Literary Halloween Costumes
Since we all can’t be promiscuous bumblebees for Halloween, I thought I’d compile a list of literary costumes. Hopefully they will give you some ideas for a costume; be it for Halloween, a random costume party, or a simple desire to be fancy. Here are ten costumes that are perfect for bibliophiles:
Buckbeak, from the Harry Potter series
I want this costume to display in my house.
Droogs, from The Clockwork Orange
This is a popular literary costume, but I think these ladies got it right. (It’s all about the codpiece.)
Mr. Darcy, from Pride and Prejudice
This costume can be pieced together on your own, or you can have the exact costume in the picture hand-tailored to your specifications. You won’t have to worry about finding a woman to be your Elizabeth Bennet, because they will be throwing themselves at you all night.
Dorian Gray and his portrait, from The Picture of Dorian Gray
This is a very creative doubles costume idea, perfect if you happen to be identical twins.
Rand al’Thor, from the Wheel of Time series
You might not be able to afford the official heron-mark sword; but with the right coat, access to red hair dye, and the all-important dragon arm-tattoos, you will be well on your way to becoming the Dragon Reborn.
A fun and easy author costume. Bonus: you can easily transform your costume into Colonel Sanders if you get bored of Twain.
The Scarlet Letter from (of course) The Scarlet Letter
I was originally looking for a Hester Prynne costume, but this interpretation of a Scarlet Letter costume is far too clever to go ignored.
Edgar Allan Poe
Poe is another popular literary costume, but this guy really payed attention to detail. I love the raven.
Max and the Wild Things, from Where the Wild Things Are
This is a great group costume. (Though I don’t know if your Max can be as cute as the one in this picture.)
Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath (postmortem)
These costumes are so very wrong, but very creative at the same time. (Virginia Woolf even has rocks in the pockets of her sweater!)