Top 20 World Book Day Costume Ideas For Families

February 25, 2021

Top 20 World Book Day Costume Ideas For Families -

World Book Day isn’t just a celebration for children, but also families! After all, we can’t let them have all the fun!

Over the years, it’s become more of a popular trend to dress the entire family up as your favourite characters. So, get those outfits ready and get your best pose ready, because you’ll soon be IG ready for the whole world to see!

With so many family World Book Day costume ideas to choose from, we’ve put together our top 20. Some of them are from all time classic books (that mums and dads grew up with) and others are based on modern characters that children absolutely adore.


Where’s Wally? 

Remember spending hours on end trying to find the little man in the stripy top? Where’s Wally is such a classic character that we both loved and hated at the same time! You could play your very own game of Where’s Wally in this 4-set family costume! Watch out though, as you may be searching for a long time…Hide and seek anyone?


Where's Wally Costume


Harry Potter 

The tale of a young boy with his trusted companions, Ron and Hermione, will never get old! Their mission to defeat ‘you know who’ is so thrilling. Your entire gang can dress up as the characters from Harry Potter, but the question is, who’ll go as the scary Dark Lord? 


Harry Potter Costumes


The Fairy-tale Princesses

Isn’t it every girls’ dream to be a princess? Why wouldn’t it be when you can wear beautiful long dresses and tiaras? Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are all magical princesses that we grew up with and now our kids love these characters too! Why not be a real-life princess with your family? Don’t forget to look out for the evil queens and ugly sisters!

 Fairytale Princesses

Toy Story 

‘Buzz to the rescue!’

Woody and the gang are loved by the whole family. Not everything was always sunshine and rainbows though, with Zurg and Stinky Pete! Luckily, we’re only remembering the good characters with this family costume. It includes cowboy Woody, Jessie, Little Bo Peep, Forky, and don’t forget to dress your pup as Buzz!

Toy Story Costumes

Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory  

We’re all adore chocolate, and it would be our dream to own our very own chocolate factory! With his team of helpers, Willy Wonka always has his factory in tip top condition, whilst coming up with new inventions. You and your family can recreate the characters from Willy Wonka. Does anyone fancy covering their body in orange paint to become an Oompa Loompa.

 Willy Wonka Costumes


Alice and Wonderland 

Alice in Wonderland tells the enchanting story of sweet Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole and gets transported into a world of complete madness! This costume idea is a great one for families who have a few children. Dress up as Alice, White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter and the grinning Cheshire Cat!

Be sure to watch out for the Queen of Hearts, as she may have you ‘off with your head!’

Alice in Wonderland Costumes


Peter Pan 

Peter Pan tells the tale of a young boy who never grows up. Neverland is full of all things magical, with fairies, mermaids, and pixie dust. As with all fairy-tales, there’s always a dark side too, so be careful with those pirates! You can dress your family up to recreate the characters from Peter Pan, with Peter himself, Tinkerbell, Mr Smee and the devious Captain Hook! Tik tok, tik tok, tik tok.

 Peter Pan Costumes

Star Wars 

Deep in the outer rim of the galaxy lies a completely different world... The Star Wars saga has been given a whole new lease of life with the latest Disney movies and now you can choose costumes based on characters old and new. 

Star Wars Costumes

Roald Dahl Classics

We all remember the classic Roald Dahl books, which we grew up reading over and over again. The adventures of James and the Giant Peach, The Big Friendly Giant and Matilda to name a few. What better way to celebrate these fantastic novels with your family, than to dress up? As there are so many great characters to choose from, so why not mix it up by combining characters from different books?

 Roald Dahl Costumes

The Incredibles

The Incredibles is a film that makes every family want to transform into heroes after watching – and now you can! If your husband, or dad is in trouble, you go and save him! Give your family members a superhero make-over this World Book Day with this fantastic set of Mr & Mrs Incredible, Dash and Elastagirl outfits.

The incredibles costumes

Little Red Riding Hood 

The little girl in her red cape is an ultimate tale of heroism and cunning. Little does she know that it’s not always so safe out in the woods, especially with the Big Bad Wolf around! The two main characters are Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, so why not double up with your family? Remember to lock your doors, before the big bad wolf gets you!

Little Red Riding Hood Costumes

The Three Little Pigs 

Remember the story of the three little pigs who built their own houses? Things weren’t so easy for them and after all that hard work, the big bad wolf came along to destroy their new homes! Why not dress up your own little piglets on World Book Day, whilst you as the parent, plays the big bad wolf?

Three Little Pigs Costumes

The Wizard of Oz 

‘I want to go home, I want to go home…’

Those infamous red slippers transported Dorothy and Toto to the magical land of Oz. It’s a wonderful tale of friendships and you and your family can recreate some of the characters!  Fun for all of the family, even your new-born too!

Wizard Of Oz Costumes

Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Who can resist a nice bowl of warm porridge, on a cold, winter’s day? Goldilocks can’t, that’s for sure! The tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is great for young children. Give your entire family a bear make-over with cute little onesies. Your little girl can dress up as the innocent, yet slightly cheeky Goldilocks!

Goldilocks and the three bears costumes

Mary Poppins

Haven’t we all wanted to fly in the sky with an umbrella? We all need a nanny like Mary Poppins in our lives, who spreads happiness and joy wherever she goes. This mother-daughter duo costume is great for twinning this World Book Day. Why not get your dad to join in as handy man Bert?

Mary Poppins Costumes


Everyone loves animals, no matter how big or small. They appear in almost every storybook out there, from The Hungry Caterpillar and Charlotte’s Web to Winnie the Pooh and friends. If you’re struggling for ideas, or you and your family just adore animals, why not dress as a zebra, penguin and caterpillar? You can choose any combination of birds, insects, and furry animals you wish!

Animals costumes

Knights and Princesses

We all need a knight in shining armour who will protect us, either as a husband, boyfriend, or dad. In turn, they need their princess to be there for them when they return from battle. Transform yourself and your family into royalty and welcome your little knights and princesses into the royal family.

knights and princess costumes

Superheroes (Female) 

Girls don’t always need men to protect us from danger. We’re strong and ready to take on the world! Dress up as Wonder Woman and Bat girl, and you’ll be ready to battle and protect each other from harm. Who needs batman and superman after all?

womens superhero costumes


When we think of pirates, we imagine big ships, eye patches and lots of bling. There are so many books out there which feature pirates and they make a fantastic family costume idea for World Book Day! Dress the whole family up as pirates and add some extra accessories to complete the full look!

Pirate costumes

101 Dalmatians

 Those 101 adorable little Dalmatians are the cutest movie doggies ever! We’ll always remember Rollo, who was hungry, heavier and mischievous than the rest of them! They had a narrow escape, from the nasty Cruella Deville. This is a really cute costume set to wear for World Book Day. As mummy will be dressed as Cruella, tell your kids to be careful and hideaway!

101 Dalmatians costumes

So, there you have it… Our top 20 World Book Day Costume ideas for families! We hope you found our guide useful and it inspired you and your family to pick out the perfect characters this March. Remember that these ideas aren’t limited and be sure to browse our other costumes here for more inspiration.