Halloween is almost upon us and, whether you’re celebrating it during half term week or on the day itself, it’s a great excuse to get dressed up. Instead of the usual costumes, why not celebrate your family’s favourite books with some literature-inspired costumes? Book themed outfits aren’t just for World Book Day and it gives you a chance to look for new inspiration. Here are some of our ideas to get you started.
The Worst Witch
Mildred Hubble is a firm favourite in most primary schools and very easy to recreate. All you need is a witch’s hat, school uniform, with blue shirt and pinafore if possible, and to put their hair in two plaits. If they have a friend who wants to join in they can be Maud Moonshine, Mildred’s best friend, with bunches and pretend glasses or rival Ethel Hallow.
Possibly one of the most popular book-themed costumes of the last decade! Ready made costumes are pretty easy to get your hands on but if you want to save some money you can just put a red and yellow scarf on top of school uniform, use a twig as a wand and draw Harry’s distinctive scar on their forehead with an eyeliner. Don’t forget the glasses!
The Funnybones Skeletons
Jazz up a common-or-garden skeleton outfit with a red top hat with a blue ribbon tied round it for Big Funnybone. As he would say, “Good idea!”. You could cut out bone shapes from paper and stick to a pair of black trousers and a black top if you’re feeling arty.
Max from Where The Wild Things Are
In the book Max was dressed in his wolf costume because he was feeling wild but, if your child doesn’t have one, you could use any furry onesie and top with a pretend crown to make them King of All Wild Things.
One for younger books fans, you will probably be able to get a faux fur coat from a charity shop as the main basis of the costume and then just use coloured paper and card for The Gruffalo’s purple prickles on his back and terrible tusks and green makeup or facepaint to paint on the wart at the end of his nose. You could dress a younger sibling as the Gruffalo’s child too with brown clothing and toy horns.
Happy Trick or Treating!