Posted on October 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We still have an entire weekend before Halloween, so there’s plenty of time to pull together (or locate) a clever literary costume!

Judging from the roundups we browsed, you’ll blend in well with the crowd should you don the attire of Ms. Frizzle, Thing 1, or Thing 2.

But there are plenty of other clean, kid-approved ideas, don’t fret!

We Are Teachers has solo and group costume suggestions alike; our favorite is Bruce Bogtrotter from Matilda.

As the site points out: “Bonus: You get a free pass to eat as much chocolate cake as you want.” Consider us signed up.

BookRiot’s top nine costumes based on children’s books are a little less DIY friendly, but still fun to admire.

Its list of all-ages literary costumes has several that would be a cinch for the less-ambitious among us (no judgment), in particular Percy and Annabeth from Percy Jackson and the Olympians for couples or Arthur Dent from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for individuals.

Early Bird Books is a site after our own hearts, admitting that each year, they have the best intentions of planning out a clever costume ... only to realize at the last minute that they’ve made no preparations whatsoever.

So this year, they’ve rounded up twenty-four book character costume ideas, all DIY and with varying time and talent requirements.

Bustle has the perfect list for the pun-inclined (guilty as charged); having used one idea from the list in years past, we can vouch that at least one of your fellow partiers will guess the joke ... and all will approve.

Not included on the list, but seen elsewhere: The Grapes of Wrath. Adorn yourself with real, fake, or construction-paper grapes and scowl. Boom.

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