26 October 2014

Literary Inspired Halloween Costumes

One of the many things I love about Halloween (autumn weather, sweets, decorations, horror films etc...) is the costumes. Every year around the end of September I start trawling the internet for the best costumes ideas, and some of my favourites are those inspired by literary characters. 

If you're bored of being a standard witch, ghost, zombie etc., the following costumes offer a bookish twist. 

Dorian Grey, from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Grey

I love the above costume, bringing Dorian's corrupted 'portrait' self into his aristocratic facade. This is one that you could play around with, adding different elements from the character/story into the costume.

You could wear: Victorian-esque garb, picture frame, 'rotting' face paint

Zombie, from Jane Austen and Seth-Graham Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

This is a personal favourite, as in my mind adding zombies to anything will instantly make it more awesome. Adding them to an already incredible classic work of fiction was pure genius.

You could wear: Long-sleeved white nightgown, lots and lots of fake blood

Hunger Games tribute, from Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games

There's no shortage of deceased tributes in The Hunger Games, so putting a literary twist on the typical zombie costume is just a case of picking your favourite.

You could wear: Camping attire, backpack, fake wounds/blood and a false arrow through the chest

Moaning Myrtle, from J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Why go as a generic ghost, when you can go as a notoriously whiny bespectacled one?

You could wear: Hogwarts robes, broken glasses, toilet seat, dusting of talcum powder

The Child Catcher, from Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

A big pro for this costume is that you get to carry sweets and chocolate around with you, but everyone will be too creeped out to accept any. 

You could wear: Top hat, fake nose, gigantic fishing net

Carrie, from Steven King's Carrie

I watched the original Carrie film on a weekend away with school, when sharing a room with two other girls. They fell asleep about twenty minutes in and I was left to watch the whole thing, completely terrified, by myself. I did not sleep.

You could wear: Prom-style dress (charity shop?), tiara and/or 'Prom Queen' sash, more fake blood

Slappy, from R L Stein's Night of the Living Dummy

Dead eyes, jerky movements, insulting humour... what's not to love?

You could wear: Formal wear including coloured bow-tie, copious amounts of hair gel, simple face paint

The Grand High Witch, from Roald Dahl's The Witches

Put aside the pointy black hat for this year and go for one of Dahl's creepiest characters (how was that guy okay'd to write for kids?). You could even take this a step further and go mad with special effect makeup, having the top of her face mask peel away to reveal the horror behind it... (seriously, this was a children's book).

You could wear: Long black gloves, sharp wig, pointy heels, elegant hat

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