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Last Minute Halloween Costumes: Neverland

Peter and the Starcatcher costume designer Marcy Szymanski created an imaginative world of pirates, mermaids, and orphans. If you’re running short of ideas for a last-minute Halloween costume, we’ve got some tips to fit into Neverland.

Marcy’s Pro Tip!

Pirates and orphans need lots of depth and texture. Distress, distress, distress! Cut off hems, cut out necklines, and add holes!

Production photos by Olga Lopez

Black Stache

Before the fearsome fop last his hand and transformed into Captain Hook, Black Stache ruled the seven seas. For this one, you’ll need:

  • Button-up shirt
  • Black trousers
  • Black vest
  • Colorful coat — pop the collar and safety pin cords to your shoulders as epaulets!
  • The pièce de résistance: the black stache! Use some makeup or facepaint to draw on a thick mustache across your upper lip with your thumb

Marcy’s Pro Tip: “Add thrifted brooches or other costume jewelry as faux medals or treasure!”

Mean Ol’ Pirate

Part of Black Stache’s surly crew, Grempkin is an easy-to-dig-out-of-the-closet costume for anyone. Get this look:

  • Striped tee shirt
  • Tattered short sleeve button-up
  • Trousers
  • Suspenders
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Mean mug

Marcy’s Pro Tip: “Pirates and orphans often wore all the clothing they owned at the same time, so layer up! Use paint or even makeup to add some dirt and grime to the look”

Orphan Boy

Forget the green tights and archer’s hat; before Peter Pan donned his iconic attire in Neverland, the Boy who would become Peter was a ragtag orphan. Dress the part:

  • Tattered old teeshirt
  • Loose, tattered cardigan
  • Old jeans
  • Boots
  • A spritely spirit

Marcy’s Pro Tip: “Add an accessory for focus like Ted’s trapper hat.”

Magical Mermaid

It doesn’t take much to look this good! Thrift the look:

  • Decorate paper plates or bowls with starfish, seashells, or sand dollars; glue or pin onto a big old bra
  • Tule skirt or tutu, or even just some sparkly fabric wrapped around your legs
  • Cut a tail shape out of another piece of fabric or shirt and fasten it to your waist with a belt or rope
  • Don’t be shy with glitter!

Marcy’s Pro Tip: “Bathing suits or vests make great bases!”