October 21, 2019

Top Halloween Masquerade Costumes

October 21, 2019

When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, 'tis near Halloween.


 Halloween is just around the corner and so is Lyric's 5th annual Halloween Masquerade. This exciting event is the perfect opportunity to show off your killer costume and dance the night away with your closest friends. The party features an open bar with craft beer and signature cocktails, lite bites from some of your favorite Chicago restaurants, exclusive VIP entertainment, and an after-party at Public House.

Still looking for inspiration? Take a peek at a few of our favorite costumes from the past few years, and find an opera-inspired costume on Pinterest.


Barbara and Adam Maitland from Tim Burton's Beetlejuice


Figures from Norse, Greek, and Roman mythology


These costumes make us feel like we're at Carnival in Venice!


Our 2018 Costume Contest winners: The Handmaid's Tale (based on the book by Margaret Atwood and the popular television series on Hulu)


A lobster and Helen Sharp from the 1992 black comedy Death Becomes Her



Searching for the perfect mask to complete your masquerade look?

Visit our costume partner, Chicago Costume, at their Montrose and Fullerton locations or online through October 26, and use promo code LYRIC to receive 15% off purchases and $45 costume rental rate for regularly-priced $75 costumes. 

More of a last-minute shopper? Buy a mask when you arrive at Lyric for the event and complete your masquerade ensemble!



Whether you decide to don an elaborate costume or formal attire with a mask, you can enjoy the night knowing that all proceeds go to support the emerging operatic talent of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center.


Prize packages for this year's costume contest include tickets to Lyric, private in-home wine sampling experiences for up to 12 people (thanks to PRP Wine International), and gift cards to popular haunts such as Proxi and Trattoria No. 10.


Learn more and reserve your tickets at lyricopera.org/halloween today!