag and layering on the eyeliner — Halloween fancy dress fans have been reaching whole new spooky levels in recent years.

Some make up artists in Bolton are poised to create a range of weird and wonderful looks this Halloween.

It is thought the trend for a more extravagant look for parties taking place around October 31 started with the James Bond film Spectre.

Mexican tourism officials were inspired by parts of the 2015 film, which were filmed in Mexico City and featured 007 chasing a villain through a Day of the Dead celebration in the historical centre.

As a result, Mexico City held its first Day of the Dead parade, complete with floats, giant skeleton marionettes and more than 1,000 actors, dancers and acrobats in costumes last year.

This month Festival of the Dead shows are coming to Manchester and Liverpool, meaning there is no sign of the sugar skull craze (pictured below) slowing anytime soon.

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Scroll through the gallery above to take a look at some of the frightful creations on offer in Bolton this Halloween - details here: 

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Name: Helen Cafferky

Age: 34

Area of Bolton you live: Westhoughton

Name of your business: Helen Cafferky Make-up Artist

Instagram: @helencafferky

Twitter: @helencafferky

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/helencafferkymakeup/

How long you've been doing make up for: Five years.

Your favourite look for Halloween: Black swan. It’s striking and simple.

What you think the most popular look will be this Halloween: This year will see a lot of gore and blood! People are getting braver. Skulls are always hugely popular as it’s very easy to pair a skull makeup look with any costume. Creepy clowns will be at every party this year thanks to the new “IT” movie. For those wanting to be pretty not scary; glitter and shimmer will be the way. Fairies and mystical creatures.

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Name: Hilary Brownson

Age: 36

Area of Bolton you live: Egerton

Name of your business: The Makeup Garden

Instagram/Facebook/website:

Insta: garden_crowns

Facebook: The Makeup Garden

How long you've been doing make up for: In total for 14 years but I only set my own makeup studio up this year.

Your favourite look for Halloween: My degree was in film, television and theatre so personally I love taking images from horror films and recreating a look. At the moment I’m planning the iconic ‘chestburster’ scene from Alien.

What you think the most popular look will be this Halloween: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls are popular because they’re still glamorous for a night out (I also hand-make the flower headdress to order in matching colours).

But, on Instagram, the optical illusions and special effects styles are huge at the moment.

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Name: Danielle Parkinson

Age: 28

Area of Bolton: Sharples

Name of business: makeup by danielle

Instagram/Facebook/website:

Instagram: danielleparkinson89

Facebook: makeupbydanielleparkinson

How long you've been doing make up for: One year.

Favourite Halloween look: Sugar skull.

Most popular: Harley Quinn, who first appeared in the Batman: The Animated Series episode Joker's Favor and was most recently seen in 2016 film Suicide Squad.

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Make up by Gemma Roberts, who creates the looks as a hobby. She said: "I just find inspiration online and YouTube and paint my children and friends."

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Name: Kelly Forster

Age : 29

Area of Bolton: Heaton

Name of business: Polish Up

Facebook/contact: facebook.com/kellyizzi27 07931263366

How long I've been doing make up: Two years

Favourite Halloween look: Clown

Most popular: Zombie

Kelly said: "I love SFX, this is something I would like to take further."

Send us your Halloween photos

"We want your weird and wonderful photos for Halloween 2017. Children and adults will be getting into the spooky spirit for October 31, send us your best costume, pumpkin and party pictures. "

We asked for your responses - this is what you sent.

Jaime Hammond

Alise's Halloween costume.

Alise's Halloween costume.
Steven Marshall

Madison Amelia Marshall aged 3. Spooky Bat Girl! Morris Green.

Madison Amelia Marshall aged 3. Spooky Bat Girl! Morris Green.
Community contributor

Sebastian James Mort 4 months old enjoying Halloween themed moo music class on his first Halloween as a pumpkin 🎃

Sebastian James Mort 4 months old enjoying Halloween themed moo music class on his first Halloween as a pumpkin 🎃
Sebastian James Mort 4 months old enjoying Halloween themed moo music class on his first Halloween as a pumpkin 🎃
Pearl Burgess

Teddy Paul Monson. 6months old .My grandsons 1st Halloween.

Teddy Paul Monson. 6months old .My grandsons 1st Halloween.
Stacy Taylor

Thomas Taylor from Darcy Lever, first Halloween as a pumpkin

Thomas Taylor from Darcy Lever, first Halloween as a pumpkin
Stacy Taylor

Joseph Taylor from Darcy Lever asThe Joker

Joseph Taylor from Darcy Lever asThe Joker
Lisa Hilton

Madison Amelia Marshall. Aged 3. Morris Green Bolton. The spooky bat girl xxx

Madison Amelia Marshall. Aged 3. Morris Green Bolton. The spooky bat girl xxx
Madison Amelia Marshall. Aged 3. Morris Green Bolton. The spooky bat girl xxx
Claire Leatherbarrow

Kaitlyn and keaton Halloween 2017

Kaitlyn and keaton Halloween  2017
Lisa Byrne

Off to a halloween party with Natasha age10 Millie age 6 and Liam 5 x fun times x

Off to a halloween party with Natasha age10 Millie age 6 and Liam 5 x fun times x
Alan Morley

Spooky maya morley

Spooky maya morley
Lowrell Stewart

Smithills farm bolton Halloween spooky night. Front Row: Ava Owen, Tianna Moore & Lola Fletcher.

Smithills farm bolton Halloween spooky night. 
Front Row: Ava Owen, Tianna Moore & Lola Fletcher.
Tianna Moore

Zombie school girl

Zombie school girl
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In anoymnous masks for Halloween

In anoymnous masks for Halloween
Leigh Taylor

Jaxon 3 and Sophia 6

Jaxon 3 and Sophia 6
Leigh Taylor

Jaxon 3 and Sophia 6

Jaxon 3 and Sophia 6
Margaret Rodmell

My daughter lacey ready for a halloween party

My daughter lacey ready for a halloween party
Justine Edwards

Festival of the dead selfie

Festival of the dead selfie
Chelle Byrne

Ellie vampire & ebony skeleton ready to freak out!!!

Ellie vampire & ebony skeleton ready to freak out!!!
Chelle Byrne

Ellie vampire & ebony skeleton ready to freak out!!!

Ellie vampire & ebony skeleton ready to freak out!!!
Lindsey Adams

Halloween parties. Plus cheerleaders at Manchester Giants basketball game 🏀

Halloween parties. Plus cheerleaders at Manchester Giants basketball game 🏀
Halloween parties. Plus cheerleaders at Manchester Giants basketball game 🏀
Halloween parties. Plus cheerleaders at Manchester Giants basketball game 🏀
Becky Hoole

Heidi and Lucia Burgess having a super Halloween

Heidi and Lucia Burgess having a super Halloween
Heidi and Lucia Burgess having a super Halloween
Andrea McDonnell

Luke age 3 enjoying his first trick or treating!

Luke age 3 enjoying his first trick or treating!
Luke age 3 enjoying his first trick or treating!
Helen Carter
Lucas Bowyer

Lucas aged 15months

Lucas aged 15months
Ellen Smith

Callum and connor Halloween 2017

Callum and connor Halloween 2017
Charlene Hoofe

Summer Hoofe age 4 dressed as a spooky doll Toby Hoofe age 9 dressed as a evil teddy bear Ewan Hoofe age 8 dressed as a evil bat Fearne Hoofe age 12 dressed as a spooky jester doll

Summer Hoofe age 4 dressed as a spooky doll
Toby Hoofe age 9 dressed as a evil teddy bear 
Ewan Hoofe age 8 dressed as a evil bat
Fearne Hoofe age 12 dressed as a spooky jester doll
Summer Hoofe age 4 dressed as a spooky doll
Toby Hoofe age 9 dressed as a evil teddy bear 
Ewan Hoofe age 8 dressed as a evil bat
Fearne Hoofe age 12 dressed as a spooky jester doll
Summer Hoofe age 4 dressed as a spooky doll
Toby Hoofe age 9 dressed as a evil teddy bear 
Ewan Hoofe age 8 dressed as a evil bat
Fearne Hoofe age 12 dressed as a spooky jester doll
Summer Hoofe age 4 dressed as a spooky doll
Toby Hoofe age 9 dressed as a evil teddy bear 
Ewan Hoofe age 8 dressed as a evil bat
Fearne Hoofe age 12 dressed as a spooky jester doll
nicola Nedderman

Talulah & Coco Nedderman wish you Happy Halloween from our house to yours🎃

Talulah & Coco Nedderman wish you Happy Halloween from our house to yours🎃
Linzi Sayer
Karina Houghton

Kurt as Grimm Reaper. He wanted Slipknot but we couldn't find Spike head

Kurt as Grimm Reaper. He wanted Slipknot but we couldn't find Spike head
Nicola Foxcroft

Me Nicola foxcroft and 5 year old son Daniel Davies x

Me Nicola foxcroft and 5 year old son Daniel Davies x
Rebecca Whittle

My daughter lily whittle on way to School princess zombie/clown/witch she said :)

My daughter lily whittle on way to School princess zombie/clown/witch she said :)
Stacy Oxtoby

Ruby 7 Year old Lucas -John 5 years old and Jenson James 10 month

Ruby 7 Year old Lucas -John 5 years old and Jenson James 10 month
Joanne Molyneux

Ashton as The Little Vampire

Ashton as The Little Vampire
Emma Lacy

Isabelle and Daisy ready to trick or treat tonight

Isabelle and Daisy ready to trick or treat tonight
Bernie hewitt

Tj and nathanial hewitt aged 6 and 9 dressed as slenderman and freddy krueger

Tj and nathanial hewitt aged 6 and 9 dressed as slenderman and freddy krueger
Jenna Roper

Jenna Roper, Ian Eckersley, Ben Foster & Becky Wardrop

Jenna Roper, Ian Eckersley, Ben Foster & Becky Wardrop
Neil Cassells-Gregson

Joseph the werewolf and Daniel the zombie pirate at Whitby Abbey

Joseph the werewolf and Daniel the zombie pirate at Whitby Abbey
Anna Hill

Baby Jacob's first Halloween, 3 months old. Pumpkin carving fun.

Baby Jacob's first Halloween, 3 months old. Pumpkin carving fun.
Baby Jacob's first Halloween, 3 months old. Pumpkin carving fun.