Favorite Book Character Costumes
Dress up as your favorite book character for Halloween and have a
Happy (or Bookish Halloween World Book Day)! How about one of these book character costume ideas from the favorite children’s picture and chapter books?
Go with a classic character like Alice in Wonderland, Madeline, or Max of
Where the Wild Things Are.
Or, choose a more recent favorite character like Elephant and Piggie!
Whatever you pick, it’s a celebration of reading and books, right?
And that’s something to celebrate!
I’ve linked to many costumes you can buy and some you can make.
Hopefully, this list will inspire you to find a fun book costume that works for you!
Inspired by board books, picture books, and chapter books, there are so many costume ideas here, I think you’ll find one that you can’t resist.
(Updated 8/2022; originally published in 2009.)
A to E Book Characters
Ready for the A to E book character costume list? Start with Alice, Amelia, and Artemis and continue on to Captain Underpants, Clifford, and the Cat in the Hat…
Alice in Wonderland
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
The Mad Hatter
girl child style 1 or style 2, boy child size
Queen of Hearts
American Girl Doll Characters
(see more Dr. Seuss below) Cat in the Hat
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(DIY Charlie Brown Charlie Brown here)
Clark the Shark
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Comic Book Character
( Cow Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type)
( Crayon The Day the Crayons Quit) / DIY Crayon Costume
Curious George & the Man in the Yellow Hat
Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
( Dog Man DIY)
( Dragon Dragons Love Tacos, Puff the Magic Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon, Eragon)
Dr. Seuss Characters:
Horton Hears A Who
Thing 1 and Thing 2
The Cat in the Hat child / adult
Sam I Am
Elephant and Piggie
F to R Book Characters
Think of all the characters in fairy tale stories…There are so many good options. But, anyone from Harry Potter is also a great costume choice. Or what about Miles Morales?
Sleeping Beauty / Prince Philip
Beauty and the Beast
Goldilocks & the Three Bears
Little Red Riding Hood
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harriet the Spy
Kids love to dress up as their favorite book characters from the most popular book series of all time — Harry Potter. Harry Potter
The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings
How to Train Your Dragon
Junie B. Jones
, Knight toddler child ( King Arthur, The Knight and the Dragon, St. George & the Dragon)
& Ladybug Girl Bumblebee Boy
Legends of Zita (Zita)
Little House on the Prairie
Magic Tree House Jack and Annie
Max ( Where the Wild Things Are ) *This might be my favorite book character costume on the list. How cute is this?
Miles Morales Spider-Man
Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus
Little Bo Peep
The One and Only Ivan
Camp Half-Blood t-shirt Gladiator Knight Athena
Pete the Cat
Peter’s Escaped Shadow
Redwall , Martin the Warrior
S to Z Book Characters
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Winnie the Pooh are two favorite book character costume ideas for babies and toddlers — talk about cute!
Splat the Cat
Strange Case of the Origami Yoda
Tacky the Penguin
The Stinky Cheese Man
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Where’s Waldo adult & kid
The Wild Robot
Winnie The Pooh
*see all the Witch books about witches here
Wizard of Oz:
Glinda the Good
Zoey and Sassafras
What other book character costume ideas do you have?
Which Halloween costume ideas are your favorite?
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