12 Literary Costumes for a Bookish Halloween

Pages Bookshop
3 min readOct 6, 2020


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Tis the season for tricks, treats, and — dressing up as your favorite fictional character or famous author, of course. Whether you’re looking for ideas for your little ones or yourself, these ideas will give you plenty of lit-spiration.

  1. Gerald and Piggie
    Let’s start with some Mo Willems, shall we? “We are a Halloween Costume!”
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2. The Pigeon (who shouldn’t drive the bus!)
With a blue beanie and button-down, you too can transform into everyone’s favorite bus-driving pigeon.

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3. Maeve from Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House
This next one might not work well for parties, but who’s going to those this year anyway? Recreating your favorite book cover for the ‘gram is definitely the way to go for #CoronaHalloween.

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4. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Got a big box and an apple? Well then hey, why not.

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5. Julián Is a Mermaid
And you can be one too! The sequel to the award-winning Julian is a Mermaid just came out, celebrate with an homage courtesy of a bedsheet and fancy head stylings.

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6. One of Margaret Atwood’s Handmaids
If we keep dressing up like this for Halloween, it won’t happen… right?

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6. Coraline
Who knew buttons could be so creepy? (Well, Neil Gaiman, for one.)

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7. Mary Poppins
YES, it was a book first.

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8. A book fairy
Bibbity, bobbity, BOO!

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9. Goodnight Moon baby
Bonus points for any costume that helps keep the little ones warm. How cute is this?

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10. The Very Hungry Catepillar
Let’s keep this adorable kid train rolling, shall we?

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11. A bookworm
Okay, just one more. We couldn’t help it.

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12. I SPY
Leave it to librarians to unlock new levels of #BookishHalloween. I spy two people who deserve a raise.

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BONUS! Don’t feel like being in costume? Dress up your bookshelves instead.

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Oh, and if you want to turn one of your pumpkins into Pete the Cat, you probably should.

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Dressing up as your favorite book character or author this year? Tag us on social media (@pagesontheave)!



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