Dressing up for Halloween this year? I don’t know about you, but I think literary characters are some of the most fun costumes. Why? Because while a lot of people may be unable to recognize you, those that do are instantly identified as your kindred spirit and therefore your new best friend (like when you’re at the store and you see someone with a Deathly Hallows symbol tattoo and you compliment them on in and you become Instant besties). Anyway, I’ve scoured the internet for what I think are some of the coolest bookish costumes. Enjoy!
1. The Six of Crows duology
When Crooked Kingdom came out last month, these images (illustrated by Kevin Wada) were released on some of the cool fandom merch. This basically means the publisher is endorsing these images as HELLA LEGIT. So now that we have a good idea of what these characters look like, we can all dress up like them, right?
2. Celaena from the Throne of Glass series
Molly (from Molly’s Book Nook) gave this awesome suggestion. I did a google image search, and found PROOF that you should dress of as Celaena (the proof is how excited Sarah J Maas is in that photo of someone else dressed up like Celaena. Just image how happy you’d make your favorite author when you post a photo of your costumed self on twitter!). Not to mention, there are tons of books, which means there are tons of costume options. Just google Celaena for yourself and you’ll find all sorts of inspiration!
3. Mary Poppins
Seriously fun costume ideas (I actually may want to be Mary Poppins this year…), and let’s not forget that these iconic characters are inspired from a book!
4. The Red Rising Series
Have I mentioned how much I love this series? You should dress up as these characters NOW, before the movies come out, so that when everyone is dressing up as these characters a few years from now you can be like: “Psh, did that ages ago, bruh.”
5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Um, I feel like this movie was made so that we could have awesome Halloween costumes.
6. The Big Friendly Giant
How easy would this be? Smack some big ears on your head and find a small person figurine to hold!
7. The Wizard of Oz
An oldie by goodie! Let’s not forget it’s also based on a book. And if you’re planning on going as Dorothy you better get her shoes right: They’re silver. That will mark you as the true book reader.
8. The Magicians
While most of the characters from this trilogy (and TV show) dress in normal clothes (how EASY would that be??), one character, The Beast, has a very identifiable look. And it’s also easy! All you need is a tree branch and a gray suit.
9. The Shades of Magic trilogy
The characters from A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows have super identifiable features (Kell’s black eye and super cool coat, Lila’s knives and short black hair), and there’s all sort of fun scenes in the books that you could pull costume ideas from.
10. BONUS ROUND!
There are so, so, so many more ideas out there. This post could go on forever. Since I am supposed to have a life outside blogging, the post must end some time. Let me take a moment to remind you of the always excellent, tried and true, classic costumes based on books:
- Harry Potter
- Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
- Peter Pan
- Dracula (also Renfield!)
- Frankenstein (Frankenstein’s monster)
- Treasure Island (Long John Silver)
- AND MORE, MORE, MORE.
What are some of your favorite costumes based on books? Are you dressing up this year? If so, what as? If you aren’t, what would you want to dress up as if you had the time?