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Last Minute Costume Ideas for YA Lit Fans

Katniss-WoodsWhen I was a kid, my mother sewed homemade Halloween costumes for my sister and me just about every year. They were great; some of the favorites I remember include a princess costume that included flounces on the skirt, several pioneer girl costumes, and April O’Neil from (the original!) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Of course, for mom to have time to make these, we had to select and commit to our costumes the summer before. I’m more of a glue-gun-the-week-before kind of costume maker, but I still enjoy making costumes. My own costume making coups thus far include a cowgirl, Waldo from the Where’s Waldo books, and this year, a ghost (admittedly not the most difficult).

If you are reading this post without already having a costume prepared, however, you need something super fast. It’s amazing what you can throw together at the last minute with one or two key pieces, so here are some literary costume ideas that shouldn’t take too much preparation:

1. If you have a leather jacket (or faux-leather jacket), you could be…9918083

2. If you have a parka or heavy coat, you could be…

  • Eva, Jasper, or Lukas from Relic by Heather Terrell
  • Sam or one of the other Wolves of Mercy Falls, from Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (2010 Best Book for Young Adults, 2010 Teens’ Top Ten, if you can pick up some wolf ears or a mask at a costume store, you could be in the midst of transformation)

3. If you have a bathing suit (paired with leggings and a long-sleeved T-shirt, imperviousness to cold, or an address in a warmer neighborhood than mine), you could be…beauty queens

4. If none of the above fit, you can probably create a favorite realistic fiction character pretty quickly by digging in your closet, your parents’, or the local thrift store. Additionally, many dystopian/science fiction stories that take place in the near future. Some possibilities:

Hopefully these give you some quick ideas for fun Halloween costumes. Happy costume making, and Happy Halloween!

-Libby Gorman, currently listening to Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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  1. Loved this post but even more—-love love love that you are listening to Eleanor and Park—the characters’ voices were just awesome!!!

  2. Loved this post but even more—-love love love that you are listening to Eleanor and Park—the characters’ voices were just awesome!!!

  3. Loved this post but even more—-love love love that you are listening to Eleanor and Park—the characters’ voices were just awesome!!!

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