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What Literary Characters Would Be for Halloween

What Literary Characters Would Be for Halloween

By Lauren Passell

Do you have your Halloween costume yet? Jay Gatsby does. And do does Edmund Penvensie, Pollyanna, The Three Musketeers, and Holden Caulfield. (Well maybe not Holden Caulfield.) This list of what we think literary characters would be for Halloween is for you to enjoy. And, if you're stuck for your own costume, you could always be Jay Gatsby as Benjamin Franklin or Edmund Penvensie as a box of Turkish Delights. How incredibly postmodern!

Edmund Penvensie (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe): A box of Turkish Delights. Just like he was last year. And the year before. And the year before. The boy is obsessed.

The Three Musketeers (The Three Musketeers): Athos would try to organize a group costume, either Destiny's Child or The Three Caballeros, but Porthos would rebel and insist on simply dressing handsomely.

Joseph K (The Trial): Alice in Wonderland. In The Trial, K's world was so surreal that throwing in a hookah-smoking caterpillar or mad hatter now and then would probably be a welcomed distraction.

Humbert Humbert (Lolita): Hannah Montana.

Hester Prynne (The Scarlet Letter): Madonna. Cone-bra-era Madonna, not her scary-arm phase.

Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit): Gary Coleman?

Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby): A blinged-out Benjamin Franklin. 'Cause money-hungry Jay was all about the Benjamins.

Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby): Sexy bumblebee. (You know she would.)

Anna Karenina (Anna Karenina): Mean Girls' Cady Heron dressed as a scary ex-wife. Like Cady, Anna was ostracized by the society mean girls. So you can bet that if Anna Karenina went to a Halloween party, she'd be dressed to scare, while Countess Lydia Ivanovna would be dressed as a Playboy Bunny or something. Ivanovna could hang with Daisy Buchanan.

Godot (Waiting for Godot): Santa Clause. Where do you think Godot got his inspiration to, you know, not exist?

Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird): Atticus Finch. Knowing Scout, a rambunctious little tom boy, she'd find nothing cooler than dressing up like not just a man, not just a lawyer man, but her father, who is also her hero.

Captain Ahab (Moby Dick): A dick, of course. We obviously mean "detective," although Ahab was a huge egotistical jerk-face.

Holden Caulfield (The Catcher in the Rye): Wouldn't dress up. ("Too phony.")

Pollyanna (Pollyanna): A glad Rainbow-Unicorn-Smileyface-Puppy. With a cherry on top. And then she'd donate all of her candy to orphans.

Who'd we miss? What would Harry Potter be for Halloween?

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Topics: Books
Tags: halloween, costumes, literary characters, dressing up

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