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.
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.
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.