In recent years, we Brits have really begun to embrace the American holiday of Halloween. Come October 31st, streets are filled with children and adults alike dressed in old sheets and black net and splattered with a lot of fake blood.

But what if you’re tired of all the fake blood? What if you’ve donned one too many witch costume? What if you’ve done the whole vampire thing to death? What, in short, should you dress up as this year if you’re fed up with all the traditional costumes?

Well, the answer is obvious. Dress up as a character from a book. Everyone loves books, and you can show off your literary knowledge to members of the unsuspecting public. Books are the answer to all of life’s problems – including what you should be this Halloween.

If you’re struggling for ideas, then have no fear. We’ve compiled a short list to get your creative juices flowing!

The Scary Option:

We get it – Halloween is a time for scaring. Just because you’re a bookworm, doesn’t mean you want to shun the true spirit of Halloween.

For something scary, yet literary, why not go for Pennywise the Dancing Clown, from Stephen King’s It. Clown costumes can be picked up at all good costume shops, and white face paint and red lipstick are easy to come by this time of year.

Tip: Make sure to bring your balloons – you wouldn’t be Pennywise without those signature balloons!

Pennywise the Dancing Clown

The Obvious Option:

If you’re feeling lazy and uninspired there’s always 7 books worth of Harry Potter characters. If you’re going for one of the trio, all you need is an old school uniform (and of course, the glasses and scar if you’re going as Harry himself.) Nothing could be easier.

Tip: If you want something a bit more unique, dress as Dobby the house elf, or Professor Trelawney.

Harry Potter trio

The Child’s Option:

The beauty of having children at this time of year is that you get to make them look even more adorable than usual. After all, what’s cuter than a small child dressed up? Nothing. Nothing is cuter. Except maybe a kitten dressed up.

There are a huge array of children’s books to draw inspiration from, but my personal favourite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Dress them up in something green and paint their face red. Sorted.

Tip: If you’re going trick-or-treating, play up to the fact that they are a VERY HUNGRY caterpillar. You might score some extra sweets!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

So there you have it, three quick and easy bookish options for this Halloween. Let us know in the comments what you’re dressing up as this year. Bonus points if it’s something literary!