Fun Halloween Costumes Inspired by Books!

So, the countdown to Halloween is getting closer, and there are only a couple weeks left to go until that much anticipated day!

Halloween is absolutely one of my favorite holidays, for so many reasons- you get to carve a fun pumpkin and put up spooky (or cute!) decor, eat chocolate, and, of course, dress up!!


Well, we put together a post of costumes I've worn over the years that were inspired by books, movies and more! These costumes are easy to replicate, and are fun, fast and frugal!

You can find the items for many of them at local crafts stores, consignment shops/sales or use things you already have.

1. Dora the Explorer


Had a great time at the drive-in this past summer watching Dora and the Lost City of Gold and it was a fun throw-back to my days as a fan of Dora and Boots! This was a fun and super easy costume to put together that was cute, comfy, and was able to wear again!

How we did it:

Backpack: I got mine at a local toy store, or you can find one here.

Shirt & Shorts: Pink top and orange shorts-we got mine at Target.

Sneakers: Any sneakers will do!

Total: $25.00

Missed the movie? Break out your favorite movie treats or break into that Halloween candy and enjoy Dora and the Lost City of Gold!


2. 'Blossom' the Flower Fairy

A sweet rather than spooky costume, this is a magical outfit that's perfect for pictures! This was during my Disney Fairy phase and was inspired by Rosetta, the Garden Talent Fairy - friend of Tinkerbell's!

How we did it:

Dress: We used a bridesmaid style dress (consignment sale- $6), but any pastel dress, or a pastel colored top and tutu would work.

Wings: We searched for the perfect color and found these on eBay, any fairy dress-up wings would work, such as this pair.

Flower Crown: We made it by weaving craft store flowers and two different ribbons (light green and pink) around chenille sticks-bend or tape the ends so you don't have sharp edges.

Wand: We wove flowers and ribbon around a small, ball-shaped wand to give it some floral flair!

Total: $20.00


3. Sleeping Beauty


An adorable thrift-purchase dress got a facelift for Halloween, and we found the rest of the supplies in our own house.

How we did it:

Dress: Consignment sale find=$3.00!! We found the rose embellishments at JoAnn's and sewed them on.

Accessories: I already had a tiara, scepter, and the shoes, but you can use any 'royal' footwear!

Total: $6.00

4. The Little Mermaid


I know... two princesses in a row! For any mermaid fans reading this, The Little Mermaid costume is a perfect way to pay homage to the movie or book, so channel your inner fins and get started!

How we did it:

Ariel Costume: we purchased mine online, here's one that's similar.

Cape: Our friend loaned us the cape, which we lined with some fleece from Joann's to make a little warmer.

Tiara : I had mine already, and if you don't already own a good fit, this one is adorable!

Total: 15.00

5. Dorothy from 'The Wizard of Oz'


The Wizard of Oz is an iconic film with the some of the best movie shoes ever, so we wanted to do it justice!

How we did it:

Dress: A friend of ours sewed this amazing Dorothy dress, which is pretty accurate to the movie! If you don't have a friend w

Shoes: My Ruby Red Slippers were purchased for the costume, and cost about 15.00.

Basket: A generous neighbor supplied me with a cute flip top basket, but any basket you have work! Use a plush dog you already have, or some other stuffy could be a stand-in!.

Hair Ribbons: We got a spool of ribbon at Joann's and cut the right amount for ribbons.

Total: 15.00

6. Minnie Mouse


How we did it:

Dress: We purchased mine new on Ebay- the bow came with it! I pinned it to the ears!

Ears: I had a some already, but you can purchase a pair if you need them-they were one of my favorite costume accessories!

Total: $20.00

7. Jewelry Box Ballerina

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One of our DIY projects that we're most proud of!

This one was probably one of the most fun to make! It looks fancy and is deceptively easy to create!

How we did it:

Tutu: former dance recital costume

Jewelry Box:

First, we found a big cardboard box that fit around me. Then, we did the following steps:

  1. Secure the edges/corners that need a little more support with whatever tape we could find.

  2. Attach two lengths of sturdy grosgrain ribbon that we had lying around to the box on each side to mimic a backpack-type straps. You have to play with this a little bit to find a decent balance for the ballerina. We cut slits in the box and tied one to each side. Knot it well and secure the cardboard around it if needed with strong tape.

  3. Wrap it in pretty pink satiny fabric that we bought from JoAnn's (love those coupons!)

  4. Hot glue the fabric to the box. I think we also used glue dots for those spots that needed extra!

  5. We had some frilly lace ribbon in the house and glued that around.

  6. Found some cute heart stickers in the house and stuck those on.

  7. Decorative craft papers and buttons were added to be the drawers.

  8. Found costume jewelry and pinned it to the corners and arranged it to 'spill over.'

  9. Voila! Have your ballerina put on her tutu and you're good to go!

8. Holly Golightly from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'

We're huge Breakfast at Tiffany's fans!

My mom and I are Huge Audrey Hepburn fans, so when we got this costume idea into our heads, there was no turning back! It was a lot of fun to find all of the items and recreate a little Audrey style!

How we did it:

The 'Little Black Dress': another consignment sale find! I lucked out and stumbled across it before I even decided on a Halloween Costume, and at 50% off, it cost just $3.00.

Gloves and Sunglasses: One of the moms at my dance class heard I was going to do this costume and loaned me a pair of her gloves! I just used a pair of oversize black sunglasses of my mom's.

Jewelry: I apparently never run out of tiaras-this is from a ballet recital, but another jeweled tiara/comb would be perfectly Holly.

I made the necklace, stringing pearl beads onto jewelry cord and attaching an oversize brooch in the middle.

Shoes: I wore heels that I had worn to a wedding.

Total: $25.00

9. 1920s' Flapper Girl

The Roaring 20's always seemed so glamorous, and I was thrilled to be able to wear this fun flapper look again! (I already had this from a dance recital!)

How we did it:

Flapper Dress and Headband: (purchased previously) -find one here.

Boa and Necklace: Already had both of these from my costume stash!

If you have long hair like me, just wind sections then bobby pin them underneath to create a faux bob!

Hair: I actually have very long hair! My mom looked up how to do a faux bob and basically you roll sections of hair around your fingers and then bobby pin it underneath to the other hair! I curled it a little first and we sprayed it a bunch to hold it for the night! Visit this site for a full tutorial on how to have 'bobbed' hair for your flapper look:

Total: $0.00!

10. Jackie 'O/ 1960s' Chic

Jackie O' will forever be one of my favorite style icons, and this look is sooo simple to put together, and looks very Jackie! We made the pillbox hat, and were so happy how it turned out and held up!

How we did it:

Jacket and Skirt: The jacket was a Forever 21 on Ebay find, and the black skirt I already had.

Pearls, and sunglasses: Use a faux strand of pearls, and some oversize black sunglasses.

Pillbox Hat: Find out how to make your own here.

Bag: I covered a bag with black satin and attached a brooch (JoAnn's - coupon!!), or use one you already have.

Total: $25.00

Even though the shoes in the book are silver, I love the bright red ones made popular from the movie!

Hope this list gave you some ideas and inspiration for costumes!

Can't wait for October 31st!!!

Trick or Treat!

Cenzia :)