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World Book Day costume ideas 2020 for adults and children from easy to last minute

WHO says bookworms cannot be fashionistas?

As World Book Day approaches on Thursday, March 5, 2020, find out how you can channel your inner Alice, Tin Man, Mary Poppins and more with our guide on the best costume ideas to mark the day.

Costume ideas for adults

With an array of characters to choose from, there is something for everyone on World Book Day.

The purpose of the day is to celebrate the work of authors, illustrators and reading around the world.

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carrol's 1865's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a literature favourite.

For World Book Day, relive Alice's adventures with her iconic look consisting of a knee-length puffed sleeve dress with a pinafore worn over it.

The tea cup adds a touch of realism to the look.


For World Book Day, it might indeed be difficult to spot Wally as the character's red and white striped outfit has proven to be a dress up favourite.

Willy Wonka

Appearing in Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka's costume is one of the most popular.

A top hat, colourful trousers, and oversized bow tie will do the trick.

However, it is the character's famous purple coat which will set you apart.

Costume ideas for children

Harry Potter

Everybody's favourite wizard is a popular choice for World Book Day.

Head back to Hogwarts with the iconic Gryffindor robe, tie and matching scarf.

A pair of round glasses completes the look but Harry Potter's famous scar will be the icing on the cake!

Mary Poppins

Transform into P.L. Travers' most loved character with this ensemble.

The hat serves as a great add on to Mary Poppins' legendary style and the black umbrella is sure to bring the character alive.

The Tin Man

Get ready to break out the tin-foil with one of The Wizard Of Oz's best loved characters.

With the extra help of a grey t-shirt and shorts, get ready to get on down the yellow brick road.

Snow White

Step into The Brothers Grimm's 1812 fairy tale with this simple look.

Complete the ensemble with a pair of stockings and a red ribbon.

Grab an apple from the kitchen and you're ready to find Prince Charming!

Gangsta Granny

For a modern take on World Book Day, David Walliams' Gangsta Granny is a comedic choice.

What's needed here is a grey short wig, a granny-inspired dress and a black eye mask.

Complete this look with granny's anti-social attitude, and you are good to go.