Offbeat Halloween Costumes 2017
By: Ben Bland
Halloween is approaching, and many of you may not have thought about what to wear out this year. Never fear! The Offbeat has compiled a list of the hottest literary costumes that we promise none of your friends, parents, or enemies will be rocking on Tuesday.
1.Turtles All the Way Down
John Green recently released a new novel that fans say is his best work since The Fault in Our Stars. What better way to celebrate the book than by grabbing some friends and dressing as famous turtles. Dress as are mutant ninjas, pixar transports, or accurate scientific depictions and make a tower at the party until someone guesses what you are. Bonus points if your friend Yertle climbs the top of the tower.
2. Murder on the Orient Express
It may be a little early for this one, but a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express opens next months. Get on board before everyone else and dress as the titular train. Others may confuse you for other great literary trains, so make sure to write “murder” on the side of the costume before walking into a party and facing utter embarrassment when someone asks if you’re from Thomas the Tank Engine.
3. The Girl on the Train
Speaking of trains…COUPLES COSTUME ALERT! A lot of people go to multiple parties on different days. It’s unacceptable to wear the same costume two days in a row. Solution: re-use your Orient Express costume with your significant other and be the thriller, The Girl on the Train. Logistics are hard for this one as you may not want to carry someone the entire party. Chances are, nobody you know has read the book (it’s just sitting on their shelf to look hip). If anyone questions you, act surprised and start rambling about plot details, and they’ll get bored quickly. Better brush up on the Emily Blunt movie on date night first though.
4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
A new sub-genre has emerged in recent years of taking classic novels and re-writing them with supernatural elements, including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. There’s a whole slew of costumes just waiting to be discovered in this vein. A few suggestions: Wuthering Heights and Werewolves, Of Mice and Mummies, and A Tale of Two Yetis. Bonus: find uses for gremlins and poltergeists.
5. George R.R. Martin
You’ll probably see a few Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen costumes this Halloween, but why don’t you represent the man behind the many cruel deaths, George R.R. Martin? His style is easy to emulate and if you want to have the costume be a dead giveaway, carry a list of every character you’ve brutally killed with your keyboard. When anyone asks you when the next book will be released, you must go on a tirade about how long books take to write and set unrealistic deadlines that will never be met.
6. A Series of Unfortunate Events
This costume can work as a solo endeavor or with a group. This one relies only on the name as each person dresses as a different unfortunate event (i.e. bankruptcy, stubbing one’s toe, your guardian was poisoned by a failed actor, etc.) You can pick examples from the book series or come up with your own. If you’re doing this costume solo, quick changes are necessary, as you must be a different event each time you re-enter the party to complete the series.
7. The Dark Tower
With the release of the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, you will see variations of Pennywise the Dancing Clown this October. Moviegoers (are trying to) forget about King’s other major film adaptation from the year, The Dark Tower. The movie was speculated to start an Amazon TV spin-off and potentially more films but was met with rotten reviews and low returns in the box office. This doesn’t mean King’s magnum opus should be shelved. Don’t dress as the Man in Black or the Gunslinger, dress as your favorite of the eight books and just spoil it. Do us all a favor and give plot synopses from a corner of the party. You might not be the life of the party, but you’ll make Stephen happy, and isn’t that what Halloween is all about?
Do you have any other suggestions for literary costumes to rock this year?