It’s a safe bet that there will be lots of cute Elsa’s and Anna’s trick-or-treating this year. But if you’re like me, you want your Halloween costume (or that of your child) to be clever and distinctive. Here are some sure-fire one-of-a-kind costumes inspired by fictional characters. I guarantee you’ll be the only one running around cul-de-sacs and ringing door bells in these costumes.
Member of Abnegation (Divergent trilogy)
Costume: Modest gray t-shirt, gray sweatpants, no makeup.
Pros to costume: You can basically just roll out of bed. Also, Four is attracted to members of Abnegation.
Cons to costume: Other trick-or-treaters will assume you’re exceedingly lazy. Also, Four doesn’t exist.
Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew series)
Costume: Black pumps, titian wig, blue convertible (in case you need to pursue suspects), packed overnight bag (in case you need to pursue suspects across state lines).
Pros to costume: Black pumps go with everything.
Cons to costume: No one knows what “titian” means.
Dolores Jane Umbridge (Harry Potter series)
Costume: Pink. Cats optional.
Pros to costume: Pink will be easy for drivers and pedestrians to see.
Cons to costumes: You probably (maybe) (definitely) won’t receive any candy.
The Ghost of King Hamlet (Hamlet)
Costume: White sheet draped over your head and body.
Pros to costume: Oh-so-simple yet oh-so-unique.
Cons to costume: Few people will discern the subtle distinction between the ghost of King Hamlet, deceased ruler of Denmark, and a regular ghost costume.
A Pevensie Sibling (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
Costume: Fur coat, British accent.
Pros to costume: You’ll be warm while trick-or-treating in Minnesota.
Cons to costume: A fur coat is actually necessary to keep warm while trick-or-treating in Minnesota.