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This page is your home for all kinds of Oz-themed items for Halloween, including costumes, decorations, and Oz books and videos with that extra Halloween touch.
Oz the Great and Powerful Oscar Diggs
Oz the Great and Powerful China Girl
Oz the Great and Powerful Finley the Flying Monkey
Oz the Great and Powerful Glinda
Oz the Great and Powerful Theodora/The Wicked Witch of the West
Oz the Great and Powerful Evanora
Oz the Great and Powerful Flying Baboon
Other sources of Oz costumes, patterns, and other information
- The Costume Loft has Oz costumes and supplies for rent or sale.
- Oz costumes for rent from Broadway Costumes.
- Oz costumes for rent from Magic Makers.
- Marylen's Storybook character costumes. (Guess what one of those books is?)
- Oz costumes at All Fancy Dress.com, a British costume shop.
- Costume patterns:
- Wizard of Oz treat bucket:
- Life-size animatronic Wicked Witch of the West.
Available from Spirit Halloween shop
- Giant inflatable Wicked Witch of the East feet.
Available from Lowe's
Want to carve an Oz pumpkin? Here are some links to patterns and directions to help you.
- Dorothy and Toto
- Tin Man
- Cowardly Lion
- Movie-based patterns
- Movie-based patterns from the Pumpkin Wizard (scroll around, they're scattered all over the page)
The following books and videos are especially appropriate for Ozzy Halloween enjoyment.
Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson, illustrated by John R. Neill. Not only is Jack a perfect Halloween symbol in his own right (hey, his head is a jack o'lantern), in this book he and Peter visit one of the most frightening places in Oz, Scare City!
The Haunted Castle of Oz by Marcus Mébès. A ghost is haunting Ozma's castle! Who is he, and what is he doing there?
The Haunted Hot-Tub of Oz by Chris Dulabone. Brewster Bunny, the great rabbit detective, is called in to deal with home spa systems that give the owners nightmares. Can he prove that the man who made them is innocent?
Masquerade in Oz by Bill Campbell and Irwin Terry. On Halloween, the Ozites have a costume party where they dress like other Ozites! Too bad if an evil spell makes them believe they're really who they are dressed as. And too bad if some enemies of Oz might want to take advantage of the situation...
Cut and Make Wizard of Oz Masks by Dick Martin. Put these together, put one on, and you might be mistaken for an Ozian celebrity!
Bloodstained Oz by Christopher Golden and James A. Moore. The citizens of Oz have invaded Kansas during the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression. The trouble is, they're not quite as nice as they were when Dorothy met them, thanks to the new ruler of Oz... (Not recommended for young or sensitive readers, due to violent and graphic imagery.)
Dorothy: The Darker Side of Oz by Scott Stanford. A modern retelling of The Wizard of Oz.
Dorothy Gale: Vampire Hunter: Book 1: Gathering Dark by Brandon Lee Little. As you can imagine, this is not your average Oz book! Dorothy Gale is out to defend her farming commune from the vampires who killed her parents. And she'll travel to the wrong side of the rainbow to do it!
Dorothy Gale: Vampire Hunter: Book 2: Darkness Falls by Brandon Lee Little. Oz has been dark of late. Dorothy's dreams of reaching the Emerald City have come crashing down around her. Rather than being all she'd hoped for, she finds a city steeped in corruption and in denial about the world outside their walls. Now, the entire city is in mortal danger from a new threat and only she has the power to stop it.
The Oz Encounter by Marv Wolfman. Doc Phoenix has perfected a way to enter dreams and help people deal with their problems. So when a politician's daughter dreams of Oz, why is Doc called in?
Halloween in Oz: Dorothy Returns by Leo Moser and Carol Nelson. In this sequel to The Wizard of Oz (a retelling of The Marvelous Land of Oz), Dorothy longs to return to Oz, and is finally given the chance to do so on Halloween — because Oz is in danger!
Shadows of the Emerald City, edited by J. W. Schnarr. This collection of ninteen short stories, all based on The Wizard of Oz and the writings of L. Frank Baum, show the dark, shadowy underbelly of Oz, with tales of horror and gore. (Not recommended for young or sensitive readers.)
Vampires and Oz by Nikki Kay Richardson. What happens when a good vampire goes to Oz? And evil vampire slayers follow him? Humor and horror in one story.
The Terrible Zombie of Oz by L. Scullard. In this spoof, Dorothy is carried off by a Cyclops to the Land of the Feast and frees the Munchbrains from the witch. It goes on from there. Of course, the Scarecrow wants "Braaaaaains..."
The Undead World of Oz: L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Complete with Zombies and Monsters by L. Frank Baum and Ryan C. Thomas. The original Oz book — rewritten with other creatures also appearing. Oh, my!
The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Fun-Filled Frightfest. The third collection of Halloween stories from the pages of The Simpons comic book. Includes "I'm Not in Springfield Anymore," written and drawn by Stan Sakai, which features Lisa getting clonked on the head and dreaming she and the rest of the citizens of Springfield are in you-know-which Movie.
Tales from the Crypt #9: Wickeder. The classic horror anthology comic is back, and in this issue, they take on Oz in a parody of Wicked.
No Place Like Home comic. When a freak tornado kills her parents, Dee returns from Los Angeles after many years away. But it turns out there's more going on in Emeraldsville, Kansas, than anyone anticipated. IT looks like a killer from 1959 is back, as a portal to a world of horror opens, a portal paved with yellow bricks... (NOTE: Not recommended for young or sensitive readers because of graphic images, language, and subject matter.)
The Pearl and the Pumpkin by Paul West and W. W. Denslow. Young Joe Miller of the Pringle Pumpkin Farm knows a secret: how to raise the best pumpkins in the world! Joe's expertise leads to a comic adventure among fairies, mermaids, and a crew of hungry pirates who crave pumpkin pie. Co-written by the illustrator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Dark Music by Jack Snow. Collection of Snow's short horror stories. (Not recommended for young children.)
Spectral Snow by Jack Snow. Collection of Snow's short horror stories. (Not recommended for young children.)
A Really Weird Summer by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. One summer, a boy is staying at his relatives' home. But who is the other boy he keeps coming across? Could the house be haunted? Winner of an Edgar award for Best Juvenile Mystery.
The Trouble with Jacob by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. Two children, visiting Oregon over the summer, encounter a 100-year-old boy ghost. What does he want, and what can they do to let him rest?
The Oz Kids: The Return of Mombi. Mombi, the Wicked Witch, is back, and she wants revenge. She kidnaps the Oz kids' parents — and even the Nome King! How can the kids rescue their parents and defeat a wicked witch?
Paul Lynde Halloween Special. The late comedian's 1976 television special, with special guests including Donny and Marie Osmond, Tim Conway, and KISS. The Oz connection? Another guest was Margaret Hamilton, playing the Wicked Witch of the West for the only time on prime time television. Lynde and Hamilton interview KISS in one of the more surreal moments of the show. Definitely for completists only.
Yellow Brick Road. In 1940, the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire, starts hiking up a mysterious trail and disappears. There is one survivor, several bodies, and many of the citizens unaccounted for. Seventy years later, a local teacher and writer forms a team to find out what happened. And it turns out that the local movie theater was playing The Wizard of Oz at the time of the original disappearances. Horror movie.