Both Kids and Teachers Will Love These Easy Book Character Halloween Costumes (2024)

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The only thing more fun than dressing up in a costume on Halloween? Getting lost in a good book. And if you're a bookworm who also happens to love Halloween, then you know that you'll find plenty of inspiration for costume ideas in fiction. Whether you're a teacher in need of some inspiration for Halloween or a parent planning for book character dress-up day at school, we have plenty of book character costume ideas for both kids and adults that you're sure to love. The best part: Everyone else is sure to appreciate your costume, too.

From characters inspired by classic fairytales, like Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, to far more modern fictional icons, like Katniss Everdeen and Harry Potter, we've got book character costumes that'll appeal to just about anyone. And don't worry if putting together DIY Halloween costumes isn't your thing — our list includes costumes that you can simply buy in time for the big day, too. Read on for all the best book character-inspired costumes for toddlers, tweens, teachers, and everyone in between, ranging from Fantastic Mr. Fox to Captain Underpants to Clifford the Big Red Dog.

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Holly Golightly

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The iconic character of Holly Golightly was first introduced in Truman Capote's novel Breakfast at Tiffany's, and you can easily channel Holly with a black dress, pearls, and an updo.

SHOP TIARA HAIRPIECE

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Mr. Fox is one of Roald Dahl's most iconic storybook characters, and dressing up as him will ensure that you're warm and cozy all Halloween night long.

Get the Fantastic Mr. Fox Costume tutorial at Rachael Jess.

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Fun Costumes Miss Frizzle

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Fun Costumes Miss Frizzle

You'll take everyone on a trip to the past when you're dressed as the kooky Miss Frizzle from Joanna Cole's The Magic School Bus.

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Coraline

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If you've already got a yellow rain slicker and boots at home, then taking on Neil Gaiman's classic character Coraline just requires a blue wig (or some blue hair dye, if you really want to commit).

SHOP BLUE WIG

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Nancy Drew

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Want to spend Halloween night solving mysteries like Carolyn Keene's Nancy Drew? Then all you need is a plaid skirt, cardigan sweater, and magnifying glass.

Get the Nancy Drew Costume tutorial at The Homesteady.

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Cat and Mouse Clothing Madeline

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Cat and Mouse Clothing Madeline

Dressing up like fearless French schoolgirl Madeline simply requires a blue cape and yellow hat just like Ludwig Bemelmans' character always wears.

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Little Red Riding Hood

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If you're feeling ready to take on the Big Bad Wolf, then simply layer a red hooded poncho over a red dress to become the classic fairytale character Little Red Riding Hood. Don't forget your basket of goodies!

SHOP RED PONCHO

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Peter Pan

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You're never too old (or too young!) to dress up like J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, and all it takes is an all-green ensemble and a red feather for your cap.

Get the Peter Pan Costume tutorial at Lovely Indeed.

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Creative Cosmo Co Rainbow Fish

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Creative Cosmo Co Rainbow Fish

Fans of Marcus Pfister's Rainbow Fish will love that this costume doesn't require any other pieces (though, of course, you can feel free to accessorize however you'd like).

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Pippi Longstocking

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Astrid Lindgren's spunky character Pippi Longstocking is best known for her eclectic ensembles, so as long as you're willing to mix and match patterns, this costume is a breeze to put together.

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Captain Underpants

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If your kid gets a kick out of Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants series, then this clever DIY costume is a must.

Get the Captain Underpants Costume tutorial at Where the Smiles Have Been.

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fun shack Very Hungry Caterpillar

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fun shack Very Hungry Caterpillar

Not only is this Eric Carle-inspired costume totally unique — it's also amazingly affordable and requires no other accessories.

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Dorothy

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Before she was brought to life by Judy Garland, Dorothy was a character from L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and you can become a Kansas farm girl yourself with a blue gingham dress and pigtails.

SHOP BLUE DRESS

RELATED: 20 Wizard of Oz Costumes That Are Affordable and Timeless

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The Mouse King

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Though best known as a ballet, the story of the Nutcracker was actually inspired by E. T. A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and what could be more fun than dressing up as the king of the mice for Halloween?

Get the Mouse King Costume tutorial at See Vanessa Craft.

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UNDERWRAPS Clifford the Big Red Dog

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You don't have to be as tall as a house in order to dress like Norman Bridwell's larger-than-life character, Clifford the Big Red Dog.

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Cat in the Hat

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If you're looking to add a fun twist to the classic cat Halloween costume, then you can just put on an all-black ensemble, draw on some whiskers, add a red-and-white-striped hat, and become a Dr. Seuss character.

SHOP STRIPED HAT

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Cinderella

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You'll look magical all night long (even after the clock strikes midnight!) if you dress up like the classic fairytale character Cinderella, complete with a pair of "glass" slippers.

Get the Cinderella Costume tutorial at Studio DIY.

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2troubleboys Max

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2troubleboys Max

Pretty much everyone is familiar with Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, and dressing up your little one as the fearless Max is sure to be a hit.

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Katniss Everdeen

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An all-black ensemble, a bow, and a long braid are all you need to become the fierce Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games.

SHOP BOW

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Pinocchio

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Before Walt Disney made him famous, Pinocchio was a character created by Italian author Carlo Collodi, and dressing up as the mischievous marionette is easier than you think.

Get the Pinocchio Costume tutorial at Lovely Indeed.

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Both Kids and Teachers Will Love These Easy Book Character Halloween Costumes (2024)

FAQs

Both Kids and Teachers Will Love These Easy Book Character Halloween Costumes? ›

Charlie Bucket” from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl Perhaps one of the most famous Roald Dahl books thanks to the film(s), Charlie Bucket wears normal clothes typical for a young boy such as shirt/jumper and jeans.

What book character wears jeans and shirt? ›

Charlie Bucket” from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl Perhaps one of the most famous Roald Dahl books thanks to the film(s), Charlie Bucket wears normal clothes typical for a young boy such as shirt/jumper and jeans.

What is book character day? ›

Book Character Day is celebrated every year on October 31st. Students, teachers, librarians, and book fans can bring their favorite characters to life.

What is easy to dress up as for World Book Day? ›

1) Matilda

All you need for the marvellous Matilda is a dress (ideally blue) and a ribbon in the hair (ideally red). If she's holding a pile of books, even better.

What do you wear for character day at school? ›

The idea is simple: students may dress up as their favorite book characters, rather than the latest trending superhero or ghost. It really makes students stop to think about their favorite book and catch all the details about the character they love.

Is Wednesday Addams a book character? ›

Who is Wednesday Addams? With the success of the recent Netflix show Wednesday, you'd be forgiven for thinking she's a TV and film character. However, there are plenty of Wednesday Addams books, too.

What book character wears pajamas? ›

For example, boy in The Polar Express wears yellow pyjamas and a blue dressing gown - something easy to recreate at home. Similarly, Wendy from Peter Pan simply wears a blue nightgown in the film version. David Walliams' The Midnight Gang is great for people who want to wear pyjamas for World Book Day.

What book character wears pink? ›

Pinkalicious - Every child will know this unforgettable book character by her bright pink dress. Take it even further and spray her hair with washable pink hair spray and glitter.

How does Junie B. Jones dress? ›

Junie B. Jones costume is a pink cardigan and a purple skirt. For her shoes she wears black flat shoes with optional colorful socks, a short brunette bob with a cute headband.

What makes a book character memorable? ›

Memorable characters are moral, other books suggest, and provide a sense of who we wish to be. There are certainly exceptions to this, but we need to be fascinated enough to be drawn into the main character's inner conflict.

What does open book character mean? ›

an open book in British English

a person or subject that is thoroughly understood.

What should a 13 year old wear for World Book Day? ›

A popular costume for teens this World Book Day will be our hero Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. To get the look they'll just need to tie their hair into a sideways plait and make a DIY bow and arrow, Katniss Everdeen's signature weapon ...

Which story book character never aged? ›

Dorian Gray, fictional character, the hedonistic protagonist of Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891). He exchanges his soul for youth that never fades.

Is there a book with only one character? ›

Outcasts of Order L.E. Modesitt Jr. Assassin's Price L.E.

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