Great costume ideas for World Book Day

This year’s World Book Day is on 7 March and if you’re feeling stumped for costume ideas, look no further! We’ve put together a few suggestions inspired by some of our favourite Farshore characters.

Amelia Fang

Amelia Fang is back in her fourth adventure Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holidays, and it’s launching on World Book Day!

Preorder your copy today to make sure you get it for publication day.

Here’s a fab pic of Laura Ellen Anderson, the author and illustrator of the series, dressed-up as Amelia when we filmed her reading from her first book Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball last year in a creepy graveyard. Amelia and friends live in the spooky land of Nocturnia, which means that you can take the Halloween costume box down from the attic 6 months’ early!

Wearing Amelia’s trademark orange, black and white striped skirt, bat wings and messy bun, you’ll be instantly recognisable as the smartest vampire on the block. Just don’t forget to bring a small pumpkin with you – Amelia never leaves home without her pet pumpkin Squashy!

Amelia is sure to be the star of the show for this year’s celebrations, but there’s also a whole colourful cast of other characters from the series who would also make for fantastic dress-up.

Who will you be going as? Why don’t you take our quiz to find out which Amelia Fang character you are? And check out these great costumes from Amelia fans for more inspiration:

Cruella de Vil

Cruella de Vil returns just in time for this year’s World Book Day in Peter Bently and Steven Lenton‘s brand new book, Cruella and Cadpig.

When Cadpig gets lost playing hide-and-seek, she stumbles into the path of the evil Cruella de Vil. But can her new furry friends help her escape?

Originally appearing in Dodie Smith’s story The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Cruella has become a classic baddie and is guaranteed to give anyone a chill (especially dog lovers!).

This timeless villain is instantly recognisable with her shock of black and white hair and love of long fur coats.

The Magic Misfits

Do you believe in magic?

The coolest bunch of characters have landed, and they’re perfect dress-up for any occasion! Emmy award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris has invented a band of magical apprentices who use their conjuring know-how to stop crime and escape from sticky situations.

Led by the mysterious Mr Dante Vernon, the six Magic Misfits hail from all walks of life and each have a unique talent which helps them in their adventures. With Carter, Leila, Theo, Ridley and the twins Izzy & Olly (not to forget old Mr Vernon), kids will have great fun dressing as their favourite magical character.

The Magic Misfits jacket image

Each book contains a treasure trove of tips, codes and stage tricks that will help anyone join the Magic Misfits and make some magic of their own. Perfect for dazzling friends on World Book Day!

The Magic Misfits book one is out now in paperback.

Mr Gum

Everyone’s favourite grouchy old man made a surprise appearance last year in the hilarious Natboff!: One Million Years of Stupidity.

This bonkers character is perfect dress-up – you just need a big orange beard and you’re halfway there! Add a top hat (a crooked one gets extra points) and a long dark coat and Mr Gum will be scaring squirrels left, right and centre this Halloween.

Check out these amazing Mr Gum costumes from fans.

Jane Doe

New kid on the block, Jane Doe is not to be messed with. The heroine of The Cradle of All Worlds has a unique talent: she can generate huge earthquakes when she gets angry, scared or upset. Setting off on her quest to save her father (and possibly the fate of All Worlds), she wears a black travelling cloak, carries a lantern and has in her possession a large and mysterious key…

And remember, dressing up isn’t just for humans as this book shop proved when they dressed their dog up to celebrate the launch of The Cradle of all Worlds earlier this year. Cute!

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