Pestilence – sold from Berkhamsted shop for £150

Pestilence has been sold from a Berkhamsted shop for £150.

He’ll be leaving High Street-based ABC Costume Hire after his new owners pick him up ahead of a Halloween party. But if you have a chance to pop in before then, do say hello to him. Admittedly, he’s not the friendliest chap in the world.

ABC Costume Hire in Berkhamsted prepares for Halloween.

ABC Costume Hire in Berkhamsted prepares for Halloween.

Pestilence the Smouldering Reaper welcomes guests by saying things like: “Smell the stench of death wrapping around you. I will pull you tightly into my embrace.”

Another of his catchphrases is: “With just one touch, your health and vitality will be sucked from you forever. Please, come closer.”

There’s also: “You shall know me for the billowing cloud of smoke in my wake, for I am pestilence incarnate. Approach and seal your doom.”

He’s certainly quite a spectacle to look at - you don’t meet his type every day, and he’s been provoking quite a response from the shop’s customers too.

ABC Costume Hire in Berkhamsted prepares for Halloween.

ABC Costume Hire in Berkhamsted prepares for Halloween.

Owner Nicky Hannell said: “We’ve had gasps, we’ve had laughs and we’ve unfortunately had a couple of screaming children – but that’s what you expect on Halloween.”

You can hire most costumes from ABC Costume Hire for £25 to £30 for four days, and costumes can be bought from £15 upwards. Accessories including fangs, and red ‘devil’s eyes’ contact lenses can be bought from 99p.

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