Over the weekend I stopped into a super-sized Halloween store hoping to be inspired for this year’s Halloween costume. As I toured the store, nothing caught my eye – year after year, it’s always the same types of costumes (i.e. witch, nurse, hippie, doctor, scary masks) but with a different model on the costume’s packaging.

After departing the store empty-handed, I paid my weekly visit to the library to return books and to wander around the stacks for a bit. As I looked at jacket covers, inspiration finally hit me—turning popular literary characters into Halloween costumes.

Mary Poppins

Depending on the Halloween situation you are in (e.g. costume party, kids’ party, or passing out Halloween candy to the neighborhood kids) there are multiple literary costumes one can create. In my opinion, it is always the safest route to go as a classic monster, such as Frankenstein‘s monster, Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, or a zombie from World War Z.

On the other hand, if you would like to keep it elegant the classic literary characters are always a best bet. If you are a female you may head to a party as Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind, wearing a Southern belle outfit, or as the famous Mary Poppins complete with a traveling carpet bag. If you are a male (or a member of a trio looking for costumes) the Three Musketeers are always recognizable, as well as Shakespeare’s Romeo or the Hatter from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

As you wonder around your local Halloween store attempting to put together a last minute costume, just remember: If all else fails, think of your favorite literary character and transform them into a Zombie…

What literary character do you plan to be this Halloween?

Sam Chada is a library project manager for OverDrive.

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