Kick Ass Literary Costumes for Halloween

Face it. This year, everyone is going to go, Harry Potter, thanks to the play and new movie. So you’ve done the Harry Potter thing for past Halloweens and have dressed yourself up like a Frankenstein and Dracula so what’s left? Lots of great characters and author costumes! Show off your bookish side and get creative. Maybe you’ll get inspired by my favorite pics, below. Most costumes are still available and the ones that are have photo links for purchase.


Great Expectations

This get up quickly turns you into Miss Havisham. All you need is an Estella torturing a lovesick Pip and you have a winning Halloween trio!


Womens Deluxe Ghostly Spirits Victorian Ghost Bride Costume Standard 14-16


Mark Twain

Throw on a suit, memorize a few steamboat stories and end up as the life of the Halloween party.


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Pippi Longstocking

Your kid will be cute as a button in this nod to Sweden’s favorite literary heroine.


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…or go out as twins!


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Good luck getting him to wear that hat.


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Little House on the Prairie

This Etsy vendor creates different styles of prairie costumes that will turn you into Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Prairie Dress Girl Child Book Report Costume Calico Print (Includes Dress, Apron & Hat) 1223


Where the Wild Things Are

How can your baby possibly be cuter? Dress them up as Max!





Forget about the film versions that flopped. You fell in love with the Divergent books so dress up as, Tris.





Scare the hell out of everyone with this throwback to Stephen King’s scariest creature.


Classic Horror Clown Costume - Large



Phillis Wheatley

This is seriously awesome. Dress your child up at the first black author ever published in America!


Phillis Wheatley Costume - Black History Figures of America - 18th Century & Colonial America Clothing for Children


Frederick Douglass

This Etsy seller is killing me. Heritage Costumes also creates a costume that will turn your child into author and hero, Frederick Douglass.


Frederick Douglass, National Hero, African American Historical Figure, 19th Century Prominent Social Reformer, Clothing for Children


Curious George

The Man in the Yellow Hat is a funny costume but you might want to buy a stuffed monkey to go with it.




Anne of Green Gables

Dress up as everyone’s favorite redhead.


Custom Girl's Anne's Dress and Pinafore Set in Cotton Fabrics




Where’s Waldo?

Are you shy? Don’t like parties? This costume gives you an excuse to hide from everyone.


Teen Where's Waldo Costume


Jane Austen Characters

Some of these high end Regency dresses cost big bucks but as any Austen fan knows, you can’t put a monetary amount on Darcy bait!


Regency dress, Jane Austen ballwear, White cotton high waistline  Jane Austen Regency Dress Sash costume all colors and Sizes  



No 2 Pencil

If you’re an author, this costume might steer the conversation towards your book?


Adult Number 2 Pencil Costume



Edgar Allan Poe

I know that this isn’t supposed to be scary but…goodness gracious.


This kid’s version is much better. Just draw a little mustache and pretend to be depressed.

Children's Alexis de Tocqueville, Edgar Allen Poe, Historical Figures, Democracy in America, and the American Romantic Movement




Alice in Wonderland

It was really hard to find a non slutty version.



A Study in Scarlet and more

Dress up like my favorite male literary character, Sherlock Holmes.



Adult Sherlock Holmes Costume


The Scarlet Letter

I’m still giggling about this idea. Add a cloth or paper scarlet “A” to the bodice and you’re good to go!



A Clockwork Orange

Want to really creep out the ladies?



The Hunger Games

Bow and arrows not included. This is actually a pretty swanky costume. I’m surprised it doesn’t cost more.




The Hobbit

Dressing up your kid as Thorin might be the coolest parent move, ever.


The Hobbit Deluxe Thorin Child Costume


Breakfast at Tiffany’s

This novella by Truman Capote gave us a hooker with a heart of gold and great taste in fashion.


Adult Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly Costume




Romeo and Juliet

Sure, it’s not the healthiest relationship but you get to wear a dress.


Adult Romeo Costume



Dress up as Jamie and Claire. A man in a kilt is always sexy.


 Claire Fraser Randall jacket and skirt, choose size and colour! Cosplay Historical costume Outlander Sassenach 18th century



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Don’t let the look on this guy’s face scare you off. Give everybody something to talk about by going to the party as Willy Wonka and Veruca Salt.


Adult Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Costume - Victorian and Steampunk Attire for the Classy GentlemenVeruca Salt Costume (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - 1971) Stretch knit (Teenage/Women sizes ONLY 4 - 22)



Mary Poppins

Sure, this chimney sweep is more inspired by the movie but who doesn’t love Dick Van Dyke? It’s also a good excuse to roll around in the dirt.


Chimney Sweep Costume





The Great Gatsby

Another dysfunctional couple who sure knew how to party!


Daisy Buchanan Bluebells Dress Adult Costume  


The Cat in the Hat

Let everyone at the Halloween party know how much fun you guys are by dressing up as Thing One and Thing Two. Only a truly cool girlfriend will go for this one.






This page is to show off neat, literary costumes. Neither the author nor Ampersand Book World, LLC is legally responsible for customer orders, quality of costume, or any vendor complaints.


Nicolina Torres
Nicolina Torres

Nikki worked for Barnes & Noble for 15 years, in seven stores. She is the author of This Red Fire, Young Nation, and Girls Who Wear Glasses. She prefers to live in the country and is a new aunt to a potential bookworm.

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