It’s that time of the year again, people are throwing Halloween parties, and you’re expected to dress up. But what if you’re OK with dressing up, just not with the ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties costumes. Jessica Woodbury has some suggestions that you may find helpful:
“Literature loves metaphors. But a great costume takes the metaphorical and interprets it without much thought for subtlety. Here are some suggestions for literary costumes from not-so-symbolic novel title interpretations.
The Grapes of Wrath
Supplies: clothes of your choice, but preferably green. 10 or more balloons; either all green or all purple. A marker.
Directions: Blow up the balloons. Draw angry faces on them. Secure them to your clothes.
Lord of the Flies
Supplies: fly costume (you can DIY it with black clothes, wings, and a couple extra stuffed legs), crown.
Directions: Wear fly costume. Put on crown.
The Catcher in the Rye
Supplies: baseball mitt, stalks of wheat or corn.
Directions: Put on mitt. Fasten grain to clothes.
Supplies: baseball mitt, paper, scissors
Directions: Cut out two numeral 2’s from the paper. Fasten to the inside of the baseball mitt.
A Clockwork Orange
Supplies: Orange shirt, marker.
Directions: Draw a clock on the shirt. Put on shirt. Bonus points for drawing in gears and clockworks.
The Portrait of a Lady
Supplies: Picture Frame or just cut a frame shape out of a cardboard box and decorate it to look like a picture frame.
Directions: Arrange frame so it goes around face and secure.
Note: Must be a lady to pull this off.
Supplies: White shirt, black marker, red marker.
Directions: Draw a thermometer on the shirt that goes from 0 degrees to 500 degrees with the black marker. Color it up to 451 with the red marker. Bonus points for making one side in Fahrenheit and the other in Celsius.”
Jessica Woodbury is a lapsed lawyer who now works in digital media. She chronically overshares at dontmindthemess.com. Follow her on Twitter:@jessicaesquire. This article first appeared on Bookriot.com