It’s finally Halloween! My house didn’t get egged or TP’d last night. So I guess my neighborhood had a quiet Mischief Night. Now comes the fun part! I can’t wait to watch all the kids suit up and threaten to play tricks on people unless they give them treats. It’s a weird sort of custom when you think about it. (So I try not to think about it.)

Since it’s Halloween, here are my 13 (seemed like an appropriate number) favorite Halloween costumes based on literary characters. (Harry Potter peeps don’t get upset that you don’t see any Potter costumes here. That’s just too easy! I looked for clever, clearly homemade and novel – pun intended – costumes for my list! OK, I did end up making one exception on the Harry Potter thing…)

Best Costumes from YA or Adult Fiction Books

I liked these because they seemed clever and feasible to recreate, especially if you need a last-minute costume tonight!

1. Jack from The Shining

2. Patrick Bateman, American Psycho

3. Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye

5. Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

6. Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games

7. Nancy Drew from any number of Nancy Drew mysteries

Best Costumes from Fiction Books for Kids

Get ready to go – AWWWWW. Yep, these costumes are THAT cute.

8. Pigeon from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (This is one of my favorite children’s books of all time. If you have a young child and don’t have this book, go out and buy it right now. Seriously, drop everything you’re doing and go get it. Totally worth it.)

9. Pippi of Pippi Longstocking fame (Even Lorelai and Rory love her  – see below from one of my favorite ‘Gilmore Girls’ episodes!)

10. A hobbit from The Hobbit 

11. Alice from Alice in Wonderland. This one is so clever!

12. Moaning Myrtle, Harry Potter

13. Ms. Frizzle, Magic School Bus


Want to see more cute literary costumes, check out these links!