8 Low Key Bookish DIY Halloween Costumes

So, like, are we allowed to go out for Halloween? Probably not. Some people online have joked about driving their kids around while people throw candy into their cars, and you know what? Whatever gets me my candy. But let’s not put too much effort in this year, I know you’d hate to put in all the time and money that Halloween truly deserves just to find out that you aren’t going anywhere. So, let’s be lazy and still celebrate the candiest of holidays.

Charlotte’s Web

White shirt, black paint. One very big spider web.

You can use some iron-on paper to simply print out the design or do it all in puffy paint. Whichever fits your budget. Add a spider headband or ring to complete the look!

50. Shades. of. Gray.

Because you can, that’s why.

Head on down to the hardware store and find your favorite shades… of gray. Then glue them onto a black shirt to make sure they really pop.

Thing 1 & Thing 2

Have a friend?

Grab a red shirt each and a few bottles of puffy paint, then trace the logo onto your shirts.

Try it with a hat or a hoodie!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

The tastiest costume

A pair of mouse ears, some denim overalls, and a bunch of cookies in your pocket.


Cover yourself in angelic power

If art isn’t your forte, you may want to make a few stencils of your favorite runes. Instead of a sharpie, use eyeliner (liquid for a nice crisp line). That way you can wash the costume off (I know, you don’t want to. Sorry). Then either have a friend help you or do it all yourself and get those runes all over you. No stele required.

Twilight-esque Vampire

….if you want… I guess…

Super easy! Head on over to your local Hot Topic and pick up some vampire teeth and body glitter. Be as sparkly as you want, you undead teenager you.

The Man in the Yellow Hat

And curious George, of course.

A yellow hat, a yellow shirt, a clean pair of khakis, and a nice pair of boots.

Plus, an adorable monkey plushie.


Call me too lazy to do much else.

Hello, my name is Ishmael, and I wrote it on this name tag.


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Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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