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20 Broadway Show-Inspired Halloween Costumes

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|by Robert Peterpaul |


Pay homage to your favorite show with these looks

Halloween is a theater fan’s dream. It gives us an excuse – no, an imperative – to step center stage. As October weather takes hold, and pumpkin spice lattes are in full force, our gears are turning tirelessly to concoct the perfect costume for Oct. 31. In fact, the day may even act as a conduit for us to channel some of the characters lighting up Broadway every night.

If you’re in need of inspiration, look no further! From flying solo to rolling down the confetti leaf-paved sidewalks in a group, here are 20 Halloween costume ideas inspired by shows currently on the great white way.

“Show off” this Halloween with a Broadway-inspired costume (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

“Show off” this Halloween with a Broadway-inspired costume (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Beetlejuice – Beetlejuice

If you say his name three times, will a costume appear? Probably not, but this DIY one is magical enough!

Evan Hansen – Dear Evan Hansen

Wave on over to a new window and watch the beginning of this video for a map to making this simple, but iconic, costume – Sincerely, ST.

Jenna – Waitress

Let Waitress star Betsy Wolfe guide you on the swooping up your locks into the perfect Jenna ponytail for this sweet look.

Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels – Tootsie

Tootsie is a fun and manageable idea. You can channel Dorothy in an instant with a red sequined lookalike gown, a red wig and glasses. For a more interesting look, why not go “halvsies”? Make half your ensemble Michael and the other half Dorothy for a two-faced twist.

Aladdin & Jasmine - Aladdin

Disney lovers have been dressing up as everyone’s favorite street rat and Agrabah’s spirited Princess for years, but there’s no need to drop major dough on a costume.

Elphaba & Glinda – Wicked

If you want to be the most popular Halloween duo there ever was, look no further than Wicked’s charmingly different BFFles. You’ll be changed for good. For inspiration, check out this behind-the-scenes look at how the real Wicked costumes are constructed.

Elsa & Anna – Frozen

Real talk: these are probably the easiest costumes to get your hands on, lining the shelves of every costume shop. So, enjoy this quick change-tastic clip from the Broadway production.

Phantom & Christine Daae – The Phantom of the Opera

Masquerade! Broadway fan’s love for this pair will never die, even on a day of the dead.

Velma Kelly & Roxy Hart – Chicago

Bring the girl power and get all the candy with murderess looks that never go out of style.

Eurydice – Hadestown

A song can change your fate, and on Halloween, so can a costume! Head to the underworld and back with this Eurydice-inspired look. 

Hogwarts Student – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Accio, costumes! Watch the feature on the Broadway play’s costumes for magical inspiration.

Janice – Mean Girls

When your friend says: “Get in, losers! We’re being fetch this Halloween,” you could don your best all-pink ensemble. Or, you could break away from the pack with this edgy Janice-inspired look.

An Elder from The Book of Mormon

Say “Hello!” to the easiest Broadway-inspired Halloween costume ever. You and your elders can hit the streets and maybe do a little converting while trick-or-treating door-to-door this year.

Giant Ham – To Kill A Mockingbird
Alright, we know the main Halloween attraction here is the iconic ham costume, but come on – don’t you want to ham it up? Have your friends be the more normally dressed characters while you have a “Happy Ham-o-ween!”

A Lion from The Lion King

Fun fact: Tony winner Julie Taymor both directed and costume designed The Lion King. Make her proud this Halloween by sporting a feline-inspired ensemble.

For more of the best of Broadway this season, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in October 2019.

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