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9 Books that Inspire Halloween Costumes

It’s that time of year again when we all need to start thinking about what we’re going to be for Halloween. Books are an excellent source of costume ideas, so I figured I’d list some popular books with distinct characters that might help you come up with your Halloween costume.

  1. The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
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    The main character, Ignatius, has such a distinct outfit, that anyone who recognized you would be an automatic friend.
  2. Dune by Frank Herbert
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    Make your own stillsuit!
  3. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
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    Which god would you be?
  4. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
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    Bonus points if you carry a green light around!
  5. The Odyssey by Homer

    There are all sorts of iconic people you could be from this story!
  6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
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    Get some period-appropriate clothes, put on some zombie makeup, and slap a nametag that says Bennet on your dress. Voila!
  7. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
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    You could be Queequeg, or Ahab, or perhaps even the white whale!
  8. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Get yourself a pegleg and a map!
  9. The Picture of Dorian Gray  by Oscar Wilde
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    Carry around a portrait of a much-older you!

What are some other books that might inspire good costumes? Comment down below so others can get more inspiration!

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  1. I would love to dress up as someone from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! I’d add another Neil Gaiman to the list – I think Coraline has some great dress up ideas in there!

  2. I am a great fan of Frank Herbert There’s a characteristically witty essay by Borges about a man who rewrites Don Quixote, many centuries after Cervantes. He publishes a novel with the same title, containing the same words in the same order. But, as Borges shows you, the different cultural context means it’s a completely new book!
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