Friday, October 24, 2008

Easy Halloween costumes for characters from children's books

Looking for a quick and easy Halloween costume you can make yourself? Try these great ideas from fellow bloggers for characters from popular children's books. These ideas work for both kids and adults.

Maureen from Confessions of a Bibliovore suggests:
  • Fern from Charlotte's Web: a farm girl costume
  • Mrs. Whatsit from A Wrinkle in Time: Crazy scarves, hats and skirts.
  • Harry Potter: Graduation gown, round glasses and a mascara scar
Pam from MotherReader suggests:
  • The Cat in the Hat: get a red and white striped hat and a black tail. Wear all black. Cut the "bib" from a white T-shirt/undershirt. Tie a red bow around your neck with cloth. Draw on whiskers.
Andrea from Three Silly Chicks suggests:
  • Pippi Longstocking: Make a wig with red warn and wire.
  • Waldo: Dress in red and white striped clothing and a stocking cap. Go from house to house asking if anybody if they've seen Waldo.
Wendie from Wendie's Wanderings suggests:
  • Professor McGonagall: Use your grad gown. A loooong pretzel makes a good wand. It's great for keeping that feather in the air, too. Additional suggestion from Susan: Add glasses, a witch hat and put your hair in a bun (if possible).
  • Little Red Riding Hood: A red cape and carrying a basket (with a wolf inside it).
  • Wear an orange blouse and put pumpkin eyes, nose, and mouth on the back of it. You could be Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater or The Great Pumpkin.
Stacy from Booktopia suggests:
  • Viola Swamp from Miss Nelson is Missing: Black dress, striped tights, black nails, messy black wig.
From my friend Cate, who always has great suggestions:
  • Knuffle Bunny: Put on bunny ears, a tail and whiskers.
Also, see this post from last year, for some punny Harry Potter Halloween costume ideas that Cate and her husband came up with.

My ideas:
  • The Pigeon from Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: Dress in blue. Draw on a beak. Carry a toy hot dog and a bus.
Do you have any more ideas? I'd love to hear them. Please leave them in the comments.


  1. I also went as Gretel one year. I carried a basket with gingerbread men and asked if anyone wanted to eat... I mean meet my brother....

  2. These are great! I'll have to remember this post for next year.

    Last year, my daughter (age 3) wanted to be a giraffe, so we did some scrambing and put together the ensemble from Goodnight Gorilla: daddy as the Zookeeper, me as his wife in her nightie and cap, plus a string of animals and baby keys - the bright plastic ones. It was so fun!