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21 Children's Book Characters Born To Be Halloween Costumes

School has started, which means it's probably time to talk Halloween costumes. Give your little one something to get excited about with these super clever DIY options.

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4. Harry Potter

Of course Harry Potter is on the list. Patti Milazzo's tutorial is one of the best DIY versions out there, and it would be easy to adapt for a Hermione or Ron costume, too. She even made the sweater. That's real dedication to your kids, people.

8. The Paper Bag Princess

Robert Munsch's awesome feminist princess is such a great go-to costume if you have brown kraft paper lying around. I made my own version when I was a teacher, but this one from Pan's Cosplay is a little sturdier and much, much cuter.

9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

You haven't really been through parenthood if you can't name everything that gluttonous caterpillar ate through on Saturday. The Craft Nest's cheap and adorable version is just the thing for your very hungry trick or treater.

10. Percy Jackson

Possibly the easiest costume on this list to create, this one has tons of impact for your Lightning Thief fans. Here, the Jared Johnson Fam fashioned a felt minotaur horn, but you could also add a pen and some cardstock lightning bolts covered in neon paint or glitter.

11. Strega Nona

Tomie dePaola's famous version of the "Grandma Witch" with the magic pasta pot could not be easier to transform into a costume. This version from Rafael Concepcion was put together from clothes you probably already have in your closet. Give your little one a pot filled with yarn spaghetti, and you've made the perennial witch costume into something way more interesting.

12. Olivia

Olivia the pig is a total diva, in the best possible way. It takes a certain kind of sass to pull off a red tutu. If your confident, outgoing, and chatty little girl is a fan, this version from The Train to Crazy might just be the costume for her this year.

14. Pippi Longstocking

If you're wondering what to do with that denim jumper that's a little too short for your daughter already (thank you, growth spurts!), stick some striped leggings on under it and follow Make's tutorial for Pippi braids.

17. Alice in Wonderland

Alice costumes are popular every year, but taking a cue from Misha Lulu and making a cardboard box into a house takes it to a whole other level. Add a snack cake with "EAT ME" written on it, and you've got Giant Alice. Go big or go home.

19. The Where the Wild Things Are Monsters

Every year at the school Halloween parade there's that one overachieving mom who shows up the rest of us with gorgeous handmade costumes. Autumn Kimball is totally that mom. And if you take inspiration from her quadruplets' costumes, this year it could be you.