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Six Halloween ideas from the Opera Australia archives

Including: best mad scene, best creepy clown, best wicked witch, best crazed murderer, best room decoration, best blood and gore.

Best mad scene

The infamous mad scene in Lucia di Lammermoor. Requires: white nightgown, copious amounts of blood, anguished expression.

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Emma Matthews in the Sydney 2012 production of Opera Australia’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Photo by: Branco Gaica

Best creepy clown

The jester in Rigoletto. Requires: orange wig, white face paint, outlandish suit.

Michael Lewis performs the title role in Rigoletto in Melbourne, 2001. Photo by: Jeff Busby

Michael Lewis performs the title role in Rigoletto in Melbourne, 2001. Photo by: Jeff Busby

Best crazed murderer

The barber of Sweeney Todd. Requires: antique set of sharpened razors, barber chair, skilled butcher/baker offsider (for the pie-making).

Peter Coleman Wright as the barber in Opera Australia's Sweeney Todd. Photo by: Branco Gaica

Peter Coleman Wright as the barber in Opera Australia’s Sweeney Todd. Photo by: Branco Gaica

Best literature-witch

If you want to frighten the children, forget the black hat and broomstick. Find yourself a candy-coloured apron and a giant whisk to remind the kids of the cannibal witch in Hansel and Gretel.

Anne-Marie Owens as the Witch in Opera Australia's 2005 production of Hansel and Gretel. Photo by: Branco Gaica

Anne-Marie Owens as the Witch in Opera Australia’s 2005 production of Hansel and Gretel. Photo by: Branco Gaica

Best room decoration

A giant, metallic, flame-in-the-eyes, bleeding-from-the-head skull. Requires: The skill-set of the Opera Australia workshop staff and the design genius of Mark Thompson.

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Prop centrepiece from the 2013 Opera Conference production of The Force of Destiny. Photo by: Prudence Upton.

Best blood and gore

The teenage, blood-loving Salome. Requires: silk dress, severed head.

Cheryl Barker as Salome in Opera Australia's 2012 production. Photo by: Jeff Busby.

Cheryl Barker as Salome in Opera Australia’s 2012 production. Photo by: Jeff Busby.

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