All Hallows’ Eve is fast approaching! To celebrate, Theaterly came up with some simple ideas for Broadway-themed costumes. These DIY costume ideas can be found by going on a shopping excursion to affordable fashion stores (H&M, GAP, etc.), vintage stores, and even the candy store.
Be sure to send us your photos from Halloween night! We’ll highlight some of the best costumes.
Kimberly Akimbo (Kimberly Akimbo)
Is there anything a candy collar and double flannel can’t fix? Maybe a fictional disease of aging, but otherwise it’s the perfect costume idea for Broadway fans looking to pull something together at the last minute. Don’t forget the notepad and pencil!
Little Red (In the woods)
Jumping around Times Square wearing a blood-red cape with a basket full of pastries may raise some eyebrows, but isn’t that what Halloween is? This costume is simple and easy to customize (*cough* fur collar *cough*) to personalize it, just like Julia Lester and Katy Geraghty did with the role.
Baseball player (take me out)
Stripes are in fashion this year. With those damn Yankees (sorry!) out of the playoffs, you can dress up as a fictional member of the Empires baseball team while keeping your hopes up for the MLB pennant in 2023. Keep the jock strap tucked away until until you reach the Eagle.
US Delegate (1776)
The perfect outfit for any history buff, all you’ll need is a colorful trench coat, white Oxford shirt, leather trousers and a belt-buckle shoe for good measure. It’s hard to match Emilio Sosa’s lavish creations on Broadway, but it’s the effort that counts!
Bailiff (A strange loop)
There are plenty of different options from this Tony-winning musical (Whitney, anyone?), but the traditional bellhop look from the opening number is a classic. If a vintage boutique or hotel supply store doesn’t have what you need, visit your local Halloween Spirit. The musical theater writer’s existential crisis is not included.
Peaches (It’s not Mo)
Want to be ahead of the curve? Tease the rest of the 2022-2023 season by dressing up as an air hostess It’s not Mo. The colorful African American Airlines uniform is so stylish it’s not yet available in stores, so you’ll have to do some fashion building at home to get the look right.
“I’m not your Cinderella…” (Bad Cinderella)
Another opportunity to be fashionable is this version of a classic fairy tale character, immortalized in the words of Linedy Genao. All you really need is a spray paint to go with the pink and black ensemble you decide to wear on October 31st. Just don’t tag the theater.
Tired of all the attention Broadway gets? Here are some Off-Broadway bonus ideas:
Literally any character from The stranger sings! The musical parody
The 80s are back, baby! High-waisted jeans, a perm, and a box of Eggo waffles are all you need.
The iceberg of titanic
There are so many ways to interpret this costume: a blue-silver fringed wig, a giant white hat, whatever you want, really. Go ahead, be the agent of chaos you’ve always wanted to be!
Sea-DRAGon from Once upon a time (Korean)
If you had the chance to see the incredible work of Daniel K. Isaac a few months ago, you know exactly who I am referring to. Don’t forget your bubble gun!