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alert-–-heartbreaking-reason-why-strictly’s-claudia-winkleman-and-tess-daly-aren’t-in-costume-for-halloween-specialAlert – Heartbreaking reason why Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly aren’t in costume for Halloween special

By Ruth Francis For

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Strictly viewers have questioned why hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman weren’t dressed in costume for the Halloween special on Saturday night. 

While the celebrities and judges were dressed head to toe in remarkable costumes, eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice both Tess and Claudia were in their usual glamorous dresses. 

Tess and Claudia haven’t worn costumes on Halloween since her daughter Matilda was burned in a horrific accident back in 2014. 

Matilda was just eight years old when she suffered severe burns after her costume brushed a candle and set her on fire while trick or treating.

Strictly viewers have questioned why hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman weren’t dressed in costume for the Halloween special on Saturday night

At the time of the accident, Claudia temporarily stepped down from hosting Strictly Come Dancing and went on to become a staunch campaigner for the safety and regulations around the materials used in children’s fancy dress costumes.

Talking about the agonising moment of the accident, Claudia said: ‘I don’t like Halloween because three years ago it turned out our screams were real. 

‘She “went up” is the only way I can describe it – it was a spark, and she screamed out for me.

‘It was like those horrific birthday candles that you blow out and they come back. It was really fast. It was definitely life-changing for me.’

Claudia said: ‘I was talking to somebody and then I heard her shout and she was on fire. It feels like she was on fire for hours, but the surgeon said it was probably just seconds.’

The star shares Matilda with husband of 23 years Chris Thykier. She also has sons Jake, 19 and Arthur, 11.

While the celebrities and judges were dressed head to toe in remarkable costumes, eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice both Tess and Claudia were in their usual glamorous dresses

Taking to X – formerly known as Twitter, one fan wrote: ‘Well the judges look good why didn’t Tess and Claudia dress up’

A second wrote: ‘Tess and Claudia should dress up, everyone else does. It is a shame that they don’t #strictly’

A third user penned: ‘Why do the #Strictly judges always dress up for Halloween but Tess and Claudia don’t?’

The judges – Anton du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, and Shirley Ballas all embraced the eerie atmosphere as they dressed up in elaborate and chilling ensembles to celebrate the yearly Spooktacular event of the Latin and ballroom show. 

Craig took on the role as the stern Severus Snape from Harry Potter, while Motsi wowed with her spider-inspired attire, featuring an enormous cobweb adorning her head. 

Anton, on the other hand, transformed into a brilliant yet insane scientist, and head judge, Shirley Ballas, made a striking appearance as the malevolent queen from Snow White, perfectly fitting for the spooky theme of the night. 

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