Fall is in the air, pumpkin spice is running rampant (seriously... pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds, really?), and everyone is thinking about what to wear for Halloween night. October is the month where young and old are encouraged to become who they are not. Everyone throws on costumes and dances in the street begging for sweets and giggling like mad. Only in one other place do humans find such invigorating freedom; books.
October hosted banned books week where dedication to the free literary word was celebrated and honored. The Library of Congress, and even more, the American Library Association help to push the "freedom to express one's opinions" even when other's don't agree with them. Books are important and for one week in chilly October we can say thank you to those book who meet head on opposition and persevere.
If you're searching for a costume this month, why not try finding one with literary meaning. Not sure where to look? Martin Vargic's Map of Literary Genres is a great jumping off point. Tiny words, large "land" masses, and authors of all interests fill the page and tempt a reader to find authors they know. Try finding your favorites or close your eyes and point, you never know what you may discover.
book > film
Share your costumes in the comments below be they literary or just a spooky ghost.
Stay safe and Happy Halloween!