World Book Day is the perfect excuse to pull on a fun costume in celebration of your favourite fictional character – whether that's Harry Potter, Little Red Riding Hood or Willy Wonka. But you don't have to invest in a new costume every year to participate in the festivities!
There are so many ways to get creative – either by making a costume yourself (simpler than you'd think) or recycling elements of previous costumes to create a whole new look.
Here are our top tips to help you have the best World Book Day ever…
1. Source costumes that can be worn again
2. Organise a costume swap
What better way to make the most of your little one's costume, and get the most of our their friend's costume, than to swap their clothes! We know World Book Day only falls once a year but with other costumed-events bound to pop up during the year (think Halloween or birthday parties), it's a great way to do make their costumes go further and do your bit for the planet. Afterall, sharing is caring!
3. BUY IN A BIGGER SIZE
This especially applies if you have a couple of World Book Day-goers – as two costumes on rotation will be far more affordable (not to mention sustainable) than buying whole new outfits every year! So, if you're purchasing costumes, buy a size or two up to make sure your little ones can wear them again (and again) in years to come.
4. MAKE YOUR OWN COSTUME
Aside from being good fun, mixing and matching your own costume has other perks. These black cat ears, which come complete with a tail, are a fast and unfussy solution for World Book Day (whether your little one dresses up as 'The Cat in the Hat' or the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland). Bonus? They can be reworn for Halloween parties, and any other dressing-up events which might pop up throughout the year. The same could be said for these white bunny accessories (perfect for 'Peter Rabbit'!) or bear fancy dress costume (spot-on for 'The Jungle Book's' Baloo). Plus, look how cute they look!
Or, if you want to get really creative why not craft your own costume? Try making this quirky costume, which is an homage to The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. Not only can this be more cost-effective, but by using recylable materials (like cardboard) this might just be a more environmentally friendly option, too.