Halloween time is here. Is your costume ready to go?
If you're a book lover, you can answer that question in the affirmative, thanks to our book-inspired Halloween costumes!
Costumes from Childhood BooksWhen seeking inspiration for a literary Halloween costume, no need to look further than the books you loved as a child. Here are a few basics:
- Fairytales (Jack and the Beanstalk, Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and so on)
- Dr. Seuss (Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who)
- Roald Dahl (Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach)
- Shel Silverstein (The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, etc.)
Costumes from Other Classic Children's BooksWhen searching for further costume inspiration, you really can't go wrong with classics like these:
- Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
- Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
- Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
- Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren
- The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
- Little House in the Big Woods (first in the 'Little House' series), by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Peter Rabbit (and other animal tales), by Beatrix Potter
- The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
- Amelia Bedelia, by Peggy Parish and Fritz Siebel
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
- Curious George, by Margret & H. A. Rey
- Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans
- Days with Frog and Toad, by Arnold Lobel
- Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne
Costumes from Literature and Fictional SeriesReady to move beyond kids' books as you plan your literary costume? These books can spur your imagination!
Keep in mind that these costumes may take a bit more work, but you'll still be dressed to impress:
- Mark Twain (Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn)
- Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and so on)
- Charles Dickens (Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol)
- Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina, War and Peace)
- J. R. Tolkien (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings series)
- Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Homes series)
- Edgar Allen Poe (The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, etc.)
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter series)
- Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys series)
Still not ready for Halloween? Don't worry--with a little creativity and reading inspiration, you will be!
What's your favorite literary inspiration for a Halloween costume? Share it with us in the comments below.