60 Favorite Book Character Costumes

Dress up as your favorite book character and have a Happy Bookish Halloween!

How about one of these book character costume ideas from the best children’s picture and chapter books?

*9/26/11 Updated with reader comments.

Alice in Wonderland

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

The Mad Hatter

Queen of Hearts

Amelia Bedelia

Angelina Ballerina

Any of the American Girls

Artemis Fowl

Arthur

Captain Underpants

Cat in the Hat

Charlie Bone

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Coraline

Curious George

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Dr. Seuss Characters:

Horton Hears A Who

The Lorax

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Elephant and Piggie

Eloise

Erec Rex

Fancy Nancy

Fly Guy

Franklin

Gandalf

Hardy Boys

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harriet the Spy

Harry Potter

Hello Kitty

Hermione

Junie B. Jones

Katniss

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

Little Critter

Little House on the Prairie

Little Red Riding Hood

Madeline

Magic Tree House Jack and Annie

Max Where the Wild Things Are

Miss Nelson

Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus

Nancy Drew

Nursery Rhymes:

Mother Goose

Little Bo Peep

Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Paddington

Percy Jackson

Peter Pan

Pigeon

Princess Posey

Raggedy Ann and Ragedy Andy

Ramona

Martin the Warrior from Redwall

Sherlock Holmes

Skippyjon Jones

Splat the Cat

Strega Nona

Tacky the Penguin

The Stinky Cheese Man

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Uglies: Tally

Where’s Waldo

Winnie The Pooh

Piglet

Eeyore

Tigger

Roo Costume

Wizard of Oz:

Dorothy

Lion

Tin Man

Scarecrow

Witch

Book Love by Melissa Taylor

What other costume ideas do you have?

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  • Allison

    I thought of a few others: Percy Jackson (Olympians series), Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Charlie Bone (Charlie Bone series).

  • http://www.arapahoelibraries.org Staff from Koelbel Library

    Ok, so here are some of the ones that we thought up (possibly more to come!):

    -Waldo from Where’s Waldo
    -Harriet the Spy
    -Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, The Mad Hatter (etc)
    -Eloise
    -Amelia Bedelia
    -Ramona
    -Any of the American Girls
    -Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys
    -Any of the characters from the Little House on the Prairie series
    -Any of the characters from the Arthur books
    -Ms Frizzle from the Magic School Bus books
    -Jack and Annie from the Magic Tree House books
    -Pigeon from the Pigeon books by Mo Willems
    -Elephant and Piggie (Mo Willems)
    -Dr. Seuss characters (The Lorax, Thing 1 and Thing 2, etc)
    -Sherlock Holmes
    -Curious George
    -Tacky the Penguin
    -Little Red Riding Hood

  • http://www.arapahoelibraries.org Staff from Koelbel Library

    And another:

    Angelina Ballerina

  • Ellen

    Ladybug Girl
    Ladybug Girl & Bumblebee Boy

  • Jeanne

    Martin the Warrior or Mathias (Redwall)

  • Jo Dickson

    Skippy Jon Jones

  • michele

    paddington

  • michel

    pohh, piglet, eyeore, tiiger, Roo

  • http://www.chickiedee.com RobbieLee at Chickiedee

    How about The Stinky Cheese Man?

  • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

    These are AWESOME suggestions! You’re all so well read. Impressive. Thanks everyone!

  • http://www.ThankYouThankYou.com Cat Wagman

    I remember making a spider costume that was used for several Halloweens by both of my sons, Devin and Bernie … my old black leotard from Modern Dance, a cap/mask with the eight eyes, and extra legs sewn to the sides, with monofilament fishing line attached at the elbows and running down through the extra legs at the “knees,” so when the boys raised their arms, the extra legs would follow.

    Well, back in the day when I did substitute teaching, the school was having a book character parade around Halloween … so, yes, I wore that spider costume to represent Charlotte from Charlotte’s web. My class and the teachers love my enthusiasm and willingness to play the part … I’ve always been a kid at heart, who loves to read!

  • candicelarsen

    My kids dressed up as Dr. Seuss characters all 6 of them. Lion Ten apples up on top, cindy lou who, sam I am, Daisy-Head Mayzie, A Sneetch, Red Fish. I wish I could send a picture but I do not know how!

  • jaiden

    how about david from the books by david shannon

  • lilfoster411

    How about Grace

  • Angela

    Olivia the Pig – my daughter dressed up today for their character parade and won best look alike for the 2nd grade. Very different!

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  • http://www.playingbythebook.net/ Zoe

    What a brilliant round up – thankyou

  • http://mommylabs.gorgeouskarma.com Rashmie @MommyLabs

    These are all wonderful ideas! I have been planning to do something fun for my daughter. These will be helpful.

    I was also thinking of:

    – Letters climbing up the coconut tree – from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    – Max in his wolf suit – from ‘Where the Wild things are’

    – Ganesha the Elephant God – from Indian mythology tales

    – Kali the blood sucking Goddess – again from Indian mythology

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  • Jen

    Pippi Longstocking! I dress up as her a lot for Halloween and have won a lot of costume contests with this character. The kids love it too! I have red hair so I started using this costume in second grade and have continued to use it every few years now that I work with kids. :)

  • meg

    Pinkalicious!

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