Tuesday, October 31, 2017

13 Bookish Costume Ideas

My family doesn't really celebrate Halloween, but we all know the best part is dressing up, right? Actually, it's the food. Even I like to do that sometimes, so I've compiled a list of bookish characters that are good enough for me to actually dress up as ... if I was dedicated enough.

Prepare yourself. Some of these have spoilers, but no order or numbers. XP

Mary Poppins {Mary Poppins}

because a parasol, flowy dress, red lipstick, and hat

Maria Von Trapp {The Story of the Von Trapp Family Singers/The Sound of Music}

hello, her party dress and a captain, please?
also, super simple in the hair department
bonus points if you use drapes

Parvin Blackwater {A Time to Die}

a little dirt, fur skirt, and hiking boots
bonus points for the missing hand

Aleah Valinor {Sentinel}

silver hair and green eyes are a must
after that you can go in scrubs or fox pajamas if you feel like it
an orange kitten is also suggested

Odette Menkels {The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest}

aka female Robin Hood/swan princess
blonde fishtail side braid

America Singer {The Selection}

perfect for redheads who want poofy dresses
or jeans on a Saturday

Anyone {The Mysterious Benedict Society}

Any character would work here!!!
Kate - red striped shirt and a bucket
Sticky - bald with glasses and a dictionary
Reynie - green sweater vest and logic
Constance - rain gear and fit throwing
Mr. Benedict - you're going to need a wheelchair

The Dread Pirate Roberts {Princess Bride}

Buttercup's great and all. But Zorro-esque is better

Pollyanna Whitaker {Pollyanna}

basically, go shopping with a rich aunt for new dresses
maybe don't fall out of a tree ...

Anne Shirley {Anne of Green Gables}

another good redhead option
a slate and puff sleeves complete the look

Scarlett Blaine {Chasing Jupiter}

wavy hair, freckles, a bicycle, and peach pie!
(guys can go as Grandpop Barley with peanut butter and a red tie)

Cassandra Mortmain {I Capture the Castle}

hand-me-down 20s fashion is the goal
it won't matter how out of style you are

Eliza Doolittle {Pygmalion/My Fair Lady}

black and white, ridiculous bows and hats, and a parasol
it doesn't count unless you talk properly!
Okay, so some of these outfits were from movie versions ;) This post goes to show the importance of detailing outfits in your writing! Otherwise, they're really hard to cosplay! Who would you dress up as?

On a much more important note, it's the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the Whittenberg Cathedral. You're all invited to my church for a fun celebration/history lesson this Sunday! ;D


  1. Wow, these are so cool! I like the idea of going as book characters. Might have to do that sometime. I'm going as a scarecrow this year, though. That's really cool about Martin Luther. :D


    1. Oh fun! I did makeup on my brother so he could go as a scarecrow this year :) We typically don't dress up for the pumpkin party we attend, but the weather was pleasant enough that the littles wanted to :D

      Isn't it?! It's been so fun learning more about the positives and negatives of the Reformation and all the political/religious climate of the time :D

  2. Chasing Jupiter was a hit for you, huh? XD

  3. I'm Katniss Everdeen this year. Simple DIY costume is as follows:
    •Black boots
    •Black leggings
    •A plain black shirt (or do what I did and just wear a black shirt inside out so it's all black and cut out the tag)
    •Mockingjay Pin (Amazon sells them for under $10 I think.)
    •The classic Katniss braid. (My Mom helped me and it looks super cool. If you can't do the "fancy" braid, do a regular braid and throw it over your shoulder.)
    •Natural makeup. (A little pink blush, a nude color smoky eye, and some dark eyeliner will be fine.)
    •And finally a bow and a quiver with a few arrows to complete the look. If you don't have this, it will still look awesome. (Just say you decided to leave it hidden in the tree trunk.)

    I've always loved dressing up for Halloween and this year is one of my favorite costumes. Hope you have a wonderful day, Abi!

    1. YESSSSS a book character <3 Gosh, I love Katniss. Your DIY sounds EPIC!!!! I had no idea Mockingjay pins were that cheap hehe .... *dashes to Amazon*

      I actually /sorta/ dressed up this year too. Red plaid shirt tucked into cuffed jeans. Ankle lace boots. And my hair up in a white handkerchief with dark lipstick. Sort of a Rosie the Riveter/40s girl look :) 'Twas fun

      Thanks, you too!

    2. Aw thanks! I had so much fun with my DIY KATNISS costume.

      *leads you to the cheap Mockingjay pins*

      Aw, that sounds adorable! I wish I coulda seen you all dressed up!

  4. "bonus points for a missing hand"
    LOL (ignore my sobbing)

    This is such a fun post!
    ~ Abby {novelsdragonsandwardrobedoors.blogspot.com}

  5. These look like so much fun to do! I think a Mary Poppins costume would be great. :D
    I agree, dressing up is the best part. :) I don't 'do' Halloween either, but sometimes I go somewhere that says 'dress up', so I still love costumes!
    Great post!

    1. Wouldn't it? I don't know why I've never thought of it before!!! Yes, dressing up is totally the best part. Although I don't do it every year, haha xD Thanks :) Love your name, btw!

  6. Never really dressed up for halloween, but if I did, I'd want to be Pravin. ;) Oh, to be able to remove your hand for a day..... Only I'm left handed, and that's the one she loses.... Lol
    Great post, Abi. :)

    1. I think it would be awesome to be Parvin!! Haha XD Yep, that would be a huge issue for me as well! xP I'm glad you liked it <3

  7. Oops, I mean Parvin. Spell check........ *glares*

  8. Dread Pirate Roberts is my favorite...you've actually given me ideas for next year....haha


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