Literary Halloween Costumes

IMG_0017Halloween is coming up this week. Have you decided what your costume is going to be yet? If not, here are some literature-inspired costumes.

Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter-This costume is fairly easy to pull off. All you need to do is find a colonial-style dress at a thrift shop and pin an A made out of red fabric to the front. It will be a bonus if you have a baby you can carry around as your “love child.”

A Reveur from The Night CircusI loved this book so this might be my costume this year. The great thing about this costume is that you have a lot of leeway with what you wear. As a reveur just make sure you are dressed in black and white and rocking a red scarf. Black and white makeup would be a nice touch as well.

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger GamesWith the popularity of The Hunger Games books and movie this might be a popular choice for Halloween. To dress like this Hunger Games victor, wear a dark raincoat and some cargo pants. To top off the outfit carry a bow and arrows, which can be fake, and of course her signature Mockingjay pin.

Captain Ahab from Moby Dick– For this costume wear white billowy pants, a long black coat and a beard would be a nice touch. To really commit to this character wear a fake peg leg and mutter constantly throughout the night about a white whale. If you are brave you can ask your girlfriend to go as Moby Dick and if she says yes she can chase you all night, taunting you with your missing leg.

If you want to really make an entrance to a Halloween party dress up like Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades of Grey. For Christian, wear a grey suit and try to look rich and dominating. For Anastasia, wear a plum dress and maybe carry some handcuffs. Bring belts and any other props you feel are necessary; I will leave the creativity on this one up to you.

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