World Book Day is a great opportunity to dress up as your favorite character from a book. Here are some cheap and easy costume ideas for World Book Day:
George's Marvellous Medicine: Wear jeans and T shirt and take in a saucepan with some of the ingredients!
Angelina Ballerina: Perfect for kids who already own a ballet leotard. Just where your nomal pink ballet uniform and draw on some mouse whiskers with face paints or eyeliner.
Hermione Granger from Harry Potter: Jeans, trainers and a zip up top.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Wear own clothes, make a golden ticket and take in a chocolate bar.
Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs: Wear own clothes. Have a small bucket with plastic dinosaurs in.
The Midnight Gang by David Walliams: Get together with a group of friends and wear pyjamas.
The Boy In The Dress by David Walliams: All you need is a dress that fits!
Matilda: Wear a blue dress with a white collar, white socks, and black shoes. Add a stack of books and a red bow in your hair.
Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Fredman: Get an alien mask (bought or home made) and wear underpants over trousers!
Tintin. Wear a blue jumper, trousers, and have your hair gelled back into a quiff. Take is a white soft toy dog.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg: Wear own pyjamas and print out or draw a ticket
Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson: If you have a witches costume left over from Halloween then this is a good costume to repurpose.
Harry Potter: Wear a white shirt, a gray sweater, a black skirt or trousers, and a red and gold tie. Add round glasses and a wand to complete the look.
The Cat in the Hat: Wear a black jumpsuit or black trousers and a black long-sleeved shirt. Add a red and white striped hat and a red bowtie.
Alice in Wonderland: Wear a blue dress with a white apron, white tights, and black shoes. Add a black headband with a white bow and carry a small stuffed rabbit.
Where's Wally: Wear a red and white striped shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes. Add a red and white striped hat and glasses with black frames.
Peter Pan: Wear green tights, a green tunic or shirt, and brown shoes. Add a green hat with a feather and a toy sword.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Wear a green shirt and trousers. Add a red hat with antennae, and cut out colorful circles from construction paper to attach to your shirt to represent the caterpillar's food.
The Gruffalo: Wear brown trousers and a brown jumper. Add a pair of brown ears and horns, and attach purple spikes to the back of the jumper using paper or fabric.
Toto The Ninja Cat by Dermot O' Leary: Wear all black clothes and draw on whiskers with face paints or eye liner.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. You can also consider other popular book characters like Winnie the Pooh, or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and come up with your own creative ideas.
On a side note, just after World Book Day check out the supermarkets as some of them sell off World Book Day costumes really cheaply!
If your School PTA don't already run a second hand dressing up costume sale then you may want to suggest this as a fundraising idea to them. It will raise money for the PTA, reduce unwanted costumes going into landfill and also makes World Book Day more affordable for lower income families.
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