Every year when Halloween rolls around, people are pretty quick to make costumes based on characters from TV and movies. I think that’s expected since they’re visual. I’m not knocking them, though. I mean, I love costumes based on cartoons and nostalgia! However, I do think Halloween is your one chance every year to really think outside the box and do something new. What I don’t see a lot of is people dressing up as book characters!
Sure, a lot of movies are book adaptations. But what about some characters that haven’t been adapted to the big screen? Characters from old children’s books and popular novels make for great Halloween costumes. To help you get into the literary spirit, I rounded up some of my favorite literary DIY costumes for you to try this year:
Max from Where The Wild Things Are
This would be the coziest costume ever. Wear a onesie and stick a crown on your head!
Emily Elizabeth from Clifford the Big Red Dog
How cute is this? All you need is a black pencil skirt, pink sweater or shirt and some knee socks. Obviously, having a Clifford stuffed animal is ideal, but it could work without one!
This is definitely a more intricate and involved costume, but it's great. Humpty Dumpty is a classic book character, and everyone will love it.
The Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George
AHHH! I've seen so many Curious George costumes, but I love the idea of dressing up as the Man in the Yellow Hat instead. All you need is all yellow and a stuffed monkey!
First of all, Nancy Drew is an inspiration. Second, this costume is so easy. You can wear whatever you want and just bring a notebook for clues and a detective kit.
The Paper Bag Princess
Did you guys read The Paper Bag Princess? It was fabulous! Just get a big paper bag and wear a crown!
Sam I Am
Here's another easy one! Wear a yellow dress and red hat. Carry around green eggs and ham!
Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat
This costume is perfect for sisters or BFFs. Get a red onesie, paste Thing 1 or Thing 2 on your chest and spray your hair blue for the night.
Veruka Salt from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
How fun! Wear a red long-sleeve dress and draw or glue some buttons, a black belt and white tights. Make sure to bring your Golden Ticket!
Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
I'm obsessed with this. Paint your face blue and wear all blue clothing. To make the blueberry shape, you can either stuff pillows into your shirt or if you're feeling extravagant, sew yourself into a stuffed fabric ball.
Effie Trinket and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
There are bound to be a lot of Hunger Games costumes out there, but I think they're so cool! You can go wild and dress up like Effie or just wear all black and braid your hair to be Katniss.
Julia from 1984
If you're looking for a book character that will make an impact, go for Julia from 1984. You can get a mechanic suit from a thrift store or costume shop and slap a Junior Anti-Sex League label on your top.
Mary Poppins so easy to do! Wear a long black skirt and white blouse. If you have a hat, even better! You can go without it though. Just don't forget the umbrella!
Miss Frizzle from The Magic Schoolbus
Who wouldn't want to be Miss Frizzle? You can probably find a galaxy-printed dress at a thrift store, but if not, just get a navy blue dress and attach some paper cutouts of planets on it.
Fifty Shades of Grey
I'm literally crying from laughing so hard at this! I've seen a lot of Fifty Shades costumes, but this one is so funny and will definitely be a crowd-pleaser.
You can do this for any book, but this Twilight costume is amazing with the hand cutouts. Just get a box, paint your favorite book cover on it and attach it to your bod.