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How to Make World Book Day 2013 One to Remember Comments Off

Posted on March 01, 2013 by admin

It might only be a week or so away, but there’s a chance that many of you lovers of literature won’t know that Thursday March 7th is World Book Day. It’s a great event where adults and kids celebrate their favourite reads by paying homage to famous fictional characters and authors in their own imaginative ways.

If you want to get the kids involved in this year’s World Book Day, there are a number of great things you could do with them to help them celebrate all that’s fun and exciting about getting lost in a good book. Here are just a few ideas if you’re struggling for inspiration:

Dress up like your favourite character

Most kids will have their favourites. Some will want to dress like Harry Potter (above) and cast a spell, while others might want to go back further in time and come as a Shakespearean character like Juliet. As well as being fun, they could maybe quote their favourite lines to help really get into the day in their World Book Day costumes.


(Click on the image above to visit the official World Book Day website.)

Read a story for the little ones

If you have kids who are, say, five or six years old, this is a great idea. Read from a book you enjoyed as a child using different voices for each character and watch them listen. You could even lay on a few snacks for the kids and their friends and make a day of it!

Play a game based on their favourite book

Some kids’ books such as the ‘Where’s Wally’ series are ideal for games. Why not play a game where you can see which one of your kids or their friends can find him the quickest – you could have hours of fun. Alternatively, you could get one of your kids to dress like Wally and play ‘hide and seek’, bringing the book to life!

World Book Day costumes for under £10! Comments Off

Posted on February 12, 2013 by admin

All excited kids and, indeed, parents out there will know that World Book Day is just around the corner, but you’ve still got plenty of time to nail the perfect children’s costumes for the big day.

We’ve got a choice of everything your little boy or girl could ever want to dress up as and, what’s more, we’ve slashed pounds and pennies off loads of them!

Take a look below to see our last minute bargains for your child’s World Book Day:

Victorian Poor Boy costume

What can we say, even a poor Victorian boy could afford this costume! At £9.99, it’s certainly one to be snapped up if your little lad wants to make an impression at school.

Victorian Girl Apron & Mop Cap

This one is even more of a bargain. For just under six quid, your girl can really look the part when it comes to learning about the Victorian era.

Robin Hood children’s costume

We have a costume that doubles up as Robin Hood and the magical Peter Pan, but this one is the costume of choice for any dedicated fan of the bow-and-arrow-wielding do-gooder.

Child Burglar costume

If your little boy might is a cheeky devil at times, this might be the perfect fancy dress costume for him. Just make sure he keeps his hands out of the cookie jar!

Child Belle Classic Disney costume

Ask any little girl about their favourite character from her favourite story and she’ll say Belle from Beauty and the Beast. This delightfully yellow dress even has a picture of Belle on the front, so there’s no mistaking who she is on World Book Day.

Children’s Medieval Lord costume

With sizes up to aged 10, this costume is the right choice for every young wannabe medieval lord! Don’t forget the crusader set that comes with the vital shield, an axe and an almighty sword.

20 Amazing World Book Day Costumes for your Kids Comments Off

Posted on January 23, 2013 by admin

World Book Day is fast approaching, so it’s time we all start planning for our world book day costumes for our kids on the big day!

We’ve pulled together 20 of the best costumes – 10 girls, 10 boys – for you and your child to make the perfect choice on the 7th March, so have a look through and let us know your favourite!

1.       Harry Potter deluxe school robe

Wingardium leviosa! Levitate your child to the top of the class by sending him to school in a Harry Potter costume!

2.       Joseph children’s costume

Take it back to the sacred times of baby Jesus and dress your child up as Joseph on World Book Day. It’s an excellent and affordable choice for the big day.

3.       Child Horrid Henry costume

Horrid Henry has made a bit of name for himself – so much so that he’s a popular choice for children’s costumes in March every year.

4.       Oompa Loompa factory worker children’s costume

It’s hard to not recognise the Oompa Loompa, no matter how old you are. It’ll be hard to recognise your own child in this convincing outfit from the Wizard of Oz!

5.       Lil’ Hobo costume

If your lil’ man feels like dossing it at school for a day, kit him out in this lil’ hobo costume! It comes complete with the bow tie and hankerchief!

6.       Deluxe Robin Hood/Peter Pan boy costume

Who wouldn’t want a costume that doubles up as two great characters from years gone by?! In the morning, he can be archer vigilante Robin Hood, in the afternoon, he can transform into the magical wunderkind Peter Pan!

7.       Where’s Wally children’s costume

Where’s Wally is where it’s at. This is a very popular costume that will sell out quick, so make sure you find out who your lad wants to be before it’s too late.

8.       Dennis the Menace children’s costume

The little boy in you might make you want to dress up as Dennis the Menace yourself, but this is strictly for kids only…sorry dads!

9.       Sherlock Holmes boy costume

If he fancies himself as a bit of a detective at school, this is the ideal costume for him. Sherlock Holmes never fails to impress.

10.   Poor Victorian boy children’s costume

Talk about roughing it. Take your boy back to the Victorian times to teach him just how they used to live and dress – there are no football shirts in sight here!

11.   Alice costume

Alice is the perfect choice for every little girl who just wants to dream a little! This classic costume is bound to make her the cutest in the class!

12.   Children’s Mary costume

To match the boys’ Joseph costume, this Mary costume is the perfect choice for a World Book Day with a religious theme.

13.   Harry Potter Gryffindor children’s robe

Harry Potter is still taking the world by storm and that shows in the quality of this Gryffindor costume. Make it a magical day for your little girl with this one!

14.   Where’s Wally Wenda girls’ costume

Where’s Wally isn’t himself without wee Wenda. Complete with the classic round-framed glasses, this costume is sure to make an impact at school on the 7th March.

15.   Dorothy children’s costume

Every girl has got to dress up as Dorothy at some point in their childhood, so perhaps this is the one for your child.

16.   Miss Muffet children’s costume

Miss Muffet is the perfect choice if your little girl wants to scare the boys off with that gigantic spider on her dress!

17.   Child Juliet costume

If she fancies herself as a bit of a romantic, this Juliet costume has to be the costume of choice for your girl.

18.   World War II girls evacuee costume

This is one of the most popular children’s costumes at this time of year. The World War II costume will get her in the mood to learn a bit more about the trouble and strife of our predecessors.

19.   Posh Victorian girl children’s costume

Going a couple more generations back, we get to the Victorian costumes. This posh outfit will have her speaking in RP before the school day ends!

20.   Child Belle classic Disney costume

Every little girl wants to be Belle. This delightfully cute yellow dress costume will have all the beastly boys at school chasing her round the playground.

The Cutest Kids’ Costumes on Pinterest! Comments Off

Posted on January 16, 2013 by admin

We were surfing around the social media darling that is Pinterest this morning and came across some pretty adorable kids’ costumes, so we thought we’d share them with you right here. Prepare to be overwhelmed with cute!

1.       Homemade Piñata costume

Pinterest user: Rachel @ SunScholars

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2.       Homemade Owl costume

Pinterest user: Patty Schaffer

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3.       Big Bird costume

Pinterest user: Heather Mann

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4.       Melon baby

Pinterest user: Annabel Karmel

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5.       Masked Owl costume

Pinterest user: Melissa Saulsbury

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Top Kids Costumes for 2013! Comments Off

Posted on January 08, 2013 by admin

We all dress up because we’re all kids, everyone knows that. But when it comes to genuine kids costumes for our own little ones, it’s fair to say that some of us get even more excited!

2013 is set to be a great year for children and fancy dress, especially in March with World Book Day in the UK and Ireland (now only eight weeks away!). Here we take a look at some of the best costumes for children out there:

Deluxe Robin Hood boy costume

Every little lad wants to be Robin Hood. Whether it’s for a birthday party or a school celebration like World Book Day, this is perfect to put a smile on every boy’s face. What’s more, it also doubles up as a brilliant Peter Pan costume!

Deluxe Dorothy children’s costume

If Robin Hood is a little lad’s dream, the Dorothy costume is just right for the girls! We can’t provide wee Toto to sit by her side, but the costume is sure to take everyone back to the nostalgia of the Wizard of Oz!

Where’s Wally children’s costume

One of classic costumes for all ages, Where’s Wally is always a winner. This officially licenced costume is the ideal choice for World Book Day for your boy.

Where’s Wally Wenda girls’ costume

The character is not just restricted to boys, either, as we have this brilliant girls’ costume of the same ilk. Upset the apple cart and send an unexpected Where’s Wenda to school on World Book Day!

Top 4 Christmas Costumes for Kids Comments Off

Posted on December 11, 2012 by admin

If there is anything kids love (almost) as much as the presents in this festive season, it’s dressing up! Whether it’s for a school nativity play or a party at home, fancy dress is amongst the favourite things of any child.

Our childrens Christmas costumes are the perfect opportunity to make this an extra special holiday for your kids. We’ve put together a top 4 list to give you some inspiration:

Little Ginger Man costume

If you really want your little boy to win the cutest costume prize this Christmas, the little gingerbread man outfit is the perfect choice. It comes in sizes that range from 3 to 9 years old and is complete with the trousers, top, headpiece and gloves.

Children’s Mary costume

Ideal for a nativity play, this Mary costume fits ages 4 to 12 and comes with the headpiece and robes to complete the look. This one is sure to make the school play one to remember for all the parents as well as the kids!

Reindeer costume

Who can go through Christmas without dressing up as a reindeer? This reindeer jumpsuit is a great way to put a big smile on your little boy’s face (and its cosiness might just send him to sleep went you want to put your feet up!).

Santa’s Little Helper costume

Go even cuter with the Santa’s Little Helper costume for your little girl. It’ll certainly be a Christmas to remember with your little one running around in character, handing out presents to all the family!

Last Minute Halloween Preparations Comments Off

Posted on October 30, 2012 by admin

If you are hosting a Halloween party but you have struggled to prepare because of the frantic demands of modern life, fear not! Fancy Dress Ball has dug out some great last minute preparations for you to still make it a party to remember!


Have you ever thought of a Halloween-themed wreath? It’s the perfect time of year for it! Scour the streets for some autumnal leaves and twigs for the basis of the wreath, stick random Halloween decorations made of cotton wool to it and voila! (Courtesy of Love in the Suburbs).


We can’t take credit for this one – Martha Stewart can – but the pumpkin party cooler is one of the best and simplest Halloween ideas we’ve ever seen. If you have a spare pumpkin at home or can get hold of one, simply cut the top off it, fill it with ice and stick your drinks in to keep them cool all night!

Pumpkin Party Cooler


There are so many quick, simple things you can do with food for Halloween that it’s hard to pick and choose! Brownies always go down well at a party – all you need is icing and orange and green food colouring to make them ghoulish! These tasty looking treats are from Mummy Pages:



The First Official Superman Trailer has Arrived! Comments Off

Posted on July 23, 2012 by admin

Amidst all the hype about The Dark Knight Rises (which, by the way, is awesome), a teaser trailer for the new Superman movie has been released. Christopher Nolan, the acclaimed director of the Batman trilogy, is a producer and writer on the movie, with Zack Snyder (300) as director.

The trailer, narrated by Kevin Costner, is only a teaser and doesn’t reveal too much detail, but that doesn’t mean that it fails to get superhero fans in the mood! Man of Steel is a reboot of a classic Superman with British actor, Henry Cavill, as the superhero himself and Michael Shannon as General Zod, Superman’s nemesis.

Very little detail about the movie has been released, with cryptic comments from Nolan doing nothing to satisfy the Hollywood hunger of us superhero fanatics. The respected director is quoted as saying “I don’t want to say too much about it because they’re at the beginning of their process in terms of post-production. I think what Zack and Henry are doing is going to make a remarkable impression” (Digital Spy).

We all have a year to get our Superman costumes ready, but in the same way as The Dark Knight Rises was worth waiting for, Man of Steel will rock 2013 Batman has rocked 2012!

Batman O Clock Comments Off

Posted on July 17, 2012 by admin

The countdown to The Dark Knight Rises has entered its last few days – have you bought your tickets yet?!

It’s had hundreds of reviews over the past few days after special preview screenings around the world. Rather expectedly, it’s received absolutely glowing reviews all round – there aren’t many reviews below four and a half stars (which has only gone and got us more excited hasn’t it!).

Image courtesy of: IGN 

The Dark Knight Rises is the last in the Christopher Nolan trilogy of new Batman movies and if The Dark Knight is anything to go by, this is truly going to be something special.

One of the most anticipated aspects of this new movie is the fact that Tom Hardy, of Inception fame, is casted as Bane. Hardy is one of the most acclaimed up-and-coming actors in Hollywood at the moment and, along with Christian Bale, he has been praised for his role in the newest and hottest of action movies out there.

Friday 20th July is perhaps the biggest date on the movie calendar for a lot of people this year and that includes us! We hope you’ve got your Batman costumes in preparation!

Top 3 Fancy Dress Costumes for Kids Comments Off

Posted on July 06, 2012 by admin

Whatever the weather, whatever the occasion, kids love fancy dress – that’s a fact. There are a few occasions that are made for fancy dress, like World Book Day, for example, but dressing up is an all-year-round fascination for children of all ages (even those over 18s…).

We’ve put together a top 3 list of the best children’s costumes out there to give you and your child some inspiration for any themed parties that may be planned this summer (unfortunately, it is likely that none of these costumes will fit children aged 18 and over).

Buzz Lightyear

One of the modern classics, Buzz Lightyear is a true favourite amongst the kids, along with his mate, Woody. Your child will be off to infinity and beyond in this at their friend’s party!

Indian Girl

This is a favourite for themed dress-up days at school, children’s birthday parties and just general playtime in the park! All girls love to dress up as Pocahontas, right?

Zombie Alley Scary Clown

If you really want your child to nail the scare-factor this year, this terrifying costume is perfect. Halloween might seem like a long way off, but it’s never too early to start planning Halloween costumes for you and the family!