7 Broadway Halloween DIY Costume Ideas for 2022


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Dan Meyer
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October 24, 2022 2:00 PM

All Hallows’ Eve is almost upon us! To celebrate, Theatrely has come up with some easy ideas for Broadway-themed costumes. These DIY costume ideas can be found by heading out for a shopping excursion to affordable fashion outlets (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 necklace and some double-flannel can’t fix? Perhaps a fictional aging disease, but otherwise, it’s the perfect easy costume idea for Broadway fans looking to pull something together at the last minute. Don’t forget the clipboard and pencil!

Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Little Red (Into the Woods)
Skipping around Times Square wearing a cape as red as blood with a basket full of pastries might raise some eyebrows, but isn’t that what Halloween is all about? This costume is simple and easy to customize (*cough* fur collar *cough*) to make it your own just like Julia Lester and Katy Geraghty have done with the role.

Photos: Matthew Murphy & Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

Baseball Player (Take Me Out)
Pinstripes are in this year. With those damn Yankees (sorry!) out of the playoffs, you can dress up like a fictional member of the Empires baseball team while still keeping hopes alive for the MLB pennant in 2023. Keep the jock strap hidden until you reach The Eagle though.

Photo: Joan Marcus

American Delegate (1776)
The perfect outfit for any history nerd, all you’ll need is a colorful trench coat, a white Oxford shirt, leather pants, plus a belt-buckle shoe for good measure. It might be hard to match Emilio Sosa’s luscious designs on Broadway, but it’s the effort that counts!

Photo: Joan Marcus

Usher (A Strange Loop)
There’s a lot 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 shop or hotel supply store doesn't have what you need, head on down to your local Halloween Spirit. Musical theatre writer existential crisis not included.

Photo: Marc J. Franklin

Peaches (Ain’t No Mo’)
Want to be ahead of the curve? Tease the rest of the 2022-2023 season by dressing as a flight attendant from Ain’t No Mo’. The colorful uniform for African American Airlines is so stylish it’s not yet available in stores, so you’ll need to do some at-home fashion construction to get the lewk right.

Photo: DJ Corey Photography

“I’m Not Your Cinderella…” (Bad Cinderella)
Another opportunity to be trendy is this twist on a classic fairy tale character, immortalized in the words of Linedy Genao. All you really need is a spray paint can to go along with whatever pink-and-black ensemble you decide to wear on October 31. Just don’t graffiti the theatre.

Photo: Emilio Madrid

Tired of all the attention Broadway is getting? Here are some Off-Broadway bonus ideas:

Literally any character from 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 from Titanique
There are so many ways to interpret this costume: a blue-silver fringe 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 (korean) Time
If you were lucky enough to see Daniel K. Isaac’s incredible work a few months ago, you know exactly who I’m referring to. Don’t forget your bubble gun! 

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.