32 Halloween Costume Ideas for English Majors

Searching for a Halloween costume fit for an English major? We’ve rounded up some of the most creative, cute, and spooky Halloween costumes out there, all inspired by books, writers, and all things nerdy and English major-y.


1. Arthur

Arthur is our hero because he taught us that having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card. Be like Arthur!


2. Edgar Allan Poe

…and Edgar Allan Hoe. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


3. Little Free Library

Umm, how cool is this Little Free Library costume?! This might be the most complicated costume on our list here to put together, but dang. Worth it.


4. Very Hungry Caterpillar

Fun fact: Before transforming into the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, the book started off as A Week with Willi the Worm, a story about a bookworm! (On that note, a bookworm would also make for a very, very cute costume.)


5. Nancy Drew

So much mystery duo costume potential here! (See #6.)


6. Sherlock Holmes


7. Curious George & The Man With the Big Yellow Hat


8. Goodnight Moon

Well that’s pretty darn cute.


9. 50 Shades of Grey

50 points for cleverness.


10. Lord of the Rings: Gandalf and Frodo

Obviously there are soooo many characters to choose from! There’s definitely some great group costume potential here.


11. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom


12. Little Red Riding Hood


13. Spelling Bee

What a sweet costume idea (and perfect for English teachers!)!


14. Belle


15. Pencil & Eraser


16. The Rainbow Fish


17. Harry Potter-Inspired Costumes

There are wayyyy too many characters to feature all of them here, but it’s so fun to see how people got creative with some of the characters!


18. Olivia


19. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie


20. The Diction-fairy

This is absolutely delightful.


21. Handmaid’s Tale

This costume might be a bit too real right now.


22. Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde


23. Goosebumps Characters

100% creepy.


24. Anne of Green Gables


25. Dr. Suess


26. Madeline


27. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Ha, ha. Well played.


28. Clifford the Big Red Dog


29. Frankenstein’s Monster & the Bride of Frankenstein

Sooooo we all know that this is NOT how Frankenstein’s monster is described in the book, but whatever, it still looks cool. :)


30. Alice in Wonderland Characters


31. Jane Austen Characters

Much Jane Austen potential here.


32. Peter from The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats



Posted on October 14, 2018 and filed under Featured Articles.