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Masquerade! Halloween costume inspiration from the OPA Season

Posted On Oct 19, 2018, 12:15 PM by Courtney Mattern


Every Halloween, the Omaha Performing Arts office holds a staff costume contest. The costumes must be inspired by the current season of shows – and let me tell you, the competition is stiff. After all, we’re all a bunch of arts lovers and many of us get excited to use our costume and makeup skills from our drama club days.

This year, you’re invited to join our Halloween tradition! If you haven’t planned your costume yet, I’ve got you covered with simple ideas inspired by the 2018/2019 Season. You may already have some of these items in your closet or around the house.

01. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - Quentin Oliver Lee and Eva Tavares - photo by Matthew Murphy

The Phantom
Dun nuh nuh nuh nuh! This costume is the perfect balance of spooky and mysterious. What you’ll need:

  • Black cape
  • White mask
  • Rose
  • Bonus points if you carry a portable fog machine and a recording of the dramatic THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA soundtrack.

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Wildlife Photographer
Inspired by National Geographic Live’s Social by Nature with photographer Ronan Donovan
Pretend to be one of the brave, adventurous photographers from our National Geographic Live series. What you’ll need:

  • Photography vest
  • Camera
  • Stuffed monkey or other photogenic wildlife
  • Bonus points if you create a fake edition of National Geographic Magazine featuring you on the cover.


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School of Rocker
Inspired by SCHOOL OF ROCK
Just like the talented young actors in the Broadway musical, you’ll be the coolest kid at the party! What you’ll need:

  • Blazer
  • Plaid tie
  • Electric Guitar
  • Bonus points if you can actually play the guitar.


World-class Ballerina
Inspired by Russian National Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet and Carmen
If you always wanted to be a ballerina when you were little, now’s your chance. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tutu
  • Ballet slippers
  • Bouquet of roses
  • Bonus points if you learn Russian.

Got another costume idea inspired by a show in our season? We’d love to see it. Send your photos to For more inspiration, check out our upcoming performances on