10 Fun Halloween Costumes for Girls Inspired by Books!

Here are 10 creative costume ideas that are fun to put together and even more fun to wear!

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

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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 that Cenz wore 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


We had a great time at the drive-in watching Dora and the Lost City of Gold a few summers ago 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 I was able to wear again!

How We Did It:

Dora's Backpack: We purchased this one at a local toy store, or you can find one here.

Dora's Shirt & Shorts: Pink top and orange shorts: we purchased mine at Target.

Sneakers: Any sneakers will do!

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


2. 'Blossom' the Flower Fairy

little girl dressed up as a fairy in Halloween Costume

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 - a friend of Tinkerbell's!

How We Did It:

Flower Fairy Dress: We used a flower girl style dress that we found at a consignment sale for $6, but any pastel dress, or a pastel colored top and tutu would work.

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

Flower Crown: We made my flower crown 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!


3. Sleeping Beauty - Aurora


I loved the Disney princesses and wanted to be a princess for many years! I also adored reading stories about Belle, Ariel, Rapunzel and Aurora! Here's one of many great Disney princess books that are well-loved!

Given that I was a huge fan of Disney Princesses, I of course dressed up as a princess more than once for Halloween!!

The above adorable thrift-store dress got a facelift for Halloween, and we found the rest of the supplies in our own house!

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How We Did It:

My Aurora Dress: This was a consignment sale find for a mere $3.00!! We found the rose embellishments at JoAnn's and sewed them on.

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

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

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

Tiara: I had mine already, and if you don't already own a good fitting tiara, this one is very pretty!

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:

Dorothy's Dress: A friend of ours sewed this amazing Dorothy dress, which is pretty accurate to the movie! Here is one that we love too!

Ruby Red Slippers: We purchased my ruby red slippers locally and they're readily available (thanks to Dorothy!!) online as well! Here's a perfect pair to round out your Dorothy costume!

Dorothy's 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 purchased a spool of ribbon at JoAnn's and cut the right length for ribbons. My hair was long, so a couple of braids was an easy style!

6. Minnie Mouse


How We Did It:

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

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

7. Jewelry Box Ballerina

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

My Jewelry Box Ballerina costume was so much fun to make! It looks fancy, but is deceptively easy to create!

How We Did It:

Ballerina Tutu: Former dance recital costume; if you don't have one of these in the closet, check with a neighbor or friend. They are also readily available at consignment sales, through eBay, or Poshmark for usual

The 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'

girl dressed up as Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's in black dress
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:

Audrey Hepburn's '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.

The Jewelry: I apparently never run out of tiaras! This one was 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 heeled shoes that I had worn to a wedding - any fancy footwear would do!

9. 1920s' Flapper

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 costume this from a dance recital!)

How We Did It:

The Flapper Dress and Headband: We had purchased previously for a dance recital. We really like it when we can reuse dance costumes! If you don't have a flapper dress in your closet, you can find one here.

The Boa and Necklace: I already had both of these from my costume stash! Boas are available at JoAnn's and sometimes dollar stores as well. The necklace is another item that can be found at craft or dollar stores!

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!

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