Halloween Costumes Inspired by Books!

Halloween is just a few weeks away, so now is the time to start planning the perfect costume. Here are some literary-inspired DIY ideas gathered from Buzzfeed and Barnes and Noble, & Teen Vogue.

 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby is set in 1920s New York, and turning yourself into main characters Jay or Daisy isn’t hard to do. Here’s what you need:

For Jay
dark or light suit
tie or bowtie
straw boater hat or top hat
lots of hair gel for a perfect look when you remove your hat

For Daisy
A flapper dress
long white gloves
long pearl necklace


Remember when you were little and you loved The Magic School Bus series? You probably can’t get a cooler costume than that slightly-off-her-rocker Ms. Frizzle. Here’s what you need:

For Ms. Frizzle
A plain dress
fabric planets
fabric glue
a curly red wig
a stuffed lizard to carry around

Simply glue the planets onto your dress, put on the wig, grab your lizard and you are Ms. Frazzle!


Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is haunting and brave, so who better to embody this Halloween? Here’s what you need:

For Coraline
A shorter-cut dark purple or dark blue wig
A solid color shirt and pants/ skirt
A yellow rain jacket
Yellow Rain Boots



The teen shapeshifter and namesake heroine of Noelle Stevenson’s graphic novel Nimona pretty much allows you to put together any costumes you like, with whatever items you can find around the house, plus an animal mask, of course. Here’s what you need:

For Nimona
A green dress
A pink tanktop
Brown Boots
Brown Belt
Animal Head (wolf, shark, it’s up to you!)


If you’ve “been there, done that” with the other wizarding hero we all love, how about going as another modern day, quirky sorcerer, Simon Snow from Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On. Here’s what you need:

For Simon Snow
Grey pants
White button down shirt
Green and purple tie
Floppy blond wig


Stop by the library on Halloween to show us which book character you’ve chosen!