Classic Book Week Costume Ideas by Party Affairs


Book Week is just around the corner, and costumes are selling fast. Get the scoop on this year’s most popular Book Week costumes so your child doesn’t miss out! Here are this year’s top picks from the event planning experts at Party Affairs.

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Get excited for Book Week! On the 20th to the 26th of August The Children’s Book Council of Australia hold their annual week-long festival. This is the time where schools, libraries, booksellers, actors, illustrators and children get together to celebrate Australian literature and highlight the importance of reading, especially amongst the young Australian crowd. Expect to see amazing library displays and children dressed up in all kinds of incredible and unique book characters. This year’s theme is the most exciting yet – Australia: Story Country. Dress as daring bushrangers, sporting heroes, brave war heroes and native animals. Read all about our costume ideas to suit the true blue Aussie theme in one of our other Book Week blog posts. We’re excited to hear all of your favourite Australian children’s stories this year. With Book Week comes many special activities for the children including costume parades and dress up days, which is where we come in.

When it comes to Book Week the possibilities are endless, don’t feel obliged to stick with the 2016 Aussie theme! is Australia’s leading children’s costume specialist with the biggest range of children’s Book Week costumes available online. All of their costumes can be delivered overnight to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, and most larger regional towns across Australia. If you buy your children’s Book Week costumes through CostumeBox, you will receive a very special Aussie-themed free gift. With the help of CostumeBox, we show you some of the top Book Week themes for you and your children to gain inspiration and get creative with this year.

Alice in Wonderland

This classic and super popular theme is one not to be missed! This theme gives you so much creative freedom to dress as whichever unique and crazy character you can think of. We thought this theme deserved a blog post of its own, so check out Book Week: Alice in Wonderland with CostumeBox.  


Mad Hatter Mens Costume


Disney Mad Hatter Mens Costume


Alice in Wonderland Girls Costume

Harry Potter

Bring the world of Harry Potter to life when you dress up as your favourite character. Accessorise with a wand, a wizards hat, a pair of round glasses and a scarf with your favourite team colours, and watch the magic come to life.


What’s your favourite Hogwarts House? Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or the brave and courageous Gryffindor?


If your favourite house is Gryffindor, you can buy these officially licensed Harry Potter red & gold hat and scarf from CostumeBox, embroidered with the Hogwarts crest patch. Get into the Gryffindor spirit and cheer on as Harry and Ron battle it out with all the other Houses in the Quidditch. You can use this Gryffindor merchandise time and time again from just $44.99.

buy440101-handsYou can’t be Harry Potter, without the famous round glasses! Top off your wizarding costume with these Harry Potter glasses. These lightweight glasses have a metal frame and plastic lenses and are only $8.99. Draw a lightning bold scar on with red face paint and there’s no doubt everyone will be calling you The Boy Who Lived.


Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is another children’s book featuring a whole world of unique and exciting characters that children and teachers alike can get into character with. From Dorothy to the Cowardly Lion to the Wicked Witch.

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For all the little young girls, you might want to follow The Yellow Brick Road dressed as Dorothy with this Dorothy Cutie Girls Costume for $23.99. This adorable Wizard of Oz costume includes the white long sleeve top, blue gingham knee length dress and matching bow headband. Find three other friends to dress as the scarecrow, tin man and lion for a great group costume idea.


If you are dressing as Dorothy this year, your outfit isn’t complete without the classic ruby red slippers for $42.99. All the little girls are guaranteed to absolutely love these gorgeous red sparkly Dorothy Sequin Deluxe Girls Shoes and will never want to take them off! They feature shiny red sequins with a little bow on the front and will also look great for Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White costumes as well as dress up play at home.


If you’re feeling adventurous, dress up in this Girls Deluxe Dorothy Costume for $61.99. The dress features an attached blouse with blue and white gingham straps, little white buttons at the waist and flared skirt and lace hem. Blue hair bows are included, all you need is red glitter shoes and a basket and you’re ready to see the wonderful Wizard of Oz. $61.99.


If you are a teacher or adult looking for a fantastic costume, why not dress as the lion? The scaredy cat that finds his heart in The Wizard of Oz makes for a classic costume. This Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion Mens Costume for $83.99 features a lion suit with headpiece and mane, ready to partner Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow!


Dr Seuss

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Wise words from the incredible Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss is a popular and exciting theme to base your Book Week characters on. There are so many memorable and unique characters from a whole range of popular children’s books that will surely be a hit.


Everyone loves Cat in the Hat, so why not be just that. This Dr Seuss Cat in the Hat Toddler Costume features a soft plush jumpsuit with attached bow tie, and comes with the iconic red and white striped hat and detachable tail, valued at $55.99.


Speaking of the Cat in the Hat, there’s a whole range of funny little characters that you can’t leave out. How about you dress you child as Thing 1 and 2. This awesome Dr Seuss Thing 1 and 2 Kids Costume includes the jumpsuit and wig for $57.99. All you need is to match it to red socks and you have the look down.



Disney is a theme that you absolutely cannot look past. They are one of the leading children’s storytellers in the world, with so many memorable and classic stories that every child will know. CostumeBox have both adult and children costumes for all your favourite Disney characters. Snow White is a perfect example of a character that will make all the little girls feel like a princess.


Introducing the fairest in the land, Snow White. The Snow White Womens Costume and cute Snow White Deluxe Girls Costume will transform you into one of the fairytale Disney princesses that you’ve always dreamed of. No one will have to question who you are when you rock up in this instantly recognisable outfit. The women’s costume comes with the dress with detachable red satin look cape, blue velour bodice, stand up collar with red and pale blue satin puff sleeves and bright yellow satin look skirt. It also includes a black wig with separate red bow headband and little red satin drawstring handbag. All for $97.99. 


The children’s costume comes with the dress, with its puff sleeves, stand up collar, pendant and yellow skirt part with white pettiskirt for volume at $57.99. Just finish off the costumes with white tights and an apple. But be warned, remember what happens if you eat the apple!


Where’s Wally?

Everyone remembers as a child and an adult searching through the pages of Where’s Wally looking for that red and white striped top and hat that is Wally and Wenda through a crowd of drawings.   


If your little rascal enjoys Where’s Wally as much as we do, then we couldn’t suggest a better character to come dressed up as for Book Week. This Wally Boys Costume features a printed jumpsuit with camera design and includes the bobble hat and round frame lens glasses for $39.99. Everything you need to match Wally’s sneaky character. 


For all the girls in the house there’s Wenda. Get spotted in this iconic costume in the Book Week costume parade. This Wheres Wenda Girls Costume for $39.99 includes a dress, hat, glasses and stockings. Find a friend to dress as Wally and arrive to Book Week together this year, it will be loads of fun.



Every little lad and lady loves a fairytale story. There are so many stories out there, it makes it hard to decide which one is your favourite. We’ve come up with a few costume ideas for you.   


Firstly, we have the classic Little Red Riding Hood. This costume is perfect for Book Week or school plays. The Red Riding Hood Toddler Costume includes a dress with a white blouse top with velcro neck closure, a red checked skirt, and the short red hooded cape for $33.99. Just add a basket and you’re ready for a visit to grandma’s house! Just make sure grandma is who she says she is!




One of the favourite characters for little boys is Captain Hook. Plunder for treasure and sail the high seas or take revenge on the cheeky Peter Pan for cutting off your hand. This officially licensed Captain Hook Boys Costume for $52.99 includes a blood red jacket and gold detailing with black shorts, foam hook and a red hat for the perfect look! If you want to go all out, pair the outfit with white stockings, and don’t forget to talk like a pirate too. Ahoy there!


Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings is the ultimate adventure story, while also bringing amazing costume opportunities for you or your kids for Book Week this year, or for the years to come. 


This Lord of the Rings Frodo Boys Kit is perfect for a young little boy. The kit comes with a brown hooded cloak, pouch, light up sword and gold ring for $39.99. Get ready to embark on dangerous adventures as this costume will transform you into the brave and courageous hobbit that you’ve read all about.


If being a hobbit isn’t your thing, you can be the leader of the Fellowship. You can be the wise wizard himself with this Gandalf Children’s Costume. Join Frodo on his quest with this hat, robe and belt combo. With this costume you are sure to be the most stylish wizard from Middle Earth for $45.99. You can buy the wig/beard separately to impress all of your friends.

GandalfWhat if you’re a girl and you don’t want to be a hobbit or a wizard? Well then, the Lady of the Light is definitely for you. Be the mightiest and fairest of all the elves in this beautiful The Hobbit Galadriel Girls Costume. This costume includes a beautiful white dress with attached sheer sleeves and a matching headpiece. You will look like a beautiful Elvish princess in this great costume for $45.99.


Choose from these and so many other themes for Book Week this year! You can find CostumeBox’s Instagram and Pinterest for more Book Week inspiration. We hope that these popular themes have given you insight and inspiration about how you want to dress up for Book Week this year and enrich your kids’ imagination.


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