Book Character Costumes: Go Literary for Halloween
What Literary Character Would You Like to be? Ideas for Adult Costumes!
Jane Eyre, Scarlett O'Hara, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Three Musketeers, Long John Silver? There are wonderful characters from books that could be turned into wonderful costumes for many occasions.
Dress up as your favorite literary character for Halloween or for a fancy dress ball or for a Friends of the Library fundraising event. Whatever the occasion, it's great fun to wear a costume.
Halloween used to be just for kids, but now grown-ups join in the fun with costume parties at Halloween. Costumes for adults can be funny or sophisticated. Dressing as a character from a book, puts you in the more sophisticated category.
Here are tips for assembling a costume for some great book characters or if you want a literary costume ready-to-wear, just order one. I've included a sampling of those as well.
Happy Literary Halloween
You Can Buy a Three Musketeers Costume - Click on the product to see various sizes and similar costumes
There's nothing as swashbuckling as a Three Musketeers costume. This one comes with the hat, the tunic and the boot spats. You'll feel ever so dashing in this hat.
You will need to add the sword, shirt, slacks, mustache, etc. When you check out this costume over at Amazon, browse around for the perfect sword.
Watch a few swashbucklers on YouTube like The Three Musketeers, Captain Blood or The Scarlett Pimpernel.
So dashing and so debonair!
Check out the Costumes in the Three Musketeers Movie Clips
Sheik Costume and Accessories - Rudolph Valentino' Sheik
Who wouldn't want to be Rudolph Valentino, the great lover? Next year, get the costume out and become a oil sheik, then the next year, get the right beard and become Bin Laden, if you dare.
The Sheik was a book before it became a movie. It was written by Edith Maude Hull in 1919.
I searched through a number of sheik costumes and think this one is the best.
Watch the Old Silent Movie, The Sheik
Hold Your Literary Party in the Garden
A Dress for a Gone with the Wind Costume
Other accessories that would enhance this costume are a fan, a lace parasol and long gloves. Of course, it would be good to reread Margaret Mitchell's GWTW to get ideas for your character for the fancy dress party or Halloween.
If you want a quick look at some things Scarlett O'Hara said, check out these quotes from the book.
There are other great characters like Melanie or Rhett Butler or even Prissy, Miss Scarlett's maid. These make for a great couples costume. She dresses as Scarlett or Melanie while he dresses as Rhett.
Classic Southern belle outfit. If you have long hair, check on YouTube for a video for styling it just like Scarlett O'Hara. There are wigs available too on Amazon.
Scene Showing Scarlett O'Hara Costume from the Movie
Another Great Costume for Women - Jane Austen Charaters
- Regency Dress - Jane Austen Costume for Ladies
Lovers of Jane Austen's novels can dress as one of her marvelous characters for a fancy dress party or for Halloween. Get your costume ideas, tips for hair styles and even how to make bonnets.
Roman Costumes for Men - Julius Caesar Costume
Practice up a few Latin phrases or some lines from Shakespeare's Julius Caeser, then dress the part in this Roman outfit.
This is great for a book-themed party. Hey, you never know when you'll get invited to a toga party too.
Here's a Good Opportunity to Wear a Top Hat
Dress as a Charles Dickens Character for Halloween - Man's cape
This also works if you want to be Jack the Ripper or Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde
Add a Walking Stick to Your Dickens' Character Costume
I think this cane/walking stick is perfect for a Dickens character costume.
There are less fancy ones as well. Click on the picture to see other choices.
Prince Charming Costume for Men - Bring a fairy tale to life
I'm sure your wife would love to be Cinderella. She could even bring out that prom dress from the depths of the closet or use an old bridesmaid's dress for the costume.
Romeo - One of Shakespeare's Memorable Characters
Have your sweetie dress as Juliet. You'll make a memorable couple and will surely win the best costume awards.
Ladies Love an Opportunity to Wear a Renaissance Costume
James Bond was a Book before It Was a Movie - James Bond 007 Tuxedo for a Costume
While you are over at Amazon looking at the gorgeous tuxedos, check out the 007 ring too. How about a replica pistol too and a martini glass to complete the costume. Get your spouse or a girlfriend to dress up as a Bond girl to go with your outfit.
Ideas for Bond Girls Costumes
King Arthur Costume - Choose from various sizes
This would work for Sir Lancelot too.
Queen Guinevere Costume - for your literary costume
Click on the picture to see other sizes for this costume. This one will get extra wear for a Renaissance festival or just for evening wear on special occasions.
This is a costume that I'd love to wear.
Costumes from Children's Books
for adults to wear
Dorothy Costume from the Wizard of Oz
Make Your Own Dorothy Costume and Even Put Red Glitter on Your Shoes - Video Tutorial
Scarecrow Costume for Adults - from The Wizard of Oz
Amazon also has Cowardly Lion outfits and Tinman costumes.
You Can Even Make Your Costume - Here's the Tinman
Alice in Wonderland Has Wonderful Characters Too - Make Your Own Mad Hatter Costume
Plan a Party with a Literary Theme - A Great Opportunity to Wear These Costumes
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