Literary Halloween Costume Ideas

It’s officially spooky season, Savvy Readers! If you haven’t already thought of your costumes for Halloween, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of literary costume ideas for all ages (and fur babies).

Max and the Wild Things, Where the Wild Things Are (Image Source)

Where the Wild Things Are is a classic childhood story and a great idea for a Halloween costume! Put on a white onesie and a gold crown, and you’ve got yourself a costume! Especially if you live in Canada, this onesie will keep you just as warm as you will be cute! Or you could even dress the rest of the family as wild things!

 Fancy Nancy from the Fancy Nancy series (Image source)

For this costume, you don’t need super specific items in order to be this character. You could wear a dress, or tutu, or pants, etc… As long as you’ve got some colourful and “fancy” jewelry (not your expensive stuff though), you could be Fancy Nancy this Halloween!

Tris Prior, Divergent (Image source)

If you’re looking for a super easy, last-minute costume that probably won’t cost you anything to make, you could dress up as Tris Prior! Grab a black tank top, black jeans, black boots, draw three ravens on your collarbone, and you’re ready to go!

Gandalf, Frodo, and Galadriel, Lord of the Rings (Image source)

I couldn’t leave out the fur babies! You can buy some of these Lord of the Rings costumes online. If your little one doesn’t mind wearing the costume, it’ll be great for the gram!

Paddington Bear, Paddington Bear (Image source)

This cute Halloween costume is for all ages! All you’ll need is a blue raincoat and a red hat. You can also tie the costume together with a brown briefcase.

Literally anything from Welcome To Night Vale, but especially Glow Cloud (All Hail) (Image source)

Welcome to Night Vale has legions of worthy followers, and for good reason! This year, put the weird in Halloween by going as one of the many amazing characters (or “objects”…?) from the series, including Cecil Palmer, Carlos the Scientist, The Faceless Old Woman (who secretly lives in your home), or even Glow Cloud (All Hail).

Regan from The Exorcist (Image source)

Halloween is all about being scared, right? Well, if you really want to scare the heebie-jeebies out of people this year, why not draw some inspiration from one of the scariest books of all time?!

Jenny from “The Green Ribbon” from In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (Image source)

Chances are, if you ask someone of a certain age about the girl with the green ribbon, they will have intense flashbacks to the end of this story. We won’t ruin anything for anyone, but we will say that you’re bound to get some reactions with this one.

Edgar Allan Poe and his raven (Image source)

Edgar Allan Poe is the OG king of horror, and “The Raven” is one of the scariest poems ever written. Need I say more?

Hercule Poirot from Agatha Christie’s mystery novels (Image source)

Move aside, Sherlock. We all know Poirot is the best detective anyways! If you want to get down and maybe solve a mystery or two this Halloween, turn to no one else than the great Hercule Poirot.

There you have it, Savvy Readers: 10 of the very best Halloween costume ideas for those of you still without a costume. From the cheerful and nostalgic to the downright terrifying, there are a lot of options for all the ghouls and goblins out there. Tell us, Savvy Readers: What is the best literary Halloween costume you’ve ever seen? Do you have any other Halloween costume recommendations? Let us know on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Spooky reading,



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.