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24 Halloween Costume Ideas That All Book Nerds Will Love

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to show us the best literary-themed Halloween costumes they've ever had. Here are the results (that might get you inspired for your own costume)!

1. Channel your inner Kathy Bates.

Annie Wilkes from Misery. —darlenehowellm
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Annie Wilkes from Misery. —darlenehowellm

2. Or slip into some Jane Austen cosplay.

Elizabeth Bennett! —amandaf43c7e47c4
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Elizabeth Bennett! —amandaf43c7e47c4

3. This one's a little more challenging to move in.

Ygritte from A Song of Ice and Fire. (Specifically when she was captured) —mckate
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Ygritte from A Song of Ice and Fire. (Specifically when she was captured) —mckate

4. And this one is guaranteed to be a showstopper.

I did my senior thesis on Edgar Allan Poe, so the following fall Edgar Allan Ho was only fitting. —jensartanowicz
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I did my senior thesis on Edgar Allan Poe, so the following fall Edgar Allan Ho was only fitting. —jensartanowicz

5. There's always the old magical standby.

The real colors of Gryffindor, with my homemade wand —n4f33197f7
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The real colors of Gryffindor, with my homemade wand —n4f33197f7

6. It's A-OK to be inspired by YA.

Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments- —chloekuri
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Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments-chloekuri

7. Or maybe you're more into something 1920s.

Daisy from the Great Gatsby —brissiebuzzer
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Daisy from the Great Gatsbybrissiebuzzer

8. Impress your high school English teacher with this one.

Senior year of high school, I came to school as Hester Prynne. Sadly, my costume wasn’t nearly as good as the one in this post, but I brought a baby Pearl around school with me all day. My high school was a magnet school for the arts, so we took our Halloween costumes VERY seriously. This one was certainly a teacher favorite! —aldonoho
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Senior year of high school, I came to school as Hester Prynne. Sadly, my costume wasn’t nearly as good as the one in this post, but I brought a baby Pearl around school with me all day. My high school was a magnet school for the arts, so we took our Halloween costumes VERY seriously. This one was certainly a teacher favorite! —aldonoho

9. Break out the fake eyelashes for this one.

This past Halloween, I dressed as one of my favorite literary characters, Alex from A Clockwork Orange. —taylors61
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This past Halloween, I dressed as one of my favorite literary characters, Alex from A Clockwork Orange.taylors61

10. You can never go wrong with a pun.

Tequila mockingbird: wings with tequila brands all over me. —veronicao4de07f999
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Tequila mockingbird: wings with tequila brands all over me. —veronicao4de07f999

11. Or two.

"Gonzo journalism." No one got it of course! —ntoombs44
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"Gonzo journalism." No one got it of course! —ntoombs44

12. A Shakespeare costume is anything but tragic.

We were Lord and Lady Macbeth (I was Lady Macbeth). It was a ton of fun and one of my favorite recent costumes. —charlierays
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We were Lord and Lady Macbeth (I was Lady Macbeth). It was a ton of fun and one of my favorite recent costumes. —charlierays

13. Unless you want it to be.

Ophelia from Hamlet. "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember." —lizziejanee
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Ophelia from Hamlet. "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember." —lizziejanee

14. And you can even use it to wax philosophical.

Last year I went as the troubled prince Hamlet. As a high school teacher, I couldn't resist this play on the classic Hamlet line for my Instagram caption: "Alas, poor Yorick, your grades were just not that great this quarter. How's that for a scary Halloween?" —michaelan3
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Last year I went as the troubled prince Hamlet. As a high school teacher, I couldn't resist this play on the classic Hamlet line for my Instagram caption: "Alas, poor Yorick, your grades were just not that great this quarter. How's that for a scary Halloween?" —michaelan3

15. Two is better than one.

Sylvia Plath and the woman from The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman —lectitavi
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Sylvia Plath and the woman from The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman —lectitavi

16. Don't be afraid to make your own props.

Dorian Gray —lolokings
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Dorian Gray —lolokings

17. Channel Max from Where The Wild Things Are.

—torim4b1d32c44

18. Or be a few characters at once.

My take on Charlotte's Web —missceriss
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My take on Charlotte's Webmissceriss

19. Think outside the box.

Greasers from The Outsiders (except for the two on the left but oh well) —salley123
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Greasers from The Outsiders (except for the two on the left but oh well) —salley123

20. It might end up royally awesome.

Celaena/Queen Aelin from Throne of Glass and Prince Rowan. —emilyr4610d5251
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Celaena/Queen Aelin from Throne of Glass and Prince Rowan. —emilyr4610d5251

21. Remember: dogs make EVERY costume better.

Hermione Granger and Hairy Pawter ?⚡ —kinseyh2
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Hermione Granger and Hairy Pawter ?⚡ —kinseyh2

22. Be sure to Tess to impress.

Tess of the D'urbervilles. I'm such a literature nerd! My AP Lit teacher got excited and took a picture to send to his wife. Good times. —dsdaras
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Tess of the D'urbervilles. I'm such a literature nerd! My AP Lit teacher got excited and took a picture to send to his wife. Good times. —dsdaras

23. Or just raid your toolbox.

I was Tom Sawyer one year —demib3
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I was Tom Sawyer one year —demib3

24. It's going to be a trés bon Halloween!

Madeline —leaa4b42c97ce

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