Happy Halloween! It’s rainy, everything is dying, and, also, they’re selling pumpkin pies at the grocery store! What better time for curling up with a book and also an entire pumpkin pie all for yourself, which you can eat while you read said book, providing that the LOCAL GROCERY STORE ISN’T ALL OUT OF THEM. (I’m sorry. I’m bitter. Well, more bitter than usual.) The point is, books and Halloween go hand in hand. (And, also, it should be illegal for grocery stores to run out of pumpkin pies at a time of year when everything around you is covered in pumpkins and THEY ARE MOCKING YOU.) Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is to make up your own list based off Halloween. Top Ten Tuesday is run by The Broke and the Bookish and it’s requires you to use creativity, which I am not good at, but I tried, and what I came up with is my top ten bookish Halloween costume ideas. In fact, they’re not actually ten, they’re four, but it’s the thought that counts. (I wanted to avoid saying Harry Potter, Katniss, a Shadowhunter, Tris Prior, ect.)
I think being a Grisha from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse would be an excellent costume. I have no clue how you would make a kefta, but, unless you have incredible sewing prowess, I imagine it would involve a housecoat. If you wanted to be the Sun Summoner, you could even hide flashlights up your sleeves. A+ costume idea.
Another costume that I have no idea how you’d do, but would definitely be cool if you could figure out how to pull it of would be Kell from the A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab. If you’re not aware, Kell has a coat that has not one side, not two sides, but multiple sides. Kell isn’t sure exactly how many coats are in his coat, but he always seems to have the coat he needs. (Coats coats coats coats. Look at all the times I said coats!) You could be lazy and just find a coat that looks like Kell’s iconic red coat, but I think you should really try and find a magical many-sided coat or, if they don’t carry them at your local costume store, try making one yourself. I’m sure that’ll work out well.
If fancy coats aren’t really your thing, you could always be Feyre from Sarah J. Maas. You need a dramatic dress and a ridiculous amount of eyeliner to make Feyre’s tattoos. Any excuse to waste eyeliner drawing on something that’s not your eyes is a good excuse, although the type of dresses Feyre wears aren’t exactly the most practical for October weather.
A more classic choice is Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. It’s also one of the more straightforward options. You need an empire-waist dress, your hair in a bun, and a perpetually amused expression. This costume also has the added bonus that non-book nerds might actually know who the person you’re dressing as is.