When it comes to Halloween, there are two types of people: people who plan their costumes months in advance and people who put together something at the last minute.

If you’re one of the latter, that’s OK! In fact, we have a book suggestion for whatever costume you might decide to piece together at the last minute.


You can’t go wrong with such a simple but classic costume. Pick up a witches hat and pair it with an LBD, and you’re good to go. For the witch on the go, we recommend a short, quick read like The Blue Witch by Alane Adams. This delightful tale is geared toward younger readers, but can be enjoyed by witches of all ages. Abigail wants to be the greatest witch of all, but she’s about to fail Spectacular Spells because her powers haven’t come in yet.


This classic costume is extremely easy to assemble, thus making if perfect for the last-minute costumer. Pull on some jeans and a flannel and you’re just about ready to go. Add a bandanna, cowboy boots, or a cowboy hat, and no one can accuse you of not putting in any effort. For a touch more cowgirl charm, pick up Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovée. It’s the first in a series of Annie Oakley mysteries.


For the more creative last-minute costumer, you might choose to go as a pun. After the release of Netflix’s When We First Met, we fully expect to see a few people as Dunkin Donut (basketball jersey and an inflatable donut). No matter what pun you choose, going as a pun shows a sense of humor. Thus, we recommend The Cast by Amy Blumenfeld. The characters in it created a video that had their friend Becca laughing all the way to recovery.

The same thing you are every year

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! You own exactly one costume, and you wear it every year. You were going to do something new this year, but Halloween kinda snuck up on you. Because your costume is proof that history repeats itself, why not read a book about two identical girls switched in time? Check out But Not Forever by Jan Von Schleh. Emma and Sonnet couldn’t be more different—or more similar.

Whatever you have as a onesie

There is no costume more comfortable than a onesie—unless you’re going clubbing. If you choose to wear a onesie as a costume, then you’re probably a big kid at heart. Why not read picture book while you’re all cuddled up, waiting on trick-or-treaters? The Circus Thief by Alane Adams would make a great choice—and, if it’s an animal onesie, maybe you’ll make an appearance!


This costume is a small step up from the most basic ones, but can still be pulled together in a snap. White puffy shirts or striped t-shirts, jeans or black pants, dresses and corsets, vests—pretty much anything goes. Braid your hair, wear a bandana, and wear hoops for extra authenticity. If there’s one thing a pirate is, it’s adventurous. Thus, you would probably like Deepest Blue by Mindy Tarquini. This book is a wild ride from start to finish.

Plain White T

While this may be the laziest of the lazy options, it is rarely done, and thus when you tell someone you’re a Plain White T, you still get points for creativity. All you need is a plain white t-shirt. If that’s what you’re going for, you’re probably passionate about music, so we recommend The Frontman by Ron Bahar. This novel follows Ron as an aspiring musician in the ’80s and is riddled with references.

Sexy [insert your profession here]

Look, you’ve got a busy life. You don’t have time to go out and buy a costume. Plus, your uniform is basically a costume anyways. We recommend Bedside Manners by Heather Frimmer. You’ll relate to Marnie, the protagonist, who’s life is also extremely busy as she juggles a surgical internship and planning a wedding when her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis throws a wrench in her plans.