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


Captain Underpants

Cat in the Hat

Charlie Bone

Clifford the Big Red Dog


Curious George

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Dr. Seuss Characters:

Horton Hears A Who

The Lorax

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Elephant and Piggie


Erec Rex

Fancy Nancy

Fly Guy



Hardy Boys

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harriet the Spy

Harry Potter

Hello Kitty


Junie B. Jones


Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

Little Critter

Little House on the Prairie

Little Red Riding Hood


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


Percy Jackson

Peter Pan


Princess Posey

Raggedy Ann and Ragedy Andy


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




Roo Costume

Wizard of Oz:



Tin Man



Book Love by Melissa Taylor

What other costume ideas do you have?


Picture book halloween costumes


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  1. Allison says

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

  2. says

    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)
    -Amelia Bedelia
    -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

  3. says

    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!

  4. candicelarsen says

    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!

  5. Angela says

    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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  7. says

    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

  8. Jen says

    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. :)


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