Free costume guides
Half-fairy/half-vampire, Isadora is the perfect quirky costume for younger children. Download our free costume guide for our tips on dressing up as Isadora or one of her quirky companions.
For Isadora, you will need:
- bat wings
- messy hair
- a magic wand
- pointy fairy ears.
Superhero-in-training Kitty is the perfect costume for children who love cats and superheroes! Our Kitty mask template is a super-easy way to create your own costume.
For Kitty, you will need:
- orange and black stripy top
- black dungarees
- a black cape
- cat ears (you can make these yourself!)
- a black superhero mask.
In 2020, Pippi Longstocking turns 75! Or, to be completely accurate, the first book about Pippi turns 75 – she herself will always be the free-spirited nine-year-old we all love. What better time to dress up as the strongest girl in the world?
You will find instructions and ideas for two Pippi Longstocking-inspired costumes on pages 8–11 of our free party pack.
Raid your craft cupboard and help your child create their own witch’s hat and hair, just follow the instructions on our PDF guide to dressing as Winnie.
For Winnie, you will need:
- blue, yellow, orange and purple paper
- black sugar paper
- these instructions …
- … and some bad jokes!
Or perhaps your child is more of a Wilbur fan? If so, our headdress template is a quick and easy way to create your own Wilbur costume.
For Wilbur, you will need:
- black card
- green, pink, blue, and black paper
- white pencil
- black jumper
- black trousers or leggings
- black shoes.
There have been some brilliant dictionary costumes for World Book Day over the past 20 years. This year, why not pin some of Roald Dahl’s best words to your outfit, apron, or cloak?
Here are some of our favourite Roald Dahl words and their definitions.
- gobblefunk (noun) – If you gobblefunk with words, you play around with them and invent new words or meanings.
- biffsquiggled (adjective) – If you feel biffsquiggled, you are confused or puzzled. ‘You must not be giving up so easy,’ the BFG said calmly. ‘The first titchy bobsticle you meet and you begin shouting you is biffsquiggled.’
- babblement (noun) – A friendly conversation or chat. ‘You is trying to change the subject,’ the Giant said sternly. ‘We is having an interesting babblement about the taste of the human bean.’
- piggery-jokery (noun) – Piggery-jokery means acting in a silly way and not taking things seriously. ‘But you must all be very very hushy quiet. No roaring of motors. No shouting. No mucking about. No piggery-jokery.’
- kiddle (noun) – A young child. ‘Fleshlumpeater did that one! He went off to Baghdad to bag dad and mum and all the little kiddles!’
- mushious (adjective) – Something that is mushious is both mushy and delicious. ‘It’s luscious, it’s super,/It’s mushious, it’s duper,/It’s better than rotten old fish./You mash it and munch,/You chew it and crunch it!/It’s lovely to hear it go squish!’
- propsposterous (adjective) – Ridiculous or extremely silly.’ They maybe is looking a bit propsposterous to you,’ the BFG said, ‘but you must believe me when I say they is very extra-usual ears indeed.’
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