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10 Super Easy Halloween Costumes Inspired by Books

This year for Halloween, everyone will be staying home and dressing up as things like Tiger King, a plague doctor, or David from Schitt’s Creek. Dare to be different with one of these fun and unique ideas from some of our favorite books.

The costume: Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
What you’ll need: A ham costume made out of chicken wire and papier mâché, plus a sense of childhood innocence that will inevitably be torn asunder

The costume: Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter
What you’ll need: Frumpy clothes, glasses, a tendency to wail about death

The costume: Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye
What you’ll need: A red hunting hat and the pernicious belief that you alone are the only person who has ever felt disillusioned with the roles foisted upon us by a largely indifferent society

The costume: Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby
What you’ll need: A three-piece ivory suit, that I-bathe-in-money swagger, and, to top it off, an obsession that is as unattainable and nebulous as the American Dream

The costume: Miss Havisham from Great Expectations
What you’ll need: A tattered wedding dress, money, a general distrust of men

The costume: Hamlet from Hamlet
What you’ll need: Black clothes, a sullen disposition, maybe a fake skull you can carry around with you and make speeches about (you can buy one at your local Halloween pop-up that just appeared one day right where the Home Depot used to be), and also the urge to commit murder

The costume: The Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera
What you’ll need: Half a mask, a flowing cape, the inability to express your feelings in healthy and constructive ways

The costume: Offred from The Handmaid’s Tale
What you’ll need: A white bonnet, a floor-length red dress and cloak, a crossbody satchel, and the crushing weight of patriarchal oppression

The costume: The witches from Macbeth
What you’ll need: A mysterious aura, “wild attire” (interpret that as you will), plus two other people because without them you will just look like your basic, everyday, garden-variety witch who is running around dooming people with knowledge

The costume: Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird
What you’ll need: Nothing. All you have to do for this one is stay home. Congratulations! You’re Boo Radley