Thursday, 12 June 2014

Book week costume ideas

This year in Australia book week is officially August 22 - 28

Every year we get heaps of stressed parents in looking for book week costumes so I thought I would get a head start on it this year. I have gone with a variety of ideas, some easier than others. For many of the ideas I have suggested how you might create your child's costume. 

Alice in Wonderland

Aliens in underpants - Alien antenna on a headband with the craziest pair of underpants you can find over your clothes. 

Amelia Bedelia - Wear a dark skirt and top with a white full apron and add some artificial flowers to the front brim of a hat.

Angelina Ballerina - Attach pink cardboard mouse ears to a headband and wear your pink ballet gear.


Butterfly from The very hungry caterpillar - You can buy butterfly wings, cut them out and make your own from cardboard or you may be lucky enough to find a kite that looks like butterfly wings. 

Captain Hook

Captain underpants - Buy or make a red cape, wear a pair of men's white underpants over your clothes and carry a toilet plunger.

Cat in the hat - Buy a hat and red bowtie to wear with black top and pants or buy or hire a full costume.

Cruella - Think crazy black and white hair and some Dalmatian fur fabric with red black or white clothing.

Curious George - You will need a monkey costume or a monkey mask and brown clothes and you may like to carry a pair of binoculars

Dorothy - If you're not a sewer probably best to hire or buy this one.

Dwarf from Snow White

Fancy Nancy - Wear your good party dress and go to town with a feather boa, gloves, beads, tiara, flowers in your hair and or whatever other bling you can come up with.

Fantastic Mr Fox  - See if you can get hold of a fox mask or onesie and wear a shirt & tie with it.




I spy - Grab yourself a magnifying glass. You may like to attach pictures or light objects to your clothing of all the things you've spied. Make a list of all the things you've spied.

Little Miss Muffett

Little Red Riding Hood


Olivia the pig - Look out for red and white striped tops and or tights and wear them with something red and a pig snout & ears on a headband.

Paper bag princess

Pearlie Fairy - Wear your fairy outfit and add some large pearls to a headband.

Peter Rabbit from Beatrix Potter

Peter Pan  - Green shorts and t shirt with v cut jagged edges and a triangle green felt hat.

Pinocchio - Red shorts with braces, a yellow or white top,a blue oversized ribbon bowtie and a purchased Pinocchio nose. 

Pippi Longstocking - you will need some striped long socks or tights and a plaited red wool wig to be worn with something blue.

Pirates from The night pirates or Peter Pan

Princess Merida - A green medieval style dress, a long red curly wig and a bow & arrow.

Puss in boots - A pirate hat turned up on one side with a feather, some pants tucked into boots, a loose white shirt with some lace tied at the neck, a black cape, a zorro sword and draw on some whiskers.

Repunzel - A medieval dress and extra long wool plait. 

Rangers apprentice - Dress in green or brown top and pants, add a green hooded cape and a bow and arrow.

Smurf -  Buy a hat and face paint to wear with blue and white clothes.

Snow White 

Sorcerers apprentice from Fantasia -  Add some Mickey mouse ears to a wizards costume.

The grouchy ladybug

The Saucepan man - Make yourself several saucepans from foil and cardboard, wear one as a hat and the others hanging around your neck from a piece of string. You could even hang a couple of real saucepan lids if you have some light ones.

Thing one and Thing two -  Buy a blue clown wig, draw the Thing one or Thing two logo onto some strong white paper and attach it to a red top.

Tiger who came to tea -  Hire or buy a tiger costume or buy a tiger ears and tail set, go crazy     with the orange on a black tracksuit. Glue some cups and saucers from a children's tea set onto a plate to carry.


Very hungry caterpillar

Wally or Wanda - Buy a beanie and classes then paint some red stripes onto a white t shirt with a small paint roller.

Where the wild things are - Hire or buy a white mouse costume, add a brown fluffy tail and a crown.

Wish I had duck feet - Cut out some yellow cardboard or vinyl duck shaped feet to sit on top of your shoes, then buy whatever other animal ears, tail and nose or beak you can find.

Witch from Room on the Broom - make or buy a witch cape or costumes and hat, attach a toy dog, cat, frog or bird to a broom to carry with you.

Witch from Roald Dahl's The Witches.

Wizard from the Hobbit

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