Halloween is right around the corner, and for those of you still mulling over costume options, may we suggest a literary theme? After all, books inspire so many things — why not your attire for this ghoulish holiday?
Gather your closest friends and family who love reading, dig out those old wigs, buy a fresh set of face paint, and dive headfirst into these adorable literary Halloween costume ideas.
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Let’s face it — if any character was tailor-made for Halloween, it was Effie Trinket with her fantastic wigs and outrageous makeup. But Katniss’s bow and arrow are just as intriguing. Whatever the case, a Hunger Games costume is sure to turn the odds of winning a costume contest in your favor.
2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Hermione’s stack of books, Ron’s red hair, and Harry’s lightning bolt scar all make for very magical family attire — no Polyjuice Potion required. Finite Incantatem!
3. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
You can’t go wrong with children dressed as hobbits — and this wheeled jail is more than a little inspired!
4. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
This Westeros-themed group costume is perfect if you have several little dragons running around at home — and a reasonably buff husband!
5. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
You can’t go wrong with the big blue hair and funny onesies of Dr. Seuss’s Thing 1 and Thing 2!
6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
What little girl wouldn’t love to try out Cindy Lou Who’s fabulous hair style for the evening? Plus, the Grinch is an easy costume for any parent to pull off — all you need is green face paint and a Santa hat.
7. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
There are so many wonderful characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to choose from — the theme is sure to fit any family.
8. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
All you need is a little pixie dust and a big hook hand to recreate this magical ensemble. Then away you go… “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”
9. Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault
What little girl doesn’t want to wear a pretty princess costume and have daddy be her prince? (Sorry, moms.)
10. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
There’s just something about Vikings.. oh, and the cute kid dressed as a dragon also doesn’t hurt. But where’s Toothless?
11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
This is an ensemble sure to get your little one all the good candy! Bonus points for including the dog.
12. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Children will love all the cool costume options that come with a Wizard of Oz theme. There’s something for everyone… sorry again, Mom.
13. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
A simple yet clever costume, this one is sure to bring smiles to anyone you meet while trick-or-treating.
Which costumes are your favorites? Tell us in the comments!
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