10 Literary Costume Ideas For You And Your BFF This Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner, book nerds, and although I hope you have already planned out your costumes well in advance of the festive event, I know that many of you, like me, have procrastinated until the very last minute. Fear not! I have 10 bookish BFF costume ideas for you and your bestie, so grab that one friend who is just as much of a hot mess as you are and get to shopping.

Note that I said "one friend." There are plenty of group costume ideas on Bustle, if that's more your style, but these costume ideas are for two people: BFFs, couples, siblings, or whatever other relationship you can think of. Each of the ideas below has the potential to be expanded to fit a group of any size — because most books have more than two characters, FYI — but you'll be on your own for that. I'm just here to inspire your creative costume sensitivities.

I love bookish Halloween costumes. There's nothing like dressing up as someone whom only a select few will recognize — and you should definitely be weeding out your potential romantic partners this fall by seeing how they fare when it comes to identifying your literature-inspired costume — and it's even better when you find the people at the party who know exactly who you are on sight. If you don't know what I'm talking about, just ask your friend who always wears the obscure costumes that require lengthy explanations in order to understand.

One thing no one tells you about doing a bookish Halloween costume, though, is just how difficult it is to pull off if your source material isn't illustrated and/or hasn't been made into a movie. For that reason, I've tried to pick picture books and novels that have been adapted for the screen in the past.

Clearly, this isn't a perfect method of book-selection, and I'm sure you may disagree with my costume ideas for some of the characters below. That's OK! With only 10 entries, this list is obviously not an exhaustive source of book-related costumes, so I encourage you to share your favorite literary Halloween ideas with me and others on Twitter. Check out what other folks have shared too, and spread the best ideas around the Internet!

Here are 10 bookish BFF costume ideas for you and your bestie to try out this Halloween.

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Milo and Tock, from "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster

In Norman Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth, young adventurer Milo is joined on his journey through the Doldrums by Tock, a talking "watchdog" — so called because he has a literal clock built into his body. My idea for a Milo and Tock joint costume takes its inspiration from the 1970 Chuck Jones film adaptation, not the book's famous cover.

What You'll Need for Milo:

Jeans | White T-shirt | Navy blue windbreaker, $15, Amazon | White sneakers, $22, Amazon

What You'll Need for Tock:

Dog costume kit, $13, Amazon | Oversized clock, $7, Amazon

Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood, from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Don't get me wrong, Hermione's a badass, but Ginny and Luna don't get nearly enough credit for their awesomeness. Spend Halloween this year as Gryffindor-Seeker Ginny and a Yule Ball-inspired Luna, then try to tell me you don't feel spectacularly ~magical~.

What You'll Need for Ginny:

Brown riding boots | Gray leggings or skinny jeans | Quidditch broom | Harry Potter Quidditch Robes, $14, Cosplay Made

What You'll Need for Luna:

Yellow or orange shoes | Yellow shift dress, $80, Modcloth | DIY Spectrespecs

Thing 1 and Thing 2, from "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss

If you and your BFF are lie two peas in a pod, you can't go wrong with these Cat in the Hat troublemakers. Name a more iconic duo. I'll wait.

What You'll Need for Thing 1 and Thing 2:

Paper "1" and "2" signs | Red footie pajamas, $40, Amazon | Poofy blue wig, $16, Walmart

Princess Pinecone and Princess Elizabeth, from "The Princess and the Pony" by Kate Beaton and "The Paper-Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch

Your bookish BFF costumes don't have to come from the same book, you know. Go as two feminist princesses this Halloween, ponies and dragons optional.

What You'll Need for Princess Pinecone:

Gladiator sandals | Gold head wrap, $8, Target | Shift dress, $32, JCPenney | Bandana, $4, Forever 21

What You'll Need for Princess Elizabeth:

This DIY costume

Merricat and Constance Blackwood, from "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" by Shirley Jackson

The We Have Always Lived in the Castle movie is still on its way to market, but you don't have to wait to dress up as the infamous Blackwood sisters. The costumes below are inspired by the way the sisters dress in the climax of the Shirley Jackson novella: Merricat in brown, Constance in pink.

What You'll Need for Merricat:

Black cat plushie | Vintage-inspired brown shirt dress, $70, Modcloth | Mushroom ring, $22, Amazon

What You'll Need for Constance:

Vintage-inspired pink dress, $45, Modcloth | Pink tea-for-one set, $9, Amazon

Marla Singer and Tyler Durden, from "Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk

Go as dynamic duo Marla and Tyler from Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, and stir up a little mischief while you're at it.

What You'll Need for Marla:

Your favorite black platforms or heels | Women's fedora, $16, Amazon | Tortoiseshell sunglasses, $15, Amazon | Black shift dress, $30, Modcloth

What You'll Need for Tyler:

Black track pants | Red sunglasses, $10, Amazon | Hawaiian shirt, $25, Amazon | Red faux leather jacket, $22, Amazon

Coraline and the Cat, from "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman

Need some Neil Gaiman fun this Halloween? Try out this pair of heroes with your best friend.

What You'll Need for Coraline:

Your favorite jeans | Navy blue wig, $11, Amazon | Striped shirt, $13, Target | Yellow raincoat, $39, Amazon | Yellow rain boots, $26, Amazon

What You'll Need for the Cat:

Kitty costume kit, $19, Amazon

Ada Twist and Rosie Revere, from "Ada Twist, Scientist" and "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

Pint-sized heroes Ada Twist and Rosie Revere have signature outfits and fantastic storybooks that make them the perfect choice for you and your best feminist friend.

What You'll Need for Ada:

Red polka-dot dress, $65, Modcloth | Safety glasses, $7, Amazon | Rubber gloves, $8, Amazon | Knee socks, $9, Amazon

What You'll Need for Rosie:

Polka-dot headwrap, $14, Amazon | White ringer tee, $10, Amazon | Red skirt, $14, Walmart

Charlotte and Wilbur, from "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White

Both of you feel like getting you bookish vibes on the cheap? Try out these great one-stop costume ideas from Charlotte's Web.

What You'll Need for Charlotte:

Spider costume hoodie, $23, Amazon

What You'll Need for Wilbur:

Pig costume kit, $11, Amazon

Handmaids, from "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

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Handmaids are everywhere these days, but that doesn't mean you can't take them to your Halloween party. These simple costumes will keep you warm if the night gets cold, praise be.

What You'll Need for the Handmaids:

Red cape, $20, Party City | Red dress, $14, ASOS | DIY bonnet