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.

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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!

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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!

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

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Hellllo readers, time for another Top Ten Tuesday’s post and I can tell today’s is going to be utterly difficult. Ten Wishes you would want your genie to grant you? More BOOKISH WISHES PLEASE! Gah, there are so many things I want, it’s going to be a toughie to knock it down to ten but I’ll give it a go, you know me.

Power over the reading slump:

The first would have to be, to have the power to always know what book to read if I’m stuck in a reading slump. Honestly this would just be – perfect.

Portable Library please

I would like a portable library – kinda like a Tardis but smaller. So I could crawl into a trunk and it would actually be a full sized library that I could potentially carry with me ie on holiday or moving house, and it is never full. That would need to be a must.

Meet Amber from The Chocolate Run

This one may seem a little odd but many of you know how much I adore Amber from the book The Chocolate Run. If we could go and stuff our faces with chocolate and wine I would be a very happy lady.

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Mr Boddington’s classics collection from Anthropologie

I saw these stunning covers on a lifestyle bloggers youtube video I think and was like – I NEED. Much to my luck they’re all sold out. Sorry wha! I would like them all, stacked up in my portable library!

More Super-powers

Okay, so this is a bit different but I’d love the ability to sniff out books; not in a physical way but to enter book stores and feel the books – so if there’s a sneaky Bukowski hidden away with a stunning cover, or a first edition Austen hidden behind a Jeremy Clarkson autobiography (you never know) I would love to have the ability to feel the books. If that makes sense!

Allllll the moneys

An unlimited book budget – so  all the books would be mineeeeee

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A bookmark that can never be lost

Pretty self-explanatory based on everything I’ve written on my ability to keep bookmarks. Or maybe a spell that I can open to the page I was last on. Hmmmm – Accio-pageturneroverer?’

NO SOUND PLEASE

You know when you’re reading and you’re on the bus and someone is having an argument with their mum/aunt/dog and you’re like no, stop it, I would like to be able to just block them out and create a bubble around my reading lovliness.

Amazon/Goodreads

Less bookish more blogish, but I wish a genie could just post on my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads because I am just rubbish at remembering. That would be nice.

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Finally, I would like to have rowdy drunken curry with J,K Rowling, Bukowski, Shakespeare, Dorothy Koomson, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer and Stella Newman please.

These would be so wonderful if they came true although never will *sobs* What would add to my list?