15 easy book character costumes for teachers

What better costume for a teacher than one which promotes a love of books? I got really into the idea when I taught in a district that didn’t allow Halloween costumes and instead encouraged kids and teachers to dress as characters from children’s literature. We held a Book Character Parade around the school to show off our costumes and it was so much fun to see what all the kids wore!

15 easy book character costumes for teachers

I always had trouble figuring out a costume for myself that was simple to put together AND super comfortable, since I’d probably end up wearing it all day long. If you’re in the same situation and still have no idea what costume to wear, keep reading! Below are 15 clever, super easy (and super cheap!) book character costumes that will make you the star of your class.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: Where's Waldo Halloween Costume


Where’s Waldo

I wouldn’t be surprised if most of you already have more than half of what’s needed for this costume. All you need is a red striped shirt, jeans, a beanie, black-rimmed glasses and you’re all set! You can also step up your game by throwing in some of Waldo’s iconic accessories as listed here.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: Madeline Halloween Costume

Classy in the Classroom


Here’s another one you can pull off if you are pressed for time. However, if you don’t have a blue dress like Amy in the picture, you can consider the alternatives in this detailed how-to.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: Mary Poppins Halloween Costume


Mary Poppins

It may seem difficult to recreate Mary Poppin’s era-specific look, but it’s not. Pull off this turn-of-the-century outfit by putting these key items together.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: Professor Trelawney Halloween Costume


Professor Trelawney

Harry Potter fans will have no trouble recognizing you in this one. Especially if you don’t forget her signature to tea cup! Read how Lisa perfected the crazy-divination-teacher look last Halloween here.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: Where the Wild Things Are Halloween Costume

Classic Noise

Max from Where The Wild Things Are

This is probably the most comfortable costume on this list. Now you have an excuse to wear pajamas to work, even if it’s just for a day. Soren of Classic Noise bought an adult-sized onesie (which she attached a fabric tail to) and made a paper crown. Alternatively, you can recreate the Max’s wolf onesie with a hoodie and sweatpants by following the instructions here.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: A Grouchy Ladybug Halloween Costume

Once Upon a Classroom

Grouchy Ladybug

Be the grouchy ladybug–minus the attitude! I doubt there are any stores selling ladybug skirts for adults (if you do find one, let me know!) so you will have to make one yourself just like Amanda did using lots and lots of red tulle and some black felt.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: Olivia the Pig Halloween Costume


Olivia the Pig

Tick off the items on this checklist here (striped shirt optional) and show up as an adorable Olivia the Pig.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: White Rabbit Halloween Costume


White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland

Throw a red blazer on top of a yellow shirt, pin on a big bow, put your bunny ears on, and draw some whiskers. And to make sure that the kids won’t confuse you as just some fancy bunny, don’t forget your clock!

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: The Paper Bag Halloween Costume


Princess Elizabeth from the Paper Bag Princess

This feisty character from a beloved children’s book makes for one charming costume that is easy to make. This cosplayer pictured above wore this to a cosplay picnic and kids absolutely loved it. For the classroom–maybe try some leggings underneath. Learn how to make the paper bag dress and crown here.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers:  Pipi Longstocking Halloween Costume


Pipi Longstocking

If you intend on going as Pipi Longstocking, then it’s your hair that will really seal the deal. Copying Pipi’s clothes is easy enough, but you must learn how to get those characteristic braids. Luckily, they are not that hard to do, as this guide will show you.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: Cat in a Hat Halloween Costume

Cat in the Hat

This one’s a classic. Watch this video tutorial [EDITED TO ADD: The video appears to be private for now] that covers every aspect of the costume, from the hat to right down to the makeup. The most challenging part is making the hat. However, if you have no time and energy to make one, you can simply opt for cutout hat like the girl in the picture above is wearing.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: Snow White Halloween Costume

Crafty Teacher Lady

Snow White

You can’t go wrong with choosing a fairytale character. If the idea of dressing as a princess in a long dress makes you worry about comfort, remember that they key element here are the colors. You can wear modern clothing and still get the classic look like Crafty Teacher Lady here.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: Sam Sparks Halloween Costume


Sam Sparks from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

You can dress either as Sam Sparks the weather reporter from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 1 or Sam Sparks the baby strawberry savior from part 2. Though both costumes are easy to put together (as you can see on this guide), the latter is more fun and more recognizable to kids.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: Camilla Cream Halloween Costume


Camilla Cream from A Bad Case of Stripes

This Camilla Cream costume is pretty popular on Pinterest and it’s easy to see why. It’s easy, colorful, fun, and unmistakable. Get the look by donning colorful striped sleeves and putting some face paint on.

15 book character Halloween costumes for teachers: Book Fairy Halloween Costume


Book Fairy

Instead of dressing up as a character FROM a book, why not become a character that creates, gives, or reads books? If you have an old dictionary or book that you don’t mind tearing up and if you are quite crafty with paper, then this costume will be worth the time. The Book Fairy (or a Dictionfairy, if you take the pages from a dictionary) is as clever as they come. Read the step-by-step instructions here.

Want more ideas that aren’t just book characters? Check out my other round up of teacher costumes:

Halloween costumes for teachers (easy and cheap to make!)

Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? What’s your costume? We’d love to hear your ideas!

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Angela is a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years of classroom experience and 7 years experience as an instructional coach. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has created printable curriculum resources, 4 books, 3 online courses, the Truth for Teachers podcast, and The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Subscribe via email to get her best content sent to your inbox!

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1 Leslie October 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Such cute ideas (and many are simple too). Thanks for collecting them in one place!


2 Daniel October 25, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Needs more guy costumes! I was thinking of just doing a Mariachi outfit: poncho, mariachi hat, carry guitar all day.


3 Madeleine Thompson February 11, 2015 at 9:24 am

Great ideas! Thanks.


4 Carey Shelton May 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm

I tried to watch the Youtube video listed on the Dr. Suess Cat in the Hat costume and it says “Sorry this video is private” I have never even seen this message on Youtube before. Any thoughts on viewing? Here is the link it took me to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bUMs65PZRQ


5 Angela Watson May 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Thanks for letting me know! The person who uploaded it must have changed the video settings. :(


6 Claudia September 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm

Haha I loved that stuffed strawberry!


7 Angie October 23, 2015 at 9:09 pm

I’ve done Harry Potter.


8 Angela Watson October 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm



9 Dianne October 28, 2015 at 7:07 am

Goodwill is the best. Cute and classy..


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