To Trick, or To Treat: That Is the Question
Have you ever dressed as a literary character or author for Halloween (or would
you like to)? Maybe Dracula, or Alice from Alice in Wonderland, or Max from Where the Wild Things Are?
Tell us about your costume.
If you have any pictures of it that you'd like to share, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post them on our blog.
When I was in the fourth grade, I dressed up as Laura Ingalls Wilder. At this time, I was on my second or third pass of most of the Little House on the Prairie series; the stack of books were in a prominent place on my desk with an assortment of bookmarks jutting out from the pages. Many mistook my costume for Kirsten, one of the American Girl dolls. When I told them I was Laura Ingalls Wilder, not many people, especially not in my age group, understood or recognized that name. It was a revelation in a series of revelations that my love of books made me different from the many TV characters and pop stars I encountered on the trick or treat circuit. I was, and continue to be, proud of my decision to plait my hair, wear a bonnet, and make real my love of books.
Oct 26, 2009 11:15 am
I dressed up as Lord Voldemort several years ago. It was fine until an acquaintaince came by who does not like the Harry Potter series and has refused to allow his kids to read the books. He was telling me what a neat costume I had, then asked me who I was. When I replied "Voldemort" the silence was deafening.
Oct 28, 2009 12:50 am
This year I'm going to be Lisbeth Salander from the books by Stieg Larsson. Someday, I'll fulfill my ultimate dream of being Cyrano de Bergerac.
(I'll send a picture of me dressed up this weekend!)
Oct 30, 2009 2:50 am
@brightlights50 Sounds like a great costume! I'm surprised more people didn't recognize you--although I grew up in Minnesota, where she actually lived, so maybe the books were more popular in my area than where you were.
@jwschouten That's a great story. What happened after the deafening silence? I imagine it was pretty awkward.
@emilyyoung Looking forward to the picture!
I actually tried to dress up as Dracula last year but my fangs wouldn't stay on my teeth. So I pretty much looked like a goth person with a cape. It was not my best costume ever. I've also dressed as Mrs. White from the "Clue" books--the candlestick made that one a lot of fun.
Oct 30, 2009 9:42 am
by MaggieH (admin)
Last night I was Vivian Sternwood from Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep (Lauren Bacall in the movie). No one recognized me, but it was still awesome. Today I'm a beat poet, not a character from a book, but still literary!
Oct 31, 2009 8:20 pm
One year I dressed in a "Rasta" wig, frock coat and was liberally wrapped in chains. My character? THE MARLEYS, Jacob and Bob
Nov 2, 2009 1:28 pm
I found this really wonderful fang like a couple of months ago and for this Halloween was having a headache on what would my costume be for our office party until I remembered about it, so decided to be a vampire who wears prada last halloween. Really enjoyed our party..
Nov 3, 2009 1:29 am
I once dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood. I went around with a plastic food basket asking for Food for Grandma. I think it went over quite well.
Nov 3, 2009 11:38 am
At one of the earlier Halloween parades in Greenwich Village, I fashioned a frilly collar, wore my daughter's flouncy flower girl hat, and hollowed out the end of a stale loaf of Italian bread. I attached rubber bands to holes I drilled in the bread and wore it as a nose. It looked exactly like a lion's nose. Then I wore a Raggedy-Ann hand puppet on my left hand and paraded, crying out "Mon Belle!" to the puppet--who replied, in anguish, "Mon Bete! Mon Bete!"
Mar 11, 2010 12:27 pm