Wednesday, 23 October 2013

BOO! Scariest Literary Characters You Can Be For Halloween

Looking for a costume to help you stand out? Search no further.

Here's a list of the top eight scariest literary characters you can be for Halloween. Skipping, of course, the obvious Dracula and Frankenstein choices...


1. Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. All you need to wear is a pink wool suit and an expression of sweetness hidden behind pure evil.

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2. Bill Sykes from Oliver Twist. Toss on a ratty blazer, an ascot with a beer stain, a woolly top hat, grow out three days worth of beard and you're all set. Throw in a cocky accent for good measure.


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3. Cruella de Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Easy-peasy costume; half white and half black. What? You don't think a cartoon character is nasty enough? She makes clothing from the skin of cute little puppies. Enough said.


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4. Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs. The straight jacket may make it tough to hold a drink, but I'm sure a straw will fit through the face mask.

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5. Annie Wilkes from Misery. Flowered peasant dress with deep pockets and a sledge hammer. FYI, this costume works best if you're actually Kathy Bates.


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6. Voldemort from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Tape down your nose, shave your head, and grow out your fingernails.


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7. Pennywise from It. A creepy clown with sharp teeth is guaranteed a scream or two. Please don't show up at my house dressed like this.


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8. White Witch from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Dress all in white and don't smile, a few icicles in your hair wouldn't hurt either. Make sure to carry a tin of Turkish delight.


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Who are some of your picks for scariest literary characters?

6 comments:

S.P. Bowers said...

When my kids were little we always went as literary figures, though not necessarily scary ones. Now my kids are old enough to know what's going on and have their own ideas as to what they want to be. Sheesh, when did they get a mind of their own?

Robin said...

This is a great list. I had nightmares forever after watching Misery when I was 14. She was so real and freaky! Fav. scary bad guys...I feel ridiculous, but I'm drawing a blank-now I'll spend all day trying to think of the best bad guys...

Sus said...

Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca. Super creepy!

Jennifer Wilck said...

Oh, these are all good! I think the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz is my top pick, though.

Katie O'Sullivan said...

My kids have had literary costumes on and off over the years, scary and not scary - this year my 12th grader is being Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie... but dressing as a scary clown in the haunted forest fundraiser tonight. (I won't let him visit you.)

Happy Halloween!

M. S. Spencer said...

Sus' idea of Mrs. Danvers reminded me of Cloris Leachman as Frau Blucher (cue horses neighing) in Young Frankenstein--she was fabulous, but I guess not "literary" per se. there's Mr. Hyde of course. And Moriarty. The White Witch is a great choice. I went once as Barbara Fritchie--had to keep sticking my head out a picture frame (ie window).

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