How to Dress as 13 Famous (But Dead) Writers This Halloween

Walt Whitman

American poet, essayist, and journalist Walt Whitman was born on Long Island, New York, in 1819, to parents with Quaker ideals. After a long life often steeped in controversy – thanks in most part to his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its robust sexual themes – the sensitive scribe died from complications of pneumonia in Camden, New Jersey, in 1892. Hitting the Halloween scene as Whitman is made simple with help from Poets.org. The site provides details on what you’ll need to recreate Whitman’s unkempt look, including a collared shirt, rustic pants, a floppy brown hat, and a beard with butterflies tucked inside – the latter of which paying homage to Spanish poet Federico García Lorca’s Ode to Walt Whitman.