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10 Literary Halloween Costumes

Toby Shuster / Tuesday, October 26, 2010 View Comments

This year, if you don’t want to be just another Snookie in the crowd, and are striving for something a little more high brow, try one of these literary costumes.

scout

Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird: Scout’s ham outfit is arguably the greatest costume of all time. Walk a mile in her shoes by securing a combination of chicken wire and cloth. Don’t forget to leave two peeps for eye holes!

gulliver

Gulliver from Gulliver’s Travels: This one will evoke true fright, since we all know how terrifying it is to be tied down by hundreds of miniature Lilliputians. Use a simple outfit for the base: oxford shirt and slacks pushed up to reveal your socks. Then add the finishing touch by attaching a bunch of little army men to string and pinning them all over your body so that they are hanging down at all levels, ready to tie you up.

Havisham

Miss Havisham from Great Expectations: Even those who relied on the Cliff Notes version of this classic will be creeped out when they see this costume. Buy an old wedding dress from the thrift store then shred it. Wear a veil atop a serious case of bed head and paint your face a pasty white. Seal the deal by carrying around a mold-infested cake.

nancy

Nancy Drew: This one is super-simple and straightforward. Wear a smart, preppy outfit, like a plaid skirt, oxford shirt, and blazer. Add a cloche hat and a magnifying glass, and you’re ready to hit the streets. Just make sure to badger everyone at the party with lots of pesky questions.

dragon

Lisabeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: You’ll need to channel your inner antisocial punk hacker for this one by donning a spiked dog collar, leather jacket, heavy mascara, pixie-length black wig, and combat boots. Use a laptop as your accessory and, for crying out loud, do not forget the tats. Bonus points for piercings.

godot

Godot from Waiting for Godot: Show up extra late to the party wearing the following: green shirt, white tie, vest, coffee cup, and visor. Make sure to rant and rave sporadically throughout the night, about nothing and everything at the same time.

lolita

Lolita: Unfortunately, it’s way easier to go with Stanley Kubrick’s version of the seductress than Nabokov’s. But that doesn’t make it any less fun. Throw on some heart-shaped sunglasses, a short outfit with any kind of ruffle formation, and grab a sucker on your way out the door.

hester

Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter: Sew a bright red ‘A’ to the bodice of your dress, top off with white bonnet and apron. Done and done, ya whore.

dorian

Dorian Gray from The Portrait of Dorian Gray: Not sure if you’ll meet many new friends at the party with this one, but wear a really sharp three piece suit and carry around a portrait of yourself all night. Then throw some acid on your face around 11pm for the ultimate party trick.

salinger

J.D. Salinger: Take extreme measures to part your hair with the utmost meticulousness. Then don’t leave the house at all.

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  • http://lampstore.com lss

    soooo much better than an old sheet-pretend-ghost!!
    Thanks for the suggestions, Miss Toby!

  • http://www.globalsportsfraternity.com HPL

    These are great. I’m definitely going as Godot so that I can show up late and then rant and rave all night long.

  • Mary

    Miss Havisham!!! This list makes me wish I didn’t already have a costume.

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  • Dave

    Er, Godot never shows up. How can you “go” as Godot? If you’re attending a Halloween party as Godot, I think it means you’re staying home.

  • http://www.sunglasswarehouse.com/blog/2010/10/26/snooki-sunglasses-tutorial-how-to-make-snookis-rhinestone-shades/ Penny

    These are great ideas! Better than all the Jersey Shore cast members and Lady Gagas that will be running around! Love the Scout ham costume!

  • Melanie N. Lee

    I rarely repeat a costume, but for the second time in a row, I’ll be Dolores Umbridge, the pink-clad, power-hungry teacher and administrator from the Harry Potter novels and movies.

  • http://www.bookbybook.blogspot.com Sue Jackson

    Great list of literary costume ideas! Very creative – these never even occurred to me.

    Last year, my family dressed up as the characters from Where’s Waldo? Maybe not all that literary, but lots of fun! I was Wenda.

    Happy Halloween –

    Sue

    http://www.bookbybook.blogspot.com
    http://www.greatbooksforkidsandteens.com

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