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Top 10 Musical Theater Characters to Dress Up As This Halloween

Jess Guida ’19 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

Musical theater fans and nerds alike can show their spirit this Halloween season by paying tribute to their favorite characters from the stage. Here are the Top 10 characters to dress up as on Halloween!

10. The Witch, Into the Woods

Meryl Streep as The Witch in Into the Woods. Photo Credit: Disney
Meryl Streep as The Witch in Into the Woods. Photo Credit: Disney

The Witch is an amazing character, but she makes an even better Halloween costume. You could choose to be the witch before or after her transformation, or maybe just change halfway through the night. Either way, you’ll need some crazy hair, a cloak, and walking stick.

9. Frank Abagnale Jr., Catch Me If You Can  

Aaron Tveit and the cast of Catch Me If You Can. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Stage Door Dish
Aaron Tveit and the cast of Catch Me If You Can. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Stage Door Dish

This is a character you could have some fun with because there are so many choices. You could be Frank Abagnale Jr., Frank Abagnale Jr.—the pilot, or Frank Abagnale Jr.—the doctor. But, if you want to go the signature captain route, you’ll need a suit and captain’s hat. And maybe you can get ten of your closest friends to be stewardesses.

8. Tracy Turnblad, Hairspray

Nikki Blonsky and the cast of Hairspray. Photo Credit: New Line Cinema
Nikki Blonsky and the cast of Hairspray. Photo Credit: New Line Cinema

Yes, as you may have guessed, this costume will require a lot of hairspray. Or, maybe you opt for just a simple wig. Either way, the most important part of this character is the hair. The rest you could get away with a white shirt and a plaid skirt.

7. Mark Cohen, Rent

Anthony Rapp in Rent. Photo Credit: Walter McBride/ BroadwayWorld
Anthony Rapp in Rent. Photo Credit: Walter McBride/BroadwayWorld

Let’s say you have a low budget this Halloween. Well, Mark Cohen can relate. That’s why all you’ll need to pull off this character is a patterned scarf, a patterned sweater, and some glasses. And maybe a camera to top it off.

6. Reno Sweeney, Anything Goes

Colin Donnell, Sutton Foster, Joel Grey and the cast in Anything Goes. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com
Colin Donnell, Sutton Foster, Joel Grey and the cast in Anything Goes. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com

This is your chance to become Sutton Foster! Well—sort of become her. With some high-wasted blue pants, a white striped shirt, and a blue scarf, you could bring this character to life.

5. Bonnie and Clyde, Bonnie & Clyde

Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan in Bonnie & Clyde. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com
Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan in Bonnie & Clyde. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com

Grab some hats and couple of suits to become this crime duo. This is a perfect costume to do as a couple or with a friend, and just in case anyone asks, you’re not just Bonnie and Clyde. You’re Bonnie and Clyde from the musical.

4. Elder Price, The Book of Mormon  

Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad and the cast of The Book of Mormon. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com
Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad and the cast of The Book of Mormon. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com

If you’re looking for a simpler costume, then Elder Price is the way to go. Black pants, a white shirt, a name tag, and a black tie are all you need to complete his ensemble. Then just grab a bible and paste on that signature smile.

3. The Heathers, Heathers: The Musical

Elle McLemore, Jessica Keenan Wynn, and Alice Lee in Heathers: The Musical. Photo Credit: Broadway.com
Elle McLemore, Jessica Keenan Wynn, and Alice Lee in Heathers: The Musical. Photo Credit: Broadway.com

Whether you’re all three Heathers or just one, this would be a great costume. Invest in a plaid skirt, some knee-high socks, and a bow for your hair and you will be indistinguishable.

2. Sweeney Todd, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Photo Credit: Warner Bros
Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Photo Credit: Warner Bros

This costume is pretty simple with some white face paint, a wig, and a razor blade. For an added bonus if you’re attending a party, bring a pie!

1. Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, Chicago

Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago. Photo Credit: Miramax Films
Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago. Photo Credit: Miramax Films

Grab a friend or fly solo. Just make sure you get plenty of sparkle for these two divas. All you’ll need are some heels and flashy leotards or dresses, and then just add some accessories.

 

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