It’s that time of year again – costumes, costumes, costumes. I absolutely love to dress-up. I always have. You can see how our family gets really into it by visiting the ideas found here, here, here, here, and here. The fact that I had to say “here” so many times only re-iderates our love of costumes. That said, I always try to avoid the scary and evil side of dressing-up. Many of the schools are also providing kids with alternate ideas for dressing up on Halloween. I have gathered 10 of the best book-inspired costumes to help support the efforts of schools and to motivate kids to engage with literature in creative ways. I also want to let you know about a fun opportunity at Chuck E. Cheese’s called Chucktober.
Chucktober is a fun way for kids to show off their costumes. Any child who comes to Chuck E. Cheese’s dressed in costume this October will receive 50 free tickets. Further, parents who post a picture of their child in costume with #chucktober #sweepstakes will be a candidate to win a $250 Visa Gift Card. Your kids are always begging to go out in costume, right? This gives them the opportunity and yet with great reward. I don’t know about you, but I have nostalgic memories of visiting Chuck E. Cheese’s as a kid. For me, this restaurant was a place that seemed magical. I know I love to re-create these family-friendly experiences and memories for my own kids. Hopefully this posts inspires you to think about doing a book-themed costume for your kids this season. It’s a wonderful way to engage with the stories they love. Please visit this site for further details about the Chuck E. Cheese’s #chucktober experience and learn how you can engage further.
10 of the Best Book-Inspired Costumes
All of the ideas featured today were gathered from my own picture collection as well as from other creative, book-loving families around the web. Perhaps your child will have fun creating and dressing up as their own book character this season.
Fancy Nancy by Meaningful Mama – The last book dress up day I let me daughters pick what they wanted. My oldest wanted nothing more than to be Fancy Nancy, so Fancy Nancy it was. This was an easy costume because you basically layer accessories and bling until your child is satisfied. More is better.
Fern from “Charlotte’s Web” by Meaningful Mama – My other daughter chose a book character we were reading about at the time, Fern. We found a fake spider web at Goodwill, and I used black chord to spell out “Terrific.” I also found a stuffed animal pig. Pair that with some braids and a cowboy-like shirt, and you have an easy and adorable costume.
Waldo and Wenda from “Where’s Waldo” by Meaningful Mama – Prior to kids, my husband and I decided to be Waldo and Wenda. We wore these costumes on a trip to Idaho, and we had more fun watching people trying to find Waldo in the airport.
“Alice in Wonderland” by Misha Lulu – We have all seen an Alice costume, but have you ever seen something quite this creative? What an adorable idea!
Sam from “Green Eggs and Ham” by It’s Always Autumn – Dr. Seuss is always a fun way to go. This simple and adorable costume would be recognized by all.
“I Spy” by TP Craft – What a creative book idea. We love “I Spy” books, and I know kids would enjoy interacting this this costume.
Olivia by Seeker of Happiness – How absolutely adorable is this Olivia costume? I love the look created here!
Where the Wild Things Are by Tea and Lime – This talented mom and blogger quickly created this Max costume and gives you the step by step instructions to make your own.
“The Rainbow Fish” by Here Come the Girls Blog – I love the book “The Rainbow Fish,” and you can get the full DIY tutorial to help you create your own fish.
Now that you are inspired, I hope you will encourage your kids to dress up and display their costumes on a fun family date to Chuck E. Cheese’s.