Hi everyone! With Halloween fast approaching I’ve been thinking about potential Halloween costumes. I’ve had some classics in recent years: Witch (full with hat, broomstick and my gorgeous black cat Cookie as my sidekick), Zombie, Mermaid (not scary but I really liked the make-up a friend did for me). This year because Halloween has been affected by Covid there isn’t the usual party to dress up for. That’s why this year I’ve been trying to think about more low-key costumes and thought why not look at costumes related to the literary world? With so many characters out there, the costume possibilities are endless. Here are a few that I think would be perfect for a quick, hassle free costume idea.
- Paddington Bear. Hear me out, it’s a fun costume that requires a duffle coat, wellington boots and an umbrella. Instantly recognizable and it would fun and easy for both children and adults. Throw in a suitcase and you’ve got the full look of the little bear from Peru.
- Thing 1 and Thing 2. Red t shirt and some DIY could easily have you looking like the side characters from The Cat in the Hat. Go for the full look with a lot of hairspray and some blue colouring with a little face paint. Go for the full set and get someone to create themselves the iconic red and white striped hat to go as The Cat.
- Coraline Jones. A yellow raincoat, jeans and a jumper. An easy costume which also has a Halloween flare. Dress up like the main character of one your favourite Halloween films and have a great time. The yellow raincoat also lends itself to Georgie from I.T, the first of Pennywise’s victims, add some fake blood and have a super scary costume.
- Dorothy. A cheap gingham dress, red shoes and a white apron. A classic costume that you can make scarier with make-up. Bonus points if you and a group of friends dress up as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Lion. It’s a cute group idea especially as you might be unable to meet up but could feel together over a Zoom call if you all match.
- Jeans and T-Shirt. If you’re a fan of contemporary novels dress like your favourite character. Keep the clothes as close to the details in the book as you can. There are hundreds, thousands, of characters who are described wearing everyday clothes so keep things really basic and keep yourself feeling like you’re dressed up without going to any real effort.
So there are a couple of quick and easy Halloween costume ideas for people who like books. The most important thing to remember about Halloween this year is that although plans may have changed, or been cancelled entirely, have as much fun as you can. I am a big fan of using make-up to create a full Halloween effect and this year I’m going for generic ghost. I’m hoping to sort out a whole black, white and grey make-up look and find a good ghost story to read on the big day. What are you plans for Halloween? Let me know if you have any very special costumes you want to share!