Fairy-tale Halloween

TODAY anchors celebrate by dressing up as beloved storybook characters, playing fairy-tale feud, and throwing a plaza costume contest.

Fans line up in Rockefeller plaza to get a glimpse of TODAY’s 2008 Halloween extravaganza, which always features the staff in fun, creative costumes. John Makely /
Meredith Vieira, dressed as Pinocchio for TODAY’s annual Halloween extravaganza in New York's Rockefeller Center, shows off an impressively long nose. TODAY ushered in the spookiest day of the year with a celebration dubbed “Once Upon a Halloween,” unveiling a storybook theme in conjunction with the upcoming film “The Tale of Despereaux.” Richard Drew / AP
TODAY anchor Matt Lauer, dressed as Humpty Dumpty, sits perched high above his storybook wall. John Makely /
Dressed as Humpty Dumpty, TODAY’s Matt Lauer takes a great fall for the fairy-tale themed Halloween show. Richard Drew / AP
Amy, Amy, let down your hair! TODAY’s Amy Robach pays homage to Rapunzel with a luxuriously long wig. John Makely /
The TODAY staff dons whimsical fairy-tale outfits, with Ann Curry as Cinderella, Al Roker as the Gingerbread Man, Meredith Vieira as Pinocchio, Matt Lauer as Humpty Dumpty, Hoda Kotb as Little Red Riding Hood, Kathie Lee Gifford as the Big Bad Wolf and Amy Robach as Rapunzel. John Makely /
Evan Opsal, 12, and Nathan Finley, 12, dressed up as Olympic volleyball players Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh to compete in TODAY’s annual plaza costume contest. John Makely /
Jen Weidenbaum from Brooklyn, New York, as the stove from Hansel and Gretel. John Makely /
The TODAY cast played “Fairy-tale Feud” to test their knowledge of legendary bedtime stories. The two teams — Matt, Ann and Meredith representing “Mother Goose” and Kathie Lee, Hoda and Amy as the “Brothers Grimm” — answered 10 trivia questions. Team “Mother Goose” won. John Makely /
TODAY’s Ann Curry as Cinderella, Meredith Vieira as Pinocchio, and Amy Robach as Rapunzel award Megan Soyster’s 3-month old son Clark — dressed as a spooky, cute spider — as winner of the plaza costume contest. John Makely /
TODAY’s Natalie Morales, dressed as Princess Lea from “Star Wars,” shows off her newborn son Luke, celebrating his first Halloween as Yoda. John Makely /
TODAY’s Ann Curry, dressed as Cinderella, joins Al Roker as the Gingerbread Man. John Makely /
A buzzing Belle Clemons, 1, with proud mom Julie Clemons from Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the TODAY plaza costume contest. John Makely /
In honor of “Once Upon a Halloween,” TODAY features a musical performance from the cast of Broadway’s “The Little Mermaid." John Makely /
TODAY celebrates Halloween with Meredith Vieira as Pinocchio, Matt Lauer as Humpty Dumpty, Ann Curry as Cinderella and Al Roker as the Gingerbread Man. Last year, TODAY anchors dressed as the title characters from the iconic TV show “The Munsters,” with Matt Lauer as Herman, Meredith Vieira as Lillian, Al Roker as Grandpa, Hoda Kotb as Marilyn, Natalie Morales as Eddie and Tiki Barber as the family’s favorite dragon, Spot. John Makely /
Correspondent Jill Rappaport and Host Al Roker celebrate Halloween on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2008 in New York City. Charles Eshelman / FilmMagic