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Last Minute, Book Nerdy Halloween Costumes

Written by Great Books on Monday, October 26, 2015

Last Minute, Book Nerdy Halloween Costumes

Don't have your Halloween costume yet? Halloween is only a few days away, but fear not: these last-minute costume ideas are sure to make you the bookish life of the party.

Give a Mouse a Cookie Costume

If You Give Mouse a Cookie: Wear mouse ears and overalls. Demand cookies, and reward your Halloween party host by cleaning their entire house, taking a nap, and never leaving. Moose/muffin, pig/pancake, dog/donut, cat/cupcake variations acceptable but less likely to be recognized.

Audiobook: Pick a book you don't mind reading out loud all night. Dress either as a character from that book, or with a blazer and glasses to look professorly. Hang a giant cardboard cassette tape or CD or iPod around your neck (depending on the age of your party demographic) with the title of the book and a “play” button. Carry a copy of the book around, and be prepared to read from it whenever anyone hits play.

Ishmael: Get a “Hello my name is…” sticker. Write Ishmael on it. Seaworthy dress encouraged. (suggestion courtesy of longtime camper Hannah B.) AliceWonderland

Allice costume

Giant Alice in Wonderland: Wear a blue dress and striped stockings. Decorate a small cardboard box to look like a cottage, and fit it over your head.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Hang meatballs from an open umbrella with fishing wire. Try not to poke anyone in the eye.

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs costume

We also suggest checking out these wonderful, literal literary costumes from Book Riot . Our favorite:

“The Grapes of Wrath – Supplies: clothes of your choice, but preferably green. 10 or more balloons, either all green or all purple. A marker. Directions: Blow up the balloons. Draw angry faces on them. Secure them to your clothes." Read more here!

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