Last-Minute Bookish Halloween Costumes

Trying to figure out what to be for Halloween can be one of the most stressful things you’ll do this fall. Here are a few literary-inspired Halloween costumes that are bound to get you noticed by your fellow book-lovers.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton


All you really need are some faded jeans, a plain t-shirt, and a black leather jacket. Some Converse high-tops or ankle boots would go well with the ensemble, too.  Oh, and don’t forget the comb and grease for your hair. You could always add a fake switchblade for some extra flair. Just remember to stay golden.

Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

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This is another super easy costume you could assemble to make the world’s favorite big mouth come alive. Junie B.’s signature look is a purple skirt and pink sweater (and don’t forget the giant bow!)., Honestly, as long as you dress like a kindergartner/first-grader, you’ll be good. If you’re going for Junie B.’s first-grade look, you can’t forget her purple glasses.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

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If you’ve read both or either one of these series by Rick Riordan, you’ll know that the basic ensemble for a Camp Half-Blood or Camp Jupiter character is either an orange or purple t-shirt with the camp logo on it. You can buy these shirts for really cheap or you could make your own. You can wear whatever pants and shoes you want, as long as you’ll be able to run from or fight monsters. Don’t forget your weapon of choice, whether Greek or Roman.

Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


For a Holden Caulfield-inspired ensemble, you’ll just need some sturdy pants, loafers, a winter coat, scarf, and, of course, the hunter’s cap. You could carry around a leather bag, too, to store your candy in. I don’t recommend taking up smoking, but you could carry around some candy cigarettes and talk about how phony everyone is.

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins


For Katniss’s classic look from The Hunger Games, you probably have most of the pieces  in your closet already. Start with a pair of dark pants, a dark jacket (or leather jacket if she hasn’t competed in the Games yet), and boots. And don’t forget her Mockingjay pin or her bow and arrows.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville


If dressing up really isn’t your thing, then you could always be ironic.

What is the best literary Halloween costume that you’ve ever seen? What are some other easy or DIY costumes from books that you can think of? I’m still trying to decide whether to go as Annabeth Chase or Junie B. Jones.