Halloween is so much fun for dressing up as your favorite characters from movies and TV shows. But what may be the most enjoyable aspect of it all is bringing your favorite book characters to life. You can let your imagination run wild with costumes based on favorite book characters and give your costume a personal spin based on what you envisioned while you were reading. Of course, you can find costumes for the really popular characters at any chain store or Halloween specialty store, but if you want to save some money and up the creativity, here are some easy ideas for Halloween costumes of your favorite characters.

Harry Potter: By now this one has become an old standby. Get some old glasses and punch the frames out (if you don’t wear them already). Wear a robe with long sleeves, jeans, sneakers, and pick up a magic wand from a costume store. Using specialty Halloween makeup or even some of Mom’s draw a scar on your forehead. That’s it!

Coordinate with your friends to dress up as the whole gang — redheaded Ron Weasley, the conniving Draco Malfoy with slicked-back blonde hair, or get someone’s Dad to grow out his beard and be Hagrid.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The series is very popular, but designing corresponding costumes could be tricky — how to make it clear you’re a certain character from Wimpy Kid? Think about a particular favorite scene from one of the books or a certain character and go from there. Quote lines from the book, and coordinate with friends and go as different characters.

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Artemis Fowl: Dress more or less medieval, with multi-color garb from Goodwill or Salvation Army. Hoodies are good, and look around for fairy wings for Holly Short or any other of the series’ fairy characters. Cheap plastic armor would work Domovoi Butler, Artemis’ butler and bodyguard.

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Pippi Longstocking: Always a classic choice, all you need is a blue and white dress and a big orange wig. Have Mom help you braid it for the perfect pigtails. One of my favorite costumes I remember seeing is when a boy in my class dressed as Pippi in elementary school, complete with painted-on freckles and all.

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Vampire books: Vampire series are all the rage, and whether you want to go as someone from Twilight or Vampire Academy, you’ll be able to make a great costume in no-time. Get some plastic fangs, powder up to look pale, use eye shadow for those deep, tired looking eyes, and wear what you normally wear. Go as a gang and act out the Edward vs. Jacob drama.

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The great thing about books is that you can let your imagination run wild. The characters in their pages appear in your mind as you imagine them, with a little bit of guidance from the author. Do the same with your Halloween costume. Have fun with it, be creative, and let it be a reflection of what you imagined.

Joseph Gustav is a guest blogger.