You may have read the last blog about spooky books to read for Halloween, but even better Halloween prep is: The Costume. There’s a huge variety of wacky and spooky book characters that make a great Halloween persona. The books are also pretty great and worth a read- it’ll help you get into character!
Hannibal Lecter– The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Creepy guy to be for the creepiest day. Hannibal is detained as a psychopathic murderer and is an all-round pretty vile person that would be sure to creep anyone out if you took on his character and that horrific mask. (TAKE THE DVD OUT FROM THE LIBRARY: 791.4372 SIL)
Carrie– Carrie by Stephen King
‘Creepy Carrie’ as she’s called by her not-so-friendly class mates is a perfect character to adapt for the 31st, her telekinesis skills along with pigs blood-drenched prom dress would be perfect for the occasion.
Alex– A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
His personality is as creepy and freaky, if not more, as his daily attire. The prominent lashes on his one eye is an easy clue for those who know who Alex is. The book is a pretty difficult but amazing read- there’s always the classic film to watch though if you want a quicker route to finding out about Alex and his friends’ wacky and horrific activities. (TAKE THE BOOK OUT FROM THE LIBRARY: 823.91 BUR OR DVD: 791.4372 CLO)
The White Witch– The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Seemingly lovely and caring to begin, the White Witch is a luring and evil lady. With somewhat a hint of elegance, this sinister character would be perfect for a chilly October Halloween. (TAKE THE BOOK OUT FROM THE LIBRARY: 823 LEW)
Patrick Bateman– American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Psychopathic prostitute murderer, Bateman is one of the most blood-curling creeps of the modern horrors. A simple costume (pretty smart too in his suit), some fake blood splashed over you would give the perfect finish. (TAKE THE BOOK OUT FROM THE LIBRARY: 813.6 ELL OR DVD: 791.4372 AME)
Count Dracula– Dracula by Bram Stoker.
If you were to be a vampire for Halloween, Count Dracula would be the ultimate fit for the job. Ladies could take on the female vampires in the book, yes, there’s a vampire for all! However, Dracula is the Don of all vamps and definitely a Halloween sensation. (TAKE THE BOOK OUT FROM THE LIBRARY: 823.8 STO)
Frankenstein’s Monster– Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Good ol’ Frank is a classic Halloween character to morph into where you can’t really go wrong. Everyone will know who you are and you can have some good fun trying to attach bolts to your neck and walking around like you’ve been put together. (TAKE THE BOOK OUT FROM THE LIBRARY: 823.7 SHE)
Miss Havisham– Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
A wealthy spinster who resides in an old mansion is described as “the witch of the place” by Dickens. Her want to protect her daughter from male heartbreakers ends in harm, as she turns the sweet girl’s heart to ice. This withered old hag wouldn’t go a miss at being part of Halloween. (TAKE THE BOOK OUT FROM THE LIBRARY: 823.8 DIC OR DVD: 823.8 DIC)
Pennywise– It by Stephen King
Clowns are one of the most common freaky things that people are scared of. Probably a bit controversial with all the clown sightings in America but King’s clown ‘Pennywise’ is sure to make anyone jump in their steps (or sat down… or any situation!)
Caliban– The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Some fun could be had with this one as Caliban, the son of a witch, is described as a deformed man and creaturey sort of thing. Vulgar and rude, you could go in on the gross-factor with clothing and props. (CAN READ AS AN ELECTRONIC TEXT ON THE LIBRARY WEB)
Lady Macbeth/ The Witches– Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Lady Macbeth, the wife of the play’s villain, Macbeth, is a character with changing ideas and emotions throughout the play. She is powerful and manipulates her husband into murder so he can become King. However, she eventually becomes deranged and kills herself from guilt. This queen, who has taken on a number of different paths and drastic decisions, would be a pretty good character with a fancy Shakespearian costume (could be whipped up in minutes with some old drapes). The witches control the mysterious forces of the world and put Macbeth under their spell. These spooky beings would be an awesome trio to go as for a group of friends! (TAKE THE BOOK OUT FROM THE LIBRARY: 822.33 SHA OR DVD: 822.33 T5 SHA)
Voldemort– Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Everyone knows ‘he who shall not be named’. What could be spookier than becoming that ‘he’? Some facial sculpting may have to be involved, but with a bit of tissue moulded to the face, it could be easy-peasy and a fun transformation! (ALL HARRY POTTER BOOKS AND DVDs AVAILABLE, FIND ON THE LIBRARY WEBSITE)
The Woman in Black– The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
A mysterious and dark character, the costume is very fitting and simple. A shadowy and reappearing figure, your face can be customised to however you fancy, but a simple black cloak and dress should do the trick for this haunting character. (TAKE THE BOOK OUT FROM THE LIBRARY: 823.91 HIL)
Cruella De Vil– The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
We all know the wicked lady who wanted to harm all those cute Dalmatians. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) her costume is amazing with the split black and white hair, huge furry coat, red gloves and equipped with a long cigarette holder. Get out that coloured hair spray and into a sinister, sassy mood!
Bill Sikes– Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
One of Dickens’ most vile and barbaric characters. Sikes is a violent and eventual murderer of his girlfriend and dog. A good old fashioned costume (you can find exactly how Dickens describes him and his clothes in the book) will be pretty different and quirky for the festive time of Halloween, especially being such a menacing character. (TAKE THE BOOK OUT FROM THE LIBRARY: 823.8 DIC)