DIY Halloween Costumes Based on Children’s Books

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Halloween Costume for Kids
Submitted to About.com by Ann Stafford

It's fun, and not too hard, to create a children's Halloween costume based on a favorite children’s picture book. Thanks to Sherri Osborn, former About.com Guide to Family Crafts and her readers, I have information about, and photos of, a number of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Halloween costumes that relate to children’s books. Some of them are even no-sew costumes. Since a lot of the materials needed can be found at Goodwill, DAV, or similar stores, most of these costumes are both easy-to-make and low-cost.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Halloween Costume

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a favorite read aloud for younger children because of its infectious rhyming text and the exuberant illustrations. It’s an alphabet book about the adventures of a group of young (lowercase) letters climbing up a coconut tree. I was delighted when I saw the clever costume (see photo above) that Ann Stafford devised. Even better, if you’d rather use a glue gun than sew, you can make this a no-sew Halloween costume.

Pippi Longstocking Halloween Costume

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren has been a favorite with kids for more than 60 years. As you can see from the cover of , Pippi is known for her red hair, braids that curve out from her face and crazy socks. This makes it pretty easy to make a no-sew Pippi Longstocking costume. In fact, it’s more a matter of makeup and a wig with wire in the braids to make them stick out, plus fun long socks, than an actual costume.

But whatever you call it, the end result is cute, as you can see from the Pippi Longstocking photo submitted by Meillyn Gustar.

Max From Where the Wild Things Are Halloween Costume

My review of Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most popular articles on About Children’s Books. Many 3- to 6-year-olds enjoy hearing the story of Max and the Wild Things again and again.

Although there is no photo included, we’re indebted to tela1999 who submitted a materials list and specific instructions for an easy-to-make Max Halloween costume. She made it for her son and said, “It was adorable!"

Scarecrow and Tin Man from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Many kids are familiar with The Wizard of Oz in the movie version while others have enjoyed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book, or both. As for Scarecrow and Tin Man costumes, the Scarecrow costume is much easier to make and is also a low cost Halloween costume. Check out How to Make a Scarecrow Costume. Even though it is quite easy to assemble, it's still a very appealing costume.

While the the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz Halloween Costume, which was submitted by the Fanning Family, requires quite a few purchases and some painting, it looks great. If your two kids want to trick or treat together, they may enjoy teaming up as the Scarecrow and the Tin Man.

Other Easy-to-Make Halloween Costumes

Share with your tweens or teens, and they may decide to be the Statue of Liberty for Halloween. Take a look at this Fourth of July Lady Liberty Costume for ideas. It looks like you could just drape and pin old bed sheets to create the costume.

The bulk of the work is in creating the paper mache crown, tablet and torch. However, if you can’t find sheets the right color, you might need to dye old white sheets or buy fabric.

If your youngster loves flowers and gardens, share some Picture Books About Gardens and Gardening with her and then, create an Easy-to-Make Flower Garden Costume. It’s a colorful and unique Halloween costume, one that should brighten the day of everyone who sees your child dressed up as a flower garden.

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