Halloween is just around the corner, and if you are anything like our team here at the Reading Group Center, you are scrambling to decide on the perfect costume. But never fear! We have some great literature-inspired costume suggestions for you right here. From mythical creatures to iconic characters, our list has something to offer everyone.
Wonder Woman is certainly having a moment! Why not dress as one of the most celebrated superheroes of all time, whose origins are explored in The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore?
Audrey Hepburn may have brought Holly Golightly to the big screen, but it was Truman Capote who first brought her to life in his book Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Throw on a little black dress and some pearls and head to Tiffany’s!
Our favorite hapless heroine, Bridget Jones would make for a great Halloween costume. And now that she’s a mother, there are even more accessories to choose from.
Since Hulu adapted Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel into an Emmy Award–winning series, handmaids have been spotted everywhere, from South by Southwest Conference & Festivals to San Diego Comic Con. Atwood’s creations have taken on a life of their own, and make for a very distinctive Halloween costume.
This month marks the centenary of the execution of Mata Hari, a courtesan and exotic dancer who was ultimately convicted of being a German spy during World War I. Paulo Coelho recently gave us a fictionalized account of her life in The Spy, and after learning more about this fascinating historical figure we can’t think of a more unique personality to assume this Halloween.
Anne Rice’s books contain a plethora of Halloween costume ideas, but our favorite would have to be Reuben Golding, the unwitting werewolf from The Wolf Gift.
If you choose to dress as Lisbeth Salander this Halloween, there is no doubt that your costume will be recognized. Salander has become one of our most beloved anti-heroines in literature, and her distinctively tattooed appearance will give you the chance to get creative with your costume.