Need a last-minute literary Halloween costume that few will understand? We’ve got you covered! Our bewitching list of costume ideas showcase some lesser acknowledged, but highly invaluable, literary characters. 

The Golden Snitch from Harry Potter

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  • What you need: Gold tin-foil (do they even sell that?) and a pair of wings


The Road Taken inspired by “The Road Not Taken”

  • What you need: A long black dress (preferably made of velcro) covered in tiny model cars (preferably ones with a velcro base)

Pro tip: Wrap yourself in twinkly lights to give off a 5 o’clock rush-hour traffic vibe


A West Egg from The Great Gatsby

  • What you need: A white sheet inscribed with “West” draped over a Hoop Petticoat


Sherlock Holmes’s Pipe

  • What you need: A wide PVC pipe and a king size Sharpie


A Bell Jar from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

  • What you need: One of these and no fear of confinement

Pro tip: Depending on how long you’re going to be in the jar, you may want snacks, water, and an oxygen tank on standby


A Teapot from any Jane Austen novel

  • What you need: This should do, but if you have an embroidery kit or a sharpie, you may want to customize for clarity:




Enjoy a bookish Halloween!