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You’re Invited to the Halloween Cocktail Reception!

Halloween Cocktail Reception!

Prizes for Best Costume and Most Creative!  You can't win, if you don't participate!

Dressing up is entirely voluntary, of course. We just want to show you a good time. And if your idea of a good time involves obscure references, literary puns or beloved characters, you’re our kind of book lover.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few ideas inspired by books old and new:

Science Fiction

  • The Illustrated Man | Dress as Ray Bradbury’s carnival sideshow character, a man covered in tattoos that each tell a different tale, and you’ll enjoy plenty of artistic freedom when it comes to your costume.
  • Arthur Dent | Not only is the protagonist of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy beloved (in his own hapless way), he also boasts an unbelievably comfy costume—a bathrobe.


  • Carrie | Have a bridesmaid dress you’ve never managed to wear again? Let Stephen King help you repurpose it. Caveat: some creative paint application will probably render this a one-time only second wear.
  • Cthulu | Classic pulp at its scariest is epitomized by Cthulu, Lovecraft’s aquatic nightmare creation. Best attempted by those with an artistic flair who have a knack with tentacles. (That has to be at least one of you, right?)


  • The Bingley Sisters | Sure, they make heroine Elizabeth Bennet’s life awfully tedious in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but they seemed like they were having a good time. Also, it’s a great icebreaker, knowing you’ll have the chance to ask strangers to “take a turn about the room.”
  • Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser | A modern nurse who finds herself accidentally transported to 18th Century Scotland in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Romance + Adventure ensues—not to mention the chance to bust out some of your tartans.


  • The Woman in White | Honor who some call the godfather of the mystery, Wilkie Collins, by dressing as his eponymous mystery woman.
  • Nancy Drew or a Hardy Boy | Embrace your inner-child and inner-sleuth at the same time by dressing up as one of your early faves. Saddle shoes and a headband or a sweater and magnifying glass should cover the essentials.


  • Ignatius J. Reilly | A green hunting cap, a moustache and trench coat will get you most of the way to John Kennedy Toole’s ignoble hero. The attitude is up to you!
  • Gatsby Glam | Whether you’re more of a Nick or a Daisy or just want to dress up like a party-goer at one of Gatsby’s Jazz Age soirees, Fitzgerald’s seminal novel provides plenty of cool costume opportunities.

But those are enough of our ideas—tell us your plan on our social pages (come on, even a hint?):