Halloween Is Here

Halloween is upon us! If you’re anything like me, you wait until October 30th (or even the morning of the 31st!) to plan any kind of costumes, if you wear a costume at all. But before you resign yourself to cat ear headbands and eyeliner whiskers for the fourth year in a row, consider these five unique literary Halloween costume ideas.

And before you roll your eyes at another list of Harry Potter cloaks and obscure children’s book references, let me assure you, that these costumes are 100% Prospect Park Books.

I want to be an author!

Considering that most authors are just regular people with day jobs and bills to pay, showing up dressed as Stephen King or J. K. Rowling might not go as well as you think. But Charles Phoenix’s looks are unmistakable, and if you throw around some “I knowww”s, your friends may ask you to sign their copy of Addicted to Americana!

I want to be a book cover!

As much as we love the cover of Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing, it’s not the easiest costume to pull off. And showing up to the party as Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments will definitely result in some accidental twin-ing. The cover of Insta L.A. is the perfect costume: discreet enough that you won’t feel awkward running into Target for the last-minute candy run, but iconic enough that it’s still a costume.

I want to be a publisher!

Have you ever dreamed of being the fearless leader of a successful indie book publisher in Southern California? Do you daydream about speaking on panels and podcasts, having lunch with the who’s-who of Pasadena, and working with authors like Naomi Hirahara, Lian Dolan, and Jill Orr? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this costume is the one for you.

I want to be a character from a book!

Everyone and their mother is going to dress up in Hogwarts robes or Jane Austen-era frocks or someone out of the Great Gatsby. Take your literary game to the next level. Move out of the way, Nancy Drew. Try again next year, Sherlock Holmes. There’s a new sleuth in town, and her name is Riley Ellison.

I want to be an animal!

I see you’re not quite ready to give up the cat ear headband. If you’re set on being an animal, spice it up with something a little out of the ordinary. In a sea of black cats, deer, unicorns, bunnies, and bats, stand out with a vulture costume! And don’t worry, you don’t have to go for the villenous type. Vulture Verses will show you that even the seemingly unlovable creatures can be sweet!