49 Halloween Costumes All Book Lovers Will Appreciate

Here’s hoping you find a household passing out books instead of candy.

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1. The BFG from Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s The BFG

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2. Moby Dick and Captain Ahab from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

3. Nancy Drew from Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew series and Joe Hardy from Franklin W. Dixon’s The Hardy Boys series

4. Dr. Hannibal Lecter from Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs

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5. Charlotte’s Web and Wilbur from E.B. White and Garth Williams’ Charlotte’s Web

6. Amelia Bedelia from Peggy Parish’s Amelia Bedelia series

7. Strega Nona from Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona

8. Harold from Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon

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9. Ryan Dean West from Andrew Smith’s Winger

This is Ryan Dean West. He wins all the awards. @marburyjack #winger #Halloween #literarycostumes

— Eden Grey (@edenjeangrey)

10. Frodo Baggins from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

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11. Paddington Bear from Michael Bond and Peggy Fortnum’s A Bear Called Paddington

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12. Max and a Wild Thing from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are

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13. A Crayon from Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers’ The Day the Crayons Quit

Learn how to make this no-sew costume (for under $10) here.

14. Elephant and Piggie from Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series

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15. Little Miss Twin and Little Miss Twin from Roger Hargreaves’ Little Miss Twins

16. Eleanor and Park from Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park

Happy Halloween from the Panther Media Center! Thanks @rainbowrowell for the inspiration. #eleanor&park

— LCHS Media Center (@LC_PantherMedia)

17. Kirsten Larson from Janet Shaw and Renée Graef’s Meet Kirsten

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18. Viola Swamp from Harry G. Allard Jr. and James Marshall’s Miss Nelson Is Missing!

Miss L is MISSING! *gasp* Viola Swamp has taken over @LibraryHawks! #trw14 #halloween #LiteraryCostumes #librarylife

— Alyse Liebovich (@LibrarianForYou)

19. Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations

20. Fly Guy from Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy series

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21. King Azaz from Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer’s The Phantom Tollbooth

22. Nancy from Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser’s Fancy Nancy

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23. James Henry Trotter from Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach

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24. Hester Prynne from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

25. The Fish from Dr. Seuss’s One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

26. Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

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27. Mama Bear and Papa Bear from Stan and Jan Berenstain’s The Berenstain Bears series

28. An Old Man and a C in honor of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea

29. Pete from Eric Litwin and James Dean’s Pete the Cat series

30. A Greaser from S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders

31. Coraline Jones from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline

32. Agatha Trunchbull from Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s Matilda

33. The Weather from Judy and Ronald Barrett’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

34. Lisbeth Salander from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series

35. Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

@lishsteiling and I as #Gatsby and #Daisy for Halloween on #GiadaAtHome set! Cheers, ole...

— Ashley Reed (@busterreed)

36. Clifford from Norman Bridwell’s Clifford The Big Red Dog

My mom dressed up as Clifford the big red dog for Halloween

— Jake (@JakePearthree)

37. Junie B. Jones and Gladys Gutzman from Barbara Park and Denise Brunkus’s Junie B. Jones series

38. Camilla Cream from David Shannon’s A Bad Case of Stripes

39. August Pullman from R.J. Palacio’s Wonder

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40. Eloise from Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight’s Eloise books

I officially consider this costume a success!!! #Eloise #Halloween #HomemadeCostume

— Lexi Studwell (@astudwell)

41. Harriet M. Welsch from Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy

42. The Gruffalo from Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo

Learn how to make the costume at The Educator’s Spin On It.

44. Randle Patrick McMurphy and Mildred Ratched from Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

@rjdanielhanna and I in our Halloween regalia #NurseRatty #McMurphy #bathroomselfie

— Marlane Barnes (@MarlaneBarnes)

45. The White Witch from C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

46. Mr. Twit from Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s The Twits

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47. Madeline from Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline

48. Princess Elizabeth from Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko’s The Paper Bag Princess

49. The Cat and Sam from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham

Learn how to make the costumes at MADE.

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