Coming Alive Off the Page: The Best Costumes Inspired by Books

The Holiday season is officially underway and along with it come the festive celebrations that this special time of year inspires. You may already have plans to attend a few of these holiday events, some of which could be costume parties. If you’re looking to take home the prize for Best Costume but have run out of ideas for the time being, let us assist you with our disguise expertise. One solution is to wear a costume that is tried and true in terms of longevity and popularity. Some of the greatest characters to choose from are those from classic novels and stories. Don’t worry, there’s no need to rush out to the library. Take our advice – here are some of the best costumes inspired by books:

1. Fairy Tales – Cinderella, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood

2. Classic Works – Little Women, Frankenstein, Huckleberry Finn, Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson, Don Quixote, Rhett Butler & Scarlett O’Hara, Robinson Crusoe, Quasimodo

3. The Lord of the Rings Series– Frodo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Sauron, Sam Gamgee, Merry & Pippin, Aragorn, Gimli the Dwarf, Legolas, Gollum

4. Nursery Rhymes – Little Bo Peep, Humpty Dumpty, Jack & Jill, Three Blind Mice, The Owl & The Pussycat, Little Boy Blue, Little Miss Muffet, Mother Goose

5. The Harry Potter Family – Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid, Sirius Black, Death Eater, Voldemort

6. Washington Irving’s Sleepy Hollow – The Headless Horseman, the beautiful temptress Katrina Van Tassel, school teacher Ichabod Crane, among others

7. Shakespeare’s Novels – Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra

8. The Golden Compass – Lyra or her daemon Pantalaimon, Lord Asriel, the witch Serafina Pekkala, the armored bear, the golden monkey, King Ogunwe, or Lady Salmakia

9. The Chronicles of Narnia – Lucy, Susan, Peter, Edmund, Aslan, Queen Jadis the White Witch, Mr. Tumnus the faun, Prince Caspian, Puddleglum the cheerful Marsh-wiggle

Before you select your favorite costume from these options, open up one of your favorite books past or present. Given the wide range of dastardly villains, magical figures and mysterious characters that you have read about – your costume choices are literally limitless!


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