Easy Last Minute World Book Day Costume Ideas

With World Book Day around the corner (Thursday 3 March 2022), we’ve put together a list of easy, last-minute costumes that are simple to put together with things you’ll probably already have at home (or could quickly order online).  And, if your child really doesn’t like dressing up, we’ve included a few ideas for ‘costumes’ where the main character in the book wears regular clothes – so all your little one will need to hold is a prop or just a copy of the book.

Paddington Bear

You’ll need:

  • Red hat
  • Blue coat and/or clothes
  • Red socks
  • Suitcase (optional)

Gangsta Granny

You’ll need:

  • Bandit eye mask (you could also paint one on with face paint or make up
  • ‘Granny style’ blouse or cardigan
  • Black skirt
  • Old slippers
  • Tights that are too big so they wrinkle around the ankles
  • Sack-style bag (you could fill it up with crumpled paper to make it look fool without making it too heavy)
  • Granny wig (optional)

Alice in Wonderland

You’ll need:

  • Blue dress
  • White apron or pinny
  • White tights
  • Black shoes
  • Hair bow

Peter Rabbit

You’ll  need:

  • Blue jacket
  • White trousers
  • Face paint or make up to draw bunny nose and whiskers
  • Bunny ears
  • Bag of carrots (optional)

Wally from Where’s Wally?

You’ll need:

  • Stripy hat
  • Stripy top
  • Stripy socks or tights
  • Blue skirt or shorts
  • Round glasses


You’ll need:

  • Blue dress
  • Red hair ribbon
  • Small pile of books

Snow White

You’ll need:

  • Blue top
  • Long skirt
  • Red hair ribbon
  • Red apple

Pippi Longstocking

You’ll need

  • Blue dress or dungarees
  • Red T-shirt
  • Stripy tights
  • Hair in piglet plaits – you can plait in some thin, bendy wire to make them really stick out sideways

One of The Midnight Gang

You’ll need

  • PJs
  • Pillow
  • Balloon

Tracy Beaker

You’ll need:

  • Red stripy top
  • Messy dark hair (use washable hair spray or a wig if your child has light hair)
  • Sleeveless denim jacket (optional)

Billionaire Boy

You’ll need:

  • Grey trousers
  • Big white top
  • Wallet full of money (make fake notes or use Monopoly money)

Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

You’ll need:

  • Scruffy old clothes and/or a sleeveless vest
  • A golden (or yellow) ticket

If you are feeling inspired and want to create a more elaborate World Book Day costume for your little one you can find some more great ideas and step by step guides on the World Book Day official website: https://www.worldbookday.com/dressing-up-ideas/ 

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