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Halloween on Broadway A Broadway-Inspired Halloween Costume: "Good" Sandy/"Bad" Sandy from Grease Playbill has some exciting things lined up for Halloween, and in anticipation of the spookiest day of the year, we’ll be bringing you special content dedicated to finding and making Broadway-inspired costumes as well as special events like Trick-or-treating in Times Square! Read on for more information.

Sketch by Jeff Mahshie

The crème de la crème of make–up artists and costumers are working on Broadway. We asked a few of them to share their secrets on how to easily create a great Broadway-inspired look for Halloween.

Jeff Mahshie, a Drama Desk-nominated costume designer whose credits include Broadway's Next to Normal and The Little Dog Laughed and Off-Broadway's Becky Shaw and Hurlyburly, gave us a special look at how to come up with "before and after" looks based on the costumes good-girl-gone-bad Sandy wears in Grease.

Estimated application time: 30 minutes


"Good" Sandy White crew neck


Cardigan sweater (optional) 

Skirt (Buy fabric; a stiff cotton will eliminate the need for a crinoline)



White sneakers and socks

"Bad" Sandy

Black tank top 

Black opaque stockings 

Kid-friendly red ballet flats

Where to buy

Ricky’s NYC (rickysnyc.com)

Alcone NYC (alconeco.com)

How to make the costumes 

"Good" Sandy

Step 1: Take skirt fabric and fold in quarters.

Step 2: Take waist measurement. Divide by 4. (i.e. 20"). Measure from waist to desired hem cut. Sew seam.

Step 3: Cut out a poodle in felt (Get a picture off the Internet and trace). Glue poodle to skirt.

Step 4-FINAL: Add pearls, headband and white sneakers and socks. Feel free to alter accessories.

"Bad" Sandy

Step 1: Gather tank top straps and center. 

Step 2: Take black opaque stockings. Cut mid-calf.

Step 3-FINAL: Add kid-friendly red ballet flats.

Want to get in the Broadway spirit this Halloween? Join Playbill for Kids' Night on Broadway's special Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 31. To purchase tickets and for more information — including list of discounted restaurants and parking garages — theatregoers can visit KidsNightonBroadway.com. Tickets can also be purchased via broadwayoffers.com or ticketmaster.com or at the individual theatre box offices (use code KNOB2010).

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