Fairytale Fancy Dress Ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

Fairy tales can be an excellent party theme for kids, and children are often excited to help plan a fairy tale fancy dress costume for themselves. Fairy tales don't have to be just for kids, though. Character costumes can be a lot of fun for adult costume parties, too. No matter who will be wearing the costume, look beyond the obvious choices, such as a fairy tale princess or a dashing prince charming,to find a whole supporting cast of characters to inspire you and dazzle your friends.


Dress as a dashing prince charming in luxurious fabrics -- shirts or jackets made from silk or velvet are perfect. Wear tights and breeches and add big gold buckles to your shoes. A hat with a large feather and a sword make good accessories. Add a humorous touch to identify yourself as a prince from a particular story. For example, the prince from Rapunzel might carry a stepladder. To be the frog prince, wear a T-shirt with a picture of a frog on it underneath your shirt. Dress as a prince but add a monster mask to dress as the prince in "Beauty and the Beast."


Have fun terrorising the princesses by dressing as the Big Bad Wolf. Make or rent a wolf costume and add a pair of glasses, a shawl and a mob cap to look like the wolf dressed as grandma. Alternatively, use a pair of stilts and make a pair of extra-long trousers to dress as the giant from "Jack and the Beanstalk." Carry a bag of gold coins and wield a large fake club.


If you can't resist dressing as a princess, accessorise your outfit to identify yourself. For example, Sleeping Beauty could carry a hot water bottle and a teddy, or have an eye mask around her head, and Cinderella could carry a pumpkin and a toy mouse. Princess alternatives like Goldilocks, carrying a bowl of porridge, are also fun. You can also dress as the Fairy Godmother by carrying a magic wand and wearing a pair of wings.

Wicked Women

There are plenty of wicked women to choose from in traditional fairy tales. Dress as a wicked witch by wearing black clothes and adding a mask, pointed hat and cape. Create an evil stepmother costume by wearing fine clothes but adding harsh, vampire-style make-up. Join up with a friend and come as the Ugly Sisters -- an option that is especially entertaining when it is taken by two men.

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About the Author

Based in East Sussex, Caroline Repchuk has been writing and editing children's books and art and craft features since 1990. Her classic Christmas book, "The Snow Tree," is published by Dutton and her features have appeared in "Art Attack" and "SpongeBob SquarePants." Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts in fine art from Leeds University.