The Flavorpill Guide to DIY Pop Culture Halloween Costumes: Books

Halloween: It’s always more complicated than you want it to be. Even if you’ve got your plans set, it’s a struggle to find the perfect costume — without resorting to the same crappy, overpriced, pre-packaged getups everyone else will be wearing. Thankfully, just as we have done for the past two Octobers, Flavorpill is helping you out with a series of easy DIY costume guides tackling various pop-culture realms. Don’t worry — there’s no sewing involved.

Last week, we took you through a few easy-as-pie options in the realm of television, giving our suggestions on channeling everyone from Hare Krishna Paul Kinsey to Evil Abed, but if you spend more time with your nose in a book than you do catching up on the latest shows (or just want to seem like you do), this week’s installment is or you. While we’re sure this Halloween will see its usual abundance of Poes and Plaths and Maxes from Where The Wild Things Are, we’ve put together a few slightly more original costume ideas inspired by the ups and downs of this year in the book world. Detailed instructions on how to channel a few authors, characters and even entire books after the jump.

50 Shades of Grey

Whatever you think of it, this book (or series of books, to be exact), has been the most talked about literary phenomenon this year. Though we could think up a few more scandalous ways to pay tribute to the “mommy porn” series, our super-simple and PG version is below.

The costume:

Shiny gray tie — $35, Sears
Gray Venetian mask — $18, Ebay
Handcuffs — $25, Harry’s Army Surplus
As many (or as few) other items of gray clothing you so desire
Copious amounts of blush