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.
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!)!
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!
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
24. Anne of Green Gables
25. Dr. Suess
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, Mary Shelley, & Dr. 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.