22 Easy Book Character Costumes for Halloween

Whether you’re getting ready for Halloween or attending a literary-themed event, we’ve got you covered with some easy book character costumes. Not to worry if your skills don’t include movie-quality makeup and sewing — you can assemble most of these costumes from things you already have at home. Take a look at our suggestions and find a book character costume you love below!

Pennywise from IT by Stephen King

Pennywise from IT

Madeline from Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline costume

Mrs. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole

Mrs. Frizzle

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Elizabeth Bennet

Arthur Dent from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Arthur Dent

A handmaid from A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


The cat from Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Cat in the Hat

Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hester Prynne

Dorothy, the Wizard, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Wizard of Oz

Harry Potter, Hermione, and Hedwig from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter, Hermione and Hedwig

Winnie the Pooh from Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Winnie the Pooh

Mary Poppins and Bert from Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

Mary Poppins and Bert

Nancy Drew from the Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew

The Old Man and the Sea from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Old Man and the Sea

War and Peace from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace

Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Daisy and Jay Gatsby

Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat from Curious George by H. A. Rey and Margaret Rey

Curious George

Amelia Bedelia from Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Amelia Bedelia

Tyler Durden and Marla Singer from Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club

Rainbow Fish from Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Rainbow Fish

Frodo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Frodo Baggins

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