Storybook character dress up ideas

Updated March 17, 2017

Whether you want to dress as popular characters from current storybook series or a classic literary character, you have several different options to fit the role. Younger children can dress as their favourite character from Dr. Seuss while teens can become citizens of Narnia or students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Costumes can be as simple as an accessory or made from different materials and patterns.

Harry Potter

The Harry Potter series offers a wealth of different characters to imitate. Portray the title character by donning eyeglasses and a painted scar; or dress as the Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore using a beard and robe. Wear a fluorescent-coloured wig to become Nymphadora Tonks, or walk with a cane and a bowler hat to dress as Mad Eye Moody.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Base your costume off the classic "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and become one of the journeying characters. Wear a shiny jacket and trousers along with a small metal coffee pot to become the Tin Woodman. A picnic basket with a stuffed dog can accessorise your Dorothy costume along with silver sequinned slippers or ballet shoes to match those worn in the books. Pick up an old flannel shirt from a thrift store and stuff it with straw for a Scarecrow costume. You can become a villain and dress as the book's version of the Wicked Witch of the West with an eye patch, three pigtails and an umbrella.

Artemis Fowl

Why dress up as the goody-goody Harry Potter when you can partake in the world of criminal masterminds by dressing as Artemis Fowl? While the standard costume is a dark suit, use white make-up to create a pale complexion and eyeliner to darken your eyes. Use elf ears and wings to become Holly Short. Larger costumiers can don a trenchcoat over a shirt and tie to become Domovoi Butler.

Chronicles of Narnia

Choose one of the seven books from the "Chronicles of Narnia" series and gather together a group of friends to dress as each character. Choose two boys and two girls to become the Pevensie children wearing 1940s-style school clothing. Drape yourself in white and light blue fabrics to become the Jadis the White Witch or wear furry trousers and attach horns to your head to go as Mr. Tumnus.

Roald Dahl

Fans of British author Roald Dahl can select from his children's books to transform into a character. Dress up as Charlie Bucket or Willy Wonka from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," the bookworm Matilda from the story of the same name or become the Grand High Witch from "The Witches." When going as the Grand High Witch, always chew blue coloured candy so you can mimic her blue saliva.

Dr. Seuss

Costumes based off of Dr. Seuss stories can be complicated to make as his characters are generally covered in fur. Purchase faux fur material fro your costume and become the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 or 2, or choose to be a human character such as Dick or Sally. Stuff a green sweatsuit with padding to round yourself out and become a green egg.

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