Bookish Halloween Costumes

Elizabeth Bluemle -- October 10th, 2017

Most emails that come in to the bookstore are very business-y, so it’s practically a birthday present when one arrives that is simply for fun, especially when it’s a celebration of books and favorite book characters. On Monday, the bright surprise in our inbox came from a customer, Julie H., who sent the following (and gave us permission to post it):

Flying Pig Bookstore,
We are big fans of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, including their book Triangle (bought at The Flying Pig). My daughter came up with the idea of dressing up as Triangle for Halloween. We made the costume…and he came to life. We tried to store him safely on the porch, but didn’t have the heart to leave him there. We have been bringing him on our adventures and taking photos. Here are a some of our favorites. We thought you might get a kick out of them.

Triangle at goooooooaaaaallllll

Lake Champlain Triangle (likely looking to play a trick on our lake monster, Champ)

Fall camouflage Triangle – sneaky!



[Elizabeth again.]
How great is this costume?! I love how they made the eyeballs moveable – so expressive. And Triangle is certainly making the most of his Vermont adventures leading up to Halloween. We could not love this more! Thanks, Julie and family, for doing Triangle proud.

When I shared Julie’s email with fellow bookseller Heather, she shared photos of her two amazing daughters as some of their favorite literary characters in Halloweens past:

There was the Parzival year (the Puffin version by Katherine Paterson):









There was The Princess Bride year (note: there’s a deluxe new version of this William Goldman classic coming out today from Houghton Mifflin with illustrations by Michael Manomivibul, and that’s the cover you see here:)









And there was the Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride (Pam Muñoz Ryan and Brian Selznick; Scholastic) year:

In this day of pre-fab costumes, it’s so much fun to see the creativity that comes from families inspired by characters. For more ideas, in case you haven’t yet come across the fabulous blog post showing a collection of bookish costumes, here’s one sample:

What book characters are your young ones emulating this year? If you send pix, I’ll do a post at Halloween time!

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