24/10/2016 18:15 BST | Updated 27/10/2017 16:18 BST

'Strictly Come Dancing': 18 Best Halloween Week Performances From Past Series

Trick or treat indeed...

Let’s face it, it doesn’t take much to encourage the stars of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ to raid the dressing up box, does it?

So far this series, we’ve already seen Aston Merrygold strutting his stuff as a troll, Reverend Richard Coles descending from a cloud like an angel and Susan Calman throwing on a Wonder Woman outfit (the latter of which we were particularly impressed with, we should add).

It’s to be expected, then, that when Halloween rolls around every year, producers go into overdrive giving the stars a suitably spooky makeover for the occasion.

Throughout the past few years, we’ve been seduced by Harry Judd’s take on Dracula, enchanted by Frankie Bridge as the Wicked Witch Of The West and thoroughly amused by Judy Murray in full Cruella De Vil attire.

Here are just a handful of the most thrilling, hair-raising and, yes, occasionally too-ridiculous-to-fathom Halloween Week performances from the ‘Strictly’ vaults...

  • Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon - 'Danger! High Voltage' (2014)
    We're sure it's no coincidence that Pixie became a spokesperson for Batiste dry shampoo shortly after this performance.
  • Nancy Dell'Olio and Anton Du Beke - 'Spooky' (2011)
    Nancy and Anton got just 14 points of a possible 40 for this performance, after which they were booted out of the competition.

    We don't know what the judges were thinking. She drinks champagne. In a coffin. What's not to love about that?!
  • Colin Jackson and Erin Boag - 'Thriller' (2005)
    As you can see, there were no expenses spared when it came to production values in the early days of 'Strictly'.

    Colin and Erin's spooky Paso Doble, for example, was accompanied by... a green light. We're positively shaking with fear.
  • Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev - 'Phantom Of The Opera' (2010)
    This eerie and theatrical Paso Doble earned this pair their first 10 of the series, which they'd eventually go on to be crowned champions of.
  • Sid Owen and Ola Jordan - 'Ghostbusters' (2012)
    There doesn't seem to be anything to the first 40 secs of this Cha Cha other than Sid and Ola walking around holding giant 'Ghostbusters' guns.

    Still, we can't pretend we don't love the bejeweled uniforms.
  • Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev - 'Devil In Me' (2013)
    It would have been so easy to put Natalie in a red catsuit and a pair of pound shop devil horns, so kudos to the production team for not dragging this lovely performance down with cheap gimmicks.
  • Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace - 'Better The Devil You Know' (2011)
    And speaking of Pound Shop devil horns...
  • Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev - 'Le Freak' (2014)
    It speaks volumes about Flackers that she manages to look good in a pink disco wig while doing the Samba around a makeshift graveyard to a Chic classic.
  • Dani Harner and Vincent Simone - 'Scooby Doo' Theme Tune (2012)
    Now this is thinking outside the box when it comes to the Halloween theme.
  • Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton - 'Hedwig's Theme'/'School's Out' (2015)
    10 points to Gryffindor for whoever came up with this idea.
  • Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke - 'Cruella De Vil' (2014)
    Camp with a capital 'C'.
  • Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani - 'Psycho Killers' (2011)
    Nice of the Beckhams to lend Harry and Aliona their wedding thrones for this performance, wasn't it?

    The couple rightfully bagged their second 10 of the series for this performance, which proved that Harry Judd even looks good with scary-looking fangs. Confusing.
  • Carol Kirkwood and Pasha Kovalev - 'I Think I Love You' (2015)
    One word. Wig.
  • Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace - 'Disturbia' (2012)
    You mightn't have thought that vampires, a Rihanna banger a Tango would be a winning combination, but that's pretty much the beauty of 'Strictly Come Dancing', isn't it?
  • Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute - 'I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper' (2013)
    There isn't a single moment of this that isn't completely ridiculous.
  • Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton - 'Defying Gravity' (2014)
    Worth watching till the end, when Frankie really channels her inner Elephaba (just maybe turn your speakers down when the singer attempts that high note).
  • Scott Maslen and Natalie Lowe - 'I Put A Spell On You' (2010)
    Say what you want about Natalie Lowe, but she knows her to swish her arms around a cauldron in the name of light entertainment.
  • Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff - 'Supermissive Black Hole' (2013)
    *fans self*
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