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Literary Halloween Costumes

Because I refuse to be a “sexy [insert any profession],” I’ve brainstormed some easy, DIY-able literary Halloween costumes. Which, let’s be honest, you can make sexy if you HAVE to. Because then you’ll at least be making an intelligent reference to something…while still showing off your midriff.

Literary Halloween Costumes


No one wants to spend a fortune on a Halloween costume (unless you’re planning on using for the next 3 years in a row), so I’ve featured DIY options for the thrifty folks and the included online and in-store options for those looking for something fast and easy.

What literary character would you most want to dress up as?



What You Need: A pencil shirt, button up blouse, glasses, heels and a bun hairstyle. DONE! Add a stack of books or a library card as a prop and you’ll be the cutest party-goer around.


What You Need: For a DIY look, you need sewing skills + a dress pattern (seen below), vintage googles, lace-up boots, a pocketwatch and maybe a small-ish hat with veil. This is definitely a more elaborate costume, but one that is SURE to stand out. If you want to take the easy route, I’ve linked to a costume you can buy online at the bottom of the post.

Daenerys Targaryen

What You Need: A long white blond wig, a blue v-neck dress and some metal jewelry. With the massive popularity of The Game of Thrones, why not embody a gorgeous character.

Favorite Book Character

These can be tricky depending on how popular your favorite book is and how intricate your character’s wardrobe is.

Here are a few ideas:

Katniss Everdeen

Sirius Black

Anne Shirley

Nancy Drew

Found in Stores or Online

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  • Alice in Wonderland: Find it HERE
  • Bilbo Baggins: Find it HERE
  • Daisy Buchanan/Evie O’Neill: Find it HERE
  • Gandalf: Find it HERE
  • Elizabeth Bennett: Find it HERE
  • Steampunk a la Girl in the Steel Corset: Find it HERE OR HERE ON ETSY.
  • Dorothy, Wizard of Oz: Find it HERE
  • Any medieval character: Find it HERE

I love all the creative people out there who thought of fun, smart literary Halloween costumes!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised you haven’t got any Harry Potter in there! seems a very obvious one ^_-

    • I’ve got Sirius up there! 🙂

      • Anonymous

        i know! i meant like the kids :p you know, the robe with the crimson and yellow scarf and all…

        I’d love to be able to do a steampunk look! but that just seems like it would be soooo pricey… T_T

        • Oh, gotcha 🙂 And, I know. :/ I wish I had sewing skillz. Or a huge Halloween costume budget, haha!

  • Andrea Buginsky

    LOVE these! Now I need a blue dress and blond wig 😉

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