School starts for us soon and I figured I should share a fun school oriented idea today. Of course, costume season is gearing up, so I figured out a way to combine schools and costumes with a round up of DIY book character costumes!!
Book Character Costumes for Kids
Luckily our school allows the kids to dress up for Halloween with very little restrictions other than banning gore and weapons. I know some schools only allow students to dress up if they represent a storybook character. That may seem limited but there really are still a lot of fun costume ideas focused on book characters!
Book Character Costume Ideas for Students
In fact, just because they don’t HAVE to dress up as a storybook character, doesn’t mean my boys won’t opt to naturally on their own. There are lots of awesome ideas in some of their favorite book series.
Quinn is totally into the Creature in the Closet books, so I created two fun costumes from that book series! It’s hard not to love the Potterwookiee Costume, Potterwookie is a combination of Harry Potter and Chewbacca! I also created Lord of the Hat costume for Elliot, Lord of the Hat is a mixture of Gollum from Lord of the Rings and Cat in the Hat.
Tween Book Character Costumes
Speaking of Harry Potter, there is a lot of amazing book character costume ideas within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Start with the main characters like Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, then consider secondary characters like Luna Lovegood and Ginny Weasley. And what about this cute Golden Snitch Costume, adorable and fun.
Easy to Make Book Character Costumes
I tend to focus on making DIY book character costumes for boys because I am a boy mom. I didn’t want to leave the girls out so I found some fun book character costume ideas for girls too. This The Rainbow Fish can an easily be adjusted for big kids with leggings and a fun tutu. I absolutely love this Paper Bag Princess Costume, it’s adorable.
If you have a group of friends that want to dress up together, then these No-Sew Care Bear Costumes would be great! Don’t forget about classic storybook costumes for girls too like Little Red Riding Hood, Pippi Longstocking, Fancy Nancy, Magic School Bus Ms. Frizzle and Winnie the Witch Costume.
Book Character Costumes For Kids and Teachers
Beyond Halloween, our school often hosts a storybook character dress up day during spirit week or even during ‘Read Across America day’ to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. I’ve created a couple of Dr. Seuss costumes over the years for my boys including a Cat in the Hat Costume, an Easy Lorax Costume, Fox in Socks Costume and a Mr. Brown Costume. It’s also pretty easy to make or buy a Thing 1/2 shirt, combine it with this adorable Thing 1 and Thing 2 DIY Costume Wig.
You can’t go wrong with costumes from classic authors like Roald Dahl costumes like The BFG – The BFG Costume or Fantastic Mr. Fox Mask. How about a Mr. Smee Costume from Peter Pan or a set of Wizard of Oz Character Costumes. Thinking outside the box, or rather inside the house and this Wizard of Oz House Costume is amazing!
More DIY Book Character Costumes
Buy Book Character Costumes
Don’t have the time or creativity to make a DIY book character costume? Check out these fun options from Amazon and Etsy.
- Harry Potter Costume
- Wizard Scarf
- Fancy Nancy Accessory Set
- Prairie Girl Costume
- Cat in the Hat Costume Accessories
- Thing 1 and Thing 2 Shirts
- Wild Things Costume
- Elephant and Piggie Masks
- Pete the Cat Costume