34 Awesome Literary Costume Ideas for Halloween

From your dusty shelves to your wardrobe, great literature should happen to you this . If books have taught us anything, it’s that it’s the attention to detail that sells the story. Whether you are sipping caramel appletinis or nom-noming boiled peanuts in the graveyard, the ideal costume should give you the confidence of Katniss Everdeen and the cleverness of Willy Wonka. Because frankly, my dear? Last year everyone came stumbling into the karaoke dive like a wrecking ball. That is something we would like to see, um quoth the Raven? Nevermore. Let’s make this year a to bookmark with lots of literary costume ideas.

Vote for the craftiest attention to button eyes and blood splatter. Remember, you shouldn’t have to have the deep pockets of Jay Gatsby to look like a hundred or more well-loved pages, so the more potential for thrift, the better. As always, it is important to complement your best chocolate-eating grin for the occasion. So dust off your Holden Caulfield jacket or redden your Lady Macbeth hands and vote for the best literary costumes below.

 

Harry Potter (book series), J. K. Rowling

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

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MadelineLudwig Bemelmans

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryRoald Dahl

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The Shining, Stephen King

The Shining, Stephen King

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The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Lord of the Rings books, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty

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Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

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American PsychoBret Easton Ellis 

Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens

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Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne

A Song of Ice and Fire (epic series), George R. R. Martin

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Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling

Gone with the WindMargaret Mitchell

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The Lord of the Rings (epic series), J.R.R Tolkien 
The Hunger Games (trilogy), Suzanne Collins

A Clockwork OrangeAnthony Burgess

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Sherlock Holmes (book series), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Magic School Bus series, Joanna Cole
Curious George books, Margaret and H.A. Rey
Macbeth, William Shakespeare
The Wonderful Wizard of OzL. Frank Baum (illustrated by W. W. Denslow)

Coraline, Neil Gaiman

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The Catcher in the RyeJ. D. Salinger

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Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen 

Eloise (book series), Kay Thompson (illustrated by Hilary Knight)

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The Scarlet LetterNathaniel Hawthorne

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingay

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Fight ClubChuck Palahniuk

The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe

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Rosemary’s Baby, Ira Levin

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Breakfast at Tiffany’sTruman Capote