Thousand-strong coven of witches brew up spooktacular fancy dress record

By Vicki Newman
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Double, double, toil and trouble - something wicked was certainly at play during this record attempt.

Pointed hats and broomsticks were on display as far as the eye could see when 1,607 people broke the record for the largest gathering of people dressed as witches.

Spanish lottery retailer La Bruixa d’Or made sure to leave the previous record holders in the dust when they claimed the title in November 2013.

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They more than tripled the previous record of 482 people set in the UK the previous year.

Pictures from the spectacularly spooky day show an enormous crowd of people wearing the required pointed black hats, black floor-length dresses or cloaks and carrying the witch’s signature mode of transport – a broom.

With Halloween almost upon us, this record attempt might just give you a last-minute change of heart when it comes to deciding what to wear.

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The witch costume has been a staple for young trick or treaters and adults heading to fancy dress parties for a very long time.

Many scary movies have centred around witchcraft too, but witches aren’t the only scary character people have dressed up as to break a record.

In May 2022, 1,369 became the largest gathering of people dressed as vampires at Whitby Abbey in England, UK – the home of Count Dracula.

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The largest gathering of people dressed as zombies saw a jaw-dropping 15,458 dress up as the living dead in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, in October 2014.

Mercy School Mounthawk, in Ireland, set the record for the largest gathering of people dressed as ghosts in March 2017 when 560 donned white sheets to disguise themselves as spectres.

Which costume will you be busting out this year?

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