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8 Literary Characters You Can (and Should!) Dress Up as for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to announce to the world what a (proud) nerd you are than to dress up like one of your favorite literary characters? Here, eight bookish costumes to inspire your selection, so that in a world of sexy nurses, you can be a Miss Havisham.

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Moby Dick and Captain Ahab From Moby Dick

Show up to a party in this Melville-inspired couple's costume and forget Ishmael—everyone will call you “best dressed.”

Luna Lovegood From Harry Potter

Honestly, dressing up as anyone from Rowling’s Potter series is a guaranteed win.

Charlotte and Wilbur From Charlotte’s Web

E.B. White’s 1952 children’s book made us cry, but your costume will make everyone else squeal with delight (and nostalgia).

Miss Havisham From Great Expectations

To channel Dickens’ famous spinster, just slip into a wedding dress-esque frock and carry around a copy of the novel (or a print-out of the cover—it is more than 500 pages, after all).

The Mouse From If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

To turn this into a group costume, get a few friends to dress up like Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond’s other books If You Give a Pig a Pancake and If You Give a Moose a Muffin.

The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway and a pun. You’re welcome.

Lisbeth Salander From The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larson’s antihero is actually pretty easy to chanel. Just pull out all the black clothes in your closet, then top it off with white face powder, dark eye makeup and a spike necklace you buy at the mall.

Matilda Wormwood From Matilda

Depending on how much you want to commit to Roald Dahl’s bookish leading lady’s look, drag around a Radio Flyer filled with books. (Or just force one of your friends to be Ms. Trunchbull.)

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