Book Character Costumes for Halloween (Or Anytime!)

If your child is a book lover, I have got a treat for you! Today I’m pleased to share some awesome book-themed Halloween costume ideas for kids. This collection of heroes and heroines from many beloved children’s books are sure to make your Halloween a ton of fun!

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Collage Alice

Ladybug Girl by David Soman

Ladybug Girl

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Collage Cat in the Hat

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Collage Dragon

Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

Collage Fancy Nancy

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Collage Harry Potter

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Collage The Hobbit

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Collage Twilight

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Collage Hunger Games

Which of these cool costumes is your favorite?

Book Character Costumes for Halloween


  1. This is a fabulous idea. One of my daughter’s teachers made this a class activity, and it was truly amazing to see so many children’s literary characters come alive in one place!

  2. I think these are so awesome. What kid wouldn’t want to bring there favorite character to life.

  3. Have got to show these to DD! She’s going to have a tough time deciding 🙂

  4. So many great costumes it’s hard to choose, although Madeline may be one of the cutest. The Harry Potter robes would be fun and easy to wear, as well.

  5. Love these ideas. My kids had a Harry Potter Halloween phase a few years ago but we have not done anything about costumes so far this year! They say they hate dressing up but just do it for the candy!

  6. I love the Katniss costume. I should think of doing that for Halloween!

    In the past, for bookish characters, I’ve been Pippin.

  7. Years ago, I went to a children’s lit costume party attended by a lot of creative book lovers/sellers, librarians, teachers, etc., who dressed up. Someone came dressed as Miss Viola Swamp from “Miss Nelson Is Missing!” (Allard/Marshall). Fun costume and also cute: she was handing out cards that said, “Call a detective! Miss Nelson Is Missing!”

  8. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews says:

    Totally love the Pippi Longstockings one! Great post!

  9. This is the kind of thing that makes me so happy! I’d have to go with Madeline. Adorable.

  10. So much fun! I love these clever costumes, wish my kiddos were little so I could dress them up. Thanks for sharing!

  11. These are excellent! Harriet the Spy is another good one with a pretty easy costume. I went as her for a Book Parade back in elementary school. And just dressed like her for about a year because I was obsessed with that book.

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