I seriously cannot believe that October is almost over. Probably the fact that is has been above 85 degrees most days here hasn’t helped. So, my costume post is a bit late. This year, our family is dressing up as the classic Little Red Riding Hood (group costumes are my favorite). Stay tuned for more info on that after the holiday!
However, most of these you can throw together in a day or two. I’ve divided the book costume ideas into two categories: adult books and kid books. Have fun making these book-based Halloween costumes!
Book Costume Ideas for Adults
What would a bookish Halloween be without a LOTR character? Sucky, that’s what. You don’t have to be Gandalf, but he is definitely one of the most iconic characters. Costume Works has the tutorial.
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man costume is an awesome costume for 3 reasons: 1. It’s from a book. 2. It’s from a creepy book. 3. It includes a mask. Costume Works has the tutorial.
Mrs. Havisham is an awesome Halloween costume, although a pathetic character. Seriously, what woman destroys her entire life because she can’t get married to someone? I didn’t hear back from the creator of the costume about whether or not I could include a photo, so I’m just linking to the post here. It’s awesome though, and well worth the click time. 🙂
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
I’m still not sure that this can really qualify as a “book costume” because is a satire book like this really literature? But at any rate, it’s fun and a little spooky, which is perfect for Halloween costumes. And it does come from a book. So there. Costume Works has the tutorial.
Mr. Darcy and Lizzie Bennett
One year my sister-in-law hosted a regency-themed party. This was the result. No tutorial, because I’ve never actually posted this photo to all of humanity before (I’m sure my husband will love me so much more now for posting it). I may write a tutorial for the Mr. Darcy and Lizzie Bennett costume later, if you beg, but it’s pretty self-explanatory from the photo. Wear an old dress with an empire waist. Make your husband/boyfriend/long-suffering male friend dress up in a suit with a top hat.
Bennett Sisters Costume
Ditto for the Bennett Sisters costume. Here we are, five young ladies, all dressed up. You can assign characters to us all- we never decided on names. 🙂 Add blood if you want to wear the zombie version. 🙂
Book Costume Ideas for Kids
Now I know in this picture Olivia is a fully-grown woman, but I’m putting her here because Olivia is a children’s book. But, as you can see from this wonderful lady, any of these kid characters also translate well to adult costumes! Go here for the tutorial.
Pippi is awesome in every way possible and a Pippi Longstocking Halloween costume is iconic and easy. Mom 4 Real has an easy and adorable tutorial.
Old or young, Harry Potter costumes are the best. Get ideas for the whole gang in this tutorial from Costume Works.
One of my favorite book characters is Mrs. Frizzle. It’s easy to make your own Mrs. Frizzle costume with these simple instructions!
Little kids dressed as mice and ballerinas are the best possible combo. Visit Skirt as a Top for the full tutorial!
Peter Pan is another universe that makes an amazing set of group costumes! Costume Works has instructions for the whole gang here.
Wizard of Oz
Feel like going to see the Wizard, but not one from Harry Potter? Then you should dress up as someone from the Wizard of Oz! So many iconic characters for a fun group costume. Wear silver slippers as Dorothy to show you’ve read the book. Have fun correcting everyone all night.
For little girls who love pink (or adult women), Pinkalicious makes a fun costume. Fancy Frugal Life has a really cute DIY option!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar makes a fun costume for a toddler or baby! I love this version using fleece and ribbon from The Craft Nest.
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