22 Literary Halloween Costumes For Duos

*throws gin & tonic at F. Scott*

1. Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes, poets

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For Sylvia: All-American good looks, nylons, knee-length skirt

For Ted: Combed-down hair, British accent, sweater vest, brandy

Take it further: Replicate the night Sylvia and Ted met by biting into Ted’s face until he bleeds, leaving a circle of red tooth-marks around his cheek.

2. Emily Dickinson & Death


For Emily: Long white dress, pale face, a low bun, zero social skills

For Death: Grim reaper costume

Take it further: Emily should be rushing away from Death, incapable of stopping. Every so often, Death should stop. For Emily.

3. F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, power couple trainwreck

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For Zelda: Bob, flapper dress, crazy eyes, gin. Must always be the life of the party.

For F. Scott: Goofy smile, terrible hair, suit and tie, gin

Take it further: Spend the entire evening alternating between uproarious laughter, swing dancing, and blood-curdling screams.

4. Persephone & Hades, classical mythology

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For Persephone: Pomegranates, pomegranate seeds, pomegranate juice, despairing pout

For Hades: Flames, skulls, and strappy sandals

Take it further: Have Hades drag Persephone around the party.

5. Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett, Pride & Prejudice

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For Darcy: Frilly white shirt, navy jacket, killer sideburns, British timidity

For Elizabeth: White gloves, pink lipstick, tight curls, super-virginal dress

Take it further: Bring a bucket of water and pour it on Darcy at the peak of the evening. Then he has to propose.

6. Simone de Beauvoir & Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialists

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For Simone: Chic-as-hell lady suit, burgundy turban, cigarettes

For Jean-Paul: Ugly face, round glasses, three-piece suit, cigarettes

Take it further: With lots and lots of infidelity.

7. Jay Gatsby & Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby

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Jay: Signet ring, douchey cane, pale linen suit, inability to read social cues from women, money

Nick: Nice boy sweater, bowtie, slicked-back hair, sense of wonder and amazement at rich people

Take it further: Flirt with each other all night, because come on.

8. Nurse Barkley & Lieutenant Henry, A Farewell to Arms

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For Barkley: Nurse costume, pregnancy (optional)

For Henry: Soldier costume, wounded arm, typewriter

Take it further: If it rains, stand at the window and discuss how dead you feel inside. Speak only in clipped sentences. Use no adjectives.

9. Charles & Sebastian, Brideshead Revisited

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For Charles: Khakis, boat shoes, cigarettes, air of nostalgia and ennui, tartan scarf

For Sebastian: Khakis, boat shoes, cigarettes, air of nostalgia and ennui, sweater vest

Take it further: With champagne, a teddy bear, and profound sexual frustration.

10. Nick & Amy Dunne, Gone Girl

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For Amy: Pretty blonde hair or wig, WASP-y attire, Cool Girl affect, YA fiction novel

For Nick: Salt-and-pepper hair, button-up shirt with top buttons undone, “Find Amy” button, shadiness

Take it further: With a supremely dysfunctional relationship dynamic.

11. Lancelot & Guinevere, Le Morte d’Arthur


For Lancelot: Knight costume, corrupt sense of honor

For Guinevere: Princess costume, aggressive sex drive

Take it further: Go as a threesome with King Arthur. Instead of wearing above costumes, have Lancelot and Guinevere wrapped naked in a bedsheet together. Leave King Arthur crying by the punch bowl.

12. Giving Tree & The Boy, The Giving Tree


For Giving Tree: An apple, some hearts carved into your trunk, total kindness to all

For The Boy: Red overalls

Take it further: Allow partygoers to carve their names into you. Dote on the Boy’s every need.

13. Scarlett O’Hara & Rhett Butler, Gone With The Wind

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For Scarlett: Big pouffy dress, a hat with a long piece of fabric trailing off of it to shield you from the Southern sun, something satin, ladylike coiffed hair, kinky side

For Rhett: Suit, mustache, mini-sideburns, rogue airs

Take it further: Hold the pose on the cover of the novel (Rhett’s arms wrapped around Scarlett, Scarlett’s neck thrown back) all night.

14. Virginia Woolf & Vita Sackville-West, writer & socialite

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For Virginia: Frumpy dress, loosely-tied hair, wedding band, Roman nose

For Vita: Wide-brimmed hat, gender-bending outfit, lots of jewels, family money

Take it further: With societal condemnation of your sexual inclinations, causing you to stay in a sexless marriage instead of fulfilling your probable lesbian impulses.

15. Salome & John the Baptist, Salome


For Salome: Sexy dancer outfit of any sort will do

For John: Bloody neck due to severed head, pale face due to being dead. Extra points for weird facial hair growth pattern and long dark hair.

Take it further: Carry John on a golden plate the entire evening while laughing maniacally and winking at all older men.

16. Anaïs & June, Henry and June

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For June: Long blonde hair, sexy dress

For Anaïs: Short dark hair, sexy dress, stack of notebooks, Mae West eyebrows

Take it further: With wild, unrestricted sexual attraction.

17. Franny & Zooey

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For Franny: A fur coat that seems a part of your being, cigarettes, The Pilgrim’s Way

For Zooey: Towel wrapped around waist, fresh razor blade, rich boy shaving cream, terrible movie script and a well-worn letter

Take it further: This isn’t a romantic duo. They’re siblings. Spend the whole night bitching about your dead brothers.

18. Tomas & Sabina, The Unbearable Lightness of Being


For Tomas: All-black outfit, serious eyebrows, doctor’s stethoscope, promiscuous air

For Sabina: Black lace bra and panties, bowler hat, paint-splattered Oxford

Take it a further: Bring a mirror along. When people can’t guess your costume, place it on the floor and bend over it provocatively, as though the answer to your existence depends upon it.

19. Reverend Dimsdale & Hester Prynne, The Scarlet Letter

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For the Reverend: Clerical gowns, hypocrisy

For Hester: A scarlet letter A, literally all you need is a scarlet letter

Take it further:
Actually conceive a child out of wedlock. Get an A tattooed on your chest.

20. Girl & Dragon Tattoo, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

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For Girl: Moody face, facial piercings, dark clothes, NO EYEBROWS

For Dragon Tattoo:
Dragon costume!

Take It further:
Keep the dragon on your arm all night to ensure others understand your clever play on this Swedish classic.

21. Estragon & Vladimir, Waiting for Godot

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For Estragon: Bowler hat, ill-fitting suit

For Vladimir: Bowler hat, ill-fitting suit

Take it further: Never shut up about your perennially late friend, Godot.

22. Innocence & Experience

h/t: Sarah Weston


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For Innocence: Baby costume

For Experience:
Sexy costume of any sort will do, glasses are a bonus

Take it further: With hallucinatory drugs.

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