Let books inspire your Halloween costume
This Halloween, let your bookworm flag fly. In a sea of spider men and sassy witches, stand out with a literature-themed costume. Need some inspiration?
Heres a short list of ideas, ranging from simple to elaborate. Of course, any book character can become a Halloween costume with a little creativity.
Nancy Drew - Carolyn Keenes Nancy Drew Series
You may be called upon to solve the mystery of who ate all my candy when you wear this costume. Snag a stylish plaid skirt from your local vintage store and pair it with a smart cardigan or sweater vest. White knee socks are a must. Accessorize with a headband, flashlight and a magnifying glass. Dont forget a notebook for recording clues.
Peter Pan - J.M. Barries Peter Pan
This costume can be donned by anyone who isnt ready to grow up. Youll need a pair of green tights, a long green t-shirt, and a piece of rope for a belt. Artfully snip the hem of the shirt with some scissors to add a Lost Boy quality. Depending on your level of craftiness, add a DIY Pan hat made from folded green construction paper or green felt. Dont forget the red feather.
Gregor Samsa - Franz
If youre feeling existential this Halloween, dress up as a man-sized insect and do your best beetle impersonation. Use a headband, brown pipe cleaners and a glue gun to create your antennae. Dress yourself in a brown turtleneck and slacks, and borrow a pair of giant sunglasses from a friend to simulate bug-eyes. If time and enthusiasm permit, create a papier-mache shell to wear on your back.
Hermione Granger / Harry Potter - JK Rowlings Harry Potter Series
Potterheads unite with this fantastical costume. All youll need is an old black graduation robe, a white button-down shirt, and a striped necktie. All of these components are available at your local thrift store - you can even custom paint your tie to match your favorite Hogwarts House. Add a homemade wand out of any stick-like object. This costume is great for a group dress up as the entire student body of the School for Witchcraft and Wizardry!
Man in the Yellow Hat and Curious George - H.A. Reys Curious George series
A great costume for a parent with a mischievous baby or toddler. The parent can wear a yellow long-sleeved shirt and yellow pants paired with an enormous yellow hat. Make your George costume out of a brown onesie or footie pajamas with a tail sewn on. Sew some felt monkey ears to a brown beanie. Dont forget your banana!
Scout Finch - Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird
Possibly the most challenging costume on this list, youll need plenty of time to papier-mache Scouts incredible ham costume. Create a base from chicken wire and add many layers of sticky newspaper. Let the costume dry completely before you paint it brown and write Ham on the side in white letters. Bonus: paint your ham costume green and reuse it next year as Green Eggs and Ham!
The Greasers - S.E. Hintons The Outsiders
Another excellent group costume, all youll need is a pair of blue jeans, a black leather jacket, and a bad attitude. Stay gold, Ponyboy.
More ideas: Waldo (from Wheres Waldo), Sherlock Holmes, Katniss Everdeen, Wilbur the Pig and Charlotte, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Princess Buttercup and Wesley.
Enjoy a safe, fun, and literary Halloween!Add a comment