Whether you’re looking for the perfect Halloween show to produce or simply looking for some new musicals to get into, there are lots of spooky and fun options at your disposal. And that’s why we’ve put together this list of some of the best Halloween musicals for 2021 below, sorted alphabetically!
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Based on the popular Tim Burton film, Beetlejuice is a very popular choice of show. It’s edgy, it’s funny, and it’s perfect for tapping into those Halloween vibes!
Bat Boy is a thrilling yet comedic pop-rock musical about a half-boy/half-bat who attempts to learn how to act like a “normal boy”.
If you’re looking for a Halloween–themed musical for a JR or TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) production, this would be absolutely perfect. The entire musical takes place on Halloween and there are even a few (very lightly) spooky songs in the score!
Falling in Love with Mr. Dellamort
This is such a spooky yet fun musical that just screams Halloween! It’s about three lost souls who accept an invitation to spend New Year’s Eve with a very mysterious host.
If you’re looking for a musical that’s basically set during the whole month of October, Mean Girls is a fun choice. Plus there is a great Halloween-themed part of the show as well.
Monstersongs is so over-the-top fitting for the Halloween season! It’s about a child who opens a portal that leads him into the “psyches of often misunderstood creatures”. If you have a youth or high school theatre company, this could be a great choice!
This is such a creative musical that tells the story of Edgar Allen Poe. The score is haunting, poetic, and wildly unique – the perfect choice if you’re looking for something a bit different!
Spookley The Square Pumpkin
This is definitely my favorite Halloween musical for young audiences. It’s a very sweet story about a square pumpkin who lives on a farm full of round ones.
Tarrytown is a contemporary musical that’s loosely based on the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It’s also designed to be performed by three singing actors, so it’s great for tiny casts!
The Addams Family
Based on the cartoons of Charles Addams, The Addams Family musical follows Wednesday Addams as she falls in love with a boy who is way too normal for her family to handle.
The Rocky Horror Show
There is no way this list would be complete without this cult classic. It’s a story of a newly-engaged couple who stumbles upon the home of mad-transvestite scientist, and it’s definitely my favorite Halloween musical of all time.
The Witches of Eastwick
The Witches of Eastwick is about three housewives who all wish for the man of their dreams. Enter Darryl Van Horne – a devilish character who encourages each of the women to unlock their own special powers.
This musical is set in high school and follows the story of a boy who tries to win back his love at the prom after soaking himself in toxic waste. The music style is classic 50s and is great for young performers.
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Author: Stacy Karyn
Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.