If there’s one thing we know, it’s that children’s literature provides a non-stop stream of inspiration for our little ones. And, here’s an idea—let that inspiration make its way into their Halloween costumes this year. From crayons to a little wild thing, we’ve collected a few clever ideas that’ll transform your kiddo into a character (new or classic!) from the pages of her favorite bedtime story. Keep reading to see them all.
photo: Agnes Hsu via Hello Wonderful
1. Tacos Aren’t Just for Tuesdays
Why will you love this adorable costume for sibs? Maybe it’s the colors. Maybe it’s the creativity. Maybe it’s because there’s no sewing involved. Whatever reason fits you best, one thing’s for sure—Agnes of Hello Wonderful knocks this ode to Dragons Love Tacos out of the park. Grab the dragon tutorial here and the taco tutorial here.
2. The Smallest One
Was Madeline! The bold and brave heroine of the self-titled series is as spunky a character that you could ever hope your kiddo admires. We love Liz Stanley’s easy tutorial, which can be made with a few simple items and a couple of safety pins. Go to Say Yes to find out what you’ll need to get started.
photo: courtesy Haute Apple Pie
3. Monkey Around
If there’s a little kid who isn’t obsessed with Curious George at some point, we haven’t met him yet. We love this creative take on the classic tale—the Man with the Yellow Hat. This no-sew version was spotted over at Haute Apple Pie, and while you might need to spend time collecting the gear, at least you won’t be sweating over stitches at the final hour! Find out what you’ll need to make your own version here.
photo: Brittany Jepson via The House That Lars Built
4. An A+ for Creativity
The crayons may have quit on you, but Brittany from The House That Lars Built sure hasn’t. This adorable and easy-to-replicate tribute to the popular picture book is fun and perfect for a group of friends or a family. Find out what you’ll need to make it happen over at The House That Lars Built.
photo: Dana Williard via Made Everyday
5. Ham It Up
There’s no more recognizable group of characters from kiddie-lit than Dr. Seuss’s lovable menagerie. And this adorable Sam I Am costume from Made Everyday—from the furry dress to the plate of green eggs and ham—is a perfect fit! Find out how to make your own by clicking here.
photo: Katie Shelton via A Beautiful Mess
6. This Costume is Just Right
Even if you can’t see yourself making paper mache bear heads, you can still use this incredible idea from A Beautiful Mess contributor Katie Shelton as inspiration for your own family version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. See the whole tutorial by clicking here.
photo: Kimberly Sneed via A Night Owl Blog
7. A Wild Rumpus
Even though mama Kimberly from A Night Owl Blog designed this adorable Max costume for her little crawler, you can easily adapt the idea for your older Wild Thing. And, from the felt crown to the furry tail—it’s a no-sew project! Sail over to A Night Owl Blog to see what you’ll need to get started.
Have you ever dressed up your tyke in a book character costume? Share your ideas with us below!
— Gabby Cullen