Roald Dahl Book Week Costumes

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Roald Dahl book week costumes

Roald Dahl has created so many wonderful, imaginative worlds for kids. From the 'nice and jumbly' BFG's world of giants, to the technicoloured, candy-filled wold of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, there's plenty of options for book week costume ideas!


The precocious Matilda, neglected by her family, becomes an avaricious reader of novels. She is highly intelligent, and desperate to go to school. When her parents finally agree to send her, though, she finds out school isn't all it's cracked up to be... Especially when the headmistress is a formidable woman named Miss Trunchbull.

Costume ideas:

  • Matilda: This is a very simple costume, and great for those who have left theirs to the last minute! Wear a pretty, but plain, frock, tie a ribbon in your hair, and tote around a well-worn book for added authenticity.
  • Mrs Wormwood: She's all about looks, Mrs. Wormwood, so this is a fun costume if you'd like to (over)dress up! Wear a blonde, permed wig, and choose garishly coloured eyeshadow and lipstick. Pair it with a mix and match of leopard prints and bold statement colours.
  • Miss Trunchbull: As an ex-Olympian in shotput, Miss Trunchbull likes to wear a uniform. Get yourself a military-esque outfit, knee-high socks, and make sure to draw on a fake mole. Don't forget to call kids 'weasels' (but make sure they know you are joking!)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has delighted kids all around the world. With singing, dancing, and fun rhymes (not to mention a world of candy inventions), Willy Wonka takes a group of kids on a tour of his wondrous, inventive candy factory.

Costume ideas:

  • Willy Wonka: Take a look and you'll see into your imagination as the (slightly crazed) inventor. We have a range of Willy Wonka costumes for all ages, and genders.
  • Charlie Bucket: The aim of the game here is to dress up in drab, shabby clothes. Poor Charlie comes from a poor family, and the golden ticket is as good as winning the lottery in his mind. Make sure you print out a golden ticket to tote around and show off!
  • Oompa Loompa: Oompa loompa, doompity do, we have the perfect costume for you. Make sure to pair your oompa loompa costume with orange body paint to truly pass as one of these chocolate factory workers.

Other Roald Dahl book week costume ideas

There are simply too many Roald Dahl worlds to explore, but here are some other ideas for book week costumes:

And much, much more!

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