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Help! Need a world book day costume for Wednesday ....

(29 Posts)
mankyscotslass Mon 05-Oct-09 12:04:18

For a 7 year old boy!

I have no or very little funds and hardly any time. (thanks school) Plus I am sadly lacking in the creativity department.

DD will be easy as she wants to go as a fairy tale character, we have stacks of them.

DS2 is easy as he wants to go in the hairy maclary costume I made a couple of years ago (when we got more notice), but I am racking my brains and struggling to come up with something for DS1 who is 7. And he just shrugs and says "whatever" anyway.

I did think of trying to make some of his too mall stuff raggedy and scruffy and sent him in with a bit of cardboard cut to chocolate bar size and wrapped in gold paper, for Charlie, but that may be a last resort.....

preciouslillywhite Mon 05-Oct-09 12:05:57


<nicks manky's Charlie idea and runs away>

mankyscotslass Mon 05-Oct-09 12:11:59


PestoPumpkinMonster Mon 05-Oct-09 12:14:08

Duffle coat, floppy hat & wellington boots

A little suitcase & jar of marmalade

A label round neck saying 'Please look after this bear'


mankyscotslass Mon 05-Oct-09 12:14:25

grin even!

Thank god I still have today and tomorrow to panic about this. How do schools expect people to manage?

Apparently it was in the newsletter they got on Friday, but I never got it, and tbh one weekend notice is not a lot if people are working too.

Poledra Mon 05-Oct-09 12:15:53

Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs? Or is that too young for him?

mankyscotslass Mon 05-Oct-09 12:18:17

oooh pesto, he does have a duffle, but not sure if Paddington has much street cred with 7 year old boys?

The things you have to think about.

PestoPumpkinMonster Mon 05-Oct-09 12:19:15

Well he can always give them a hard stare then grin

FimbleHobbs Mon 05-Oct-09 12:20:20

Does he have any red pants? He could be Mowgli. Might be a bit cold though!

stealthsquiggle Mon 05-Oct-09 12:26:02

So who does have street cred with 7yo boys round you (I sort of agree on Paddington, except that they might be old enough to go "cool costume" without worrying about whether the character is cool)?

Is he tall enough to carry off being the BFG (another use for too small clothes)?

thedolly Mon 05-Oct-09 12:39:26

Jack Stalwart? Purple top, blue trousers grey socks and boots and a rucksack, oh and a watch smile.

twirlymum Mon 05-Oct-09 12:42:43

Harry Potter?
You would just need some round glasses, and his school uniform.

mankyscotslass Mon 05-Oct-09 12:50:17

Loving this, keep them coming, I'm making note and will run them past him when he is in from school!


mankyscotslass Mon 05-Oct-09 12:51:39

And unfortunately he is a bit on the vertically challenged side, just like me, so the BFG is out, although really I suppose i could still use it. smile

stealthsquiggle Mon 05-Oct-09 12:53:30

You would just need a very small doll model girl to sit in his pocket and be Sophie. And a suitcase full of jars and a trumpet (which clearly every prepared mother should have about her person wink)

happywheezer Mon 05-Oct-09 12:56:42

We have this every year in my school and we as teachers have to dress up too.
I went as charlie from charie and lola. Bought a cheap long sleeved t shirt and printed charlie on it and wore jeans and messy hair. Easy. Lots of children went in their pyjamas.

kreecherlivesupstairs Mon 05-Oct-09 13:00:53

Horrid Henry? You just wear ordinary clothse and act like a total tosser (HH is banned in our house).

liliputlady Mon 05-Oct-09 14:58:30

Saucepan Man from The Magic Faraway tree - an upside down pan on his head and a couple strung over shoulders - won't be too comfortable mind.

Captain Underpants.

mankyscotslass Mon 05-Oct-09 15:18:29

Captain umderpants! That's a possibility, now to think how i could do it....

Toffeepopple Mon 05-Oct-09 16:27:03

Easy ones I have seen:

Charlie - necklace of chocolate bars

Mr Bump - blue clothes with bandages wrapped round

Angelina - ballet clothes plus painted on whiskers

Harry and the bucketful of dinousaurs - own clothes, bucket, dinosaurs

There are cheap cat costumes around at mo for Halloween - got any favourite cat books? (stripy hate for cat in the hat?)

buy1get1free Mon 05-Oct-09 16:27:48

'Where's Wally?' Red & White striped top (colour in cheap white T-shirt if you haven't got one), bobble hat, jeans and those Harry Potter glasses - hey presto !!

mankyscotslass Mon 05-Oct-09 17:57:46

Thanks every one, he is "having a think". hmm

I think we can manage to put together a couple of those you have suggested, and my charlie idea too.

He had better hurry up or he will be going as the emperor from "the Emperors new clothes".

I hate this, gah.

stealthsquiggle Mon 05-Oct-09 19:24:52

If it wasn't always at the last minute (and not at this time of year - prime birthday season so up my ears in cakes and stuff) I would so love to help with some of these - DS's headteacher was traumatised by her own DD's primary school years so now she is in charge they don't do random dressing up smile. I see her point but I kind of miss it.

ATortoiseisBetterThanABlackCat Mon 05-Oct-09 19:28:12

DS2 was going to be horrid henry but is now being SpongeBob! grin Not strictly speaking a book character but he has a great costume lol!

piscesmoon Mon 05-Oct-09 19:36:15

Burgler Bill. Striped top, black mask, torch and pillow case for swag.

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