Naturally, there are lots of ideas out there on the internet for dressing-up ideas for children. But what about World Book Day costumes for adults who need to dress up for the day? I’ve come up with 5 quick and easy costume ideas for you.

First up, going back to traditional fairy tales, I’ve donned a red dress and borrowed my daughter’s Hogwarts cape. Luckily for me the cape has a red lining and a hood, so is perfect for Red Riding Hood. Add a basket and if you have time to bake cakes for Grandma then it’s even better!

Little Red Riding Hood
World Book Day Costume

Flipping the Hogwarts cape back round the right way and wearing a plain black dress, I’m now a witch. It’s hard to see it in the photo, but I’m using a chopstick for a wand. Maybe I’m a teacher from Hogwarts or Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches? Add a broomstick and if you have soft toys of a cat, a dog, a frog and a bird then you’re ready for Room on the Broom (one of my favourite Julia Donaldson stories).

This one took a little longer and I’m not sure I’ve achieved the effect I was going for when I started – I am sure you can do better! Cut out a big red circle, two small yellow ovals and two smaller green ovals. Stick them on a head-size piece of cardboard with a stick to hold in front of your face. Wear with a green dress adorned with the food from The Very Hungry Caterpillar – or even better, bring along a selection of goodies to share. I feel that a lot will be forgiven if you’re offering chocolate cake!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Cruella De Vil

This one is super easy! If you have a soft toy dalmation, find yourself a black and white dress, whiten a stripe in your hair (I used talcum powder) and voila! you’re now Cruella de Vil. Just remember not to smile at anyone – it really ruins the vibe!

If all else fails, buy a book-themed dress and carry your favourite book with you.

This one is from Popsy Clothing and I’ll be wearing it this World Book Day when I visit a local primary school.

If you would like to find out more about my school visits and workshops, please take a look at Author Visits.

Popsy Dress