World Book Day Costume Ideas


World Book Day gives you the opportunity to bring your favourite book characters to life.

At the same time, you can donate £1 and change lives.

When it comes to dressing up, coming up with costume ideas if you do not have a favourite book may prove difficult. You do not have to spend a large amount of money to create good costumes. Here are a few World Book Day costume ideas!


Cat in the Hat

A Cat in the Hat costume can consist of a hat; whether it be 2D or 3D. You can make your costume as simple or elaborate as you want, as long as you stick to the red and white striped theme. Face paint is also an option with this costume.


Fantastic Mr Fox

For this costume, you can just make a simple fox mask. If you wanted a more elaborate costume you can always replicate the outfit Fantastic Mr Fox is known for wearing.


Harry Potter

The most important elements to dressing up as Harry Potter are the tie, the glasses and the scar. If you have these and ensure they match up with Harry Potter; your costume is completed.  


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Willy Wonka

Much like the Cat in the Hat, a Willy Wonka costume can be as simple as you want. All you need is a 2D or 3D hat similar to Willy Wonka’s in the film. You can choose to dress as he does for added effect.


Roald Dahl

You can dress up as any Roald Dahl character. This can range from Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG, Sophie from the BFG, Matilda, and many more.


Wizard of Oz

The main character, Dorothy, is often a popular choice. Whilst this costume idea does not involve having to make anything from scratch it can still be made simply. All that is necessary is having an outfit similar to hers - remember the red shoes!


There are many, many book characters you can mimic on World Book Day. If you are on a budget, it is easier and more efficient to make your own costumes from scratch. They will still look great and show that you support World Book Day! 

Be part of a community and join in on World Book Day! The World Book Day costume ideas are endless, you don't have to be restricted to what you do - be as creative and imaginative as possible! 

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