Top Ten Characters I’d Dress as for Halloween

This is a rendition of Top Ten Tuesday (and a Day) by the This week was the top 10 literary characters I’d want to dress up as for Halloween. This took a lot of pondering as a lot of my favorite characters don’t have any distinguishing costumes…So, here I go:

Top Ten Characters I’d Be for Halloween:

1. Millie Chant from “The Chrestomanci Chronicles” by Diana Wynne Jones
-Extra set of arms, magic, cats, count me in. I’d have to go around explaining who I was and a lot of people wouldn’t know her, but Millie’d be worth it.


2. Christopher Chant from “The Chrestomanci Chronicles” by Diana Wynne Jones
-This is mainly so I can swan around in his fantastic robes. I need some of those robes in my life.

3. Tiffany Aching from “Wee Free Men” etc., by Terry Pratchett
-I long to wear a green dress and wield a frying pan and measuring tape while eating excellent cheese and feeling witchy. This is also kindof a life goal.

4. The White Witch from “Narnia” by C.S. Lewis
-This just feels like the perfect costume for both eating/distributing sweets and celebrating approaching winter. It also gives the coming season a “This time shall be mine!” spin, which I always like.

5. Inigo Montoya from “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman
-I go around quoting him anyway, this character would be a piece of cake. Of sharp, on-point, delicious cake. And if they didn’t recognize this outfit with a girl in them, there’s the easiest fix in the world.

6. The Mad Hatter from “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carol
-I like hats, I like tea, and I like him. Another character I go around quoting, I feel this would be best for a sit-down costume party.

7. Dorothy from “Wizard of Oz” by Frank L. Baum

-Feels perfect for the night of ghouls to run around going “lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!!” Plus, this is probably the easiest and most recognizable of my choices.

8. Calcifer from “Howl’s Moving Castle” etc., by Diana Wynne Jones
-He is the best and I’m sure whatever costume one could come up with would keep you warm.

9. Jane from “Ironskin”
-She has so many striking looks and one could go around muttering outrageous ragey thoughts whenever taking off your mask…She has a built-in mask!

10. But my ultimate costume, if I could pull this off, would be to go as Baba Yaga in her house on chicken-feet from Russian folklore. Or just the house. Skull fence, chicken-feet, in-character tricks and turns, and getting to cackle all night while demanding payment/food…it would be glorious. Glorious, I say! (If anyone has seen this done or pulled it off themselves, I need pictures.)

And that’s me! What costumes appeal to you from the literary world?

Top Ten Characters at my Lunch Table

This is a rendition of Top Ten Tuesday by the The returning-to-school themed prompt was literary characters you’d eat lunch with. I found this one a bit tricky, but here’s the result:

Top Ten Characters at my School Lunch Table:

1. Katherine from “Half Magic” by Edward Eager
-I would have loved talking books and Arthurian legends and dreaming away with this romantic 9-year-old.

2. Bitterblue from “Bitterblue” by Kristin Cashore
(Full review here:
-The combination of thoughtful, inquisitive, and determined is my cup of tea.

3. Angela Montgomery from “Unspoken” by Sarah Rees Brennan
(Full review here:
-Her description on the author’s site goes: “Beautiful, brilliant Angela has been Kami’s best friend since they were twelve. She hates almost everybody in the world and loves naptime. But Angela’s facade of indifference may not hold up when the world changes.” Snarking, naps, and intelligence is yes! Also, while I can’t quite see being at the same lunch table, I’d adore hanging out with her older brother Rusty and his combination of mellow, napping, and protective attacks.

4. Will from “The Subtle Knife” by Philip Pullman
-Exactly the friend you’d want when facing stressful situations or an adventure.

5. Millie Chant from “The Chrestomanci Chronicles” by Diana Wynne Jones
-Powerful, insightful, and adaptable, this is the lunch friend you actually stay in touch with through adulthood.

6. Tonino from “Magicians of Caprona” by Diana Wynne Jones
-Bookworms of the world with insight and loyalty, unite! Also, spells and cats.

7. Ella from “Ella Enchanted”
-Snark, adventure, language help, and excellent humor-always.

8. Seraphina from “Seraphina” by Rachel Hart
-I love this character’s thought-processes, courage, and story-telling ability.

9. Lucien Kiggs from “Seraphina” by Rachel Hart
-I feel he would be my ideal study partner and fellow investigator with his love of truth and learning.

10. Sophy from “The Grand Sophy” by Georgette Heyer
(Full review here:
-She would be the friend always leading you into trouble, but with such aplomb, logic, and awesomeness that you don’t care. Also, pet monkeys and things. Can you imagine her birthday party? It would be the absolute best!

Which characters would your school-self love to kibitz with? Or study or play hooky or recess games with? Let me know!