7 YA Bookish Costumes Perfect For Halloween

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Can you believe Halloween is almost here? If you’re still trying to decide who you should be for the holiday, we’ve got some ideas based on some of your favorite bookish characters to help you out.

You could be Safi from the Witchlands series, Kell from the Shades of Magic trilogy, or so many others! Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Safiya “Safi” fon Hasstrel from the Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard

For a Safi costume you’ll want a white shirt, a leather corset to go over it, brown pants, and a white cloak. For the perfect touch, you may want to grab a fake sword as well, and to complete the look make sure to have your Threadsister by your side.

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

As the leader of the Dragon Army you’ll want some kind of suit; a track suit may suffice. To add to the outfit you can wear an orange helmet with a dragon emblem on it.

Anna from Anna Dress in Blood by Kendare Blake

Lots of people are ghosts for Halloween, but wouldn’t it be more fun to be a murderous ghost with an amazing back story? Not only that, but dressing up as Anna is an easy costume. All you need is a white dress, and maybe some red paint for the blood.

Kell from the Shades of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab

To dress like the Antari you’ll need a peculiar coat, red hair or wig, and a black eye. Or you can expertly cover your eye like the cosplayer above.

Delilah “Lila” Bard from the Shades of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab

Dress up as the best pirate in Red London with a horned masked and an all back ensemble to complete the look.

Vin from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

If you’re looking for an all black outfit but could do without a mask, try dressing up as Vin. You’ll need a black top, black pants, and a shredded-style black cloak. For accessories, you can use a belt, fake daggers, and/or a coin pouch.

Luc from The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Darkest Star comes out the day before Halloween, so what better way to celebrate than to dress up as the male lead, Luc? Dressing up as Luc is easy because he wears regular clothes, but to make it an authentic Luc costume you’ve got to have purple eyes, just like a true Origin would.