Characters I Want to Be for Halloween

October 28, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 16

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s topic is Top Ten Characters I Want to Be for Halloween.
I’m too old to play adolescent characters anymore, but there are some wonderful adult characters of all ages that would be lots of fun to cosplay.  In no particular order:


Professor Minerva McGonagall. Because she’s awesome. And I’m a little old to be Hermione. (Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling)

Molly Weasley. An underappreciated character, Molly is fiercely protective of those she loves – and a much better witch than most people realize. (Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling)



Menolly the Harper. A highly talented composer and musician and the friend of nine (later ten) fire lizards. I’ve identified with Menolly since I was in high school and first read Dragonsong. . . but now I’d have to play the older, more settled Menolly of the later books. (Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and subsequent Pern novels. Anne McCaffrey.)



Polgara the Sorceress. Several thousand years old, incredibly powerful, intelligent, and strong-minded. And beautiful, of course. I love her ongoing sparring with her father, which doesn’t quite mask the deep love they have for each other. And her gentleness when that’s what’s needed. (The Belgariad and the Mallorean series, David Eddings)

Marguerida Alton. A musician, a scholar (those two fit me to a T!) and a member of the Comyn (Darkover’s ruling class) with incredibly strong laran, red-haired Marguerida is stubborn, compassionate, and a feminist and outsider in the semi-feudal world of her birth. (Exile’s Song; The Shadow Matrix. Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah K. Ross)

Mary Russell. Face it, I’m totally the wrong shape to cosplay Mary, who is tall and boyishly thin. But she’s a fantastic character, the female match for Sherlock Holmes (literally). Initially his apprentice, she becomes his partner in every sense of the word. She’s intelligent, observant, talented, and possessed of both compassion and a sense of humor – someone I can really admire. (the Mary Russell mysteries, Laurie R. King)

Penelope Featherington. Clever and witty but shy in public, Penelope is a wallflower and, secretly, a gossip columnist whose work is avidly followed by the ton. She’s plump and only averagely attractive, which fits me pretty well. And she ends up with nice-guy Colin Bridgerton, one of my favorite heroes. (Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Julia Quinn)

A Valdemaran Herald. Not any particular Herald, though there are several I really like and admire – Talia, Elspeth, Kero, and Selenay, to name a few. But if I were cosplaying this, I’d make up my own character and fit her into the world, which is why this one is at the end of the list.  (the Valdemar series, Mercedes Lackey)


What about you – who would you like to be this Halloween?


16 Responses to “Characters I Want to Be for Halloween”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m glad you like her, too! I always wish she got more page time. I love how she kind of adopts Harry. You just know that if Dumbledore had allowed it, she would have had Harry live with them whenever school isn’t in session. And I love how fierce she is in defending her children and Harry. Plus, she’s a pretty awesome witch if she can beat Bellatrix!

  1. Angie @Angela's Anxious Life

    I love that you picked older characters. Especially the strong women from Harry Potter!! This year I am going to a Halloween party but not dressing up. The past couple years I have dressed up but it can be a hassle.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Well, at around 50 I would fee pretty silly dressing up like an adolescent character, but there are so many great women to pick from!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Molly would be a lot of fun – I totally want that knit/crocheted cardigan she has in one of the early movies. (I’ve even got a pattern for it – it’s in Charmed Knits… which come to think of it, I ought to review one of these days.)

  2. Rita @ My Home of Books

    I like that you picked rather different characters than the mainstream picked. I’ve only read the first three Harry Potter books out of your choices, but I like the sounds of Menolly, a woman who is a talented musician and has dragon friends. Now that’s strong!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I love the Pern books, and Dragonsong and Dragonsinger are probably my two favorites of all of them. And I wanted to pick characters I could see myself cosplaying now, even at 50-ish. 🙂 While Menolly starts out as an adolescent, she matures in later books, even becomes a mother, and I could totally imagine her at my age, a beloved musician and icon on Pern.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Glad you like my picks! I don’t read scary books or watch scary movies (plus I did a Halloween books post several years ago) so I figured I’d go with the “characters I want to cosplay” idea. 🙂