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The Last Minute Guide To World Book Day Costumes

Vitabiotics | Published: 02/09/2024

The Last Minute Guide To World Book Day Costumes

Here’s Our Last Minute Guide To World Book Day Costumes

World Book Day Is Approaching, Read Our Guide To Last Minute World Book Day Costumes

World Book Day is a day set up to celebrate reading, books and authors and ignite a life-long passion for literature in children. It is celebrated in schools, pre-schools, nurseries and libraries the world over.

But for parents it can also mean assembling a costume, as some schools like to have a ‘dress-up’ day, with children arriving in costumes inspired by their favourite book characters.

Stuck for costume ideas this year? Don’t panic and follow our last-minute guide to World Book Day costumes.

Last-Minute Ideas For World Book Day Outfits

Check if you actually need a full costume

Lots of schools now forgo a full costume in favour of activities on the day, or taking in a simple prop instead. Don’t panic about a full costume unnecessarily.

Lots of schools also give the option to wear own clothes or even pyjamas instead.

Raid the dressing up box

Don’t spend money buying a costume your child won’t wear again. It's likely your child will have something around the house or in the dressing-up box that you can use, re-use or recycle. Leftover Halloween costume? The Worst Witch! Most film characters will have books about them, and it's totally fine to dust off Elsa or Darth Vader for the occasion.

Shop your own wardrobes

Red striped t-shirt to hand? It’s an instant 'Where's Wally?'. Does your child have dance lessons? Send them in their dancing uniform as Angelina Ballerina.

Find a second-hand option

There might be something suitable lurking in your local charity shop, if you have time to look. Or ask around other parents, who will probably have something suitable they can swap.

Send them in a normal clothes ‘costume’

There are a lot of children's book characters that wear normal clothes, so lots that you can do last minute, like Horrid Henry, most of the Jacqueline Wilson characters, through to scruffy clothes and a hastily-made golden ticket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

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If you have more time, try these:

Here are some more detailed ideas for making last-minute costumes, with ideas for everything from Matilda to Mr Bump:

Remember, for most schools World Book Day dress-up is about the gesture rather than the execution, so don't worry if your child doesn't have a beautifully painted and hand-sewn costume. Don't panic; they won't throw the book at you.

Meet the Author

Gill Crawshaw

Gill Crawshaw

Copywriter / Editor of TalkMum Blog

Gill Crawshaw

Copywriter / Editor of TalkMum Blog

Pregnancy and parenting editor and writer, mum of two Gill Crawshaw is the editor of the TalkMum blog, and a writer who specialises in pregnancy and parenting. With over 18 years experience in digital content creation, she also writes the blog A Baby On Board, which covers the parenting journey. Gill has two tween-age children and lives in south London.

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