We know it doesn’t really feel like Halloween is happening this year. But, if there’s any way to get a teacher excited about Halloween, it’s to gather inspiration from some of the best literary Halloween costumes out there! Whether you’re a dedicated English teacher or just a self-proclaimed “word nerd,” we bet there’s something here to get your creative juices flowing and get you psyched about the impending arrival of one of our favorite holidays—and maybe even educate your students at the same time! Whether you’re teaching virtually or in-person, your students are bound to love seeing you dressed up. Below are some of the most brilliant ideas for literary Halloween costumes we’ve seen on Instagram.

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1. Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins costume for teachers

This costume is practically perfect in every way. 

Source: @travelingconfaith

2. Ten Apples on Top

Best Literary Halloween Costumes for Teachers

Don’t you love when you buy something for a costume that you’ll wear again? This shirt is super cute and on sale now at Loft. Make a quick DIY apple headband with cheap supplies (apples and headbands) from Amazon, and voila! 

Source: @teachinginstripes

3. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Mouse costume idea for teachers

Students will gobble this one up. 

Source: @teachingontables

4. Rainbow Fish

Teacher costume ideas

Those scales are fabulous! We also love how these teachers made it a group costume. 

Source: @mrs_specialeducation

5. Madeline

Best Literary Halloween Costumes for Teachers

Perfect for teacher BFFs (P.S. more teacher bff costumes over here. )

Source: @hellomrsrogers

6. A Bad Case of the Stripes

Classroom costume ideas

How fun is this colorful rendition of Camilla Cream?!  

Source: @mrsvillasra

7. Charlotte’s Web

Teacher in Charlotte's Web costume

Wilbur and the web from E.B. White’s famous book. This costume requires a book-loving friend to join in on the fun with you—but maybe that makes it even better?

Source: @krishaleanne

8. Where’s Waldo?

Where's Waldo costume for classroom

Students won’t have any trouble finding our red-and-white-striped friend at this school!

Source: @mrsvandorp

9. Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland school Halloween

It’s time for a (tea) party!

Source: @rebelpoetz

10. Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus

Magic School Bus Teacher costume

What teacher wouldn’t want to emulate the beloved Ms. Frizzle for a day? Now that you can stream this classic series on Netflix, this Halloween is the perfect time to bring it to life. Get the dress here

Source: @birderincrime

11. Bruce Bogtrotter from Matilda

Matilda costume ideas for teachers

Bonus: You get a free pass to eat as much chocolate cake as you want.

Source: @justtryingtoteach

12. The Lorax

Dr. Seuss Lorax teacher costume

Make your own pool noodle Truffula Tree. It’s soooo easy.

Source: @thepineappleteacher

13. Fly Guy

Best Literary Halloween Costumes for Teachers

Hi! 👋 

Source: @mrsvillasra

14. Pinkalicious

Pinkalicious teacher costume

I could get used to waving a wand around all day. 

Source: @thepoppinpineappleteacher

15. Winnie the Pooh and Friends

Best Literary Halloween Costumes for Teachers

Straight from the Hundred Acre Woods.  

Source: @pencilsbooksandcurls

16. Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons love tacos costume idea for teachers

And students love teachers who dress up like taco-loving dragons. 

Source: @applestoapplique

17. Fred and George Weasley 

Best Literary Halloween Costumes for Teachers

Extendable ears?! Love potions?! So much mischievous fun to be had with this costume. 

Source: @robyngbernecker

18. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a wimpy kid teacher halloween

Procrastinators, this costume is for you. Whip out your black and white and print off these masks.

Source: @tooschool_forcool

19. Piggie and Gerald 

cute piggy and gerald teacher costumes

Our favorite elephant and piggie! 

Source: @osdlibrary

20. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

chicka chicka boom boom costume teacher

A told B, and B told C this costume is adorable.

Source: @thebeachclassroom

21. The Hungry Caterpillar 

the hungry caterpillar costume idea for teachers

I think this costume means you get to chow down on one piece of chocolate cake, one ice cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami… 

Source: @afafzaidan

22. Arthur and Buster

Best Literary Halloween Costumes for Teachers

A great excuse to wear jeans. 

Source: @alleeinda

23. One Fish, Two Fish

costumes based on books for teachers

Another fun and easy spin on a Dr. Seuss classic. 

Source: @courtseenontv

24. Sophie from The BFG

sophie from the bfg teacher costume

Don’t forget the Dream Jar!

Source: @mrs_braithwaites_class

25. Baba Yaga

baba yaga costume idea for teachers

Iron teeth and all!

Source: @olivemonteart

26. Junie B. Jones

junie b jones classroom costume

…and the Stinky Smelly Bus!

Source: @emlthompson

27. The Sanderson Sisters

the sanderson sisters teachers costume

We love that they did it as a Kindergarten team!

Source: @kinderinbloom

28. Chrysanthemum

Best Literary Halloween Costumes for Teachers

One of our all-time favorite name books!

Source: @teachandilluminate

29. Corduroy

corduroy bear costume for teacher

Such a sweet costume … and bear!

Source: @jess.and.cece_thefrenchie

We’d love to hear—what are you planning to be for Halloween? Come and share pictures in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Planning a group costume with your department or teacher BFF? Check out these awesome ideas.

 The Best Literary Halloween Costumes for Teachers