The Smurfs, and with them the blue and white Smurf costume was created by a cartoonist called Payo, 50 years ago in 1958 and the original Smurf cartoons were first published in Le Journal de Spirou. It was'nt until the eighties when the Flintstones creator Hanna-Barbera Productions made the small blue folk world-renowned.
Some of the well known Smurfs include Papa Smurf (Grand Schtroumpf) who wears a red Smurf costume, Smurfette (La Schtroumpfette) and Hefty Smurf (Schtroumpf Costaud)
Jokers Masquerade Fancy dress have created a Blue Gnome costume along the lines of a Smurf Costume and to promote it they have decided to take it on tour, mostly around Europe. Their first location was Brussels in Belgium, below is an extract from one of the Jokers Masquerade guys who went on tour in the smurf fancy dress costume:
"With our Smurf costumes packed and our cameras' we left the Jokers' Masquerade headquarters and headed to Brussels, the largest city in Belgium. Home to Herge's Tintin, Manneken Pis, Sprouts and of course, the Smurfs.
Our day in Belgium began with a taxi ride to the other side of the city to visit the Atomium where we pulled on our Smurf fancy dress costumes and posed for some photos in front of the famous landmark. Built for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, the Atomium stands 335 feet high and was designed by Architect André Waterkeyn.
It was a beautiful June day as the sun beat down on Brussels. We took a stroll around the Mini Europe model village and discovered some famous miniature landmarks. Posing in font of such famous European architecture as Big Ben, Melk Abbey, Grand Place, Mnajdra Temple and Dover Castle we took some fantastic pictures. Our fancy dress outfits garnered much praise and were a big hit with the fellow park visitors."
Many thanks to Jokers Masquerade fancy dress for allowing me to use their story, they have also asked me to tell you that if you are after a Smurf Costume and you take it on holiday with you, if you send in a photo of yourself wearing it you could win yourselves a £50 fancy dress voucher. Smurf Costume on Tour for more details.