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Halloween Costumes for English Teachers

Find great ideas for school-appropriate Halloween costumes for English teachers that students will love.

I love to celebrate holidays in my English classroom! For Halloween, I always teach Halloween-themed lessons and dress up in a fun costume. But it’s not always easy to think of good teacher costumes that are both creative and appropriate. So I made this list for inspiration.

Here are 21 book-themed Halloween costumes for English teachers.

  1. Bookmark – create a large bookmark you can wear!
  2. Book – enlarge your favorite book printout or print out a variety of your favorite books (or your students’ favorite books).
  3. Bookshelf – create a personal or classroom library bookshelf with printouts of students’ favorite book spines.
  4. Library shelf – create a library bookshelf with printouts of your favorite book spines.
  5. Page of a book – grab a book that’s already falling apart, tear the pages out (gasp!), and put them together. Create a costume out of it, or just pin the individual pages to your clothes.
  6. Starbooks “Starbucks”- re-create the Starbucks symbol but with “Starbooks” wording.
  7. Bookworm – wear a worm (regular or glow-worm) and grab your favorite book!
  8. Bookends – this costume would be really cute to do with your ELA teacher bestie! Create some fun bookends to frame around yourselves.
  9. Dewey Decimal system – wear a big black dot (decimal) and spray face with water (to be “dewey”)
  10. Library card – re-create your local or city library card as a frame around you.
  11. NYC Library Lion- grab a mane and your favorite book for this iconic lion that represents New York City’s vast public library organization.
  12. Grammar – either choose your favorite punctuation and print out a big version of it or print out computer-paper-sized versions of all punctuation and pin them to yourself.
  13. Reading in bed (flashlight with a book) – drape a blanket around yourself, put pajamas and slippers on, grab a flashlight and your favorite book. You are your favorite pastime for Halloween!
  14. E-Reader – print out an e-reader frame and either put your favorite book cover (print-out) in it, or hold it around yourself. You could also dress as your favorite book character within the frame.
  15. Book and a snack – find your favorite book, favorite snack, drape a blanket around yourself, put some slippers on, and voila! 
  16. Specific book cover – choose your favorite book cover and either print it out and pin to yourself, or dress like your favorite book cover.
  17. Specific book character – Among other  Halloween costumes for English Teachers, this idea is a true classic! Choose your favorite book character and dress like them. Examples: Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games; Mrs. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus; Alice or the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland; Rainbow Fish from The Rainbow Fish; Madeline from Madeline; Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  18. Audiobook – wear headphones and hold a book, or wear headphones and a printout of a phone showing a specific audiobook.
  19. Cookbook – print out your favorite cookbook, or hold your favorite cookbook, and wear a chef’s hat and outfit.
  20. Banned books – either print out a “censored” sign with caution tape over a book (or yourself), or printouts of banned books or do both.
  21. Copycat – dress up like a cat and then make the computer keyboard buttons CTRL and C. 

Need Rigorous and Fun Halloween Lessons?

This engaging Halloween Unit contains 5 different activities that will help reinforce your students’ reading and writing skills. Students will learn about the historical background of Halloween traditions and prepare for a Halloween discussion about current Halloween customs. This resource contains individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom™. The unit also comes with Google Slides™ versions of the included graphic organizers for 1:1 technology schools. Find the Halloween Unit on Shopify CAD or Teachers Pay Teachers USD.

Unit Overview

  • Lesson 1: History of Halloween Video & Readings
  • Lesson 2: Halloween Opinion Writing
  • Lesson 3: Halloween Opinion Fishbowl Discussion & Paragraph Assignment
  • Lesson 4: Halloween Around the World Reading
  • Lesson 5: Halloween Creative Writing Assignment

Which one of these Halloween costumes for English teachers do you want to try? Find me on social media and let me know.

Halloween Resources

  1. Halloween Unit
  2. Halloween Digital Escape Room
  3. 10 Halloween Costume Ideas For English Teachers

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