Best Book Character Costumes
Dress up as your favorite book character for Halloween and have a Happy Bookish Halloween (or World Book Day)! How about one of these book character costume ideas from the favorite children’s picture books, chapter books, middle grade books, and some YA books?
Bring a favorite book character to life with easy book character costumes that you buy — or make. I even have book character costume ideas for adults and for teachers!
What are some of the best book character costume choices?
You could go with a classic book character like Alice in Wonderland, Madeline, or Max of Where the Wild Things Are.
Or, you could select more contemporary favorite book character costumes like Elephant and Piggie, Ada Twist, or Luna Lovegood!
Whatever costume idea 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 (because if you’re like me, you want something easy) and some costumes that you can make yourself for those of you who are better than me with DIY projects or shopping at thrift stores.
In very few cases, if I couldn’t find a homemade costume or store option, I’ve linked to the book. Look through the illustrations and descriptions to make your own costume with clothes you have around the house or that you buy.
Hopefully, this list will inspire you to find a fun book costume that works for you! And if you need a last-minute easy book character costume, this list will help!
Also, if you’re looking for group costume ideas, use a book series with many characters and go as the characters from that book.
These costumes are characters from 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.
Book Character Costumes: A to E
Ready for the A to E book character costume list?
Start with favorite characters that begin with the letter A like Ada Twist, Alice in Wonderland, and Amelia Bedelia, then continue on to Captain Underpants, Clifford, the Cat in the Hat, and Dog Man…
Captain Underpants (this full body book character costume is fantastic!)
Cat in the Hat (see more Dr. Seuss below)
Clifford the Big Red Dog (toddler-size unisex) — talk about adorable!!
Curious George & the Man in the Yellow Hat
Dragon (Dragons Love Tacos, Puff the Magic Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon, Eragon)
Book Character Costumes: F to R
Think of all the characters in fairy tale stories…There are so many good heores and villains. But, anyone from Harry Potter is also a great costume choice. Or what about spiderman Miles Morales?
Since kids love to dress up as their favorite book characters from the most popular book series of all time, Harry Potter, there are lots of fun costume options for bookworms who love this beloved series. See all the ideas below.
Fancy Nancy (add sunglasses, a feather boa to the dress)
Harry Potter: Hermione, Ron, Luna Lovegood , Newt Scamander, Death Eater *adult size, Dobby *mask, Dolores Umbridge (this pink suit outfit is killer — I might wear this costume next Halloween!), Voldemort adult, Dumbledore
The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings
Little House on the Prairie / pioneer girl
Max (Where the Wild Things Are)
*This might be my favorite book character costume on the list. How cute is this?
Miles Morales SpiderMan
(Miles is both a comic book character and a prose book character!)
Miss Nelson (Is Missing)
Best Book Character Costumes: S to Z
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Winnie the Pooh are two favorite book character costume ideas for babies and toddlers — talk about cute!
Shakespeare adult costume
What other book character costume ideas do you have?
originally published in 2009, updated each year