Authors Answer 51 – Halloween Costumes

Halloween is in a week, so in preparation, we authors have to prepare our literary costumes. Some of us may wear costumes, while others won’t. But no matter whether we wear one or not, this is what we’d like to wear.

640px-Pumpkin_craft_for_HalloweenQuestion 51 – Halloween is coming up. If you were to wear a costume, which character from any book would you like to dress up as?

Linda G. Hill

I’d love to be Gandalf. I should have started the beard-growing a long time ago though. 😉 Failing that being authentic enough, I’ve always loved old Gothic dresses, so perhaps a woman out of an old vampire novel. Fangs optional.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Yikes…dress up as a character in a book? I can think of about a million TV shows and movies that I’d have a much easier time choosing from, to be honest! But I guess it would be pretty fun to dress up as Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter books. I could run around with a wand, scaring the hell out of all the little Gryffindors. XD

Gregory S. Close

I would love to have a full suit of (Star Wars) Republic Commando armor, complete with personalized markings and a nice glowing face plate.  Maybe even a nice voice modulator in the helmet.  That would be tons of fun, help sate my Star Wars cosplay cravings, but not fade into the background with all the other Stormtroopers and BobaFetts running around.

D. T. Nova

The Cowardly Lion, partially to make up for writing a character who “should” have worn that costume but picked something entirely different.

Jean Davis

I’d probably go with someone from Game Of Thrones, like Melisandre, because she has some great memorable lines and is easily recognizable.

Allen Tiffany

Hmm… Last year I was Calvin of Calvin and Hobbs. That was fun. Had not thought about this year yet… Maybe something retro. Spiderman? I need to think on this one for a while.

Eric Wood

This year our two sons are dressing as minions (I seriously can’t wait so I can share pictures of them with you). My wife found a banana costume and I’ll be Gru. Despicable Me was a book, wasn’t it? Right now I’m reading “The Martian” and I’m really into it so I guess I’d be an astronaut. I’d have to find myself a Sojourner for a prop, though. My other idea is to go as the Gruffalo.

Elizabeth Rhodes

I hate to jump on a literary bandwagon, but I’d probably dress up as Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire.  She’s my favorite character in the series because I can relate to her so much, and she’s a badass.  I think I can pull off her character nicely.

Caren Rich

Oh, that’s hard. Arwen, from Lord of the Rings, would be fun. I’ve always wanted to dress as an elf.

Paul B. Spence

Kip Kinnison, Grey Lensman.

If you mean a character from my books, then Daeren Drake.

S. R. Carrillo

I would love to play my own character, Ero. I prolly couldn’t do him much justice, but with curly blond hair and red eyes and wings, it would sure make an interesting outfit.

H. Anthe Davis

I have always had a vague urge to cosplay, but never the time or dedication (or $$) to actually do it.  And seeing as I’m a redhead, my automatic options tend to be characters I find deeply aggravating.  Curse you, fantasy redhead fetishism!  A redheaded character in Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series actually pointed that out — while also kind of embodying it, so though she’s interesting, I wouldn’t want to be her either.

Thus why, when I contemplate Ren Faires and conventions and Halloween and other such costumey situations, I never have a character I want to be — I just plot vaguely to cover myself in chainmail.  I like chainmail.

Jay Dee Archer

I’ve never really been one to want to dress up for Halloween as an adult. I did when I was a kid, though. But who would I dress up as? Although this isn’t strictly literary, I’m a big fan of Star Trek. There are many novels in the Star Trek universe, so this counts. I would not be a red shirt! Most likely, I’d have a blue uniform, possibly being Spock. I think I’d do that. I’d be Spock. Especially this year with the passing of Leonard Nimoy.

How about you?

What’s everyone planning to dress up as? If you aren’t, what would you like to dress up as for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below. I wonder if anyone has any Halloween photos they’re willing to share.

14 thoughts on “Authors Answer 51 – Halloween Costumes”

  1. My clone DID dress as Hrothgar Tebrey, the protagonist in his current SF series, many years ago… I have photos to prove it. *evil not-evil-twin grin*

    A few years ago, I attended a steampunk-themed party that happened to be in late October. Because of the exact date (October 28), I decided I HAD to incorporate at least something of a particular fictional character’s attire into what I wore: only my waistcoat was black velvet, but it was close enough. (Dominique Corbeau, Viscount Rose, if you want the character’s name — or rather the alias he was using in that scene.) Alas, the steampunk version of a non-lethal beam weapon hidden in a walking stick is far too expensive, so I didn’t have one. *sigh* And I would have liked to have a faux mechanical arm — one of the clichés of steampunk, I know — because of a character from a completely different SF story who is nevertheless a sort of spiritual cousin to the first one.

    If I were to dress as a character from one of my own stories — OUR stories, I should say, because all my stories have merged with my clone’s — I would like to dress as Jason Grey. (You’re so surprised, right, LR? 🙂 ) I’m too tall, though. (Not that it ever stopped me before…) I suppose I could dress as Jon Livingston, since he’s closer to my height, and the costume itself would be easier in some ways.

  2. I’ve already dressed up as a character this Halloween (for a Scouting halloween event last week) – Granuaile – the Irish 16th century Pirate Queen and she’s due to be a character in my next novel! But my favourite is the man-in-black from The Princess Bride.

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