14 Literary Halloween Costumes for Readers and Writers

14 Literary Halloween Costumes for Readers and Writers

Hello everyone! And happy fall. My September and October were consumed whole by college applications and an awesome internship at publishing PR company (!) but I’m excited to dive back into writing and blogging now that the stress is winding down.

A couple quick announcements about what’s happened in the two months I’ve been gone:

  1. I had a poem about witches published in Bridge Ink, so it’s a perfect read for spooky season.
  2. I’ve been prepping for Nanowrimo! I’m doing a rewrite of my book from last year and can’t wait. Is anyone else doing National Novel Writing Month? Let me know in the comments. I might do a special Nanowrimo feature!

Of course, before November (and Nanowrimo?!?) begins, there’s Halloween! I’m extremely indecisive and don’t know exactly what I’ll do for my school celebration. Bat? Luna Lovegood? The possibilities are endless. Later, I’ll change into my group costume with my friends – we’re going as the Incredibles. I’m Edna, because of the bob w/bangs.

The resemblance is uncanny, no? Of course it is, darling.

For everyone else who is (still) looking for a halloween costume, I’ve put together 14 literary costume ideas that are fairly cheap/DIY!

(P.S. I linked to products that you could buy for the costume, but none of them are sponsored. )


1. Lara Jean Covey from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Confession time: This is the third instance that I watched a movie before I read the book. (The other times were Percy Jackson and The Perks of Being A Wallflower.) I FULLY intend to read the book, but my sister and I wanted to watch something together, and I knew this story had awesome sister relationships!

Steal Lara Jean’s excellent style by wearing a bomber jacket and writing love letters that you don’t intend to send. Just be aware that Peter Kavinsky might take your favorite scrunchie. 


2. Jo March from Little Women

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On its 150th anniversary, Little Women is having a MOMENT.  Every week seems to bring an announcement about another adaptation, but I’m excited about one movie in particular…Greta Gerwig’s (!!) adaptation starring Saoirse Ronan (!!!), Emma Watson (!!!!), Timothée Chalamet (!!!!!!), and Meryl Streep (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). Wow, what’s this? A movie being directed by my favorite director from last year – Lady Bird was my jam – with four of my all-time favorite actors? It has big shoes to fill, but Little Women deserves good things, and it gets good things.

I personally identify with all the Little Women sisters, but since Jo is the writer, she’s my pick for this list. Steal her plucky style with a modest collared dress and work boots, and don’t forget to bring a book.


3. Juliet from Romeo + Juliet

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Put the wings in winging it by going last minute as Juliet circa Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. You can find the dress here and the angel wings here. As for the iambic pentameter, that might take some practice. 😉


4. Poe-ka Dots

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It’s time to get punny. Tell everyone that you’re going as poe-ka dots this year, and you’ll have to the perfect excuse to recite Poe’s spooky stories. You can find all the poe-ka dot products at Out Of Print. 

5. Anne from Anne of Green Gables

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I’m currently on season 2 of Anne With An E (Any other Anne fans out there?) and it’s totally rekindled my love for Anne of Green Gables. It also seems fitting to honor the girl who said, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” by dressing up as her for Halloween! Unless you have natural flowing red locks, you can buy a wig here. It even comes with a hat! You can also get an apron style dress here, which I recommend wearing over a button-down shirt. Other than that, try painting on freckles, having the wildest and most romantical of dreams, and standing up for what’s right.


6. Gregor Samsa from The Metamorphosis

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For the more literary-minded, taking inspiration from Kafka’s Metamorphosis may be the coolest? weirdest? best? costume of our times. There’s still debate about exactly what kind of insect Gregor Samsa morphs into, but for the purposes of this costume, you can steal his look with an adult cockroach costume and a tie.

7. Grammar Police

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If you use the wrong form of they’re/there/their, don’t be surprised if you hear sirens in the distance. The Grammar Police are coming. Dress in all black, add a grammar police badge, and top off the look with a police element, like this police hat. And choose the right answer when you say, “Your/You’re under arrest.”


8. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter

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It’s not a literary halloween costume post if I don’t include some Harry Potter characters, right? I choose Luna Lovegood, one of my favorite characters from the series, because this girl is all about the DIY. If you’ve graduated or know someone who’s graduated, ask them if you can borrow their graduation gowns – they make the perfect Hogwarts robes! Both Luna’s glasses and her copy of the Quibbler are printables, and you can finish the look with some homemade jewelry and the wisest words of anyone in the entire series. (#LunaGaveBetterAdviceThanDumbledore)


9. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

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Okay, just one more Harry Potter costume. If you want a school-version Hermione, you can follow the instructions for Luna Lovegood and just add fitting accessories, but I thought it would be fun to feature Hermione from The Cursed Child…aka the Minister of Magic! Hermione has always been a powerful feminist icon, but now she is literally in charge of the wizard government.  I wish Hermione was in charge of our government too, but you can be inspired by her confidence and smarts by wearing a similar purple suit and carrying around some books.


10. Pencil

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This look will make you look sharp! Haha. I’ll see myself out. But no, for real, this costume is the best, because it requires very little effort and everyone will know who you are. Just wear a yellow dress and pink shoes, and you can DIY a pointy hat using this tutorial. This is the #1 costume to wear…or should I say #2?

11. Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games

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Celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Hunger Games by dressing up as Effie Trinket. Effie’s style may have been inspired by the Capital’s excessive wealth, but that doesn’t mean the costume has to be expensive, too. DIY her hat and makeup with tutorials, and try this affordable monarch butterfly dress. As far as getting the best candy when trick-or-treating (Kitkats are superior to all other candies, of course), may the odds be ever in your favor.


12. The Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George

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Is this costume just an excuse to carry around a stuffed money and wear the best color in the world? Maybe. But why should that stop you? You can find the costume here.


13.  Miss Havisham from Great Expectations


I just finished Great Expectations over the summer, and let’s just say that the character of Miss Havisham really stays with you. If you have a wedding dress that you won’t wear again, and you don’t mind an expensive donation to a great literary cause, then you won’t find a better occasion than this. For everyone else, try this long and lacy number. And take inspiration from the amazing Taylor Swift for makeup running down your face.


14. Emily Dickinson

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I couldn’t possibly complete this list without a shoutout to my girl Emily. I went as Emily Dickinson last year by wearing a white dress (not this one specifically, but close enough!) and tying a black ribbon around my neck. Of course, it helps if you have a couple of her poems memorized too. Some of her spookier work is perfect for Halloween.

Me as Emily Dickinson in front of Emily Dickinson’s house. Casual.

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Thanks so much for reading!  Let me know about your Halloween & Nanowrimo plans in the comments! Until next time, you can find me on Pinterest  or Instagram.vivian parkin derosa.png

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