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to HATE the whole dressing up thing at school?

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catwalker Tue 09-Jun-09 22:42:23

Am sitting here browsing the internet for ideas for my 10 year old son who has to dress up as a fictional character for school on Thursday. I REFUSE to buy anything special and he refuses to dress up in anything which anyone might laugh at. Quite frankly I've got better things to do with my time! We sort of managed to put together a Hagred outfit this evening - but it involves a cushion up his jumper, a big woolly brown blanket (cloak) and a beard on elastic (which he will refuse to wear of course). Problem is, it's all a bit too hot for this time of year!! If anyone has any easy and simple ideas I'd be ever so ever so grateful!! We've done Oliver Twist to death and I've no idea where the Harry Potter glasses have got to....

SlartyBartFast Tue 09-Jun-09 22:44:08

i feel your pain.
dd is doing the tudors and am so worried that she will need a costume.
when dd1 did the same topic i borrowed an outift, but i don't have the same contacts.

Thunderduck Tue 09-Jun-09 22:44:47

He could stay off and go as the invisible man?

janeite Tue 09-Jun-09 22:44:53

Alex Rider

SlartyBartFast Tue 09-Jun-09 22:45:01

not much help there was i ? blush

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 09-Jun-09 22:45:42

James Bond? Really easy. Shirt, tie, plastic gun, hey presto!

janeite Tue 09-Jun-09 22:46:15

Had just written James Bond and it disappeared! Tis a great idea.

janeite Tue 09-Jun-09 22:46:45

Personally I'd leave the gun out of it though.

BananaFruitBat Tue 09-Jun-09 22:47:03

Ghost of Thomas Kempe?

White sheet - ta-daaa.

Thunderduck Tue 09-Jun-09 22:51:05

A chimney sweep? There were always chimney sweeps in Victorian novels. Tom from The Water Babies for example.

Tidey Tue 09-Jun-09 22:51:17

I hate World Book Day for this reason. Bloody nightmare. Buy him a striped t-shirt and tell them he's Horrid Henry.

frogs Tue 09-Jun-09 22:52:54

If he's 10, then it's his problem. Give him a tenner and send him off to Oxfam to sort out his own costume.

Job done. grin

PerfectPrefect Tue 09-Jun-09 22:56:33

Pirate costume (for any number of fictional pirates).

Tell him to write a story about himself and then he is a fictional charcter grin

Thunderduck Tue 09-Jun-09 23:00:36

Charlie Bucket from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory?

Old scruffy clothes, preferably with holes, a bar of chocolate and a golden ticket?

Thunderduck Tue 09-Jun-09 23:06:08

Or as Just William?

Thunderduck Tue 09-Jun-09 23:09:57

Or in old fashioned clothing with a parcel and possibly a sign around his neck as an evacuee child? Like Willie from Goodnight Mr Tom?

hmc Tue 09-Jun-09 23:12:45

Bloody hate it with a passion too. Sent ds to school in a football strip (he has several, being footie crazy) for book week - he has about 6 fictional books featuring football so it was a quite reasonable, no effort solution....

catwalker Wed 10-Jun-09 07:46:35

Some good suggestions - thanks everyone!

Cistus Wed 10-Jun-09 08:02:05

yanbu. I hate it hate it too!

Toffeepopple Wed 10-Jun-09 08:16:56

I echo Thunderduck.

DS LOVED his book day costume and it was sooooooooooo easy and got loads of compliments.

I just got some elastic, some gold wrapping paper and some chocolate bars. Punched holes in chocolate bar wrappers, tied them together with elastic, and he wore them as a sash with the ticket in the middle.

It took less than 15 minutes and I got to eat the chocolate afterwards!

Lovesdogsandcats Wed 10-Jun-09 09:15:33

"He could stay off and go as the invisible man? "


Thunderduck Wed 10-Jun-09 16:25:03

Have you decided what he'll be going as yet?

GoodWitchGlinda Wed 10-Jun-09 16:40:53

Harry Potter - school uniform with magic wand and a lipstick scar on head - done!

Know the stress though, they do this at my DD's nursery. She is 2! If I get creative with the sewing box she will look like a wally, if I buy something she will grow out of it by tomorrow. Can't win... wink

catwalker Thu 11-Jun-09 11:26:02

Problem solved - he's been unwell for a couple of days and so is off sick today!

In case he was feeling better we had prepared an outfit - a "Viscious (sp?) Viking from the Horrible History books. I have a real thing about not buying ready made outfits for these occasions - mainly I guess because I hate being pressured into spending money! So, he was going to wear a big old pashmina as a tabard (I'd cut a hole in for his head) and fastened it round his waist with a belt into which he could slide a sword. He had a brown cloak which was converted some years ago from a dressing gown. We also had a dressing up beard which he wouldn't wear as a beard (too scratchy/silly) so I sewed the hair round the base of a skull cap. I was also going to get him to tuck his trousers into his socks and do a criss cross thing over them with some rope. But it's all lying on the kitchen table and he's snoozing upstairs!!

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