9 Easy Costumes Inspired by Your Favorite Literary Characters

Are you in a Halloween costume rut? Does it seem like you've searched far and wide for some sort of inspiration for a getup to wear October 31? Well, we've hit on a solution that's sure to spur an endless stream of costume ideas: your bookshelf (yes, we're serious). Some of the best dress-up ideas can be plucked straight from the pages of some of your favorite novels.

Do you own every book in the Harry Potter series? Show your love of the wizarding world by dressing up as Hermione Granger (or Harry Potter, of course). Want to go back to some of your classic childhood reads? We suggest dressing up as one of the most stylish villains, Cruella de Vil from The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Regardless of which character you choose as your main source of inspiration, a literary-inspired Halloween costume is a smart, easy, and conversation-starting choice. To help get your wheels turning, we rounded up nine iconic literary characters to dress up as on October 31. Ready to see our favorites?

Cruella de Vil from The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Pippi from Pippi Longstocking

The Handmaids from The Handmaid's Tale

Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby

Nancy Drew from Nancy Drew Mysteries

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Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

Madeline from Madeline

The White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia

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Next up, check out these eight movie-inspired Halloween costumes.