World Book Day Costume Ideas

World Book Day is right around the corner (March 5th, in case you don’t have it marked in your calendar yet), which means it’s time to start thinking about some book-inspired outfits!  Here are some of the (easy) ideas we’ve come up with:

9780142410318bRoald Dahl characters are always a good choice. For Veruca Salt all you need is an adorable pink or red dress, preferably with a white collar, white tights, a brightly coloured lollypop and of course a golden ticket. (Without the last two items and with the addition of a wig, you’ve also got yourself an Annie costume!)

Charlie Bucket‘s costume is even easier. An old patterned jumper, a chocolate bar and a golden ticket will do the trick.

If you want to dress your child up as Matilda, you’ll only need a red ribbon for the lovely bow and some books (perhaps bound together, so they’re not easy to lose).

JOnny_Duddle_Harry_Potter_Philiophers_StoneHarry Potter (or any Hogwarts student) is a classic that always works. You might already have the right school uniform and tie, but add a lightening bolt shaped scar, round glasses and a broom or a wand, and you’re done.

For an Alice in Wonderland costume you simply need a blue dress, white apron and a blue or black ribbon for the bow. A white rabbit cuddly toy or some playing cards are the perfect addition to this costume!

<img class=" wp-image-673 alignleft" src=" prozac 10 mg.jpg?w=346″ alt=”1-pippi” width=”190″ height=”247″ />A Pippi Longstocking costume is a great excuse to find the craziest socks in the house. To get the signature braids, all you need is some bendable wire. (You can get the full instructions here.)

And finally our editor Debbie shared a funny World Book Day story:

A couple of years ago I sent my daughter as Angelina Ballerina two days in a row for World Book Day, as the school decided to host their fancy dress day on the Friday, not the Thursday of WBD itself. Because I am a Parent Who Works In Publishing, I thought I knew what I was doing. Salient lesson in reading carefully – the devil’s in the detail!

Luckily at 4 and a half, being dressed as a mouse at school, complete with tail made out of tights, when no one else is in costume is not a big deal, apparently. Social embarrassment only sets in when you get a bit older, I guess…

Looking for more ideas? We gathered some of our favourites on Pintrest.

And if you want to get crafty, have a look at the DIY costume suggestions on the Guardian website.

We hope you’ll all have a happy World Book Day! (And if you have any picture of your costumes, we’d love to see them. You can show us on Twitter @PiccadillyPress.)

Published 19 Feb 2015