Today is the start of the school term for many children, and it will not be long before your children will arrive home with a note asking them to dress up on various days. We thought we would take a look at some of the costume requests we usually get during the next few months. Firstly, we have the historical dress-up days, with Greeks, Romans, Tudors, Victorians and 1940s costumes being the usual requirements. However, we have also been known to get requests for other historical periods such as Egyptian, Saxon, Medieval, Georgian and Edwardian, and even the odd Aztec costume also being wanted.
Every year, the first full week in October is National Book Week, during which children may be asked to come dressed as a storybook character. Depending upon the age of the child, requests can vary considerably. Some of the most popular book costumes are based on traditional fairy tale characters such as Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and various other princesses. Children’s authors such as Roald Dahl & Dr Seuss offer a number of costume choices, such as The Fantastic Mr Fox (or any of the other animals); Willie Wonka or an Oompa Loompa from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, or from Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat or Thing 1 or 2.
Some of the more traditional dress-up characters are associated with earlier works such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. From these books, aside from Alice, there is the White Rabbit, March Hare, Dormouse, Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, plus various other characters which can also be portrayed. Depending upon the costume choice, sizing and ages can sometimes be an issue, but we look forward to another term and hopefully being able to help you out.
Take a look at our specialised section for loads more children book character costume ideas