Happy Austen-inspired Halloween!

By Jennifer Abella

Halloween is a few days away and if you’re going to (or chaperoning) a Halloween party or need to take the kids trick-or-treating — or just need something to wear while you hand out candy — we’ve got a few last-minute ideas for you.

If you have Regency dress already …

… why not put it to good use with these twists?PPZ

Posh Regency lady: With your fancy dress on, you could be anyone you want to be. Need a little creative push? Let this Regency name generator help

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Who wouldn’t want to be a sword-wielding Lizzy Bennet? Wear your finest Regency dress and fight off the hordes with a plastic sword. Or go all-out with makeup to be one of the undead.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters: In this book, Willoughby saves Marianne from an octopus, so you could carry a plush 8-tentacled friend — or attach a few aquatic-themed bath toys to your dress for the night.pug

Mrs. Bertram: Carry a plush pug with you. Everywhere.

Jane Austen: Find yourself a feather and paper and imagine being the author herself.

Miss Bates:  Never. Stop. Talking.

If you don’t have a dress:

lbdLizzie Bennet: Love “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”? Break out your skinny jeans and plaid shirt and sardonic smirk to play this 21st-century Austen heroine. Or don a newsboy hat and bowtie and play Lizzie playing William Darcy.


Modern Jane Bennet: Got a couple of ModCloth or retro dresses in your closet? You could be fashion-forward Jane Bennet from “Lizzie Bennet Diaries” — and if you’ve got long hair, you can’t go wrong with Jane’s milkmaid braids.jane

Frankie Price: Bust out your favorite woolly sweater and you’ll basically be this comfortable-in-her-own-skin-yet introvert Frankie Price from “From Mansfield With Love.”


More Halloween fun

For history: Check out the Jane Austen Centre’s post about fall traditions in the Regency era.

For fun: Check out this video about other failed literary/horrors mashups a la “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies” and “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” such as, ahem, “Wolfmansfield Park.” (Hat tip to Terri O’Quin for the video!)


Remember to like Jane Austen Summer Program on Facebook and follow @JASPhotline on Twitter!

Jennifer Abella is a TV/movie/pop culture/knitting/sewing/Jane Austen geek. Oh, and a total Anglophile. Follow @nextjen on Twitter.


About Jennifer Abella

Jennifer Abella is a TV/movie/pop culture/knitting/sewing/Jane Austen geek. Oh, and a total Anglophile. Follow her on Twitter: @nextjen.

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