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Teen Board Question - October 2017, Part 1

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Teen Board Question - October 2017, Part 1

BOO! Don't worry, it's not a ghost, it's our Teen Board Members in their wildest and wackiest Halloween garb. This month, we asked our Teen Board Members to describe their dream YA-inspired Halloween costume. Since we have a whopping 50 members for this cycle, we have split up their answers into two parts. Read below to see part one, and stay tuned for part two!


If money was no limit, I would have to dress up as Tessa from The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. The entire trilogy takes place in Victorian Era London so I would love to get the chance to dress in that fashion! I would get a giant ball gown, just like the one on the cover of CLOCKWORK PRINCESS. I think I would spend the whole night dancing and spinning around if I had a costume like that! I would also have to get a clockwork angel necklace like she had since that is a staple for her character. --- Brynn S.

It may sound basic but every year I keep saying I'm going to be Hermione from the Harry Potter series. I was never obsessed with the books, but I appreciate Hermione's character (maybe it's because we both have poofy hair, or that we're giant nerds, who knows!). If we're ignoring the fact that money exists, I would build a floating broom that moved on a maglev track on my trick or treating route. --- Rachel D.

A YA fictional character I would love to dress up as for Halloween would be Audrey Wadsworth from STALKING JACK THE RIPPER. I don’t have her slick black hair but I would die if I got to wear her amazing apparel from the late 19th-century. A few finishing touches would be a case with some forensic utensils and, of course, her iconic red lipstick. I just know I’d feel so badass all night dressed as her! --- Taylor F.

I would love to be Cress from the lunar chronicles. I have blonde hair like Cress, but I’d have to decide wether I wanted to be Cress before or after the haircut. Either way, I think I would want to make some sort of work jumpsuit, since Cress works on the space ship now. I’d have a name tag that says “Cress” so any non bookish people could at least have a little idea as to who I am. And even if I decided to be Cress post hair cut, I’d wear my hair in one braid down the back, cause I just feel like that’s Cress’s style. --- Jessi H.

My dream book-inspired Halloween costume is Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. For this costume, I'd wear a clockwork necklace in the shape of an angel, one like the character always wore. I would also wear a jade pendant, as Tessa did, which was given to her by her fiancé. Of course, I'd also wear a Victorian-style dress, since the book is set in Victorian-era London. --- Breck G.

I have a feeling I answered this question super similarly last year but the answer still holds true! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love going all out for my costume every year. If I could do anything I would definitely wear Katniss' wedding dress from CATCHING FIRE. Not only would I love wearing the gorgeous white dress, but I would totally have it transform into the Mockingjay dress (wings and all). I've been Katniss for a couple of Halloweens but nothing near as amazing as this costume would be. Somehow I'll have to find my own Cinna and bring the costume to life one day! --- Danielle F.

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday because you get to dress up and cosplay and pretend you are that person for the night. When I was asked this question I immediately thought of Feyre Archeron from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. She is one of my favorite YA characters and her whole style is amazing. It is difficult dressing up as a character from a book because you have an image in your mind what they look like but it’s a lot of guessing. We have pthe same hair color (light brown). My hair is pretty wavy already so I would leave that. Feyre has freckles so I would draw some on my face. And if I am basing my costume off the first book than I would just wear a black cloak with the hood on. I think that is really all I need for this character. Feyre is simple but elegant. She is a perfect character is dress up as for Halloween and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series is a must read if you love strong female characters like Feyre. --- Abigail D.

I would absolutely love to dress up as Nina Zenik from Leigh Bardugo's Six Of Crows series.Nina became a favorite character of mine back in 2015 when I first read SIX OF CROWS because she was a strong character, but there was more to her than just being a kick butt gal. She's loyal, kind and has a wonderful sense of humor (and fashion!). The main part of the costume would of course be a red dress. Over the years I've seen a ton of different cosplays and drawings of her, but the one thing that remained consistent is the color of her dress. Ideally the dress would look like a mixture of medieval fashion and something Stevie Nicks would wear. If you aren't familiar with either of those fashions, I suppose the combination would best be described as form-fitting but flowy. Total contradiction, I know. The top half of the dress would be a bit form-fitting as it is often depicted. But once it hits the hips it would go a bit more Stevie Nicks with a handkerchief-esque skirt. The sleeves would reflect Nicks style as well, very long and flowy with the sleeves draping in the back. Can you tell that I have no knowledge of clothing or its terms? I would finish off the costume with a sash around the waist, some sensibly heeled boots and green contacts. To capture a bit of her (waffle loving) personality, I'd carry around a box of Eggo's. Sure, that may start to cross into Stranger Things territory, but if you're going to have waffles, you might as well have good ones! --- Olivia W.

I would love to dress up as a Shadowhunter from THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS and THE INFERNAL DEVICES by Cassandra Clare. I would wear all black, as well as paint the various runes on myself with some sort of body paint, like face paint. Then it is only a matter of making some sort of fake seraph blade (a short sword) out of styrofoam or cardboard or the like. I would also make a stele (sort of like a small wand made out of metal) and put it and the sword into a belt of sorts. Then I walk around in a brooding, superior sort of way and the look is complete! --- Caitlyn K.

If I could dress up as any literary character, I would choose to dress up as Daisy from THE GREAT GATSBY. It would be so fun to travel back in time to the 1920's (roaring twenties) and dress like a flapper. All of her outfits in the book and the movie were very fashionable, and though they would be a little vintage in this day and age, I'd love to see what it would be like to be living during that time. Though changing my outfit wouldn't put me in a time machine, it would give me a taste of 1920's America. --- Juliette G.

So many books and only one socially acceptable day of the year to dress up as their characters in public. My first choice is Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare. She is one of my favorite literary characters and is so similar to me with her love of books, that she is who I most want to dress up as this Halloween. To create this costume, I’ll start out with a stunning crimson, off the shoulder, rose studded ball gown. The fuller the skirt the better, this is a character from 19th Century England after all. Then I’ll pair the dress with some adorable ankle boots and a messy updo. I’ll draw some runes on my arms to get the full Shadowhunter effect and top it all off with the signature Clockwork Angel pendant around my neck, and a copy of A TALE OF TWO CITIES in my hand. Now if I can only convince someone to dress up as Will Herondale or Jem Carstairs. --- Ellie T.

For Halloween this year, I would love to be a Violet from the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. When I read the trilogy for the first time at the beginning of this year, I fell in love with the color caste system that is established throughout the series. The system is quite intricate and every color is developed in detail. The Violets are the artists in RED RISING. News anchors also fall within the domain of the violets, which is a profession I would love to go into. I think it would be fun to imagine myself within the futuristic society Pierce has created. For my costume, I would wear a violet wig and contacts. On my hand, I would draw the sigil of the Violets, an amethyst mask. There is not a lot of detail given about Violets in the series, other than a character, Mickey, that plays a somewhat prominent role in the series. I would likely model my costume after his description in the book. My costume would consist of a black jumpsuit, black combat boots, and a violet leather jacket. I would continue to add touches of violet everywhere that I could, likely within my eye makeup and jewelry. I would add props that would appear to make me look more like a news anchor, such as a coffee mug or note cards. Although the costume is quite simplistic, I still think that it would be amazing to see it all come together in the end. Often enough, the same YA series are always cosplayed, so it would be great to do something a little unique by bringing my own character to life within a relatively underhyped young adult series. --- Gabby B.

If I could dress up as any character for Halloween, I would be Cassia from MATCHED. I would wear her gorgeous green dress from the matching ceremony. It would be long and flowing and would fit perfectly. Black heels and curled hair would finish the look. --- Ashley D.

I really love doing punny costumes like what I’m doing this year is a bright idea. So if I were to dress as a book character I might do something based off a book title or author like CATCHER IN THE RYE where I would have a catcher’s mitt, a baseball cap, and a bag of rye bread. I love puns! --- Rebecca D.

If I had zero limitations, I would dress up as Mare/Mareena from the novel RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard. I would use her dynamic 2-sides story of being Mare but pretending to be Mareena and dress up with a 2-sided costume. On one see, I would have my hair messy or in a bun, and rag clothes with a red bracelet around my dirty wrist. I would wear no make up. On the other side, I would have a gorgeous purple and silver gown (house Titanos). I would wear a lot of silver makeup and jewelry. I would have my hair down and really pretty, with some purple lightning streaks drawn up my arm. --- Lillian B.

I'm not a very creative person, but I would say Henry from WE ARE THE ANTS. First off, he's the main character of my favorite book, and it's probably the simplest costume. All I would have to do is put on Jeans and a hoodie and then I'd be Henry! Which is easy because that's my daily attire anyways, so I guess you could say that I dress like Henry on the daily basis. --- Dylan C.

I would dress up as Lola From LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins.  I like how she was so authentic and her fashion sense was so intensively highlighted throughout the novel.  I would change wigs every two hours.  And wear the craziest of combinations.  Flashy jewelery is a must when copying Lola, so I would cram up all I have and bling out.  I would spend all weekend raiding thrift stores and stacking up on vintage apparel.  Hoop skirts, patterned shirts, flashy blouses.  Anything from anytime and combine it all to create something different altogether.  Lola was not afraid to go all out and I will not shame her. --- Sabina Z.

This year for Halloween I'm going to dress up as Sloane from THE NATURALS series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. All I would need is a blond wig and a coffee mug. I could also memorize a portion of pi since Sloane is obsessed with numbers and patterns. --- Emily G.

My dream costume would be to dress up as Helene Aquilla from the Ember in the Ashes Series for Halloween. She wears a super fascinating metal mask that is molded to her face. I think a thick metallic paint would work well for the mask and, since the series takes place in a world inspired by the Roman Empire, the costume could include a very intimidating warrior outfit! --- Grace P.

If I could dress up as any fictional character this Halloween, I would pick Kennedy Rhodes from IN SOME OTHER LIFE by Jessica Brody. In the novel, Kennedy wishes she had attended an elite private school instead of her public high school. Mysteriously, she travels into a parallel universe where she is a student at the private high school. For my costume, I would do half of my outfit as the private school Kennedy, with a traditional school uniform. Then, I would do the other half of my outfit as public school Kennedy, with a regular t-shirt and ripped jeans. I would sew it together vertically so that each side represents one part of her double life. --- Ryan H.

I really love doing punny costumes like what I’m doing this year is a bright idea. So if I were to dress as a book character I might do something based off a book title or author like CATCHER IN THE RYE where I would have a catcher’s mitt, a baseball cap, and a bag of rye bread. I love puns! --- Rebecca D.

I would love to dress up as Emika Chen from WARCROSS this Halloween. It would be really fun to dye my hair super bright rainbow colors and to try and recreate her rainbow tattoos as well. I would probably wear something more casual like a t shirt, jeans and sneakers. I would also definitely need a hoverboard-hopefully one that could actually fly-to carry me around. For a finishing touch, I might add Warcross glasses. --- Alice D.

The character that I'd most like to dress up as is probably Celaena Sardothian from the Throne of Glass series. She's one of my all time favorite characters, and I think it'd be super fun to dress as her! I'd probably try to recreate the cover image from Crown of Midnight--dark cloak, white-blonde wig, tall black leather boots, dark gloves, and her long double swords. I'd love to stay in character the whole time too, because Celaena is so sarcastic and witty. Her costume would be so fun! --- Katie T.

If I were to dress up as a YA fictional character, I would definitely dress up as Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. That series is one of my favorites of all time and Cinder is one of my favorite characters of all time! She’s sassy, she’s a cyborg, she get’s to have Prince Kai; what a queen! Since my complexion and hair color is similar to hers, I already kind of look like her. Since she’s a cyborg, she has a robotic arm and leg; I would go to a skillful artist to paint my right arm and leg (it would look so technologically accurate that even Cinder herself would be proud!) Cinder usually wears a tank top, cargo pants, boots, and gloves, so I would wear those, and she always wears her hair in a ponytail, which I already do.  I would even put some black face paint on since Cinder sometimes has oil on her face (much to Iko’s horror)! As a prop, I would carry a tool box filled with wrenches, screwdrivers, and wire cutters (did anyone get my reference?) --- Daniella R.

If I had to dress up as one character from any book, I would dress up as Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles. I love makeup, so I would use some to make my foot and face look like a robot. I would even walk around with a tool box and dress up like the kick butt female heroine she is! Not everyone would know who I was, but I would have so much fun dressing up as one of my favorite characters ever. --- Bryn D.

I want love to dress up as Adelina Amouteru from THE YOUNG ELITES. She is one of my favorite fantasy female characters. She is tough and wicked. She has one of my favorite magical powers in the world. I would wear a wig because I refuse to grow out my hair. I would wear a floor-length cape and with a deep blue dress with pearl beads. Underneath the dress, though, I would wear pants and a light shirt in case I need to fight anybody. I would hide knives and sheaths under my dress, strapped to my thigh. I would have embroidered gloves with gold branches twining across my wrists and down to my fingertips. The most important piece would be my white wolf mask. It would be as if I was going to a masked ball. --- Wren L.