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Costume ideas for Book Week


Costume ideas for School Book week

With Book Week just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about costumes! In this blog, we have put together some quick and easy costume ideas to help get you started. 

Dreaming with eyes open

This year’s theme, “Dreaming with eyes open” unlocks a range of possibilities when it comes to planning your book week costume! Dreaming with eyes open is about country, dreaming, and all the things that are hidden but also seen. It allows us to step into our own story and adapt it to our own dreams and ambitions. 

If you can dream it, you can be it…

Long John Silver is a pirate legend! You can replicate Long John Silver’s look from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, Treasure Island with a long white sleeve shirt, baggy blue pirate pants and a pirate hat. Use this example from Joke to draw inspiration. 

Connect your costume to country by dressing up as an iconic Australian animal! There are plenty of native animals to choose from including favourites such as the Kangaroo, Emu, or even a Koala

When I grow up, I dream to be…

Do you dream of what you’ll be when you grow up? Perhaps you want to be a rocket scientist, with a white lab coat. Maybe becoming a doctor is what you’ve always wanted to be. This year, make your dreams come true by dressing up as your dream job!

The police are always a popular option, but how about dressing as a firefighter with a bright red coat and a hard hat, or throw on your space helmet to become an adventuring astronaut! Maybe you want to become a football player or a tennis star! The choices are endless!

I dream and imagine worlds of…

Let your imagination run free as you dress up as your favourite characters from worlds beyond our own! Grab out your green face paint and extra arms as you become an alien from another planet

Some other out-of-this-world ideas include dressing up as a superhero from your favourite comic book, or perhaps a princess from a fairy tale. Why not try and become a mystical creature like a dragon or a unicorn! You could even become your own Star Wars or Lord of the Rings character!

Looking for more ideas? 

For even more inspiration, check out these great websites for more simple and easy costume ideas! 

Activities for celebrating Book Week

  • Host a poster “parade” – students design a poster for the “Dreaming with eyes open” theme or a book that fits into this theme that can be uploaded and shared. 
  • Students can write a short story about themselves being thrust into a dream where they become their chosen character!
  • Design a new book cover for a favourite book.

Editors note: This blog was originally published in July 2021, and updated in July 2022 for freshness, accuracy, and relevancy.