8 Writing-themed Halloween Costumes

For my daughter’s Halloween party at preschool, my daughter was an adorable Scooby-Doo and I dressed in a super-cute giraffe costume, kindly loaned to me by Dawn @ The Write Soil. Exhibit A –

As I paraded down the hall, feeling silly and very mommy-like, I imagined hosting an adult writer’s costume party, where guests come in writing-themed costumes, not literary character costumes, but dressed as a writer or as something specifically writerly.

8 Writing-themed Halloween Costumes:

  • Nothing screams ‘writer’ to me more than a typewriter.

(Okay, you got me! She doesn’t ‘scream’ writer, but she does give specific tips on making a typewriter costume.)

  • Except, a book might scream writer too! I like these two costumes I found on Google images (since I couldn’t find photo credits, if either of these ladies see this and want the pictures removed let me know, but I do give you mad credit for serious creativity!

How cool would it be to go to a party wearing your very own book cover?!

  • A modernist writer – When I think ‘writer’ I picture a woman in black-rimmed glasses, dressed mainly in black with a scarf wrapped around her neck. In one hand she holds a cigarette and in the other she holds a tumbler of amber whiskey. Sometimes I’m tempted to step in to her shoes (black flats) and try writing as her, but I don’t smoke, can’t stand the taste of alcohol and thanks to my faith, believe that love can conquer all and death is not the end. I can dress like a modernist on the outside, but lack the emptiness of the modernist inside.


  • A journalist – Notepad and pen in hand with a camera bag slung over my shoulder – Voila!


  • Mark Twain – Not terribly original, but like a ghost or skeleton at a regular Halloween party, Mark Twain’s got to be a staple at a writing-themed costume party!

  • Edgar Allan Poe – Again, not terribly original, but a staple! No Halloween costume party is complete without a witch, or in this case, an Edgar.

  • Emily Dickinson – A long white cotton or flannel nightgown with my hair pulled back in a bun – Hey, I frequently dress as Emily Dickinson on chilly winter nights before bed! I wonder if I’ve ever scared hubby as the ghost of Emily Dickinson?


  • Francine Pascal – A blond wig and a gold necklace! Easy peasy and classy! And if you are a fan of Francine’s, please click on the link and read the interview!


So, everyone is invited to my Virtual Writers Halloween Costume Party! Who are you coming as? Share your costume ideas!


ETA: After I posted, I found a Halloween Blog Hop hosted by suspense writer, Jeremy Bates . I decided to ‘hop’ into the Hop because my novel is supernatural suspense and I realized I don’t follow very many blogs by suspense writers, so this is an opportunity to change that!

I just need to add one thing to this post to take part in the Halloween Hop, my favorite horror movie, which I am happy to share is The Watcher in the Woods.

Spooky, thrilling, and spine-tingling without blood and guts. Also? Bette Davis. ‘Nough said.

10 thoughts on “8 Writing-themed Halloween Costumes

  1. Halloween Hop

    I want to thank Jeremy Bates for the chance to participate in this blog hop.

    My Favorite monster movie – Hellraiser
    My Costume – Dragon (well the wings of a dragon and the rest is my sexy self)
    And I am now following this Blog (yay)

    I have read quite a few of the posts on this blog and I do believe I shall
    be reading more as I have found them interesting to say the least. I hope that my participation brings this blog more visitors and that those turn into more readers for this blog’s future. Thanks for being a participant and for those visiting this blog for the first time. Please comment, that is what we bloggers live for. :)

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  2. Awesome post!!! I love the Edgar, Dickens, and modernist writer costumes!
    This year I’ll be dressing up as Velma from Scooby Doo – “Jinkies! That’s not a monster, that’s the man who wants to scam your real estate!”

  3. Hi Brianna – Happy Halloween Hop!
    My husband and I went to a party once as Lolita and Humbert Humbert once (because we ran out of time to think of something good and that’s what I could dig out of my closet – don’t judge!). Thing was, it was a party at Cornell and after the first 5 people asked me, “Did he write that here?” I finally surmised that Nabokov TAUGHT at Cornell. Not only did I not know that, I hadn’t even read the book. Or seen the movie. So all I could think on that night was, “Why do you people have to be so literary?” 😉

  4. Hello! (((((hugs)))))

    It’s so awesome to visit your lovely blog today on this Halloween blog hop. I think this is an awesome opportunity to meet other authors! I’m joining your blog and I hope you’ll join mine, too, so we can learn more about one another.
    My favorite monster movie is Night of the Living Dead and I’m dressing up as a mime. Mime is one of the most ancient forms of theatre, appearing around the time of the Greek tragedies. I hope to perfect the art and technique of portraying a mood, idea, or narration by gestures and bodily movements. The only problem is…that I have a big mouth! LOL. It’s so nice to meet you!


    P.S. I’d love to connect with you online!
    My blog link is http://chrissypeebles.blogspot.com/
    My Facebook link is: http://www.facebook.com/#!/chrissy.peebles1
    My twitter link is: http://twitter.com/#!/ChrissyPeebles1

  5. The Twilight book costume made me laugh. Once when I was maybe ten or something I dressed up as an author (since that’s what I wanted to be when I “grew up”!). I put on a sweater vest, stuck a pencil behind my ear and carried around a copy of Heidi. Because we all know writers wear sweater vests, right? lol

  6. Love those book costumes! I think I’d come to the party dressed as Jane Austen; she’s my all-time favorite.
    My daughters and I are decorating trunks for Trunk or Treat at our church. One of them is Scooby Doo themed and one daughter is dressing as Velma. My trunk is Veggie Tale themed, but I am NOT dressing up like a vegetable.
    Your giraffe costume looks like a lot of fun =)

  7. Hello fellow hopper!

    So glad I was able to visit your site! :) I am visiting from the Coffin Hop–I am # 63– and happy to take part in this hop also. This Halloween I will be dressing as a swashbuckling pirate. Two of my favorite scary books are The Witching Hour and Let the Right One In. A fave movie is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I love this time of year–we get to indulge in a bit of darkness. Please hop over and visit me if you like at http://www.penelopecrowe.blogspot.com where I am giving coupons to your choice of my books and you can enter and win a NOOK! Thanks and hope to see you there!


  8. I’m here from the blog hop, and I love your blog! (Jeremy Bates rocks, too)

    My favorite scary book is IT (scared the crap out of me when I was a kid), movie that horrified me most was Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween, and I did not dress up this year, because I’m lame. Maybe next year 😉

    Happy Halloween!

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