TOP TEN TUESDAY: 10 literary Halloween costumes

Helllllllo readers, it’s Tuesday again, and it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday and it’s a Halloweeen Free Topic! *eeee* I adore Halloween although it wasn’t something that was really a big deal for me until I went to university. I remember going to Wilkinsons with the girls in my block and seeking out the cheapest dresses; then taking them back to the flat and chopping the sleeves off, making them way too short and customising them with blood and the like. Gah those were the days; this year I’m much more likely to be snuggled up by the television with a bowl of candy waiting for tiny trick or treaters to appear. Bless. For my topic I’m going to do my top ten literary Halloween characters to dress up as. Enjoy!

Bernadette, from Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Maybe not the most easily recognisable of bookish characters but if someone does recognise you might make a new bookish friend! To make this costume add some very large bug-eyes shades, wrap a scarf around you head and wear a fisherman’s vest. Add a map or two, act as offish as you can towards Seattle and you’re there.

Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web

This links a little more with the more stereotypical Halloween characters but Charlotte is a wonderful character to go trick or treating as. A suitably black costume – (skirt, vest, cardi) and then using grey glitter glue/pen cover the skirt with silver webs. Add webs drawn around the eyes using kohl pencil and you’re there. Carry around a plush pink pig for bonus points.

Hester Prynne, from The Scarlet Letter

This addition is for those that have left their costume making time a little to the last minute and are stressing a little. Pop into your local charity shop and find a loose dress something as old fashioned – think colonial.  They find some red material and cut out a giant red A and attack it to your chest. Da-da.


(Had to include that gif sorrry)

Miss Havisham, from Great Expectations

I’m still not sure why I haven’t done this one yet but all it really needs is a used wedding dress – once again think charity shops, and second hand stores. Cut rips into it, rub a little dirt in and pile your messy hair all over your head. Wear a forlorn expression for the entirety of the night and yell about Compeyson as much as you like. Stunning.

Lady Macbeth from Macbeth

Another one that I’ve thought of doing but this is pretty simple. Find a long flowy black lace dress, and pop your hair up into a knotted bun – add a crown if you and stain your hands with fake blood. Wander around aimlessly scrubbing at your hands proclaiming Out Damned Spot. Easy peasy.


The Fish from Dr. Seuss’s One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

This one works best as a group costume which is always pretty awesome. Find simple t-shirts and tutu’s easily found on le internet in the colours yellow, green, red and blue. Either write or cut out and sew on the letters to spell out the names and you’re good to go. 

Lisbeth Salander from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series

One for those that had a bit of a goth/emo/punk era during their lives. Leather jacket, ripped, jeans, dark hair and lots of eyeliner and you’re pretty much good to go.

Princess Elizabeth from Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko’s The Paper Bag Princess

Another super simple outfit: all you need is a paper bag to cut arm holes out of, a crown and a cuddly dragon!


Fred and George Weasley

The last two I’ve given into the pressure of needing some HP based characters. For Fred and George, red hair sprayed hair, black jeans, white shirt, black jumpers and tie and then anything that will substitute as a wand really and you’re there.

 The Golden Snitch

Finally, maybe my favourite of all the costumes the golden snitch. Wear a golden sparkly dress and find some golden material which you can cut into snitch style wings and attack to your arms. Could also attach a wrap around the middle that states I open at the close if you’re really going for it.

There you go, ten bookish literary inspired Halloween costumes. Were they any you would add? Are you a Halloween lover or loather? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. October 27, 2015 / 12:36 pm

    Some great ideas 🙂 Miss Havisham and Lady Macbeth would be especially effective! Going to have to remember these ideas next time I’m trying to come up with a costume

    • October 29, 2015 / 11:49 am

      I think Miss Havisham would be awesome – I totally would have done but I’m going out and I think they might not let me in if I look like I’m in the state of a breakdown and covered in dirt.

      Imma going as Matilda I am so excited!!!!

      • October 29, 2015 / 12:17 pm

        Ah also a great idea! And yeah I think Miss Havisham’s look overlaps a lot with drunk and needs to be sent home!

  2. October 27, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    I thought about dressing as Fred and George Weasley but the cloning myself bit seemed a little tricky. Oh, you mean with another person, the two of us dressing the same and all… never mind….

    • October 29, 2015 / 11:48 am

      Hahah this is brilliant – tbh I think cloning might be a little easier than making people couples costume with you: T refused to go as Harry Potter and the Snitch 🙁

      • October 29, 2015 / 12:47 pm

        I’ve seen a few great couples costumes, but I think your right, sometimes cloning is easier than coordinating.

  3. October 27, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    I think dressing up as famous authors would be fun like Jane Austen or Mark Twain. I’m surprised you don’t see more people dressed as George R.R. Martin. That would be a great costume.

    • October 29, 2015 / 11:47 am

      That would be an awesome awesome costume!

      I want more people to be bookish rather than a pumpkin or a skeleton. let’s be CREATIVE with our outfits

  4. October 27, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    oh my goodness -such fun costume ideas! Love your instructions 🙂 My TTT

    • October 29, 2015 / 11:46 am

      It was so so so so much fun thinking them up! 🙂

      Gah loved your post! I don’t read that many scary books because I’m an utter wuss 🙁

  5. October 27, 2015 / 11:41 pm

    This is so cute! I’ve seen the fish costume at a party before and it worked so well! I always worry that if I go as a book character that no one will know what I am. I feel like us book nerds are few and far between!

    • October 29, 2015 / 11:45 am

      Oh really!? Would love to have seen it! i’m going as Matilda and when I told some of my friends they were like what does Matilda even wear aha – I know the feeling 😉

  6. October 29, 2015 / 3:08 am

    I now totally want to see a good dressed as the One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish thing. BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE AMAZING. A Golden Snitch costume would be amazing, as well. And a George and Fred costume. And a Princess Elizabeth. I WANT TO SEE THEM.

    Thanks for stopping by Writing on Vintage Typewriter!

    • October 29, 2015 / 11:44 am

      Me too! I think it would be really really wonderful, but unfortunately I’ve left it super last minute and I’m going to be undead matilda which is pretty cool tbh 🙂
      Love your blog as always I’m sure I’ll be back soooooon 🙂 x

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