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The 10 Best Broadway Character Halloween Costumes

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|by Mark Robinson |


Send your regards to Broadway with one of these Halloween costumes

Halloween is just around the corner and, for theater fans, it is a time to show off your most creative and courageous magic. Why not combine your Halloween costume with your love for Broadway musicals, making the holiday twice as fun? Here are some costume ideas from current Broadway shows that are bound to get your creative juices flowing, while simultaneously giving you an opportunity to take your love of musicals to a “frightening” new level.

What’s Halloween without a ‘Wicked’ witch or two? (Photo: Joan Marcus)

What’s Halloween without a ‘Wicked’ witch or two? (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Elphaba  and Glinda – Wicked
What is Halloween without a witch or two? Wicked provides witches of two varieties: the traditional green-faced sort, with the pointy black hat, cape, and a broomstick, or the glittery, princess-like good witch, complete with crown and dazzling sorceress staff. Perhaps you will be celebrating with a friend, and each of you can dress-up as one-half of this dynamic duo. Or, split the fun for yourself and create a costume in which half of you is Elphaba and half of you is Glinda.

Asaka – Once On This Island
Sometimes colorful and unique trumps spooky on Halloween. The musical Once On this Island offers a quartet of gods and goddesses who would make great choices for Halloween tribute. Asaka (a.k.a. Mother Earth) would be a particularly vibrant choice, with her robust color palate and her floral adornments. Just be sure to remain true to her spirit and not slip into a Carmen Miranda-type catastrophe.

The Phantom – The Phantom of the Opera
It’s a classically tasteful look, with just a touch of the macabre. Complete with a billowing opera cape and a half-mask that hides his horrible disfigurement, a costume of the title character in The Phantom of the Opera might make the perfect attire for an upscale Halloween party. If you pull it off properly, every chandelier in the room might just drop from your style and panache. 

The Genie – Aladdin
Not all Halloween costumes need to be scary. Sometimes they should simply be fun and over-the-top. Fortunately, the Genie from Aladdin offers many creative possibilities. Maybe you can create a magic carpet that sits at your middle, giving the illusion you are sailing through the night sky? Where you can really score with this costume is in making wishes come true – even if all you can produce from a magic lamp is a piece of Halloween candy.

The Plastics – Mean Girls
We like to attend parties in packs, so why not avail yourself of pink, pink and more pink when you and your friends dress as the Plastics from Mean Girls? Fortunately, Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, so you will be following the Plastics dress code without fear of retribution. That would be so fetch!

Elsa – Frozen
The Snow Queen herself, Elsa from the Broadway musical Frozen breaks the mold of past Disney princesses, with an independence and conviction beyond all others. Imagine tackling a recreation of her frost-inspired wardrobe for the world of trick-or-treat? Extra points if you can pull-off her mind-blowing costume change during “Let it Go” when you make your big entrance before bobbing for apples.   

Donna Summer – Donna: The Donna Summer Musical
Retro is always in for Halloween, and the 1970s certainly brought with it a glittering and colorful array of clothing that are perfect for the holiday. Donna: The Donna Summer Musical is a retrospective of the life of the Queen of Disco, so why not don your favorite bell bottoms, paisley prints and a crazy wig and celebrate Ms. Summer’s amazing legacy?

Squidward – SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Sadly, we just lost SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical with its closing in September, but that doesn’t change the fact that the optimistic tuner is rife with Halloween costume possibilities. Wouldn’t it be a hoot to recreate the costume of the snarky Squidward? Are you up to the challenge of making your own multi-legged pants to bring him to life?

Evan Hansen – Dear Evan Hansen
Maybe you are looking for a quick and easy Halloween costume, but would still like to celebrate Broadway? With the recent arrival of the Dear Evan Hansen polo available for purchase, all you need is to fabricate a plaster arm cast and you will be all set to go as the musical’s title character. Or, for the more creative-minded, you can always up your game and be zombie Evan Hansen. You’d certainly be much creepier “Waving Through the Window.”

Beetlejuice – Beetlejuice
It’s not quite here yet, but you can certainly get in the spirit of the forthcoming Beetlejuice musical by dressing up as the title spook. With his signature, moldy striped suit and his shock of crazy white hair, Beetlejuice is a wacky, otherworldly creature resurrected from the dead. The opportunities for trying out your superior makeup design skills can also come into play as you recreate his ghostly pallor and the freakish details of his decomposing flesh. Now THAT is Halloween! 

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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