five super simple picture book halloween costumes

What better way to bring a picture book to life than by dressing like its main character from the neck up for Halloween (or any time)?

Here goes: five super simple picture book Halloween costumes in a pinch!




Louise from Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light.

Materials: DIY red paper glasses and a pencil. 





Stillwater the Panda from Jon J Muth’s  Zen Shorts  series.

Materials: panda mask (mine is from Popkiller; could be handmade from paper), paper tie, and a balloon.




The boy from Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.

Materials: beanie and a red and white striped shirt. (We used tape to make the stripes!)




Imogene with her antlers from Imogene’s Antlers by David Small.

Materials: brown paper, headband, armature made of electrical tape, L brackets, and skinny dowels. 



And finally, the girl who shall not be tamed from Wild by Emily Hughes.

Materials: green nesting and plastic foliage from the craft store’s floral section (and I used a swim cap to protect my real hair from all the messy fibers). 


Big thanks to my guy, Todd Davis, for his help snapping photos and creating antlers and stripes and wild green hair!


You might also be interested in my roundup of other people’s DIY fairy tale character costumes from last year. Happy Halloween!


11 Responses to five super simple picture book halloween costumes

  1. Danzel says:

    Cute! The Wild costume cracked me up!

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  3. Sara says:

    Those are adorable, Danielle!

    • Thank you, Sara! I came soooo close to adding Sadie in there! If only I’d had the time/materials. 😉

      • Sara says:

        I think you came up with some great ideas! I meant to do a giveaway of some of the fox masks I had printed and never got round to it. Probably too late to mail before Halloween now.

  4. Love, love, LOVE these, the HAIR especially!!! Where did you get the greenery? We’ve made felt Cat-in-the-Hat hats for the three of us. And we’re going to make little kitty stuffies sticking their heads and tails out of holes in the hats.

  5. Jilanne, that sounds fantastic! I love group/family costumes, especially book or culture related! The greenery was from my local Joann craft store in the (artificial) floral section. Any kind of raffia-like green nesting would do. 🙂


  7. So good, yet I want to see MORE!

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