Literary Halloween Costumes

It’s almost Halloween and that means it’s almost time to dress up as something you’ve always wanted to be or wish you could be. I love coming up with creative costumes and this year thought it would be fun to try my hand at making some literary costume ideas! I picked some of the more popular books from our library while keeping in mind that putting a costume together takes time. I didn’t want it to be too hard for you. I think most of the items needed can be found at Halloween shops, on Amazon or at thrift stores. You might even have some stuff in your closet!

The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The White Witch


Why not be something evil and fancy! This is a classic book and really you could be any character from it. The White Witch is pretty easy to do if you find an old wedding dress at a thrift store. You can look for a crown on Amazon and even carry around some Turkish Delight to give to your friends!

The Outsiders – Any character!

The Outsiders

The Outsiders has always been a very popular book and this costume idea is super easy! All you need is a black or white t-shirt and some light wash jeans. If you or your parents have a leather jacket lying around the house it would add to the whole theme. You can slick back your hair in a 50’s greaser style or make your look more modern.

America from The Selection Series

The Selection

America will be such a fun character to dress up as. You can dress up as her before she enters the selection or go all out and try to find a dress close to the cover image. How much fun is that?! Just be careful, if the dress you use is strapless make sure to cover up or wear something underneath when you are at school.

The Land of Stories – Any Character!

The land of stories

My example from the land of stories is Alex because I just love the dress on the cover. I had a hard time finding a green example dress that worked perfectly. I think your best bet is to find a green dress and add to it. You can glue some ribbon onto the front and add a petticoat to make the skirt full and fun to wear. Of course these books are filled with awesome characters to dress up as. Take inspiration from the various covers in the series and have fun!

Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn

Tom Sawyer

This idea is super simple and easy to do! All you need are some old jeans or brown pants, a button down shirt and suspenders. You can add the straw hat if you like and either wear some old boots or go barefoot! This costume is both comfortable to wear and probably something you can pull together from your closet.

Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles


What can I say about this idea other than it is the one I am MOST excited about. A Cinder costume would be so much fun. Again I took inspiration from the cover but I also used the description of the coronation scene. I looked around for cyborg tights or leggings and found some on etsy and modcloth. You could also dress as Cinder the mechanic and still wear the cyborg tights!

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

Another classic but one that is fun! Throughout the book Anne is obsessed with puff sleeves so of course you need give your Anne her sought after puffs. The dress Marilla gets for Anne is blue so I tried to find something that fit the description. I’ve seen a lot of old dresses from the 1980’s that have puffy sleeves but if you can’t find a dress, find a blouse and add a skirt. You will need a red wig to complete the look!

Eragon from The Inheritance Cycle


Everyone who reads this series love it! Eragon would be a great character to dress up as but might take a little bit of effort. You can find ready made costumes if you search online or wear a white shirt and some sort of brown pants from your closet. He is described as wearing the clothes of a peasant and has elfin characteristics. You can find elf ears at most costume shops.


I hope you all have a fun Halloween!


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