I always, always, always wait until the last minute when it comes to Halloween costumes. It crosses my mind briefly in early September, but I wave it away, thinking I have plenty of time. Then the week before Im scrambling to find anything that would look decent.
If youre the same way, struggling to think of a smart, interesting, and affordable costume, look no further! Weve got a few costumes sure to please any bookworm.
1. Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Who wouldnt want to be the tough Lisbeth Salander? If youve ever read the books (or watched the movie), you know her look is recognizable. All you need is to wear all black, combat boots, some clip on jewelry and of course the tattoo. Either use a temporary tattoo or find someone artistic to draw it on your back. Voila! You are the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!
2. Moaning Myrtle from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Love Harry Potter, but want to stand out from all the Hermiones and Rons? What about trying everyones favorite ghost who haunts bathrooms: Moaning Myrtle! Get a school uniform or robe, glasses, and hang a (clean) toilet seat around your neck. For an extra touch, put some teardrops down your cheek.
3. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea is more than an Ernest Hemingway classic: its a perfect couples costume! If you dont want to go all out with stage make-up, all you need is a cane to become the old man. If youre the sea, wear all blue and tape paper fish to yourself, or if youre really low-maintenance, get a blue shirt and write C in the middle.
4. For Dummies series
Everyone knows the iconic For Dummies series. Wear a yellow hat, a black shirt with Halloween for dummies and then yellow pants. Come prepared with a history of Halloween spiel, and tips on how to make the party youre attending even better. Warning: you might get kicked out for being a know-it-all.
5. The Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
If youre looking for a childrens costume, consider the iconic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book. Attach mouse ears (which you can make from cardboard or construction paper) to a headband, give them some whiskers, and have them carry around a huge cookie–either printed out, or make a stuffed cookie. Your kid will be the cutest one on the block.
If youre looking for more inspiration, stop by your local CCPL branch and get re-introduced to some to your favorite books or find new ones. CCPL library staff offers expert recommendations either in-person or through our BookMate service which is available for teen as well as adult readers. With BookMate, you fill out a short survey and then one of our librarians will match you with 4-6 new titles. One of them could contain your next favorite character or Halloween costume! We hope to see you soon!