Book-Based Halloween Costumes
Is Halloween here already? How did it creep up on me so fast? I haven’t
even thought about a costume…What should I be?
If you’re like me and you’re asking yourself these very same questions, then here’s a list of Scholastic characters and easy-to-do costumes you can quickly whip up to make this Halloween the best ever!
5.) Allie Finkle – Allie Finkle Rules for Girls series by Meg Cabot
All you’ll need are some hip and funky clothes! In order to get the true Allie effect, mix lots of bright colors and bold patterns. Optional: Write up your own rules for girls on note cards and hand them out to people when trick-or-treating.
4.) Magic Pickle/Jo Jo – Magic Pickle series by Scott Morse
Magic Pickle: This super hero should be simple to pull off! You’ll just need to wear all green and a yellow eye mask and paint a blue star on your forehead. Optional: Spritz some pickle juice on your costume before going out. You’ll smell dill-irific! Make sure to ask your parent’s permission first; I’m guessing pickled clothing is not well-favored.
Jo Jo: As the Magic Pickle’s funky little sidekick, grab a pair of blue overalls, a white t-shirt, sneakers, and a yellow flower to put in your hair. Optional: An orange or red wig. Nothing says “spunky” like some orange hair!
3.) Fone Bone/Thorn – Bone series by Jeff Smith
Fone Bone: This costume is not only fun, but it’s easy too! Here’s what you’ll need: all white clothing, white shoes, some white face paint for your face and hands, a white swimming cap, and a brown backpack. Optional: Get your friends to dress up as Smiley Bone and Phoney Bone! You’ll be the most vibrant characters on the block!
Thorn: Who wouldn’t want to be this beautiful and heroic girl? Well, its simple! You just need to find a long pink dress (or any color will do) and a black or brown hooded cape or jacket. Optional: Get a friend to dress up as Fone Bone. Or your little sibling will work also!
2.) Katnis Everdeen/ Peeta Mellark – The Hunger Games (for ages 12 and up) by Suzanne Collins
To dress like these two in the opening ceremonies of the games, you’ll need a black unitard (black pants and a black top work too), shiny lace-up black boots, and an orange, yellow, or red (more than one color will work) cape. Optional: To get the true effect of the costume, sport an elaborate and colorful headpiece. However, stay clear of lighting it on fire as they did in the book.
1.) Harry Potter/Hermione Granger – Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter: Now you can be the most popular boy wizard on the block! Here’s what you need: a hooded black robe (colored lining optional), a burgundy-and-gold knit scarf and cap, gold or black striped sweater, black pants or jeans, plus shoes of your choice! Use eye liner to make a lightning-shaped scar on your forehead. Optional: Glasses, wand, owl — anything Harry Potter-ish!
Hermione Granger: The smartest girl at Hogwarts has entered! Time to get a hooded black robe (colored lining optional), a burgundy-and-gold knit scarf and cap,
gray v-neck sweater with tie (Don’t have a tie? Use Dad’s!), and a skirt or pants — just make sure you are warm enough! Optional: A wand and a list of memorized spells.
Happy Halloween and be safe!
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer
Illustrations (from Magic Pickle)
copyright 2008 by Scott Morse. Magic Pickle is a registered trademark of Scott Morse.
Illustrations (from BONE) copyright 2004 Jeff Smith. BONE is a registered trademark of Jeff Smith.
Illustrations (from Harry Potter) by Mary GrandPré © 1998-2008 Warner Bros