I love children’s books and dressing up, so what could be more fun than dressing up as a character from a book?
Every year when I went to the store to pick out a costume for Halloween I was always disappointed. I never liked the choices that I found. I also didn’t like seeing my costume again and again on everyone else. I love having a costume that is unique to me and my personality. But I also didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on something I was only going to wear one day out of the year. Another frustration in picking a costume was what to be and what person to dress up as.
Then one year I discovered literary characters. I love books so why not choose my favorite book character and dress up as that particular character! For the last 5 years or so I have had some really fun costumes and most of the time people know who I am. I get lots of comments like, “That is one of my favorite books”, which makes me happy.
Usually a book character costume doesn’t require much. I was surprised at how many things I had at home to use for my costume. Sometimes I would have to hunt for an accessory that I needed or make an item or two for my costume but usually it was just hanging in my closet waiting to be put together. I have over the years added to my wig collection but that is something that can be used again and again. I also bought a latex witch nose and I have used that many times to change the look of my face.
This year because I have so many ideas and options to choose from my struggle is deciding which character I want to be. I thought it would be fun to share five of my favorite literary costumes and hopefully inspire you to also dress up as a literary character.
FANCY NANCY: FANCIEST DOLL IN THE UNIVERSE
By Jane O’Conner
Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
By Peggy Parish
MISS NELSON IS MISSING!
By Harry Allard and James Marshall
LILLY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE
By Kevin Henkes
By Roald Dahl