10 YA Halloween Costumes You Might Want to Try

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit OR Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween. I don’t usually dress up for Halloween, and when I do, I generally keep it super simple. But I thought it might be fun to compile a list of characters that others might want to try out for Halloween.

Prom/Formal Dress Reuse

America from The Selection

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If you have a blue, ruffled dress hanging in your closest, you can pretend you’re America participating in The Selection.

Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse

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Have a dress that resembles Kestrel’s? Then brush up on your Bite and Sting game and strategize for a fantastic Halloween.

Lilac from These Broken Stars

brokenstars-costumeWith an emerald or jade gown you pretend to be Lilac on board the Icarus, or if you’re not afraid to, you can rip and tatter the dress for her look once she’s stranded on the planet surface with Tarver.


Katniss from The Hunger Games, The Girl on Fire dress

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If you enjoy making your costume, you might enjoy this DIY tutorial for Katniss’ girl on fire dress!

From Your Closet (or Thrift Store)

Katniss in the Arena


There’s a chance you’ve got several of these basics in your closet: boots, khaki or olive green cargo pants, a black top, and a black jacket. Cap it off with a braid and bow, and don’t forget the Mockingjay pin!

Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Costume Theatre Style


Even though The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet isn’t really YA and I’m really pulling from the Youtube series for inspiration, who cares? You can dress in one of Lizzie’s more iconic looks or, for even more fun, sport one of the costume theater outfits!

Deryn (Dylan) Sharp, from Leviathan

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For something unique, you might want to try this alternative history/steampunk look of Deryn disguised as a boy airman.

Tris from Divergent

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With the simple outfit of pants, tank top, and boots, added with the flair of bird tattoos (though I would advise against permanent ink) you can achieve Tris’ Dauntless look.

Hermione from Harry Potter

hermione-costumeIf skirts and sweaters are a part of your wardrobe, find some Griffyndor colors and perhaps a robe to add, and suddenly you’re Hermione!

Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles

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 There are several ways to approach a Cinder outfit, mechanic wear or ball wear or prisoner wear or fugitive wear, showing her cyborg parts through clothing like these leggings or through makeup, etc. And if you dress for the ball, don’t forget the iconic red heel from the cover!

Are you dressing as a YA character for Halloween? If not, which of these would you dress as? 

19 Responses to 10 YA Halloween Costumes You Might Want to Try

  1. pretty dresses!!!! That green dress for These Broken Stars is gorgeous!!
    I love the ideas- from the cyber leggings to something as cute and simple as the Tris outfit. also, those red shoes for Cinder are fantastic.
    Exceptional ideas.

    • Thanks! Most of these ideas I felt I stole since they were already put together by someone else, but I was pretty happy to think of Cinder on my own! And I love the green dress too!

  2. These are all gorgeous outfits! Especially the dresses from Kestrel and Lilac! Also yay to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries! I still sadly haven’t finished the webseries, but since it’s been adapted to a “book”, I think this counts as a YA! So there you go!

    • I didn’t find the book in the YA section of the bookstore, but there are a lot of crossover fans, so yay for the LBD! And you need to finish the webseries!

  3. Awwww I love this post! The green dress is GORGEOUS. I would love to be Lilac–except for the part where the ship crashes, of course. xD I really love the Katniss dress, too. I’ve also ALWAYS wanted my own HP costume. 😉 That red heel from Cinder–*grabby hands*. Fantastic post, Amy! 🙂

  4. You know, I just realized I have never dressed up as a book character for Halloween! I’m usually something generic, like 80’s Heidi. I’m going to have to step up my game next time for sure! 😉 Thanks for sharing!

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