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17 Creative Kidlit-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Looking for a book-related costume this year? Here’s a collection of 17 fun ideas for librarians, teachers, or children of all ages.

1. Purple crayon + a onesie = Harold

Bookspiration: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

2. The Dark: Wear all black with a lightbulb or two.

Bookspiration: The Dark by Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen

3. Bink & Gollie: Don’t forget the roller skates!

Bookspiration: Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo

4. Simple T-Shirt costume: Phoney Bone

Bookspiration: Bone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith

5. Aprons & gloves make for a recognizable Lunch Lady

Bookspiration: Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

6. Ladybug Girl: A unique take on a traditional getup

Bookspiration: Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis

7. Iggy Peck, for the super fashionable

Bookspiration: Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts

8. Fly Guy, for the fans of googly eyes

Bookspiration: Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

9. There was a little costume idea and its name was Ferdinand

Bookspiration: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

10. Gerald & Piggie: We are a Halloween costume!

Bookspiration: Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems

11. Dragonbreath

Bookspiration: Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

12. Calvin & Hobbes (Just don’t tell Bill Watterson)

Bookspiration: Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

13. Amelia Bedelia: Classic & chic

Bookspiration: Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish & Fritz Siebel

14. Chu or Xander, for You Obscure Kidlit Lovers

Bookspiration 1: Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex
Bookspiration 2: Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park and Matt Phelan

15. Arthur is still recognizable, thanks to PBS

Bookspiration: Arthur’s Nose by Marc Brown

16. Hunt down a cardboard house to be Alice

Bookspiration: Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

17. And when in doubt, just go with Poppins.

Bookspiration: Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

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