World Bookday Costume angst

(85 Posts)
StarWarsStanley Wed 29-Jan-14 15:13:23

It will be upon us before we know it - tell me about your winning costumes so that I can shamelessly copy start considering what to suggest to my DS and is within the realms of my very limited cobble-up-ability.

JustOneMoreBite Wed 29-Jan-14 15:40:54

Diary of a Wimpy Kid? You probably don't have to go this far but you could just do the white t-shirt, black shorts, black shoes and black backpack.

Adikia Wed 29-Jan-14 15:42:03

How old is DS?

Reception DS was the hungry caterpillar - green top, green leggings, little red legs sewn on and a hat with pipe cleaner antennae

In year 1 he went as Kipper - jeans and a t-shirt and a cuddly toy dog which looked like Floppy. Mum sent her youngest 2 (who were yr 1 and 2 at the school) in as Biff and Chip grin

year 2 he was Peter Pan - green shirt and belt, cut zig-zaggy at the bottom, brown trousers and wellies

Year 3 was wheres wally - red stripy top and a red stripy hat

Year 4 was Harry Potter, I cheated and bought a costume.

No idea what he'l be this year and have to try to work out what to do for reception DD, who will no doubt pick something awkward.

Adikia Wed 29-Jan-14 15:43:15

*at the same school

Ugh don't. We've got Roald Dahl day on Friday and I'm stressing about dd1's proxy golden egg!

Poxy not proxy. Arsing phone angry

bookshelvesarefull Wed 29-Jan-14 15:52:13

Pinocchio- white shirt, home-made felt hat with paper cutout of Jiminy cricket stuck to it , 3/4 length red trousers with braces

hoboken Wed 29-Jan-14 16:02:57

DD dressed as Cleopatra with a sheet pinned round her and a headdress and a gold "collar" made from cardboard.

Headdress - - the shape of the one on the left but not with cut-out parts, a couple of cardboard snakes stuck/stapled on and all sprayed gold.

Also cut a large crescent shape cut out of cardboard (big enough to go round from one shoulder to another and sprayed gold). Put a string to go round her back to hold it on

We had moved house the day before and by an absolute miracle I unearthed gold spray paint for the "jewellery". I unpacked a couple of boxes and used the cardboard. We made the costume in approx 30 minutes the night before she needed to wear it.

Yes, I know that Cleo may not be everyone's idea of a suitable lit character for a child but it was inspired by the pile of sheets in a box and was all I could think of at the time.

Pirate - trousers tucked into wellies, an old shirt (anyone's or from a charity shop) with rips in it. Eye patch made from cardboard and tied on with string. Take 2 long, narrow rectangular bits of card or stiff paper that together will fit round the head, each with a half-circle fixed to it. Glue or staple at the sides for the hat. And don't panic!!

Suffolkgirl1 Wed 29-Jan-14 16:51:31

Easiest I ever did was Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs - own clothes, plastic sand bucket containing plastic dinosaurs.
For an older boy, Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the chocolate factory, old clothes slightly too small and a home made golden ticket.

NewNameforNewTerm Wed 29-Jan-14 17:17:41

Have you seen here?

NumTumDeDum Wed 29-Jan-14 19:40:55

What is this? No! I already have a complex about checking the bookbag for notes and demands for money, lest I get accosted in the playground and publicly humiliated. More homework for me?! Do they do this in reception?

bjkmummy Wed 29-Jan-14 20:07:11

I did Charlie and the chocolate factory a few years ago - did the new version one so jeans and a red hoody plus a ticket - going to be smug here and already got daughters sorted - the female where wally - I cant stand the book day madness in February/march so got it sorted now

dingit Wed 29-Jan-14 20:19:51

I always struggled with ds all through primary, he hated dressing up. In year 6, I gave up, dressed him in his own clothes and gave him a bit of greenery from the garden. Jack and the beanstalk, as his name is Jack, they couldn't argue smile

TheGreatHunt Wed 29-Jan-14 20:27:42

It's for the children not you!

Ask your kid what book they like, cobble something together and job done.

DeWe Wed 29-Jan-14 21:37:31

DD2 last year went as a Chalet School girl. She had brown gym tunic, cream blouse, orange tie, brown blazer and brown berret. Very easy to make. I'm hoping I can adapt it to something else. I don't think anyone else (even her teacher) had heard of the books though.

I think Mallory Towers was also a brown uniform... <hopeful look>

Sixgeese Wed 29-Jan-14 22:17:36

Last year DS was Percy Jackson (book version not film version - matters for costume), orange T -shirt (was DD1's, but never worn) with Camp Half Blood written on it in marker pen, cord with 4 beads on (made with air drying clay from the craft box) and jeans.

DD1 was Cat in the Hat (black tracksuit with tail sewn onto top, stripy hat and face paint) and DD2 was a cow - don't ask, tried get her to be Alice in Wonderland but she wasn't playing ball, she wanted to wear the Cow costume I made for World Book day when DD1 was in preschool and had to be a character from the Gingerbread Man story.

We don't have prizes at school for which I am grateful as some of the Mum's have great ideas, the Mum how produced a Dogs don't do Ballet costume, I am still in awe of your creativity.

Adikia Thu 30-Jan-14 01:48:55

NumTumDeDum It's not til 6th March, the kids dress up as a book character and there's usually book tokens given out in school, maybe a special assembly or an author coming in, reading and writing stories, that kind of thing, it depends on the school what exactly they do but yes most reception children do it.

more info here

SweetPenelope Thu 30-Jan-14 12:33:05

Horrid Henry?

Ds went as Augustus gloop last year, golden ticket from eBay and shirt that was a bit small; plus a label saying my name is Augustus!

homebythesea Thu 30-Jan-14 12:45:11

Julian or Dick of the Famous Five - shorts, shirt, tank top or just normal clothes plus binoculars

Charlie Bucket - normal clothes plus golden ticket

Ron Weasley - normal clothes plus broomstick

Alex Rider - normal clothes

Can you tell I had a son who HATED dressing up grin

NumTumDeDum Thu 30-Jan-14 15:09:10

Adikia, thanks!

lizardqueenie Sat 15-Feb-14 07:19:36

So I saw a notice for WBD at my DD's nursey yesterday. I'm quite excited at the prospect of her dressing up though not sure as what yet- she's only 3! Have seen some suggestions online for face paints which she loves- hmm- would it work her face being painted all day at nursery?

cutsnake Sat 15-Feb-14 07:28:14

DD went as Fern from Charlotte's Web one year which was very easy - dungarees, a checked shirt, gum boots and she carried a toy pig.

cutsnake Sat 15-Feb-14 07:31:42

If you can dredge up anything that looks a bit Victorian (party dress, straw hat, boots) a girl can go as Mary from The Secret Garden.

NannyPeach Sat 15-Feb-14 07:39:14

My best costume for dd was pippi longstocking. She wore a patchwork dress from a charity shop, knee length socks with boots and we used pipe cleaners to get the hair to curl upwards! She looked brill!

DD was an owl from Owl Babies. Brown leggings and a brown long sleeved top with feather shaped pieces of various brown fabric stuck on. Took me fucking ages shock

MissMilbanke Mon 24-Feb-14 17:41:46

Grandma has recently made a knight costume for ds , white tabard with chain mail sleeves and a Red Cross on the chest.

I just need to have a book for him to take in now. Not keen on mike the knight ( too babyish) any suggestions ?

DeWe Mon 24-Feb-14 18:19:48
LittleMissGreen Mon 24-Feb-14 18:30:48

Sir Gadabout worse knight in the world. He does have a big nose - so if you can get a joke witches nose it finishes off the costume nicely!

MissMilbanke Mon 24-Feb-14 20:23:49

Lovely suggestions thanks

lizardqueenie Mon 24-Feb-14 22:17:28

Right she only wants to go as the hungry caterpillar- pipe cleaners on a headband?

tribpot Mon 24-Feb-14 22:19:45

We have to do characters from a traditional fairy tale this year. To stop everyone turning up as Buzz Lightyear and Wolverine, I suspect.

Adikia Tue 25-Feb-14 23:41:46

lizardqueenie, yup that's all i did when DS was the hungry caterpillar. I've been trying to convince DD that's what she wants to be but no, she wants to be little red riding hood.

stephnkey2411 Wed 26-Feb-14 07:12:55

I work in school as a TA what shouldn't go as??????

FionaJT Wed 26-Feb-14 10:01:20

NannyPeach I really want my dd to go as Pippi Longstocking and she would have done a year or two ago, but her school don't always do World Book Day dressing up so I have missed the chance! (She is tall and skinny with long red hair so would be perfect!). They are dressing up this year, and she is in full Harry Potter emersion mode so is going as Ginny Weasley.

Biscuitsneeded Wed 26-Feb-14 10:13:23

Approach from the other angle! What costumes/dress-ups have you already got, or with a bit of adaptation could you produce? Now think of a character for the costume! eg if you have some leggings and a bobble hat... stick some cut out pointy ears on a hairband and hey presto you have an elf from the Elves and Shoemaker (or a Harry Potter house elf/goblin). Any animal costumes can easily be turned into book characters, too.

LadyEnglefield Wed 26-Feb-14 12:23:25

DD1 wants to go as Darrel from Malory Towers, so brown skirt, cardigan, homemade Malory Towers logo & lacrosse stick.

DD2 wants to go as Ada Goth from Goth Girl & a ghost of a mouse. So I'm attempting to dye a dress & lace gloves purple and she'll carry a stuffed toy white rat from IKEA! Close enough!!

AbbyR1973 Wed 26-Feb-14 12:31:26

Big hit that I did for DS1 was Stig (as in Stig of the Dump, not racing driver!) a bit of cheap fake fur fabric, twigs and leaves tangled in hair. (DS has rather wild curly hair anyway) mud on the face.

AuditAngel Wed 26-Feb-14 20:37:51

We didn't have to dress up last year, but so far we have had:

DS reception dinosaurs love underpants (dinosaur costume with a pair of boxers over, hole cut for tail)

Yr3 Horrid Henry -jeans, turquoise long sleeved t-shirt with yellow stripes made from a charity shop t-shirt.

DD -cat in the hat-I had made DS a top hat for a fancy dress party and added red/white stripes, black leggings and a cardigan plus tail made from tights.

What about Worst witch or meg and mog or Winnie the witch using a Halloween costume.

AuditAngel Wed 26-Feb-14 20:40:48

I forgot, this year DS has to be an Alice in wonderland character, he has chosen Mad March Hare (trousers, shirt, waistcoat, bunny ears and pompon tail)

DD has to be from traditional tales and will be red riding hood (once I have cobbled a cloak from an old red skirt of mine)

Trojanhouse Wed 26-Feb-14 20:48:31

Dd was gangsta granny last year
I bought a wig and sprayed white paint on it.
Bought fake glasses and made a sack and put fake jewellery in it.

cnaik Wed 26-Feb-14 23:13:00

Ok our children's school has a Shakespeare theme for world book day - wtf.
So my 9 year old boy could wear his onesie with skulls on (yorick) and 6 year old daughter could be Tatiana queen of the fairies I guess but can anyone come up with any other ideas in case these get the cold shoulder?

wol1968 Thu 27-Feb-14 09:44:40

For Shakespeare, you could try Hamlet (dress him in black trousers that are a bit too short, long black top with a belt & toy sword, improvise for a collar/ruff). Or Henry V (similar but with more armour, less black and a shield & crown). Or Bottom from Midsummer Night's Dream if he wants to dress up as a donkey!! Your DD could be Juliet (long floaty white dress & ribbons in hair) or Miranda from the Tempest, or Puck if she doesn't want to be too girly.

Off to look up relevant bits in my Complete Works now...grin

smiffy54 Thu 27-Feb-14 09:56:45

Found out yesterday staff are expected to dress up as well. Alex from Clockwork Orange? Du Maurier's rebecca? Jeanette Winterson as herself? The Young staff are getting very excited, but I am just going to hide for the day (non-teaching job). Kids tell me staff will be fined �5 if we don't dress up. Bollocks to that

My best ever (and it is not that brilliant because I am truly crap at costumes) was sending ds2 in as Christopher Robin. Shorts, short sleeved shirt, wellies and big blue umbrella (so he could walk round saying 'Tut tut, looks like rain', and all the Winnie the Pooh cuddlies we had to hand.

cnaik Thu 27-Feb-14 11:44:28

Brilliant ideas wol1968 thank you!

GandalfsBeard Thu 27-Feb-14 18:56:20

Does anyone know where I can buy (because I'm hopeless at making costumes) a Max from Where The Wild Things Are costume? I've searched online but no luck so far. At least not unless I'm prepared to pay at least £35 and have it shipped from the US.
Dd really wants to go as him this year.

Purpleshoes Thu 27-Feb-14 21:43:01

My dd school doing a "come dressed as your own superhero" theme where have to make up a new superhero ,apparently this is because J K Rowling has said she wants to write a book about a new superhero... Where to start, wish it was just favourite character so can do easy Matilda.

ShoeWhore Thu 27-Feb-14 21:52:42

Only ds3 dressing up this year. We are doing a repeat of ds2's previous smash hit, The Boy from Lost and Found: stripy tshirt, beanie hat of dh's, suitcase fashioned from an inside out cereal box and ds1's giant stuffed toy penguin.

Last year ds3 went as Elmer which was cute but very labour intensive - I hand painted an old tshirt of dh's and cardboard ears and trunk. It took forever - not making that mistake again.

yakamoz Fri 28-Feb-14 12:23:36

My son

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Gladvent Fri 28-Feb-14 14:52:48

DS and mates have often gone in football kit as 'player from football annual'. Extremely handy for me!

justturned40 Fri 28-Feb-14 19:52:23

My son has chosen Tintin which is fairly easy - white shirt, blue jumper, brown trousers rolled up and long socks. Plus of course a quiff.

However, my daughter wants to go as Janet from the Secret Seven. I am stuck! They don't have a school uniform at her school so I can't even fall back on that...! Anyone else ever done an Enid Blyton costume?

AuditAngel Fri 28-Feb-14 21:24:28

Justturned40, what about a plain skirt (ideally plain blue/grey/brown) plus a blouse and a round necked cardigan. Mary Jane shoes plus ankle socks. Plain cardigans seem really fashionable at the moment, my DD's seem to have a few each. A boring colour like grey or navy would be best!

Plus, (if she has hair in a bob or longer) a side parting, then take the big side into a bow on the side.

clareanna Fri 28-Feb-14 21:42:14

Arrrgggghhh my DS's primary school has decided that to 'save stress' instead of our children wearing a costume, we have to bring in a piece of fruit or vegetable or egg dressed as a book character faints
any ideas welcome.... Keep looking at our fruit bowl for inspiration... Can a kiwi fruit look like a gruffalo or not?!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 28-Feb-14 21:50:24

Draw red stripes on an egg - where's Wally!

Our school have never asked for fancy dress in world book day........until now!

Ds1 wants to go as Jeremy Clarkson, all good. Ds2 wants to go as Harry Potter so I've cheated and bought the cloak.

Biscuitsneeded Fri 28-Feb-14 22:46:10

DS1, who is screamingly camp aged nearly 9, wants to go in full make-up and be Aunt Sponge. I can lend him a dress and stuff it with cushions if need be. DS 2, trying to helpful as he knows I hate dress-up days at school with no notice (our school has never done World Book Day before and now has suddenly announced it will, with 6 days to go), said "I know Mummy, why don't I just be a shepherd again". So he is either 'someone from the bible' (although he doesn't know what the bible is), or he might go as himself but have a bottle with some liquid and a label that says 'Grandma's Marvellous Medicine', and he can be the eponymous George.

AChickenCalledKorma Fri 28-Feb-14 23:35:23

PMSL at the notion that dressing a kiwi fruit as a book character would "save stress". Someone in your school clearly lives on a different planet from the rest of us grin.

Adikia Sat 01-Mar-14 01:14:44

clareanna paint an egg gold and send it as the golden egg from jack and the beanstalk?

DD has informed me today that she wants to go as George from the Famous Five.
I reckon that, in a school filled with people dressed as disney princesses, harry potter etc, people won't "get" who she is!

KermitsGreen Mon 03-Mar-14 18:38:57

Faced with DD's request to be the White Witch from Narnia on Friday (we possess no white dresses) I came up with a solution - choice of
1) jeans and red and white striped top - Where's Wally (thanks Mumsnet for that one)
2) DH's brown dressing gown, DS's PJs and a small box with 'Don't Panic' on it - Arthur Dent from the Hitchhikers Guide (she has read it but I don't think her classmates would recognise it)
3) Track suit and a home made MockingJay brooch - Catniss Everdene.

The first 2 were non-starters as I'd suspected but she jumped at the third, changing it to a blue dress (which she already has) for Catniss at the Reaping.

Bingo (and as she's in year 5 only one more year to gosmile)

Elibean Mon 03-Mar-14 19:22:55

dd and her friend (Y5) are going as the twins in 'My Sister the Vampire' hmm

No problem with costume, as just girly clothes (light and dark), but they apparently NEED identical green rings. One more year, one more year, one more year...

(dd2 is going as Matilda, which is basically school uniform - phew)

emmaMBC Mon 03-Mar-14 19:43:51

Some cardboard & tin foil = the Saucepan Man from The Faraway Tree!

caitaria Mon 03-Mar-14 21:50:12

I let my child dress up as any thing and say its from the dicsonary

tobiasfunke Tue 04-Mar-14 08:47:15

Counts yourselves lucky folks our school has decided to forgo the bookday theme and instead opted for Fairtrade fortnight so DS has to go dressed as a Fairtrade fruit. There isn't a pair of yellow trousers or top to be found anywhere within a 20 mile radius.

JuniperTisane Tue 04-Mar-14 10:30:59

Fuxache. DS1 is bloody 3! He detests dressing up. I knew I shouldn't have picked thursdays for nursery hmm.

If I send him in wearing jeans & top holding a bucket and some dinosaurs that he will promptly put down and lose the moment he gets in the nursery door will I get away with it?

Bloomin school only told us yesterday they are doing it they don't normally (which I've always thought was a shame) but 2 days notice! I've ransacked the house this morning and come up with The Little Princess for youngest big white t shirt, homemade crown, wellies & messy hair, older daughter Esmarelda, sandals, floaty gypsy skirt, white blouse, scarf around waist another round her hair which I'll plait the night before so it goes curly. Just hope they'll go for that or it'll be down to asda for a couple of Disney Princess dresses envy

BirdintheWings Tue 04-Mar-14 11:13:25

Gandalf, get him any cheap pale brownish or grey onesie, add paper crown? Stick on a furry tail if your resources stretch that far.

Churmy123 Tue 04-Mar-14 13:14:36

My DD who is in Yr 2 loves Book not so much! She is currently working her way through the entire Roald Dahl collection and has decided she wants to go as Veruca Salt this year. Purple skirt, cream furry coat, bow in her air and carrying a golden ticket and a wonka bar. And possibly a bag of nuts as we've failed to track down a cuddly squirrel! Last year she went as the Roly Poly Bird.

BlueFrenchHorn Tue 04-Mar-14 23:42:07

Dchildrens nursery is asking for costumes. Dd is 2 and ds 6 months, any ideas? We have the following items of clothes:

A pink tutu
Fairy wings
Black and white stripes dress
Red and white stripes top
Black top
Purple spotty top

Baby has mainly sleepsuits and leggings, tops, dungarees.

Any suggestions?

Ds doesn't like dressing up. He's going as John Grogan, author of Marley and Me. This involves normal clothes and ddog's lead. Think I will take care of the lead once everyone's seen it, though!

sbutt78 Wed 05-Mar-14 13:23:26

my kids are easy. Yr1 DD is going as Fireman Sam LOL.... she loves him and the book and well we have the costume already and DS Yr3 is going as roman footballer from the Frank Lampard books. :-)

Easy peesey

knickernicker Wed 05-Mar-14 17:32:21

Need some quick advice. dd is year 3 and had a girl pirate costume. Thing is there isn't a pirate she could say she is. Can anyone tell me a girl pirate story character in a book that,someone if her age might read or know of? Thanks

Adikia Wed 05-Mar-14 17:54:08

Pirate Gran. It's a picture book about the adventures Gran had when she was a young pirate on the Black Barnacle, before she saved Grandad from the pirates and fell in love.

Adikia Wed 05-Mar-14 17:59:02

Damn it, I read that as 3 year old not year 3, Vicky from the Pirate School books?

Ihatecobwebs Wed 05-Mar-14 18:13:13

I was tempted to do DS as the invisible man, but DH didn't think that was quite in the spirit of the day -DS and I would have been happy doing something on our own for the day, while I got DH to walk to school on his own and pretend to hand him over at the door.

So, he's going as a fireman from Fireman Sam.

PatriciaHolm Wed 05-Mar-14 19:03:47

DS hates dressing up, so is going in school shorts, white shirt, waistcoat bought for Victorian day and a cardboard evacuee label that says " Edmund pevensie" (lion witch and wardrobe). After much discussion!!

Hogwash Wed 05-Mar-14 20:04:31

DC3 wants to be a pigeon - marvelous! How in the hell do we do that? (and more to the point, I can't think of a single book with a pigeon of significance in it!).

Mugglewhump Wed 05-Mar-14 20:04:58

Dd is going as Sophie from the Tiger Who Came to Tea.
Handy as her name is Sophie!
Purple pinafore (charity shop womens top, which will be fashioned into a dress) blue long sleeved t-shirt, blue ribbon in hair, tights, school shoes.
Tin of tiger food (made from old paint can)

I am sure no-one will have a clue who she is but hoping the tin of tiger food may point them in the right direction.grin

Vickiyumyum Wed 05-Mar-14 20:19:37

Alice here. Although I cheated and brought a costume from amazon blush

Spink Wed 05-Mar-14 20:23:50

hogwash 'don't let the pigeon drive the bus' is a marvellous pigeon based book.
Here, dd is going as puss in boots & ds will be Mr Magnolia.

thaliablogs Wed 05-Mar-14 21:42:31

dd is being pippi longstocking - we've sewn a patch pocket and some fake patches onto a pinafore dress and she's wearing a long sleeve top underneath, we'll plait her hair over a wire coathanger to get them sticking out, bought 2 pairs of long stripy socks and she'll wear one of each. Even sewed a tail onto a teddy to make him look like a monkey although now he just looks like a mutant teddy....

ds is being tim, from the edward ardizzone books. He's wearing a red jumper and blue shorts, which he already had. NO one will have a clue who he is (he is in reception so I'm guessing everyone else will be a superhero), but he chose Tim and he's happy.

madeindevon2 Thu 06-Mar-14 09:38:03

irrationally annoyed at the whole thing. wouldn't let son Go as Anakin Skywalker but seems 3 or 4 are star wars characters :-((
before school he was happy with his...

Needingthework Thu 06-Mar-14 09:45:44

Ds3 is going as one of the skeleton crew from Funny Bones. A mix of Halloween Skeleton outfit and pirate outfit. He initially wanted to go as Michael Rosen hmm.

DS2 is going as one of many Charlie Buckets, although I may try and persuade him to go as George with some 'medicine' or the dad from Fortunately the Milk. Neither costume needs much work, thankfully.

mumndadov2 Sat 27-Sep-14 18:02:03

I sent my DS aged 5 as the Highway Code! He loves anything to do with cars so reads it often! Was dead easy to do and cost me nothing!!!grin
I "pinched" a builders high visibility vest so was nice and long on Ds, sewd the sides in so fitted him a bit better printed off tons off road signs and stuck them on simple as that. I sent him in with the highway code book and made sure he knew what the road signs meant! He came home from school with 3 first place prizes! God knows what I'm doing next time around. DD sorted her name is Madeline so yes you guessed it she's going as the French girl Madeline

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