24 Halloween Costume Ideas That All Book Nerds Will Love

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Channel your inner Kathy Bates.


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Annie Wilkes from Misery. —darlenehowellm

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Or slip into some Jane Austen cosplay.


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Elizabeth Bennett! —amandaf43c7e47c4

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This one’s a little more challenging to move in.


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Ygritte from A Song of Ice and Fire. (Specifically when she was captured) —mckate

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And this one is guaranteed to be a showstopper.


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I did my senior thesis on Edgar Allan Poe, so the following fall Edgar Allan Ho was only fitting. —jensartanowicz

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There’s always the old magical standby.


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The real colors of Gryffindor, with my homemade wand —n4f33197f7

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It’s A-OK to be inspired by YA.


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Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments-chloekuri

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Or maybe you’re more into something 1920s.


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Daisy from the Great Gatsbybrissiebuzzer

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Impress your high school English teacher with this one.


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Senior year of high school, I came to school as Hester Prynne. Sadly, my costume wasn’t nearly as good as the one in this post, but I brought a baby Pearl around school with me all day. My high school was a magnet school for the arts, so we took our Halloween costumes VERY seriously. This one was certainly a teacher favorite! —aldonoho

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Break out the fake eyelashes for this one.


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This past Halloween, I dressed as one of my favorite literary characters, Alex from A Clockwork Orange.taylors61

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You can never go wrong with a pun.


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Tequila mockingbird: wings with tequila brands all over me. —veronicao4de07f999

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Or two.


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“Gonzo journalism.” No one got it of course! —ntoombs44

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A Shakespeare costume is anything but tragic.


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We were Lord and Lady Macbeth (I was Lady Macbeth). It was a ton of fun and one of my favorite recent costumes. —charlierays

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Unless you want it to be.


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Ophelia from Hamlet. “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember.” —lizziejanee

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And you can even use it to wax philosophical.


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Last year I went as the troubled prince Hamlet. As a high school teacher, I couldn’t resist this play on the classic Hamlet line for my Instagram caption: “Alas, poor Yorick, your grades were just not that great this quarter. How’s that for a scary Halloween?” —michaelan3

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Two is better than one.


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Sylvia Plath and the woman from The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman —lectitavi

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Don’t be afraid to make your own props.


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Dorian Gray —lolokings

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Channel Max from Where The Wild Things Are.

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Or be a few characters at once.


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My take on Charlotte’s Webmissceriss

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Think outside the box.


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Greasers from The Outsiders (except for the two on the left but oh well) —salley123

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It might end up royally awesome.


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Celaena/Queen Aelin from Throne of Glass and Prince Rowan. —emilyr4610d5251

21.

Remember: dogs make EVERY costume better.


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Hermione Granger and Hairy Pawter ?⚡ —kinseyh2

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Be sure to Tess to impress.


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Tess of the D’urbervilles. I’m such a literature nerd! My AP Lit teacher got excited and took a picture to send to his wife. Good times. —dsdaras

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Or just raid your toolbox.


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I was Tom Sawyer one year —demib3

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It’s going to be a trés bon Halloween!










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