Nothing says Halloween like Edgar Allan Poe. To me, Poe is the undisputed master of all things dark and creepy and while, I am usually too much of a wimp to enjoy most of the horror genre, I just love Edgar Allan Poe poems and stories like The Tell Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, Annabel Lee, and of course, Poe’s most famous creation, The Raven. This is why I am dedicating the second installment of my Literary Halloween Costume series to Edgar Allan Poe and The Raven.
But first, I would like to offer you an early Halloween treat – a 20% discount on my handmade Edgar Allan Poe jewelry.
Inspired by The Raven, Annabel Lee, and The Tell Tale Heart, these Gothic literature brooches are the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit or to express your love of dark tales, spooky stories, and things that go bump in the night. They can be worn as brooches or as dramatic statement necklaces with the addition of an optional silver – plated chain. For more information, visit our Etsy shop here.
Edgar Allan Poe – The Raven Halloween Costume Ideas
What I love about the idea of a Raven costume is that there are so many ways to interpret the theme and you can go as wild and crazy as you like with it. This costume is all about the details and you can be as daring and outrageous as you like or scale it back to your personal comfort level and still have a great costume. The first thing you are going to need is some sort of outfit to serve as the jumping off point for your costume. The possibilities are truly endless and are limited only by your imagination. If you are looking to turn heads, you can always go with this stunning Raven – inspired Gothic Boned Corset by Baba Studio
The wonderful thing about this corset, besides how gorgeous it is, is that you have lots of great options in how to style it. I love the tulle skirt and black feather boa look that you see in the photo but if tulle isn’t your thing, you can wear it with a black leather skirt and jacket and get a more modern and edgier kind of “Punk Poe” style. Another option is to raid your closet for a great little black dress or even a black top and your favorite pair of black jeans will work. Black lace or flowing black poet blouses can give you a Victorian vibe, perfect for an Edgar Allan Poe – inspired look. Or you can opt to go with something simple that will let your accessories be the star of the show. It’s completely up to you.
Once you have your basic outfit settled, it’s time to start having fun with all the great accessories that will give your costume style and flair. One option is to wear a raven mask and if you decide to go that route there are a ton of artists making some amazing masks on Etsy. My personal favorites were:
Of course, if you are feeling less literal, you may want to skip the mask and rely on your jewelry and accessories to get your point across. In that case, you are going to need some feathers. As you could see in the corset photo above, a black feather boa is a nice simple way to suggest Raven wings and there are a ton of feathered skirts, black feathered wrist cuffs and other accessories that would also work beautifully. Having said that, my personal favorites were these feathered shoulder pieces by Rouge Pony:
At this point, things are looking rather Raven-ish. However, we still have some work to do if we want people to know you’re THAT Raven and that means adding some Edgar Allan Poe jewelry and accessories.
In terms of jewelry, I am more than a little biased towards this NEW Raven Brooch from my Etsy shop, C. S. Literary Jewelry.
With a Gothic Victorian style, a black and white illustration of Poe’s Raven, and the opening lines of the poem, I think this piece does a lot to establish the theme and bring the look together. I also love these Raven Skull Black Feathered Earrings by Winterberry Jewelry:
And for the perfect finishing touches, you can’t beat this amazingly cool Raven Skull Cane:
and this stunning Edgar Allan Poe Book Purse by Novel Creations (which you can get for 10% off with the coupon code: CSLJ10)
I hope you enjoyed my suggestions for a great Edgar Allan Poe inspired Halloween costume. Check back here next week when we take a trip to Wonderland! Hope to see you then!