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Last Minute Bookish Costumes for Lazy People

We all know how this goes. You spend most of October binge-watching scary movies, going to corn mazes, and drinking pumpkin spice anything.

Then, suddenly BOOM. Halloween is actually here and OOPS you forgot to get a costume.

Panicking? No worries, we’ve got you covered.


Emika Chen – Warcross



Grab some hair chalk! Time to rainbow-up that hair and low-key cosplay our favorite hacker. A cool jacket and snarky attitude might help too.

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A Sheet Ghost


Bring a book. Read under the sheet. No one has to know.


The House of Hollow cover


Hear me out: flowers and Elmers glue.

Helene – An Ember in the Ashes


Never mind the cashier who’s looking at you all funny for your basket of silver face paint. You’ll make a badass Helene this Halloween. Just make sure you’ve got some makeup remover wipes handy later.


Go as an author


This is your official excuse to wear your favorite comfy sweater and drink SO much caffeine this Halloween. 


A Sunai – This Savage Song



Easy-peasy. Smear some black eyeshadow over your eyes and grab the closest portable musical instrument. Complete the look with a few tally marks. You’re done!

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Redtooth – Seafire


This is really just an excuse to go crazy with the red lipstick. But really! Smear some of that red lip halfway across your face and add some braids. Ta-da!


Adelaide – The Glittering Court



You know that prom dress you’ve been harboring in the back of your closet forever? Grab it. IT’S GO TIME.

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Feeling extra lazy? That’s okay.


Millard Nullings – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children



This one is arguably the easiest. Don’t want to attend any Halloween festivities? Stay home and say you were the invisible kid from Miss Peregrine’s!

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Not ready to let go of October? Here are 5 real-life scary stories from Penguin Teen authors to keep you in the Halloween spirit!

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