Top 10 Literary Halloween Costumes

As I’m sure you guys have noticed, it’s officially fall! The air is colder, we have all our scarfs and sweaters on, and it’s getting dark super early (ok, maybe we don’t love that last one)! But as we get into the middle of October, our thoughts turn to another fun holiday: Halloween! We know we are starting to pull together our Halloween costumes, so we decided to give you a hand with yours. Here are 10 super fun (and easy!!) bookish costumes for Halloween 2016!




Who didn’t love this little British bear when they were growing up? Throw on a raincoat, grab an umbrella and put some bear ears on a rain hat, and you’re a super cute version of Paddington Bear!


Violet Baudelaire

With Netflix announcing the return of A Series of Unfortunate Events, this is the perfect time to pull out a costume that reflects the inventor Violet! A black or purple dress, maybe some striped tights and fishnet gloves help you pull off this costume!


Wild Things

Another childhood classic, and a 2009 film, Where the Wild Things Are has some great costume options. You could be all cozy in a onesie as Max, or a full blown Wild Thing!


Hester Prynne

If the classics are more your style, you may want to check out this Hester Prynne costume from The Scarlet Letter! You can even go as simple as an all-black ensemble with a red letter ‘A’ on your shirt! Easy and totally literary!


Mr. Tumnus

Mr. Tumnus is one of the best characters in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (IMO), and this costume can be as complicated or as simple as you like! For a more complicated version, try making your own faun legs! For a simple costume, a pair of brown pants, a beige shirt, and a red scarf will pretty much cover it! Grab an umbrella on your way out the door, and you’re done!



Tris from Divergent is one of our favourite girl heroines, so this list would not be complete without her Dauntless style. A pair of black jeans, a black top, a black leather jacket, throw on some fake bird tattoos, and your look is complete!


The Berenstain Bears

Instead of opting for the classic Alice or Mad Hatter look from Alice in Wonderland, try out the white rabbit! An oversized pocket watch cut out will help make sure that you won’t be late to any Halloween parties!


Newt Scamander

And what would a literary Halloween costume post be without a Harry Potter reference? This year though, don’t go for the classic Harry or Hermione, because we’ve got a new character on the block: Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts!


We love these costumes, and can’t wait to get ourselves come Halloween candy (really, the best part of the holiday)! What will you be dressing up as this year? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader.


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