Halloween is a time when we can throw all caution and insecurity to the wind and wear whatever our fangirl/fanboy hearts desire without fear of ridicule. Kinda like DragonCon, but for everyone and only on one day. It’s always been one of my favorite holidays for that reason. You get to change into someone else for a day–maybe someone who inspires you. Maybe someone you’ve spent lots of time between the pages with!
Before you run off to the Halloween store and purchase the same old manufactured costume that everyone else will be wearing, why not try your hand at a unique bookish costume? Pass on the Katniss braid, put away your Gryffindor robes, and take a look at a few of the DIY-ers we’ve listed below to see where inspiration strikes!
1. Sirius Black from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Or pretty much any prisoner in Azkaban, really. You can go Bellatrix, Sirius, or just a random death eater. Dress in some grey rags, make your Azkaban prisoner sign, and bam! Instant Azkaban escapee! For the Love of Harry has a really good breakdown you can find here.
2. Linh Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Writer of Wrongs Blog has an awesome guide for dressing up as Cinder. She’s nailed down every detail, from the utility belt to the cyborg hand with some crafty artwork. She also has a few other great ideas outlined, including Alina Starkov from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. If you want to go one step further and see some stunning costumes from The Lunar Chronicles, then take a look at Marissa Meyer’s Facebook gallery.
3. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This costume has quite a few options if you aren’t sold on the classics. Add a machete to your accessories and maybe a little bit of blood splatter, and you can be an even feistier version of Ms. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith. Bonus points if you can get your significant other to dress as Mr. Darcy or have a friend follow you around in a zombie costume! Oh, and if you aren’t feeling that literary, why not smear some ink on your hands, carry around a book, and call yourself Jane Austen?
4. A Vampire from The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
This one doesn’t require a costume so much as a very intricate hand when it comes to stage makeup. You can get more specific with this literary costume, dressing as vampire Elena from the books. Or you can get your really hot Ian Somerholder doppleganger to dress as Damon. And then give him my address.
5. Pre-princess Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
What I love most about this costume is the option to match your bestie by dressing as Mia and Lily, as shown on this tumblr page. It’s pretty simple, too. Dress in the worst-fitting school girl outfit ever, frizz your hair out, put on some glasses, and instant transformation! If only the transformation to Princess Mia was as easy as that, right?