Scented Spooks Competition

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Thanks for the fantastic response, everyone. We selected our winner as Azra Noir, whose fragrant tale of Pinhead was unnerving to say the least! Congratulations!

It’s the most malevolent time of the year once again, and we’ve got a suitably ghoulish Halloween competition to get you in the mood.

To be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher to spend on some treats at Escentual, we’re asking you to pick your favourite villain from Halloween cinema and pair them up with your idea of their perfect scent. Leave your comments in the section below – the more creative the answer, the better!

Here’s my own (rather silly) example to get you started:

Sarah from Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus is a must watch for me at Halloween. My favourite character is Sarah, deftly played by Sarah Jessica Parker, who is fluffy with a hint of darkness. My perfect pick for Sarah could only be Etat Libre d’Orange Encens et Bubblegum, a sweet and sticky eau de parfum with an underlying smokiness that rises in ominous tendrils.


The competition closes on Friday 1st November, and the winner will be announced the following Monday. Good luck!


One entry per person will be counted. Competition open internationally. Winner will be notified by email.
  • Craig Caskey

    Jason from Friday the 13th. I chose

    Etat Libre d’Orange Sécrétions Magnifiques. I don/t think I need to say much more, haha…..

  • Molly Lyon

    I’m a little bit of a wuss when it comes to scary movies, but I’m currently a little addicted to Batman. I’ll be watching The Dark Knight, in which my favourite character is the Joker. I can personally relate to him, as it’s clear he likes makeup. Given the amount of lipstick he wears, I’d say he’s probably quite a feminine soul on the inside, thus deserving of a feminine scent like Miss Dior. Given that he doesn’t appear to wash his hair too, he’d probably need something as nice as this to mask the scent of, well… Dirt.

  • Get Lippie

    I’d pick the shark from Jaws, and pair it with Thierry Mugler’s Womanity. They’re both a bit fishy and decidedly scary to the unwary. What shark couldn’t do with smelling like a figgy, grapefruity palm tree laden with caviar?

    • Carrie Meredith

      You’re too damn cute.

  • Sinead

    I would choose Pennywise aka IT the clown (Stephen King you are the reason I hate clowns) The scent I would associate Pennywise with is Blue Sugar from Aquolina…first of all what self respecting clown wouldn’t have notes of cotton candy, especially an evil one who wants to capture children!! And to balance the sweet side there’s the dark and sticky black licorice!

  • Georgina

    I always watch Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride at Halloween and I’d pair The Corpse Bride with Lolita Lempicka Eau de Parfum. Both have a baroque, mysterious feel and the scent evokes feelings of eternal love and harmony.

  • Nessy

    Emily, the corpse bride should wear L’Heure Bleue, the most beautiful Guerlain creation.

    This beautiful scent gives the bride a radiant, bluish dust.

    A perfect wedding bouquet with iris, rose, orchid, neroli and carnation.

    A imaginary forest is full of the most adorable purple violets, creamy santal and refreshing vetiver.

    “I spent so long in the darkness, I almost forgot how beautiful the moonlight is.” -says Emily.

    Not just the moonlight beautiful…. I think the bluish hour is the most graceful time in the day.

    I highly recommend this scent to her! And everyone else!

  • daly_beauty

    The Shining is a must-watch in our house at this time of year. Jack Nicholson’s “Jack” is perfectly terrifying. Day turns into night, and in that huge deserted hotel, who can tell reality from nightmare? I feel like Jack hasn’t showered or slept in days, so I’d scent him with Serge Lutens Musc Koublai Khan – smells like fear and funk.

  • Pia Long

    Death Becomes Her. Madeline (played by Meryl Streep) is seduced by Lisle von Rhuman’s (Isabella Rosselini) mysterious potion in a deep blue bottle… Byzance by Rochas, oh yes, that oriental sex orgy – just look at those lithe, toned bodies by the marble pool, isn’t this just what you want? Eternal youth and sex appeal. She falls for it and things look great for a while but when Madeline’s paint starts to peel and her appearance is transformed to a shadow of her former self; the scent of the magic potion, initially so inviting, now mainly recalls soap and the echo of youth once lost.

  • Katie Chutzpah

    If it’s Halloween, it’s got to be Vlad the Man himself. Preferably as his latest incarnation- Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Count Dracula. He’s a dark horse with bite this one. Moody and mysterious with devastating and sharp appeal that will all end in tears. So he needs a scent to match. All that cloak swooshing and swooping in, in the middle of the night, could turn a girl’s head. Or better, her neck. Our Count D would wear Terre d’Hermes with its sophisticated woody freshness as he knows that no woman, anywhere, can resist it’s appeal. One whiff and a lady’s baring her neck flesh. No, not to be bitten…for a spritz of the perfume. Fangs may just turn out all right.

    • Carrie Meredith

      NICE! Dracula has always been, and always will be, Christopher Lee for me (even have his image tattooed on my forearm), but I’m really into the idea of Rhys-Meyers and Terre d’Hermes. Once I paired Christopher Lee as Rasputin with Ambre Sultan. That made sense to me.

  • Anna Morelle-Grey

    I would pair Emily, the Corpse Bride with ‘Sleeping with Ghosts’ by Mark Buxton. On the one hand it’s a beautiful, feminine fragrance, opening with a peony and vanilla bouquet, but on the other hand it has a slightly ‘undead’ feel….hauntingly reminiscent of old leather, moss and earth. It always evokes dreams of the supernatural to me, and Mark has named it perfectly. For me it really is the perfect pagan Samhain scent and I can just imagine Emily wearing it!

  • Carrie Meredith

    I’m going with Felissa Rose as Angela in Sleepaway Camp (1983). The key to scenting her is gender neutrality, eschewing the laws of nature and the representation of a fractured psyche (sounds like half of my friends). Fire From Heaven / Smoke from CBIHP will do very nicely with its woody notes and subtle, earthy-sweet smoke. Very apropos for the combustible energy of a troubled youth subjected to the scrutiny of her peers all summer long at camp.

  • Tara

    I choose to scent Carrie from the film of the same name. For this complex, mixed-up teenager
    I’d choose Interlude Woman by Amouage. The spaces of calm interspersed by swirling
    chaos in this unique perfume mirror her personality which is timid but with moments
    of uncontrollable emotion (when all hell lets loose). The sweet bergamot, kiwi,
    rose, honey and orange blossom contrast with the dark frankincense, opoponax leather
    and agarwood. It’s as turbulent and unusually striking as Carrie herself.

    • Carrie Meredith

      I’m OBSESSED with Sissy Spacek in that role. Same with Piper Laurie, but I’m quite excited to see the new film too! Julianne Moore is my idea of a modern goddess.

      • Tara

        Carrie Meredith, I know! I’m also obsessed with her in Badlands. Julianne Moore is my idea of a modern goddess too.

  • anotherperfumeblog

    Great contest! I’m going to choose Thing from The Addams Family. A speechless enigma (other than the eerie click of its fingers against dark, deserted floorboards), Thing is completely strange. Corps et Ames by Parfumerie General seems perfect. It smells of skin, but not in a cuddly way. The amount of immortelle it contains is just enough to suggest something nasty is festering on that skin. Plus, the irony of a perfume named Body & Soul, for a Thing that has no body, is wickedly Halloweenish. 😉

  • Ed. C

    My pairing would be Djinn from Wishmaster wearing Eau de Protection Rossy de Palma by Etat Libre d’Orange.
    The promises offered, illusions of wishes granted and deep desires being fulfilled by the dark and mysterious Djinn along with the undeniably present suggestion of hidden sense of danger lurking behind is perfectly displayed through the notes of soft powder, dark and slightly sugary rose and the distinct metallic hint of blood.

  • Mia Jade Fergusson

    Drakkar Noir Eau de Toilette Spray , describes it all , what more of a feast do you need then Dracula on a dark Halloweens night , i interpret this scent as ” Dracula dark in the toilet blood spray ” yes spooky right ! It is the perfect scent because as taken from the text “Sleek and refined its guaranteed never to offend, shock or start a vicious rumour!” its just like Dracula !His seek , refined and guranteed never to offend ( he sucks your blood instead you see ) and he doesn’t want vicious rumours because , well , his a man ,, and has some pride :p

    • Carrie Meredith

      ” Dracula dark in the toilet blood spray ”

      This feels genius to me. And it’s hilarious. Can I quote you on this sometime? Will give full credit. 🙂

  • Sarah Waite

    ‘The Landlord’s Daughter’ from the 1973 Wicker Man must surely anoint herself with Mark Buxton’s Sexual Healing. This pagan wench (and her plentiful bosom) used a sensual dance to attempt to bewitch a prudish virginal policeman. He met his end alight as a flame-grilled sacrificial offering to the gods of the harvest. Sexual Healing’s earthy and (super)natural notes of elderberry and black currant evoke the wild atmosphere of the forests and hedgerows of rural scotland, the playground for this dreadful deed.

    • Carrie Meredith

      This is an amazing pairing. Very cool!

  • Azra Noir

    Love this contest. Challenged me to birth an interesting scent-story.

    I “smelled” Pinhead, from the Hellraiser series (portrayed by Doug Bradley). He wasn’t always Pinhead. In fact, he was once human. He was born Elliott Spencer around the early 1900’s and was in a time of war where those that didn’t die drank themselves to death. He was an explorer of forbidden pleasures. He opened the (puzzle) box and that was his final act of exploration and discovery. Hell took him, placed nails in his head, and gave him no memory of his former life. He was now evil. His job was to take whoever solved the box.

    “No tears please, it’s a waste of good suffering.”

    Described by Doug Bradley as stronger than Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, Pinhead is an extremely powerful being, and as such, has several supernatural abilities. His preferred method of attack is by summoning hooks and chains to mutilate victims, often pulling said victims in several directions to tear them apart. These chains are subject to his total mental control and he may direct them at will.

    “Dreams are fleeting. Only nightmares last forever!”

    His scent is intriguing and has an amazing depth. It’s distinct and ready to unleash an endless nightmare. Smell him with your eyes closed and you will feel like being lost in a dark rainy forest, surrounded by a force that you can only surrender to. A dark cloud of incense & tobacco. You can smell the leather as he gets closer. His speech projects a concoction of wormwood and mint. Strict,unfriendly vanilla and sandalwood reveal his intelligence. He is a demon to some, but angel to others.

    “Down the dark decades of your pain, this will seem like a memory of Heaven.”

    His scent is churchy but totally unorthodox. His scent mirrors an unforgettable masterpiece. His scent is Amouage Memoir Man.


  • Karolina Grochalska

    My pair would be Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and Angel by Thierry Mugler. You would think an angelic scent is no good for the creation of Dr. Finklestein, but she doesn’t appear to be so spooky after all. For me she is romantic, feminine in some way and sweet and I think this is how Angel is: can be disturbing at first but then it reveals sweet notes.

  • Mrs DuckingHell

    I love the movie Dark Shadows. One of my favourite characters is the witch Angelique. Angelique is sexy, dark and mysterious therefore a perfect match with Lady Gagas Fame Black fragrance. A black fragrance that screams poison – what could be a better match for a witch!
    Moreover they are both a bit crazy so I would say a match made in heaven or
    should I say hell !?

  • ren fletcher

    Carrie from the titular film and book by Stephen King. She is otherworldly, insular and contemplating- but also powerful and commanding (eventually!). She’d wear Guerlin Mitsuoko- mysterious, complex and conspicuous.

  • Erin Pearl Keenan

    I am Queen Coward when it comes to horror movies, but I love ‘The Mummy’ so I would put Imohtep/ Arnold Vosloo in Shalimar.

    I have no geographical justification for this, I just think Shalimar would be super sexy on him, once he’s killed everyone and stolen all their body parts and is strutting about the place in leather pants. It would also suit his somewhat dramatic personality.

  • flossiecrossie

    The wicked witch from The Wizard of Oz. I can’t imagine she could wear anything but Dior’s Poison