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The Best Halloween Costumes Inspired by Broadway

A Halloween toast (cider, of course) to the Night of the Living Theatrics, both ghoulish and glam! It’s the time of year when every kid and kid-at-heart gets the go-ahead to indulge their fondest costume desires—including those inspired by some of Broadway’s biggest hits.

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Image: Mr. Muggles/Flickr

Witches and wizard-wannabes are extra blessed this Halloween with two shows catering to their passions: to start, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, where Potterheads—whether Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, Hufflepuffs, or Slytherins—can strut their Hogwartian stuff with school robes, scarves, and wands.

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Jessica Vosk having a wicked good time as Elphaba on Broadway. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Wicked entices us to slather on emerald green face and hand paint to recreate Elphaba’s show-stopping hue.

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Image: James H./Flickr

As for the princess set, they’re well represented in Disney’s Frozen (Elsa and Anna) and Aladdin (Jasmine), as well as title character Anastasia and ever-sparkly good witch Glinda from Wicked. For those who want to keep it simple with just a single costume piece, may I suggest a Fosse fedora (Chicago), thigh-high red stilettos (Kinky Boots), or pretty much anything that keeps you in the pink (Mean Girls).

Christiani Pitts faces off with a New York legend in King Kong.

Christiani Pitts faces off with a New York legend in King Kong. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Finally, for the go big or go home crowd, there’s King Kong. Re-create the awesome Broadway mega-ape look...go ahead, I dare you.

About the Author

City Guide Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times, For the Bride, Hotels, and a number of other publications, mostly in the areas of travel and performance arts. She currently is the theatre editor for all NYMetroParents publications. An active member of The New York Travel Writers Association, she is also a playwright and award-winning collage artist. In addition, she sits on the board of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Griffin is married to Richard Sandomir, a reporter for The New York Times.

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