What will you be for Halloween? You might find you already have the makings for a book-inspired costume. Go on a scavenger hunt around the house and see if you can find (or easily make) the items needed for these five costumes.

1. Find a set of pink or tan sweats (top and bottoms), and wear a pair of tighty whities over the sweats. Add a red towel as a cape, and you are Captain Underpants from the books by Dav Pilkey.


2. Get a plain sheet of white paper. Cut out a big oval and write a number 1 or number 2 on it. Wear all red and pin the number to your chest. You are Thing 1 or Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.

3. Have a white T-shirt? Pair it with black shorts and black tennis shoes. Add a backpack, and you are Greg Heffley, from Diary of Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.




4. Check your closet for this one. Start with a pair of jeans. It is even better if they are a bit long and you can roll up the cuffs. Add a yellow sweater with a white collared shirt underneath. Pair with red tennis shoes. Complete the look with round glasses. Glue a pair of tan aardvark ears to a headband (don’t forget the pink in the middle). You are Arthur the aardvark from the popular books by Marc Brown.


5. Find a piece of cardboard. Cut out a large circle. Glue smaller black circles onto the big cardboard circle to make a giant chocolate chip cookie. Add a string or yarn so you can hang the cookie around your neck. Make a pair of mouse ears and glue them to a headband. Wear overalls if you have them. Use an eyebrow pencil to draw a black nose and whiskers on your face. You are the mouse from Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.