Dance fans: are you searching desperately for the perfect last-minute Halloween costume? Fear not: we’re here to help you draw inspiration from the classic story ballets to ensure you get a standing ovation for your October 31 style before you can say “corpse de ballet”—and how to avoid deadly costume confusion!
A Wili (from Giselle)
Halloween credentials: Giselle‘s vengeful spirits of jilted women, who wander the dark forests looking for unsuspecting men to force to dance to their death. For top Halloween points, go as their pitiless queen Myrtha.
You’ll need: Wedding dress; veil; a grudge
Potential confusion: ”No, I’m not Miss Havisham”
Baron Von Rothbart (from Swan Lake)
Halloween Credentials: Swan Lake‘s villainous sorcerer who curses heroine Odette, transforming her into a swan.
You’ll need: Feathers; an equally-evil daughter; dry-ice machine
Potential confusion: ”No, I’m not a bird”
Odile, a.k.a. the Black Swan (from Swan Lake)
Halloween Credentials: daughter of Rothbart (see above) who magically impersonates Odette to trick her sweetheart Siegfried into breaking his vow of love.
You’ll need: Black headpiece; black tutu; a bad attitude
Potential confusion: ”No, I’m not Natalie Portman”
Carabosse, a.k.a Maleficent (from Sleeping Beauty)
Halloween Credentials: the ultimate wicked fairy/witch who curses Sleeping Beauty to death by spinning wheel—later commuted to 100 year-long sleep—after a fateful christening snub.
You’ll need: Cloak; pointy spindle; a fixation with christening etiquette
Potential confusion: ”No, I’m not from Hocus Pocus”
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