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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 Lisbeth Salander.

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Mary Poppins from Mary Poppins

Channel your inner Julie Andrews or Emily Blunt for this one. Take your pick. 

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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. Don’t forget the overalls. 

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Daisy and Jay Gatsby from the great gatsby

To channel F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous characters, just slip into a flapper-esque dress and carry around a copy of the novel

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The Cat in the hat

Make all of your sentences rhyme for the full effect. 

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Luna Lovegood From Harry Potter

Honestly, dressing up as anyone from Rowling’s Potter series is a guaranteed win. (Just don't forget your wand.)

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Charlotte 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). Just add a stuffed animal pig for your very own Wilbur. 

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Lisbeth Salander From The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larson’s antihero is actually pretty easy to channel. 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.

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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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