World Book Day: last-minute costumes

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Have you left it to the last minute to find a costume? No time for emergency online orders or a dash to the shops? Take inspiration from other Mumsnetters' ideas that require nothing more than the sort of stuff you can find lying around at home, and which you can pull together in under 10 minutes. Happy World Book Day!


Raid the wardrobe

Paddington Bear


Blue duffle coat + hat + wellington boots

Diary of a Wimpy Kid


White T shirt + black shorts + black backpack

Where's Wally


Stripy top +
bobble hat + 

Paddington Bear


Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Where's Wally


Just WilliamDirty (old!) school uniform + baggy socks + cap Captain Underpants White pants worn over clothes + red cape (or sheet) Eloise Black skirt + white top + braces + white knee-high socks + red bow in hair
= Just William


Captain Underpants  = Eloise 
Pippi LongstockingStripy socks or tights + dress + plait pigtails TintinHigh socks + any clothes (jumper, shirt, coat) + gelled hair Room on the BroomWitches hat from the dressing up box + red top + purple skirt
= Pippi Longstocking


= Tintin
= Room on the Broom
Clarice Bean


White shirt + pinafore dress

Alex Rider


Any boys' clothes (hoodie, jeans etc)

Tom's Midnight Garden



= Clarice Bean


= Alex Rider
(Anthony Horowitz series)
Tom's Midnight Garden



Pull together some props


Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs


Bucket + toy dinosaurs

George's Marvellous Medicine


Small bottle + a label with 'medicine' written on it

= Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs


George's Marvellous Medicine
Mr Bump


Bandages (or loo roll) and plasters (+ optional blue clothes)

Jack and the Beanstalk


Tub or brown bag labelled 'beans'

= Mr Bump = Jack and the Beanstalk



Get crafty


The Worst WitchMake a witches hat from black card + school uniform RapunzelMake a long plait out of wool and attach to ponytail 101 DalmatiansDraw black spots onto a white T shirt (+ optional face paint)
= The Worst Witch = Rapunzel = 1 of the 101 Dalmatians


Charlie golden ticketPaint a piece of card gold or cover in gold paper, write 'Golden Ticket' on it Thing 1 and Thing 2Write 'Thing 1' or 'Thing 2' on paper + red clothes + blue hair (coloured hairspray or wig) Wizard of OzTin foil (+ optional boxes for shape)
= any of the children from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


= The Things from Cat in the Hat = Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz
Charlotte's WebMake four legs from painted cardboard tubes /stuffed stockings etc + black clothes FunnybonesWhite paper cut into bone shapes pinned onto black clothes Oliver TwistRip up and dirty old clothes
= spider, Charlotte's Web = skeleton, Funnybones = Oliver Twist



And the easiest costume of them all?

One MNer has the answer:

"Don't send them in and then tell the teachers they came as The Invisible Man



Last updated: 17-Feb-2015 at 3:10 PM