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12 Book Themed Halloween Costumes!

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We love Halloween over here SO MUCH. Georgia had the entire family's costumes picked out by August 1st. I was lamenting over how sad it was that you can only dress up as one thing. My cousin told me that she tries to dress her kids like book characters and I had inspiration coming at lightening speed. Couple mine and Georgia's love for dressing up with reading and the result was inevitable. Over two months, Georgia dressed up like 12 different characters from our favorite children's books. 

My mom HATED Halloween and getting the kids dressed up. I really hope that these easy costumes can inspire moms to not feel so overwhelmed. 

Below is a link to each individual blog post to each costume. Happy Halloween! 

Pinkalicious

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And don't forget to grab a cute trick or treat bag from our shop to go with the costume!

Book Themed Halloween Costume: A Bad Case of the Stripes

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For final costume in this series, we went with our current favorite: Camilla Cream from A Bad of the Stripes by David Shannon. 
I cannot tell you how many times we have read this book. The spine is worn out already. 
I was going to be a lot more ambitious with this costume, but I decided to make it easy on myself. If I was doing this for Halloween, I would have added a rainbow striped shirt under the white tank top, and rainbow leggings. Those were a little hard to find at the moment, and since I was in the throws of moving states, I just painted her face. 
I wish I would have made sure I had orange and purple face paint instead of trying to mix colors... a friend suggested that I could have just used washable markers!

In the end, this was Georgia's most requested costume but we only did it this once. 

This whole process has been so fun for us! I am excited to have these to show Georgia in the future! Stay tuned for tomorrow as I will have a post with ALL the costumes in one place :)

Book Themed Halloween Costume: Coraline

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I'm gonna be honest, I could have done better on this costume. I could have found a wig that was a darker blue. I could have made or found a dragonfly hair clip. I could have made a button key to put around her neck. But the point of these costumes are to show what I can come up with with what I have, and this is what I had :) 

Maybe some freckles too? It probably doesn't help that Georgia has no idea who Coraline is. We are gonna save that book for when she's older than 3. Still, I think she looks cute. 

Book Character Halloween Costume: Strega Nona

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Have you read Strega Nona? And Italian witch with a magic pasta pot, what's not to love? 

This costume was a "no sew" meaning I just tucked a bunch of fabric in a dress and called it good. If I was actually using this on Halloween I would have sewn a skirt and tunic top. I'm sure they would have been simple but I didn't have time to do all that just for this little photo shoot. 
The "pasta" is yarn in one of those $5 plastic kettles you can get around Halloween. Wouldn't it be cute to glue some of the yarn to the rim and on the sides and use it as a trick-or-treat bucket?

Georgia told me she was "different nice witch" when we put on this costume. I love doing these costumes with her. 

Pinkalicious
Cat in the Hat
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Fern from Charlotte's Web
The Paper Bag Princess
Fancy Nancy
Olivia
Emily Elizabeth from Clifford
Amelia Bedelia

Book Character Halloween Costume: Amelia Bedelia

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Amelia Bedelia became on my favorites back in the second grade. She was my first introduction to puns and wordplay and I will forever be grateful for that. I thought she was the most hilarious lady on the planet. 
Georgia doesn't get the wordplay quite yet, but that doesn't mean I don't read her some Amelia Bedelia every once in a while. 

This wasn't my best photo shoot, but I was pretty pleased with the costume. Especially the hat! I used one of those foam visors you find at the dollar store and spray painted it black. The only way it would hold it's curve was to put the coil under her chin. 
If I was making this her actual costume, I probably would have taken the time to make a pinafore apron. Instead, I found this one at Hobby Lobby for a couple of dollars. Everything else I had on hand. 

Book Character Halloween Costume: Emily Elizabeth of Clifford

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We took the pictures of our Emily Elizabeth costume at the Humane Society! This outfit killed me! Georgia looked so grown up, and the outfit was so true to the book character we just kept laughing about it. 
If I was doing this as her actual Halloween costume, I probably would have painted the buttons black. With the exception of the socks, this entire outfit was right out of Georgia's closet. The Clifford dog lives at the local Humane Society but was happy to go for a walk with us. 

Book Character Halloween Costume: Olivia

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Georgia was appropriately a tad stoic for this little photo shoot. I love Olivia the pig. She is so relatable without being typical. 
You can buy an Olivia costume like this one but I decided to take advantage of the fact that Olivia basically just wears red with the signature black and white striped tights. 
The ears took me a minute to figure out, but in the end I just used a thin foam sheet and hot glued it onto a headband. It ended up being way less time consuming that I had thought. I made the tutu and we had everything else in the closet. 
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Pinkalicious
Cat in the Hat
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Fern from Charlotte's Web
The Paper Bag Princess
Fancy Nancy
Emily Elizabeth

Book Character Halloween Costume: Fancy Nancy

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This was probably Georgia's favorite costume so far. She stayed in it long after I took the photos (even the wig) and has requested it many times since. 

We love Fancy Nancy books because they teach "fancy" ways to say different words and watching Georgia try and pronounce them is gold. 

I didn't spend any money on this costume!  

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Pinkalicious
Cat in the Hat
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Fern from Charlotte's Web
The Paper Bag Princess
Olivia 
Emily Elizabeth

Book Character Halloween Costume: The Paper Bag Princess

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We just recently read The Paper Bag Princess and it has become a favorite in our house. Turns out not a lot of folks have heard of it. It's about a princess who is about to marry a prince. A dragon comes and smashes her castle and burns all of her clothes so all she has to wear is a paper bag. She sets out to outsmart the dragon and save her prince. We love it. 

Georgia's costume did not cost me a thing, although making the paper bag dress was a bit more complicated than I had anticipated. I found Ruth's dragon costume for $10 and I couldn't pass it up! Look at her! She's loving it! 
Again, these pictures were taken back in August so if you're going to go with this costume you obviously need to add some pants and a shirt under that paper bag. I wish I would have had Georgia's hair down like the princess in the book, and I also wish I would have put some dirt on her face. I was racing against the sun this day so it is what it is :) 

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Pinkalicious
Cat in the Hat
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Fern from Charlotte's Web
Fancy Nancy
Olivia 
Emily Elizabeth

Book Character Halloween Costume: Fern from Charlotte's Web

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This costume is the ultimate "I have no money and no time to dress up my kid" get-up. We threw Georgia in some overalls and pigtails and she walked around with a little stuffed pig she called Wilbur. She refused to change out of this costume for the rest of the day. 

"I just live on a farm with my pig, mom. Like Fern does." 

It's been so sweet as Georgia has gotten older. She finally sits and listens to stories, even the ones with very few pictures. Charlotte's Web had been the first she's say through consistently and I'm finding that I love the story now more than ever. She still requests to dress up like Fern sometimes, and since the costume is so easy she can :)

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Pinkalicious
Cat in the Hat
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
The Paper Bag Princess
Fancy Nancy
Olivia
Emily Elizabeth

Book Character Halloween Costume: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

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I mentioned last week that my mom doesn't like Halloween and costumes, which is true. But to be fair, you should know that I was involved in theatre all through high school and she was a reluctant "drama mom" who made many a full-scale costume for productions. That's love, folks. 

Today's costume was simple to put together. The mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is only wearing overalls. Since we took these pictures back in August, Georgia is only wearing overalls and a talk top, but you could easily throw a brown thermal under those overalls and be ready for late October. 

I made that cookie pillow ($3 of fabric) but it could have easily been a super cute trick or treat bag! Or you could throw it on the sibling like we did here and have her go as the cookie :)

Pinkalicious
Cat in the Hat
Fern of Charlotte's Web
The Paper Bag Princess
Fancy Nancy
Olivia 
Emily Elizabeth

Book Character Halloween Costume: Cat in the Hat

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In 5th grade, my mom made me this awesome Peter Pan Halloween costume. I loved it but she hated making it. My mom has never been big on Halloween. She told me that she wouldn't be making me anymore costumes and that if I wanted to dress up I needed to do it myself. In sixth grade, I dressed up like a mime because I already had black clothes, white gloves and a beret. My mom was surprised that I took the inititave to come up with my own costume and took me to buy some make-up because "you can't be a mime with no white make-up!" 

Anyway, this costume is dedicated to the moms who hate dressing up their kids for Halloween. Cat in the Hat was incredibly simple. I bought the hat ($6) and the fabric piece ($1.50) but everything else I already had. 

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She was so funny to watch running down the street and everyone at the park wanted to chat with her. She was pretty pleased with herself. 

Book Character Halloween Costume: Pinkalicious

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Way back in the beginning of August, my 3 year old picked out our family's Halloween costumes. Before I knew it, I had bought two out of four of our costumes and the materials to make the other two... all before August 15. 
The thing is, we LOVE to dress up over here. My husband and I had a dress-up box before we ever even had kids. Once we had our costumes I thought "it's a real shame you can only dress up as one thing for Halloween..."
I was lamenting about this with my cousin who mentioned that she dresses up her kids as book characters every year. Suddenly, I had a million easy, low-cost ideas rolling through my head!

Thus began my mother-daughter(s) project of dressing up my kids like book characters and taking pictures of them. It has been something special for Georgia and I (and Ruthie whenever she joins in) to do together and she has yet to be anything less than excited when I mention "let's dress up like ________."

All of these costumes were made with what we already had or had one or two little things added. 

First up: Pinkalicious

Georgia got this book for her birthday and LOVES how many times it says the word pink. We read it all the time. This costume was easy for us only because Georgia's favorite color is pink and we have a lot of it. 
If you don't like Halloween, or don't have a lot of money to spend on elaborate costumes, this would make a good option for your little girl :)

Stay tuned- I have like 12 of these costumes coming up ;)

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Cat in the Hat
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Fern of Charlotte's Web
The Paper Bag Princess
Fancy Nancy
Olivia 
Emily Elizabeth