6 Picture Book Costumes I’d Love to See this Halloween

It’s that time of year again: time for me to put off making my kids’ costumes until right before we leave for whichever function first requires costumes. Making Halloween costumes is one of the few holiday preparations I enjoy (other than planning menus, of course), even though I’ve finished more than one costume in the car on the way to a party. Just because I procrastinate the actual creation doesn’t mean I haven’t been brainstorming ideas for months. The internet is full of wonderful ways to pay homage to favorite books in costume. Here are 6 more I’d love to see:


Madeline: I have two daughters. Is that enough to convince them to dress up as the girls from Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, or do I need to recruit their friends and cousins so we can make proper rows? The trickiest part of the costume would probably be the hat, though I’m thinking a straw hat would work in a pinch.

Elephant and Piggie: The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems are favorites around our house. You could go all-out with the many elephant and pig costume tutorials online, or stick to simple cardboard ears and noses. Add in a pigeon and you’d have a Mo Willems trifecta. In fact, I may suggest this to my own three children if their first choice costumes don’t work out.

Chrysanthemum: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes is one of my all-time favorite picture books. If I can’t talk one of the kids into a Chrysanthemum costume in the next few years, I may have to make one for myself. Any of her dresses would work, but I’ve admired her seven-pocket good luck outfit since I was a kid. (Lilly would make another really fun costume inspiration, especially for a boot- and cape-loving child.)

Iggy Peck: Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts is full of meticulously dressed characters, including Iggy Peck himself. All you’d need is a pair of green sneakers, a pencil, and a black and white sweater to bring Iggy to life. I have heard there are boys that could pull of Iggy’s hair, although none of them live at my house. It’s all fuzzy hair all the time around here.

Mustache Baby: The original Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos and Joy Ang would make a pretty easy costume, especially for a baby young enough to take a mustachifier like this one. Bonus points for a Mustache Baby and Bearded Javier from Mustache Baby Meets His Match.

Olivia: I’m not the first parents to notice that an Olivia costume would only take a red dress and some black and white tights. A pig nose and ears would be even more authentic if you’re feeling especially ambitious, but this would be an easy last-minute costume for any little girls with a red dress hanging in the closet. Target even has black and white leggings for sale right now. Ever since I saw this teacher’s Olivia costume, I’ve secretly wished to be Olivia myself.

Entirely without my help, the oldest two children picked costumes inspired by their current favorite reads. (Be still, my book-loving heart!) If all goes well, we’ll have a Percy Jackson and a Raven King (“Raven QUEEN, Mommy! I’m a girl.”) at the end of the month. The toddler hasn’t expressed any strong opinions one way or the other, so I’m still looking for just the right costume. I’m half tempted to dress her as a monkey and make myself a stack of felt hats in honor of another of my all-time favorite picture books: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.

I’d love to know: what are some of your favorite book-themed costumes?


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