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Adult Costumes for World Book Day Comments Off on Adult Costumes for World Book Day

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

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With World Book Day just around the corner, we’re wondering why the children should have all the fun! After all, most books have adult characters too, don’t they? Here are five great World Book Day costumes for adults who don’t want to miss out on all the fun:

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1. Bert the Chimney Sweep

One of the best characters (and worst accents) the world has ever seen in a movie, Bert the chimney sweep began life in the Mary Poppins books by PL Travers. If you need a bit of inspiration for this role, check out this amazing video from last week:

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2. Mary Poppins

You can’t have one without the other now, can you! If you’ve seen the movie Saving Mr Banks you’ll know that long before Disney made her into a movie star, Mary Poppins was the beloved nanny from PL Travers’s set of enchanting children’s books. Practically perfect in every way, of course.

 

 

 

 

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3. Oompa Loompa

Everyone has heard of the oompa loompas, right? They come from Loompaland, which Willy Wonka describes as a terrible place filled with thick jungles and dangerous animals. They’ve left Loompaland to work in Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory…

 

 

 

 

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4. Odlaw from Where’s Wally

You can expect to see lots of people dressed as Where’s Wally this World Book Day, so why not try something a little different and be Odlaw instead? Odlaw is the bad guy from the Where’s Wally books; all he cares about is getting his hands on Wally’s magical walking stick.

 

 

 

 

 

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5. The Mad Hatter

One of the most famous characters, the Mad Hatter has had many forms. As well as appearing in the movie adaptations of the Alice in Wonderland books, he also appears in the TV series Once Upon a Time, as a bad guy in Batman and even in an episode of Futurama.

 

 

 

 

 

What are you dressing up as for World Book Day? Do head on over to our Facebook page and share a photo!

 

 

 

Most popular children’s book costumes Comments Off on Most popular children’s book costumes

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

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With it being World Book Day next week, we thought it might be fun to look at popular children’s costumes for the day…

We have loads of costume ideas on our World Book Day page, but here are some of the favourites:

Willy Wonka Costume

 

 

Willy Wonka

Everyone’s favourite chocolate factory owner, and instantly recognisable by his crazy outfit and top hat. A brilliant choice for World Book Day – and double points if you finish the outfit with a box of chocolates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice in Wonderland Costume

 

 

 

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Another instantly recognisable costume – in fact, possibly the most recognisable of all! Everyone loves Alice in Wonderland, right? Why not dress up as her!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Cat In The Hat

We looked, and we saw him step in on the mat, we looked and we saw him – the Cat in the Hat! Is there a person alive who’s not read this book? We doubt it! It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how – and this is the perfect place to start.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Poppins

She’s practically perfect in every way – which is probably why she’s so popular on World Book Day! Not just one for the adults; lots of children love to dress up as Mary Poppins too. Extra points if you can find a carpet bag to finish the outfit!

 

 

 

 

 

Have you got your World Book Day costume sorted out yet? There’s still time to get a really great outfit put together! Don’t forget you might also need things like face paints to complete your look!

World Book Day… World Record Day? Comments Off on World Book Day… World Record Day?

Posted on February 22, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

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This World Book Day is also shaping up to be a bit of a World Record Day!

Today people across the UK will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most people participating in simultaneous book quizzes. Registration is now closed for the big event, but there’s nothing stopping you holding your own books quiz! From tomorrow you can download a quiz from the World Book Day website. If you can’t wait that long, here are some fun questions to get you started…

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Why not hold your own World Book Day Quiz? There’s no need to wait for the big day on March 3rd; the fun is already starting, so why shouldn’t you join in?

 

Oh, wait… you want the answers to the quiz, right? They’re here… upside down so that it’s not too easy for you!

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10 Easy Last Minute World Book Day Costumes Comments Off on 10 Easy Last Minute World Book Day Costumes

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

10 Easy Last Minute World Book Day

 

Everyone knows it’s World Book Day on Thursday, right?

And your child’s school is having a fancy dress day. The letter came home weeks ago… What do you mean, you haven’t had it? Did Junior not pass it on to you? Go check his school bag… yep, that’s it, the one screwed up and sporting a mysterious stain over half of the text. Don’t panic! You still have a few days to get a costume together…

Here are ten last minute costumes that you can still do without major upheaval. But before you get started, make sure World Book Day is in your organiser for next year, so that you can order a costume online and save all this bother!

1. A Rabbit

Watership Down is one of the best-loved children’s books of all time. If your child has never read it, there’s the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland (though that one would require clothes), there’s one in Rod Campbell’s brilliant Oh Dear, there’s Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny,  the rabbits in Guess How Much I Love You… the list is endless.

You will need brown or white trousers and long sleeved top, depending on which colour of rabbit you are aiming for. If you don’t have any bunny ears hanging about the house (it’s coming up to Easter, so they often tend to appear at this time of year), either buy some (a certain make of Easter egg came with fluffy brown bunny ears last year) or make some using an old alice band with 2 card ears taped to them.

To make it look a little less last minute, here is a fantastic tutorial for rabbit face paint that will make it look like you started planning this costume months ago and are a complete pro at this sort of thing…

 


2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This one is so easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it last year! Dress your child in green, and make a mask from a paper plate painted red. For added effect, tie a belt around their waist with plastic food from a toy kitchen hanging from it with string: an ice cream, a pickle, some cheese… you get the idea. You could even throw in a pair of butterfly wings if you find yourself with time to spare!

3. A Witch

Room on the Broom is really popular, as is The Worst Witch for slightly older children. Have a rummage around in the cupboard; there’s bound to be a hat and cape left over from Halloween!

4. Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants is of course famous for going about in just his underpants and a cape… obviously your child cannot spend the day at school like this – but he can wear a pair of pants over plain trousers, and a cape over a plain top.

5. The Fat Controller

From Thomas the Tank, silly! This one is great fun and really simple. You’ll need a white shirt that’s a little too big (perhaps belonging to an older brother). Put it on, and put a cushion underneath it for a belly. Then black trousers, a black jacket and a black top hat. If you don’t have a black top hat hanging about the house here is a really simple tutorial to help you make one:

 


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You can probably get away with a fake scar on the forehead and some round glasses for this one. Great additions would be a black cloak, a broom stick, a red and gold tie (Gryffindor colours), a magic wand and a toy owl.

7. The Cat In The Hat

Does your child have a onesie that’s at all furry and could pass as a cat? If not, black leggings and a black or grey top. Make a red and white top hat using the tutorial above and attach a red bow to their collar (best not to actually tie it around their neck). Here’s a great tutorial for Cat In The Hat face paint:

8. Fantastic Mr Fox

Dress your child in brown or orange – again, most kids have a onesie so if it’s the right colour, just use that. You can make a mask and tail without too much bother. We love this mask tutorial, though if you don’t have sheets of coloured felt around the house (who does!) you can use paper, or just draw the shapes on. Templates are available from the poster’s website, and the shape is what you’re really after with this one.

You can make a basic tail from coloured card; cut out the basic shape and selotape onto the back of the trousers. If you have more time, an offcut of brown or orange fur sewn into a tube shape and stuffed with whatever is available works well.

9. Peter Pan

A green t shirt and shorts over green tights. If there are no green tights, a different colour will be fine. Use green felt or paper to cover the shoes; it doesn’t need to be fancy as it’s likely to have been kicked off by lunch time any way! You can make a really simple hat out of coloured paper using this great tutorial, presented by kids’ TV favourite Kirsten O’Brien.

10. Tinkerbell

Lots of little girls already have a fairy costume, especially since the new Tinkerbell movies have been coming out. Most don’t realise she was originally a character in a proper book though!

World Book Day: Best costumes for Mum and Dad Comments Off on World Book Day: Best costumes for Mum and Dad

Posted on February 28, 2014 by admin

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There’s less than a week to go before we get creative, dress up as our favourite fictional characters and celebrate our love of all things literary! If you’re helping out at school this year, throwing a bookish party or just want to join in with the fun with your kids, then we’ve got some great ideas for costumes!

Sam’s Sandwich

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Based on David Pelham’s imaginative picture book, you can really get creative with your costume ideas and recreate the sandwich from Sam’s Sandwich.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Roald Dahl’s books are always a great source of inspiration for fun and imaginative character costumes. If you’re looking to get the whole family involved this World Book Day, then check out these great character costumes for Willy Wonka, an Oompa Loompa and a Wonka bar!

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If you’re bored of the usual Harry Potter costumes, why not check out this fabulous Luna Lovegood costume! Even if you’re not especially creative, you can easily transform yourself into this great character. All you need are some kooky glasses and a blonde wig and you’re most of the way there!

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Taking inspiration from the Wizard of Oz, why not get a little green this World Book Day and transform yourself into the not-so-wicked wicked witch Elphaba from Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of West. This great make-up tutorial from audfaced shows you how to create an effective look with all that green face paint.

If you’ve got some great ideas for your family fancy dress for World Book Day, then join in the conversation over on our Facebook page!

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World Book Day: Best costumes for boys Comments Off on World Book Day: Best costumes for boys

Posted on February 24, 2014 by admin

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With just over a week to go before parents, teachers and kids will be celebrating their favourite fictional fancies, we’re taking a look at some great costume ideas for boys.

There are loads of simple and creative ideas that you can easily achieve. So if you’re looking for some fresh fiction ideas for boys’ costumes then let Fancy Dress Ball be your guide and check out these cool costume ideas…

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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Recreate everybody’s favourite cheeky dinner guest from Judith Kerr’s beloved children’s book The Tiger Who Came to tea. You don’t necessarily need a tiger costume to achieve this look, just some orange pyjamas, some fabric paint and some face paint should do the trick!

The Guffalo

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The most feared creature of the forest is another great costume that’s fairly simple to achieve. If you’re a creative type who loves a bit of crafting, this Gruffalo costume can easily be put together with just the right amount of felt and imagination!

Bert from Mary Poppins

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Oh it’s a jolly holiday with Mary! Drawing inspiration from Dick Van Dyke’s costume from Disney’s film adaptation of PL Travers’ beloved novel Mary Poppins, this character is instantly recognisable. Using a straw hat, bow-tie and ribbon you can create this cute, colourful costume.

Max from Where the Wild Things Are

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First published in 1963, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are still remains as one of the most popular children’s book today. This costume for protagonist Max can be created using a onesie, pyjamas and a little creativity for the crown and tail!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Yet another classic character is The Very Hungry Caterpillar from Eric Carle’s 1969 children’s picture book. There are loads of different ways to create this costume, but this great example uses a long green tunic and paper mache to recreate our favourite caterpillar!

Got some inspired costume for World Book Day? Why not head over to our Facebook page and share your ideas!

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World Book Day: The UK’s favourite children’s book character and author Comments Off on World Book Day: The UK’s favourite children’s book character and author

Posted on February 18, 2014 by admin

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As children, we all had our own favourite fiction book and individual character who we idolised and adored. Many of us were so fanatical that we will even remember raiding the fancy dress box and taking on their persona. With World Book Day only a few weeks around the corner, we carried out a survey, quizzing almost 700 parents in order to find out which fictional character and author are voted number one by children around the UK.

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Unsurprisingly, the ever-popular Harry Potter came out on top, with almost 15% of the 585 parents asked stating that the young wizard was their child’s favourite fictional character. His magical capabilities appear to have played an important part in many children’s decision, while others cited his intelligence as the reason behind their choice. In light of the wizard’s runaway victory, we can only assume that Harry Potter fancy dress costumes will be flying off the shelves in the run up to World Book Day, when children can go into school dressed as a fictional character of their choice.

The Gruffalo was reported as the second most popular fictional character among British children. According to parents, the beast is favoured by children as they find him funny and scary, while one even said that their little one liked his hairy toes!

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Princesses such as Snow White and Tinker Bell were favoured by little girls, largely down to the fact that they enjoy dressing up as them! Although not quite as pleasing to the eye, notable characters from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings were also in the running, including the mysterious creature Gollum and the iconic wizard Gandalf.

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Old school classics such as Rupert Bear and Popeye also found themselves on the list, albeit at the bottom. Nevertheless, characters from Enid Blyton’s bestselling series The Famous Five scored higher, demonstrating that even some of the books we enjoyed as children remain popular with children today.

Given the success of Harry Potter in the survey, it came as little surprise to discover that J.K. Rowling, the brains behind the book, achieved the highest percentage of votes for favourite author. Thanks to his imaginative and enthralling plot lines, the late novelist Roald Dahl, whose works include the BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, also scored highly, achieving almost 10% of the votes. Enid Blyton wasn’t far behind with her timeless tales, while comedian David Walliams’ recent stories also appear to have won him acclaim as a children’s author.

Who is your child’s favourite fictional character and will they be dressing up as this World Book Day? Let us know on our Facebook page!

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World Book Day: Best costumes for girls Comments Off on World Book Day: Best costumes for girls

Posted on February 17, 2014 by admin

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World Book Day is well on the way, with just under a month to go until your favourite fictional characters come to life! In our last blog post, we looked at some top recommendations for book-based costumes for teachers (check out our top picks here).

This week we’ve put together some fab fiction costume ideas for girls, so if you’re out of ideas and searching for inspiration, then let Fancy Dress Ball be your guide to this year’s World Book Day!

Winnie the Witch

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Thinking of magically transforming your daughter into everybody’s favourite accident-prone witch? This simple but effective costume can be created by using some stripy socks, a blue dress and some long beaded necklaces. A dash of red face paint on the nose will complete the look!

Alice in Wonderland

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Alice in Wonderland continues to be an ever-popular costume choice for World Book Day. This excellent costume idea is a really creative twist on a classic character. Using a little artistic flair (and a cardboard box) to create the White Rabbit’s house, you can recreate this iconic scene from the book!

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

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Jill Tomlinson’s Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark is a great character to recreate for kids of all ages. This excellent costume has been created using brown clothes and layered swatches of fabric for feathers.

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

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If you’re feeling extra crafty (and have the time!) then this excellent patchwork costume is a great way to recreate Elmer the Patchwork Elephant! If you’re handy with knitting needles why not consider turning an old patchwork quilt into this creative costume?

Phileas Fogg

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If you’ve got something of an artistic talent or can enlist the help of someone who does, then this fantastic Phileas Fogg costume is quite the showstopper!

Planning something outstanding for your WBD costume this year? Share your ideas over on our Facebook page!

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Teacher’s guide to World Book Day costumes Comments Off on Teacher’s guide to World Book Day costumes

Posted on February 10, 2014 by admin

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During these chilly wintery months, there’s no better time to cosy up with a great book and revisit your favourite characters. The 6th March is World Book Day and to celebrate our love of literature, schools across the globe will be encouraging kids and teachers alike to spend the day as their favourite character.

If you’re a teacher struggling for ideas for this year’s costume, then let Fancy Dress Ball be your source of inspiration. We’ve got loads of clever character ideas to help you put together a winning costume for this year’s WBD.

Fantastic Mr Fox

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Roald Dahl was famous for creating dynamic and imaginative characters. Check out these excellent Fantastic Mr Fox costumes which use Wes Anderson’s characters from the big screen adaptation for inspiration.

Oompa Loompa

Another Roald Dahl inspired costume are the Oomap Loompa’s from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Once you’ve got your costume sorted, check out this excellent video tutorial from Pinkstylist who show’s you just how to get that orange Oompa Loompa make-up just right!

Mary Poppins

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Just a spoonful of sugar and a dash of creativity and you can transform yourself into PL Travers’ beloved magical nanny. This costume is a simple one to throw together, and effectively finished with the right make-up and hair. Check out this brilliant video tutorial from JoeyBBugg, to help you finish your look.

Pippi Longstocking

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Created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking is one fictional character who never goes out of style on World Book Day. The trickiest part of the Longstocking look is achieving those gravity-defying pigtails. One suggested method is to use wire in your braids to hold them upright.

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If you’re worried about having headache-inducing pigtails during a full day of teaching, then why not consider these stunning fishtail plaits instead?

Elizabeth Bennet

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If you’re going for a more classic character, then Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet is a simple and timeless look that can easily be achieved. Finish this look with a stunning hairstyle of loose curls.

Got some great ideas for your character costume this World Book Day? Why not share them over on our Facebook page!

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World Book Day costumes for under £10! Comments Off on World Book Day costumes for under £10!

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.

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