BWW Spooktacular - Our Top 10 Broadway-Themed Halloween Costumes
With Halloween just days away, BroadwayWorld wants to help make your holiday festivities extra special with our picks for the Top 10 Broadway-themed costumes of the season. From do-gooder Mormons to evil headmistresses, we cover the entire wardrobe spectrum for your trick or treating needs!
#1 ANNIE's Miss Hannigan
Little girls may flee from you but what better way to give a Halloween scare than by dressing up as the boozy, disillusioned orphanage matron. Better yet, recruit two friends and form the trio of dastardly crooks including Hannigan's no-good brother Rooster and his gangster moll, Lily St. Regis.
#2 Janis Joplin
Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll and a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. All you'll need to take a little piece of everyone's heart this Halloweeen is Joplin's iconic rose-tinted glasses, a bushel of feathers, bell-bottom jeans, peasant blouse and a whole lotta soul!
#3 BIG FISH's 'The Witch'
This mysterious yet eerily beautiful denizen of the swamp had the ability to show Edward Bloom his ultimate demise in her omniscient glass eye. Now it's your turn to show off your supernatural powers! When creating the costume, keep in mind - black is the new black in sorcery these days.
#4 Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA (and her Prince)
Hey, if a plain yellow pumpkin can become a golden carriage, there's no reason you (and your significant other) can't transform yourselves into the beautiful young maiden and her dashing Prince Charming. But just be sure to leave your Halloween soiree by Midnight because... well, you'll probably have to get up early for work the next morning!
#5 PIPPIN's Leading Player
Swinging from perilous heights on a trapeze and diving through hula hoops is not required for this trick or treating ensemble. Just a hat, a cane and a little razzle dazzle and you'll be on the right track!
#6 Spider-Man TURN OFF THE DARK
Step aside Batman, move over Wolverine - Broadway's got its own superhero to represent this Halloween and our amazin' web-slinging Spidey can serve as just the inspiration you'll need to take first prize in any costume contest. You can get as elaborate as you'd like with this get-up - from urethane webbing, face shells, and foam latex muscle suits to a simple boxed version from your local corner store. Either way we guarantee a high-flyin' time!
#7 ROCK OF AGES Stacee Jaxx
Don't stop believin' that you too can recreate the fashions of the 80's as this ultimate rocker of Bourbon Club fame. Choose from the skin-tight black leather pants look (no shirt required) or the cream-colored fur coat and cowboy hat - any way you want it, that's the way ... well you know the rest!
#8 BOOK OF MORMON's Elder Cunningham/Elder Price
Have your own spooky Mormon Hell Dream this Halloween by dressing as these endearing missionary companions. Whether you're off to a remote village in northern Uganda or heading out to play a round of putt putt golf, all that's required is a pair of black pants, a crisp, white shirt buttoned to the neck and a haircut that's precise. And don't forget to text us later and let us know how it goes!
#9 KINKY BOOT's Lola
This fabulous entertainer knows how to rock a pair of stilettos. Unleash your inner diva and let it raise you up for the ultimate Halloween costume - Everybody say, 'Yeah'!
#10 MATILDA's Miss Trunchbull
"Bambinatum est maggitum" ("Children are maggots") is the motto of this contemptible, one-time Olympic hammer-throwing champion, and headmistress of run-down Crunchem Hall. What better villain could there be to recreate this Halloween? Trunchbull has the charm of Hannibal Lechter and the austerity of the chignon she wears atop her head but hey, sometimes you need to be a little bit naughty!
Have we left out one of your favorites? Let us know who you would include on the list.
BroadwayWorld wishes all our loyal readers and fellow Broadway fans a Happy Halloween!
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