You’re invited to a Halloween party at Gatsby’s house with this bookish Halloween costume inspired by The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald! This fun and flirty flapper girl outfit captures all the Jazz Age glamor and excess of the 1920s while beautiful Great Gatsby book jewelry from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop adds just a touch of bookish charm for fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.
What do you think, book lovers? Are you ready to Charleston the night away with Gatsby and Daisy this Halloween? And what book lovers Halloween costume should I feature next? Let me know in the comments! And if you are looking for more Halloween costume inspiration, you can:
I don’t know about you but I’ve had time travel on my mind a lot lately. Whether it’s the ability to fast forward to Nov. 9th or the comforting thought of a time traveler from the future coming back to save us all from this nightmare of an election cycle, I have been wishing hard for a time machine. But until the Doctor shows up with his TARDIS, this H.G. Wells Halloween costume is probably my only chance to be a time traveler. The second in my series of book themed Halloween costumes for book lovers, this Steampunk costume was inspired by the sci-fi classic, The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. Perfect for Halloween and for cosplay fun, this Time Traveler costume features a cool Steampunk top hat, gorgeous Victorian style boots, and a pair of fun pocket watch earrings. And because no proper Time Traveler would risk being trapped in the past without a proper cup of tea, I finished off the look with an H. G. Wells Novel Tea Necklace from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop.
What do you think, book lovers? Would you like to go traveling through time with this Steampunk lady? Is there a bookish Halloween costume you would like to see? Leave a comment and let me know!
I’ll be back with more literary Halloween costumes, (next up – The Great Gatsby), but in the meanwhile you can:
Celebrate Halloween in poetic style with a Halloween costume inspired by the classic Edgar Allan Poe poem, The Raven. One thing I love about this Raven costume is that it is all about the accessories. You can go as crazy as you like with the outfit itself or you could opt to go with a basic little black dress and it would work just as well. You can also play around with the overall tone of your raven costume. I opted for a Goth style costume with a black lace top, a fringed skirt (to suggest the Raven’s feathers) and these stunning black lace boots. I added a black lace choker, raven feather earrings, one of Novel Creations’ gorgeous Edgar Allan Poe Book purses (a stylish way to carry all your candy from trick or treating), and a Raven Ring from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop for lots of Gothic flair and drama. But substitute a pair of ripped black jeans, a black t-shirt, (may I suggest this one), add a black leather jacket, and swap out the lace boots for combat boots and you have a pretty awesome Punk Poe costume. A black corset and a black feathered boa makes a sexier, burlesque-style raven, while a Raven top-hat and this awesome Raven walking-stick gives your Raven costume a cool Steampunk vibe. So many options!!! Add a Raven mask like the one shown above or skip the mask and go wild with hairand makeup. It’s up to you.
For more Edgar Allan Poe – inspired Halloween fun, check out this Pinterest board of ideas for a Raven – themed Halloween Party!
Stay tuned for more book – themed Halloween costumes and ideas and inspiration for literary Halloween celebrations. Until then, happy reading!
Halloween is just one week away and I’ve been hard at work on my latest creation – a book lover’s Halloween costume inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This classic horror story gets a modern interpretation with a costume straight out of a mad scientist’s laboratory. Featuring a ragged black denim skirt, a leather jacket and lot of fun Halloween accessories, like this Frankenstein Book Purse by Novel Creations, my Frankenstein costume is perfect for scaring up a night of Halloween fun – whether at a Halloween party, trick or treating, or relaxing at home with some Halloween candy and your favorite horror books!
I’ll be back later in the week with more literary Halloween costume ideas but until then, take care and happy reading!
P. S. – Don’t miss the encore showing of the amazing production of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller. The show will be playing at many local movie theaters tomorrow, October 25th. Rob and I saw it the first time it played and were utterly blown away! You can check out my review of the show here or get tickets here.
It’s time for the 2nd Annual C. S. Literary Jewelry Pumpkin Decorating Contest. I am giving away a $25 Gift Card to the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop for the best bookish pumpkin! To enter, decorate a pumpkin using your favorite books, poems, or fictional characters from literature as inspiration and share a photo (or a link to a photo) of your pumpkin here on this blog post. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated in any manner or medium you like but they must have a bookish theme and they must be handmade to be considered. You can decorate up to three pumpkins for additional chances to win.
We will be accepting entries from Friday, Oct. 16th to Friday, Oct. 23rd and voting to determine a winner will be open from Mon., Oct. 28th to Fri., Oct. 30th. I will announce the winner on Halloween. Good luck everyone and have fun!
Friday Favorites – Pumpkin Treats
To help get everyone in a pumpkin-ish frame of mind, I gave this week’s Friday Favorites Etsy treasury a pumpkin theme and gathered some of my favorite pumpkin and jack o lantern themed gifts, accessories, art, and decorations. Like what you see? Click on any item to see (or buy) it on Etsy. You can also see the full collection here. Enjoy!
Today is Hobbit Day and the start of Tolkien week so I thought it would be nice to celebrate the occasion in true Tolkien style. In the Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo and Frodo celebrate their joint birthdays with a big party and invited all their hobbit friends so I am doing the same, with great Hobbit costume suggestions, Middle Earth inspired music and decor, and of course, great Hobbit treats and recipes.
Hobbits also celebrate their birthdays and other special occasions by giving gifts (as oppose to receiving them) so I am observing that grand hobbit tradition by giving a 15% discount on all Lord of the Rings and Hobbit jewelry in my Etsy shop.
What to Wear
The first thing you will want to do is get all dressed up in your very best Middle Earth attire. The good news is, that with Halloween just a few weeks away, your Hobbit Day outfit also doubles as an awesome Halloween costume and if you are as much of a sci-fi / fantasy geek as I am, you can also wear your Hobbit costume to conventions too! Of course, there is a lot of information on the internet about dressing up as specific characters but for a party in the Shire, I love the idea of a basic hobbit look.
This Etsy shop has some amazing Hobbit costumes for men. My favorite is the Gamgee but I am particularly predisposed to love everything even remotely related to Samwise Gamgee, my favorite character in all of Middle Earth.
For Little Hobbits:
What could be cuter than baby hobbits? One of my favorite parts of the Fellowship of the Ring movies was the part during Bilbo’s party when he was recounting his adventures to all the adorable little hobbit kids so I made sure to scour Etsy for the best little kid Hobbit costumes. I found some great options at this Etsy shop, especially for little boy hobbits but I just fell in love with these outfits:
(FYI, Ciche Mom also has great geeky onesies for kids of sci-fi / fantasy fans, including some amazingly cool Doctor Who and Firefly onesies.)
Hobbit – y Finishing touches:
For a great Hobbit costume, you are going to need a pair of Hobbit Feet. I found this great tutorial on how to make your own Hobbit Feet here. Complete the look with hobbit ears, a cloak, and/or a pipe. And for all the would-be Bilbos and Frodos out there, there is also this awesome reproduction of their sword, Sting from Funny Farm Toy Barn.
Dwarves, Wizards, and Elves:
Of course, you don’t have to be a hobbit to get in the spirit of Hobbit Day. Gandalf is always invited when the Baggins throw a party. Thorin and his company of Dwarves can be very merry company, especially for impromptu gatherings and then there are elves, rangers, shieldmaidens and ents who are all very welcome indeed. Check out this cool Thorin Oakenshield costume by Folk of the Wood Crafts. (They also have some really cool options for a Kili costume too!)
Setting the Mood
Now that you are all dressed up, you need to set the mood with music and decorations! In terms of decor, rustic, homey touches are the best for Shire parties but you can also add little shout-outs to the books with some great LoTR inspired signs and decorations that I found on Etsy. Of course, for a hobbit – themed party, you can’t go wrong with a sign that says:
Then again, “Speak Friend and Enter” has a nice welcoming feeling to it (as long as you can guarantee a Balrog-free evening for your guests) or you can add a touch of Hobbiton ambiance with this incredibly cool Prancing Pony Inn sign:
Then you need some music. Tolkien’s books are full of scenes where his characters burst into song so no true Hobbit Day celebration would be complete without music. Of course, the soundtracks to the films would be great to have in the background at your Hobbit party but I am particularly partial to Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits, an album of fun LoTR – inspired music by Celtic musician, Marc Gunn, perfect for singing along to the next time you are hanging out at the Prancing Pony.
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world