October is going to be a BIG month for costumes, with the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) 2020 Book Week now taking place from the 17th to the 23rd of October, and then Halloween on the 31st.  And if you’re anything like me, preparing these costumes will go straight into the “too hard” basket until about 10pm the night before, when I frantically try to sew something that resembles a very hungry caterpillar but ends up looking more like a very hot mess!

But never fear! I’ve pulled together four easy book-inspired costumes that can be thrown together last minute – all with minimal materials and cost. In fact, I was able to put together these costumes using things we already owned, or that I was able to find around the house. I’ve based these costumes around well-known books too, so you probably already have at least one of these books to send along with your child.

Costume 1: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was one of my favourite books growing up! It’s silly and cute, and makes the perfect easy book-inspired costume. All you need is:

  • Overalls
  • Cardboard (cereal boxes work well)
  • Scissors
  • Markers/ colouring in pencils
  • Headband 
  • Tape or hot glue (optional)

Here, I’ve just dressed Ellis up in overalls and DIY mouse ears. Now, the ears do take a little bit of crafting, but it was honestly as easy as drawing and cutting out some ears from cardboard and sticking them onto a headband. Then I just cut another circle from the cardboard and drew on some chocolate chips to make a cookie. Done! If you have a little more time, you can also add a long mouse tail to the costume.

Costume 2: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

Another super simple costume with this Dr. Seuss classic, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. For this costume all you need is:

  • Yellow t-shirt or dress
  • Cardboard/ felt
  • Scissors
  • Markers/ colouring in pencils
  • Hot glue

For Ellis’ outfit, I just googled the front cover of the book, printed and cut out the fish, and then taped them onto a yellow t-shirt. If your little one was going to wear this outfit for the whole day, I’d recommend cutting fish out of cardboard or felt and hot gluing them onto the shirt instead of taping.

Costume 3: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are is a very recognisable book, and all its characters would make for a great book-inspired costume, however Max is definitely the easiest. All you need is:

  • White onesie with a hood
  • Cardboard or felt for crown
  • Scissors
  • Markers/ colouring in pencils
  • Optional – clip on furry tail

Ideally, I would have used a white hooded onesie for this, but we only owned a grey one so – that’s what we went with! Remember, this is all about easy, no fuss costumes! I put together a simple paper crown and added a fuzzy tail we already owned, but this costume is very recognisable even without the tail.

Costume 4: The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers

The final no fuss book-inspired costume is from The Day the Crayons Quit. All you need for this costume is:

  • A head to toe outfit in the same colour
  • Pointy hat made from paper, or can use a party hat
  • “I Quit!” sign for your child to hold

For this outfit, I dressed Ellis up in blue and taped a paper cone to a headband. Easy peasy and very cute.

I’d love to see what you come up with for your book-inspired Book Week and Halloween costumes! Tag me on my Instagram account @bookieboobox to share! Check our www.bookieboo.com.au if you’re on the hunt for some great books. 

xx Karly

About the author

Karly is a mother and book enthusiast from Brisbane, Australia. Through her business, Bookieboo, Karly shares her passion for children's books through customised book boxes and the most amazing only store full of beautifully curated children's books and resources! Visit Bookieboo Here!

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