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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: 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

Book Halloween CostumesCarrie ChapmanComment

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

Book Halloween CostumesCarrie Chapman1 Comment

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: Cat in the Hat

Book Halloween CostumesCarrie Chapman1 Comment

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.