It's almost Halloween, and we've got a special surprise for you today. We talked to nine of our favorite YA authors and asked them to share pictures of themselves in costume. So if you've ever wished you could trick-or-treat with your favorite authors, here's your chance.
Fair warning: Some of these costumes are embarrassing, and others probably should be. (We're looking at you, Ryan.)
"Not too many people got it. I've had some hit or miss costumes, but I look super happy because it's my favorite night of the year."
- Sara Farizan
Author: Sara Farizan
Book: Here To Stay
Costume: The Grim Reaper as a history teacher, circa fourth grade
"The costume was handmade by my mother, as were all my childhood costumes. I was OBSESSED with witches and all occult stuff when I was little."
- Amalie Jahn
Author: Amalie Jahn
Book: The Clay Lion
Costume: The Wicked Witch Of The West, for which six-year-old Amalie won the prize for ugliest costume
"This costume came about as part of my lifelong work: making sexy outfits out of strange prompts. That year's prompt was: Sea Monsters. Plus, it's actually a super cute, functional capelet! The upper jaw can be set back, like a hood, and the lower jaw splits open from the center. It's very chic. Very toothy."
- Ryan La Sala
Author: Ryan La Sala
Costume: A sexy angler fish
"It was fun bringing Eleanor's character to life. The only challenge was the wig."
- A. M. Rose
Author: A. M. Rose
Book: Road To Eugenica
Costume: Eleanor from Rainbow Rowell's book Eleanor & Park
"I was sad that I couldn't go trick or treating because we'd forgotten to get me a costume. So my uncle put this together for me and my grandmother sewed me up a tail, which I had to hold up myself."
- Zoraida Córdova
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Book: Bruja Born
"My cape was a yellow table cloth. I have received no end of shit for that!"
- Sarah Darer Littman
Author: Sarah Darer Littman
Book: Anything But Okay
Costume: Robin, The Boy(-ish) Wonder, as interpreted by twenty-something Sarah
"The whole night of Halloween people kept shouting and asking where 'enry 'iggins was."
- Shelley Sackier
Author: Shelley Sackier
Book: The Antidote
Costume: The classic Eliza Doolittle Barbie pictured below
"Last year, my husband and kids did a Star Wars theme. He was Darth Vader, and the kids were Luke and Leia. This was just stuff from my closet!"
- Lenore Appelhans
Author: Lenore Appelhans
"I’d wear glitter every day if I could get away with it."
- Victoria Lee
Author: Victoria Lee
Book: The Fever King