Halloween is a time when we celebrate our fascination with fear. It’s the same reason we love a good horror movie, seek out new thrilling novels, and laugh hysterically when we’re startled: We find pleasure in the threat of fear, and in the realization that our fear is more psychological than real. This quiz will help you find which literary monster best fits your personality, and will provide suggestions for quick but effective costumes!

Do you prefer an easy costume, or something that requires a little effort?

How are you celebrating Halloween?

What seasonal reads are you enjoying right now?

Pick a literary quote that inspires the most fear.

Which characteristic of literary horror is your favorite?

Reality has its fair share of monsters, too. Which of the following is scarier than any literary monster?

What Literary Monster Should You Be for Halloween?
Victor Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein challenges our perception of the physical monster. Is the man who conceives of, then abandons, his creation the true monster? Capture his look with a lab coat, gelled hair, and a selfish demeanor.
Count Dracula

Bram Stoker's classic Dracula formed the blueprint for the contemporary vampire-- haughty creatures that thrive in darkness, have a thirst for blood, and live eternal. All you need for this costume are fake fangs, a deep red cloak, and a hint of hostility.
The Sea Witch

There are many iterations of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, but the original is probably the darkest. The Sea Witch grants the mermaid legs in exchange for her voice (on the condition that it feels like she's walking on knives, and will be punished with death if she fails to win the prince's heart). Get creative with this one-- face paint gills, don a long dark pencil skirt (you can add oval pieces of paper for a scaly look) and a loose lace shirt to emulate the era, and adopt an echoey cackle.
The White Witch

The White Witch from C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia is an icy villain that reads minds and controls the seasons. Emulate her frosty glamor with a white dress, faux fur coat, and a sweet tooth.
Nurse Ratched

The most fearful aspect of this character from Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is control. Nurse Ratched's malevolence towards her patients veers dangerously close to reality. All you need to complete the outfit is a nurse costume, coifed hair, and an unsettling quietness.
Grendel

This creature from the ancient Beowulf epic has been transformed into many iterations. Design the monster of your choosing with fangs, faux fur, and a deep growl. The costume can also be recreated for your pet!

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