Why Doesn't Hal Prince Hand Out Halloween Candy? Broadway Stars Share Their Costumes and Traditions!

News   Why Doesn't Hal Prince Hand Out Halloween Candy? Broadway Stars Share Their Costumes and Traditions!
They play dress up every night, so what do Broadway's brightest stars do on Halloween? Learn what costumes were holiday favorites of cast members of Fiddler on the Roof, Prince of Broadway and more! 


Samantha Massell (Fiddler on the Roof, La Boheme)

Samantha Massell
Samantha Massell

Halloween is my number one favorite holiday. In college, I had a friend named Sam Lips (who just got off the Pippin tour) and we always dressed up as a pair. One year, we went as Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha. Everyone was like, "Are you Wonder Woman?" I was like, "I'm Aunt Samantha."

Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof, Master Class)
Playbill is not unaware of my mild, moderate intensely severe obsession with Angela Lansbury. So I like to always go as something Angela Lansbury has played. Last year I was Miss Price from "Bedknobs and Broomsticks." It's on my mega-mix all the time. This year, I feel like because I'm on Broadway this year, I get to go as Mame. I'm thinking the full Mame ensemble. Amy Jo Jackson is my Vera.

Tom Pelphrey (Fool For Love, End of the Rainbow)

Tom Pelphrey
Tom Pelphrey Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

We have a two-show day, but if I could, I would go as Batman. I kind of like the Dark Knight.


James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Memphis)
Funny thing, when I was a kid, I did Halloween every year. I stopped dressing up for Halloween around 13 years old because that's when I started performing. I perform 360 some odd days a year, so for Halloween I do not dress up. I am the quintessential just dad. I mean, I don't have any kids, but I've raised my nieces and nephews, but I am that guy who sits at home with popcorn and opens the door and gives out candy and watches.

This is going to sound like they told me to say this, but this is so true: Every year my wife and I watch Disney Halloween. We watch "Ichabod Crane." We watch "Trick or Treat with Donald Duck," and we watch "Lonesome Ghost with Mickey, Donald and Goofy," and that's our Halloween…and maybe we'll watch a scary movie by the end of the night. But the coolest costume I have seen…I saw a couple dressed as The Invisible Girl and The Thing. They had built this foam costume around the guy to look like The Thing from "The Fantastic Four," and I just kind of went, "Now that took some time!" because he looked like The Thing. He worked, the eyes moved and I was like, "OK, that's ridiculous."

Nick Rehberger (Fiddler on the Roof, The Glass Menagerie
I did Batman pretty much every year for the first ten years of my life. I was really obsessed with it. I wasn't really a theatre kid as a little kid, but I dressed up all the time, so my parents were like, "Yeah, maybe that's what he'll end up doing."

Gilbert Gottfried ("Aladdin," The Rocky Horror Show)

Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

What I remember about Halloween…they still would have trick or treating in our buildings, so I remember I once went trick or treating, and I had a pirate mask and I hit all the apartments and collected candy. Then I had a Zorro eyepiece, and I put that on and went to the same apartments.


Scott Weinger ("Aladdin," "Full House")
My son is going through a "Lilo and Stitch" phase so he's going to be Stitch, my wife is going to be Lilo and I've got to be the bad guy. I'm going to be Dr. Hämsterviel.

Nina Arianda (Fool For Love, Venus in Fur)

Nina Arianda
Nina Arianda Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

For three years now, my dream is to go as a toddler from "Toddlers and Tiaras," but I can't find the little cowboy hat that I want. So if anybody has a small cowboy hat, game's on. I've been looking, and I can't find it. I have the Keds and the little socks with the lace, but I will not do it without the cowboy hat!


Linda Larkin ("Aladdin," "Aladdin and the King of Thieves")
I think it would be fun to go as Jasmine, and there's another version of Jasmine in the red when she was enslaved by Jafar. That would be really fun!

Courtney Reed (Aladdin, In the Heights)
That's crazy! I wanted to do that this year!

Linda Larkin
You and I can go as Jasmine and the Jasmine that's in shackles.

Courtney Reed

That's so funny. I was going to do that this year. I was going to hire someone to make the shackle Jasmine with the red, because it's amazing. She has her hair up in that big ponytail…and I was going to make my boyfriend dress up as Jafar. We'll have to do it one year.

Linda Larkin
I'll need a brown wig. Courtney's got the real hair!


Ben Rappaport (Fiddler on the Roof, Picnic)

Ben Rappaport
Ben Rappaport Photo by Allison Stock

My favorite Halloween costume was one that I did a few years ago. I was working on a TV show out in LA, and the costume designer had access to the Universal Studios costume archive. "Back to the Future" is my favorite movie so I was Marty McFly and she pulled the actual pieces that might have been in the film. It was a very real thing. I was really excited about that.


Melanie Moore (Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland
Because my hair is so curly, there has been talk of maybe being Annie. We could do a group costume…. There's a lot of things happening! I'm not a big Halloween person. I usually have to work on Halloween. I love playing dress up, but I don't do really funny cool things. I'm not that cool!

Bryonha Marie Parham (After Midnight, Porgy and Bess)
I was Niecy Nash, but from "Reno 911!," so I wore the brown police outfit, and then I had a fake butt, and then I pulled my hair down on the sides and gelled [it]. I had fake nails. I gave life. The kids were gagged!

Emily Skinner (Side Show, Prince of Broadway)

Emily Skinner
Emily Skinner

I think I was a very good Raggedy Ann! Do people even know Raggedy Ann anymore? Is that so old school? I'm old! Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madiscon County)
This year, for Halloween, I'm going as — yet again — the exhausted father of two.

Josh Grisetti (It Shoulda Been You, Prince of Broadway)
It wasn't a Halloween costume, but it might be next year! I went to a Ren Faire this year [in] upstate New York. I love a good Ren Faire — it's like my inner nerd is just thriving — and I went as a satyr with these horns and the goat legs and this archer vest and leather cuffs and stuff. It's on Instagram. I am loud and proud to be a nerd, and that costume will rear its head again on some fantastic October night.



Kaley Ann Voorhees (The Phantom of the Opera, Prince of Broadway)
I went as Beetlejuice last year, but I would say my favorite Halloween costume would probably be in high school — I went as Corpse Bride. I put some legit time into that costume, and it looked good!

Mariand Torres (Prince of Broadway)
I was on the national tour of Wicked, and I was the Elphaba standby, and I went on as Elphaba on Halloween, so you can't really beat that!

Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables, Prince of Broadway)

Ramin Karimloo
Ramin Karimloo Photo by Monica Simoes

I never really did the whole dress-up thing, [but] you know what I would like to do… Heath Ledger's Joker, but as the nurse. Shuler Hensley (Young Frankenstein, Prince of Broadway)
Well, I got to dress up, obviously, as Frankenstein, but what was great was that I did the movie "Van Helsing," so the makeup artist, Greg Cannom, who is an Oscar-winning makeup artist, actually sent me a kit so I could dress up and do all the pieces and everything, and it was the most amazing Halloween. People were like, "Oh my God, that's so great." I was like, "Yeah… Well, you know, it's just something I threw together."

Susan Stroman (The Producers, Prince of Broadway)
I was a spider, which is sort of interesting since we're doing [Kiss of the] Spider Woman [in Prince of Broadway], but I was a spider completely covered in a web.

Tony Yazbeck (On the Town, Prince of Broadway)

Tony Yazbeck
Tony Yazbeck

I was a bad kid for like 13 and 14 [years old]. It was that time where I wasn't a kid actor anymore, and I had to go back to school and be a kid, so I had this werewolf mask I wore for like three years in a row. I put sunglasses on him and made him cool and then just scared all the little kids all over my block, so that's what I remember. That's so terrible! It was actually a really scary werewolf head that I put on! Hal Prince (LoveMusik, Parade)
I've never been a Halloween devotee. I do the pumpkins for my grandchildren. That I do. That's fun. But, no, I've never had a Halloween costume in my life, nor have I ever handed any candy out. I live in a tower in New York. Kids don't come and ring the doorbell.

Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Empanada Loca)
I remember, after 9/11 I did this play called Gum, so I wore a burka… I'll never forget the looks… I mean it was just a f*cking burka. It was like a reverse ghost sheet, really… I felt like people really thought I was going to explode or something.

Adam Jacobs (Aladdin, Les Misérables)

Adam Jacobs
Adam Jacobs Photo by Monica Simoes

I haven't picked out a costume for myself this year, but last year my boys were Prince Ali and Aladdin. We had Gregg Barnes, the costume director, build costumes out of scraps… We set the bar way too high. This year they're going to be a farmer and a cow and it's going to be cute.


Bob Saget (Hand to God, The Drowsy Chaperone
I've never loved Halloween, but you're going to like my answer. It's a bad answer. I was invited to a Halloween party, and it was by an old friend of mine, Garry Shandling. My ex-wife and I came to the party, and we were the only people in costume so it was a practical joke. However, we were dressed as Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, so we came as persecuted people to a party where we were persecuted. We were handcuffed together in suits, and [I had on] the round glasses, and we were holding the plans to the bomb, which were actually the plans to our house, so that would be my favorite. Another time I went as Kobe Bryant. I didn't mind that one. I wore his jersey, and I had one handcuff on because it was during a difficult time.

Sam Rockwell (Fool For Love, A Behanding in Spokane)

We dress up for a living. I'll probably just be a civilian. Actors on Halloween, that's their day off.

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