Book Week doesn’t have to be a drama – I know easy to say right? On the bright side, there is plenty of time till the wonders of 26th August and the start of Book Week 2017! The theme this year is Escape to Everywhere which I love cos it is super easy to work with whatever your darkling little rug rat is into this year…….I’ve started a few thoughts, just to begin with some tried and true characters….
Can’t go wrong with the classic from Lewis Carol – Alice in Wonderland…….there are plenty of cool characters to choose from. Bonus mummy points if you actually read it with your lovelies and double bonus points if you can sprout some memorable quotes from this gorgeous text!
Escape to….a fairytale once upon a time….
There are so many fairytales to choose from! Twisted versions are always great to get kids thinking out of the square – you don’t have to go for the standard fare, see what varieties on fairytale themes you can find out there to spark some creative thinking….
Escape….Over the Rainbow
Poor Dorothy – searching for something she already had! Still she had some adventures and met lots of interesting characters! From Dorothy and side-kick Toto, to the Witch, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin-Man – these guys are unmistakable.
Okay, so far I’ve just scraped the surface of the possibilities here. Time to get down to the shop and start dragging out the Book Week costumes – whew, hang on to your knickers folks, it’s about to get costume crazy!
It’s always popular to have a letter themed party! We are gradually going through our huge collection to list some ideas that might be helpful to those going to a D party! D costumes! From Daisy Duke to Dame Edna you are sure to find some inspiration here!
Costumes that start with D: D Costumes!
D’artangnon (The Three Muskateers) – same as other Muskateers, flouncy shirt, cape, bootlettes, sword etc
Dad’s Army – army clothes, from the television series based on WWII
Daisy Duke – cut off shorts with western shirt tied up
Daisy Hillbilly – cute gingham dress or denim shorts outfit with piggy tail hair
Dallas/Dynasty – selection of 1980’s dresses with wigs – see Cocktail
Dame Edna – 1970’s maxi dress with wig, glasses, beads and flowers – see below plus Maxi’s
Damsel – selection of medieval gowns – see Princess/Queen
Dancer – Ballarina costume or Flashdance dancer
Danny Zuko (Grease) – Wig with chops plus Thunderbirds jacket worn with jeans
Dark Bride – Zombie Bride with headdress etc – see Bloody Bride
Dark Nymph – Dark shredded gothic fairy with punk accessories
Darth Vadar – Black bodysuit, cape, helmet, gloves, light sabre, black boots
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust 1970’s suit with red mullet and makeup
David Livingstone – safari suit plus pith helmet – see Safari
Davy Crockett – western man with Crockett styled hat
Dead – use a zombie
Dead Man Pirate – Zombie pirate
Death – black robes, black hooded cape, scythe
Deer – furry brown suit, make up, headband, tail
Delilah – see Belly Dancers
Delinquent – see Schoolgirls
Demis Roussos – see Kaftans
Demon – see Devil
Dentist – see Doctor
Detective – See Gangsters, also Beige Trench Coat with Fedora Hat
Devil – all things red, from red bodysuit to red dress, cape, gloves, wings, horns and tail of course!
Diana, Greek Goddess – see Ancients
Dick Tracy – gangster suit with yellow jacket worn over the top
Dick Turpin – highwayman and smuggler, plain pirate costume with cape
Dinner Suit – see Formal
Disco King/Disco Queen/Disco Stu/70’s Disco Suits, shirts, flares/Disco Diva/Safari suits/1970’s suits and all things disco…………..
Disney costumes – see Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Cruella De Ville, Shrek, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Mr and Mrs Incredible, Dash Incredible, Pirates of the Caribbean etc.
Divinyls – see Chrissie Amplet
Doctor Evil – medium – grey jacket, grey pants, bald head wig Doctor Livingtson
Doctor of Death – see Zombie Doctor
Dog, Hot – onesize – foam hot dog costume
Dolly Bird – word used to refer to ladies in 1960’s who wore bouffant hair, white go-go boots and minidresses – see Retro Minidresses
Dominatrix – PVC bondage style – use Catwoman, punk bits and black PVC clothing
Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) – blue gingham dress with white blouse, white socks, red glittery shoes, basket, blue hair ribbons, auburn wig, Toto dog optional!
Dr Watson (Sherlock Holmes offsider)
Draco – bad guy from Harry Potter
Dracula – can be a full tuxedo with cape/mask/widow’s peak wig or a more simple and lightweight version with formal shirt, vest, formal pants, cape with collar and red lining, mask/fangs etc
Dracula’s Bride – a wide variety of slinky dresses suit this look, pair with a cape, gloves, bride headpiece etc
Druid – see Wizard
Duchess – see Princess and Queen
Dumbo – see Elephant
Dungeon Master – see Executioner
Duran Duran – 1980’s
Dusty Springfield – famous for her blonde beehive, heavy eye make-up and often wore shorter A-line 1960’s style dresses – see Retro dresses
Dynasty – see Cocktail Dresses
Phew! That turned out to be more than I had bargained for! Please be sure to let me know if I have neglected any “D” characters!
Love, love book week! I have to admit though, when I first found out about this whole annual book/dress-up-your-child challenge I was a tad overwhelmed. (Plus I have a costume shop at my disposal/literal door step!)
It seemed like another big ask of an overwhelmed Mum. (Especially fishing a soggy note out of a school bag on the morning of the first dress up date!). Now some may be critical of my note-reading but to quote a wise woman, “No one got time for that!”. Unless a note is under my nose it is not my highest priority. In my kids school life they have gotten used to Mum forgetting things.
Anyway, my rambling point is, I get it! Yet another costume is a hard ask but it is totally worth helping your child to participate in book week if you can! Books are treasured friends in our household. Raising your child with a love and interest in books is a great asset to them, their whole lives. Some kids have no interest in books for a long time but if you can light that spark you will see some fantastic results!
One of my aims with my blog project is to try and share some of the tips I have picked up all these years of washing, ironing, making, mending and hauling heavy costumes around. I love kids costumes especially, cos you always know when you have it right with kids and when they are happy they just shine! (You also know it until and unless you get it right!)
Now, a look at some costumes and themes easily worked in with different books. Grab a book and costume to match, get settled and have a fun time reading together!
There are heaps of books on Dinosaurs, aimed from toddlers to juniors. An easy Dinosaur costume will keep your child cosy and warm too!
From the Jungle Book to Animalia and Dear Zoo, there are heaps of stories with a variety of jungle animals. The only trouble is picking which animal suit fits best! The rise of the onesie is a great relief for getting Mum out of trouble and a rugged up kid off to school. Points if they wore it to bed after a wash the night before and can legitimately go to school in their jammies!! Woo hoo!!
Cartoon characters and heros
One of the few times we can thank commercialism here! Most movies/tv shows have books associated with them. This can be a great way to get a reluctant reader started. Trying a is book or comic with their current favourite character can really help. Before they know it they are engrossed and you can enjoy that fleeting sound lost during early motherhood………the sound of silence….shhhhh! Don’t ruin the moment, just enjoy……………
Fairy Tale and Nursery Rhyme characters
One of the easiest ways to beat the Book Week costume dilemma is to utilise an age old fairy tale book or nursery rhyme. It was quite a revolution for my kids to realise that Snow White actually had a number of different manifestations and she doesn’t always look like the Walt Disney version. Of course I had to prove this point by producing an actual old-timey book of Snow White but a quick trip to the op shop solved that! Ditto with old favourites like Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Rapunzel, Wicked Witch etc. A princess with a long wig can be Rapunzel. A full blue dress or anything sparkly and glittery is Cinderella and a black wig is Snow White – you get the drift!
You can always rely on the classics to help you out! There are plenty of versions of classic characters like Alice and who doesn’t want to be a Red Queen? Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook and his pirate crew. The classic books have lots of great costumes and every kid should read a classic at least once!
Hopefully these have sparked some ideas for your little one! Let me know if you have any thoughts or costumes you would like to see us try and I’d be glad to give it a go! Whether you start at the bookshelf or at the dress-up box, book week is a great way to engage your child with imaginative play and a love of reading.