Lydia Deetz is the daughter of Charles Deetz and the step-daughter of Delia Deetz. She’s mostly referred to as a 'goth' girl. Beetlejuice plans on marrying her so he can return to the world of the living.


MOVIE: In the movie Lydia has medium-length black hair with pointed bangs and always has about her hair in a half-ponytail. During the wedding scene, she’s seen wearing a poofy red dress and looks disgusted at the fact that she’s marrying Beetlguese.

Lydia and Betelgeuse wedding scene (movie)

MUSICAL: In the musical shortly after the death of her mother, Emily Deetz Lydia is seen with long wavy blond hair that is quite clearly bleached and bangs. Shortly afterward, she’s seen with short curly dark brown hair and high straight bangs. Her most memorable and notable outfit consists of a black long-sleeved lacy dress with safety pins attached around the collar of the dress. Although during the wedding scene the classic red dress is brought back. During the Act 1 finale, when Day-o is sung, she can be seen wearing a yellow dress.

Lydia Deetz (Musical)

Lydia in the movie


Lydia is a serious but kind girl who is sensitive beyond her Goth dress and feels isolated in the world. Her father and stepmother do not take anything she says seriously and often ignore her for their own selfish pursuits. Lydia loves writing poetry, taking photographs, and loves anything pertaining to the supernatural and paranormal. Despite her young age, Lydia appears to be the most sensible member of the Deetz household. Though in her dark personality she has a great dark sense of humor to her. She also has a certain flair for the dramatic, particularly when talking about herself. ("My life is a darkroom. Just one. Big. Dark. Room."). By the end of the film, she is more happy and well-adjusted because Adam Maitland and Barbara Maitland become active parental figures alongside Charles Deetz and Delia Deetz, who take a stronger role in her upbringing after having seen her nearly forced into marriage with Betelgeuse (Beetlejuice).


Lydia Deetz is from New York City. Her mother, Emily Deetz, died, making Delia her stepmother.

Animated Version

For more information about this character for the animated series, go to the animated article.


  • In an early script, Lydia was originally a minor character and a typical teenage girl rather than a goth. She also has a 9-year-old sister named Cathy who would be the one to befriend the Maitlands.


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