Last-Minute Literary Costumes You Can Create for $0

8 Last-Minute Literary Costumes You Can Create for $0

It’s October 31, and you’ve completely forgotten that brilliant costume idea you had back in July.

Luckily, you don’t have to look too far or break the bank for a clever costume, especially if you’re a book lover. Here are eight literary ensembles you can pull together using items you already own so you can head to that party with all of the confidence of this guy:


A From <em>Every Day</em> by David Levithan

A From Every Day by David Levithan

Every day, A wakes up in a new body. This Halloween, A is waking up in yours! Affix a name tag to any outfit with your age in days (for example, if you’re seventeen, write “Day 6,205”), and you’re good to go.

Addy from <em>One of Us Is Lying</em> by Karen M. McManus

Addy from One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus


The Bayview Four have come to life on Peacock, and each of the four has a distinct style. Grab a crop top, some jeans, and white converse to dress as Addy (don’t forget the peanut face oil). Make this a group costume by choosing three friends to complete the full One of Us Is Lying costume!

Matt from <em>A Short History of the Girl Next Door</em> by Jared Reck

Matt from A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

One of the best scenes in this book takes place on Halloween, and it comes with both advanced- and beginner-level costume options. The advanced level is what Matt actually wears as a mama bald eagle (don’t ask): a white beanie, a brown sweater with feathers attached, and bright yellow skinny jeans. It’s . . . a lot. If that’s too much for you, just fill a trick-or-treat bag with Matt and Tabby’s favorite candy, Nerds.

Julia from <em>Julia Vanishes</em>and <em>Julia Defiant</em> (the Witch’s Child series) by Catherine Egan

Julia from Julia Vanishesand Julia Defiant (the Witch’s Child series) by Catherine Egan

All this costume assembling can be overwhelming, even if you’re just shopping in your closet. Don’t feel like going to the party after all? Then you’re “going” as Julia, who can—surprise!—vanish from her surroundings. You’re there in spirit, right?

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