50 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, 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.

32. Peter from The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

33. Harold and the Purple Crayon

34. Coraline

35. The Little Prince

36. Dangling Prepositions

37. A Wrinkle in Time

38. Shakespeare’s characters

39. Winnie the Pooh characters

40. The Chronicles of Narnia characters

41. Paddington Bear

42. Where the Wild Things Are

43. Hester Prynne from The Scarlett Letter

44. Bookworm

45. Amelia Bedelia

46. Pete the Cat

47. Eloise

48. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

49. To Kill a Mockingbird… err, uh, Tequila Mockingbird!

50. WORD!

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