As Halloween draws closer, I thought it might be fun to explore some of the literary costumes out there. You can make your own costumes, adapt the ideas below, or buy pre-made costumes from your local store.
Please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section at the end!
Book enthusiasts can dress up as:
√ Sookie Stackhouse (from the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris): It’s true that most people only know “True Blood” as an HBO series, but this southern heroine has been taking names and kicking butts for a very long time. This half-human, half-faerie waitress makes a great costume.
What you’ll need: A white tee-shirt (preferably fitted and very tight), a green Merlotte’s waist apron, short black shorts (you can add tights to stay warm), red lipstick, a blonde wig (if you’re not already blonde), a notepad for taking orders, a hair-thing, and a big smile.
√ Harry Potter (from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling): While you might not be the only Hogwarts wizard on your block, HP is never a bad character to dress up as! The Boy-Who-Lived is both easy to make and quite comfortable.
What you’ll need: A hooded black robe, a white-collared shirt, a red and yellow striped tie, a magic wand, a lightning bolt scar (tattoo or crayon), round glasses, and a self-sacrificing attitude.
√ Katniss Everdeen (from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins): I’ll admit it, I’m very biased to this costume because this is one of my favorite series ever. I mean, who wouldn’t want to emanate this kick-ass heroine? She’s strong, she’s smart, and most of all, she never, ever gives up. May the odds be ever in your favor–when making this Halloween costume, that is!
What you’ll need: A black hooded zip up, a green t-shirt, a loose(fishtail) braid, hunting boots, a satchel with a bow and arrows, a mockingjay pin, a fast run, and an unnervingly strong desire to stay alive.
√ Pippi Longstocking (from The Pippi Longstocking books by Astrid Lindgren): Growing up, I was a huge Pippi fan, so this is an appropriate costume. This can be played up (for adults) or played down (for children). Let your imaginations fly!
What you’ll need: A red wig (or red hairspray), a wire hanger, a red-striped shirt, denim overalls (or suspenders), brown boots, a brown crayon for drawing freckles, a gap-toothed smile, and a fun-loving outlook on life.
√ A Librarian (from any library, anywhere): As a future librarian myself, I simply *had* to include this very simple costume. Of course, this costume assumes that all librarians dress in outdated clothes and wear glasses, but you get the idea.
What you’ll need: A pair of eye-glasses (ideally attached to a string), plaid or flannel skirt/pants, a sweater (or cardigan), pinned-up hair (in a bun), comfortable shoes, a name tag, a stack of books, and a don’t-mess-with-me stare.
The Result: (Results may vary, but the concept is the same!)