Deformed child from the film The Orphanage
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This kid is one of the creepiest characters in a very spooky Spanish horror. Three best props: with this costume, it's all about the mask. Grab a grubby sack, use buttons for the eyes and stick a mop head on top for the full gory effect.
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The Spanish Inquisition was a brutal way of keeping tabs on the Jews and Muslims of Spain who converted to Christianity. Lasting over 350 years, it saw people tortured in all sorts of horrible ways including the infamous 'potro' (rack). Killer props for an inquisitor include red cloaks, crucifixes and a twirly moustache.
The faun from the movie Pan's Labyrinth
Photo: Pan's Labyrinth
Although the faun is a good guy in this allegorical film about Spain's Civil War, he still looks pretty damn creepy. Best props include ram horns (if you have any lying around), white contact lenses and a moth-ridden old coat.
Juana La Loca (Joan The Mad)
This 15th century Spanish Queen is said to have suffered a breakdown after her husband died. She was then locked away in a convent for the rest of her life. Some people say, however, she wasn't crazy at all but was a victim of politics and power. Props for a Joan the Mad costume include a crown, a corset and a ball and chain.
Zorro (literally 'fox') was the creation of New York pulp writer Johnson McCulley. The masked outlaw, of Spanish descent, has featured in books, telvision series and, most recently, in the Hollywood film starring Antonio Banderas. So channel your inner Antonio and dress in head-to-toe black... and don't forget your mask and sword!
The conquistador Francisco Pizarro
The shrewd Pizarro conquered Peru for the Spanish Crown. He also made enemies by accepting masses of gold from Atahualpa, the last Incan Emperor, and then killing him anyway. Pizarro props include a helmet, a pointy beard and a sackful of gold (or chocolate money, if that's easier to organize).
Spain's Public Enemy Number 1: Luis Bárcenas
The former treasurer of Spain's ruling Popular Party is facing charges of fraud, bribery and influence peddling. Three key props for a killer costume: hair gel, envelopes and stripy pyjamas (for those long prison nights).
A political leader