World Book Day is coming up on Thursday 5th March 2020, and if you want to get a head start and the best choice of costumes for your children now is the time to get organised.
Here's our guide to the best World Book Day costumes out there, for the best prices, both for children and also for adults who are joining in.
Top Deals on World Book Day Costumes
- Half Price on selected fancy dress online @ Asda George* prices now from £3
- World Book Day costumes £6.99 each @ Lidl* in stores from Thursday 27th February. Alice In Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, Harry Potter, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Spider-Man costumes, available in ages 4 -10 years.
Children's World Book Day Costumes
If your child's school, nursery or playgroup is joining in with World Book Day there's a huge selection of fancy dress costumes out there, with a whole host of book characters from classics to new favourites. Yes, you can make your own, but if you're short on time or not too handy with a glue gun and crafting here's the best World Book Day costumes you can buy.
Here's our favourites for children of all ages, or if you are looking for costumes from a specific author scroll down for Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson, and Harry Potter costumes.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Red Sleepsuit & Hat (0-18 Months)* from £9 @ Tu Clothing
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Costume*£14 @ Asda George
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Butterfly Dress Costume* £14 @ Asda George
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Green Costume (1-8 Years)* from £14 @ Tu Clothing
- Mary Poppins Fancy Dress* £14 @ Asda George
- Mary Poppins Fancy Dress Costume (3-9yrs)* from £16 @ Matalan
- Rubie's Official 1960s Mary Poppins + Hat Girls Fancy Dress* from £17.34 @ Amazon
- Where's Wally 3 Piece Set* £6.22 + free delivery @ Amazon
- Where's Wally Costume* £8 @ Asda George
- Where's Wally Fancy Dress Costume (4-9yrs)* from £15 @ Matalan
Classic Fairy Tales
- Little Red Riding Hood Costume* from £6.98 @ Amazon
- Little Red Riding Hood Costume*£8 @ Asda George
- Goldilocks Costume* £8 @ Asda George
- Queen Of Hearts Costume* from £8.49 @ Amazon
The Best Of The Rest
- Spot The Dog Yellow Sleepsuit (0-18 Months)* from £8 @ Tu Clothing
- Peter Rabbit Brown Costume (1-8 Years)* from £15 @ Tu Clothing
- Elmer Multicoloured Costume (1-6 Years)* from £15 @ Tu Clothing
- Thing 1 / Thing 2 T-shirt* from £5.99 @ Amazon
Harry Potter World Book Day Costumes
- Harry Potter school scarf, wand and tie set in Slytherin*, Hufflepuff* or Ravenclaw* £5 each @ Asda George.
- Harry Potter Black Gryffindor Costume (3-12 years)* from £15 @ Tu Clothing
- Harry Potter Gryffindor Fancy Dress Costume* from £15 @ Asda George
- Harry Potter Costume (5-12yrs)* £16 @ Matalan
- Rubie's Official Harry Potter Pack Gryffindor Robe, Wand and Glasses Child's Costume* £14.95 @ Amazon
- Hermione Baby Skirted Bodysuit and Tights Outfit* sizes from birth to 24 months, £8 @ Asda George, online only
- Hermione Costume with wig and wand (3-12 years)* from £15 @ Tu Clothing
- Hermione Fancy Dress Costume with wig and wand* from £15 @ Asda George
- Hermione Fancy Dress Costume with wig (5-12yrs)* £17 @ Matalan
Ron & The Rest...
- Ron Weasley Fancy Dress Costume with wig and wand* from £15 @ Asda George
- Slytherin Costume (3-12 years)*from £15 @ Tu Clothing
- Dumbledore Costume* £17 @ Matalan
- Wise Wizard Costume* from £14.99 @ Amazon
Roald Dahl World Book Day Costumes
- Roald Dahl Costumes from £10 @ Asda George* includes Golden Ticket, Willy Wonka, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox, and the BFG.
- Roald Dahl Costumes from £15 @ Tu Clothing* includes Willy Wonka, Veruca Salt, Matilda, Miss Trunchbull, Fantastic Mr Fox and the BFG.
- Matilda Fancy Dress Costume (3-7yrs)*from £15 @ Matalan
- Miss Trunchbull Fancy Dress Costume (3-7yrs)* from £15 @ Matalan
- Smiffys Officially Licensed Roald Dahl Willy Wonka Costume* from £13.70 @ Amazon
Julia Donaldson World Book Day Costumes
If your child is set on dressing as a Julia Donaldson character I have one word for you - Sainsbury's! Their Tu Clothing* range has by far the best fancy dress costumes of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and even Zog! Last year these sold out waaaaay before March, so you really need to be quick to nab these.
- The Gruffalo Fancy Dress Costume* from £16 @ Tu Clothing
- Stick Man Fancy Dress Costume* from £15 @ Tu Clothing
- Zog Fancy Dress Costume* from £15 @ Tu Clothing
£5 World Book Day Costumes @ Asda George
If you don't want to shell out lots for a costume that's going to worn once, Asda George have some great money-saving options for you. They're selling lots of 'costumes' that are really accessory sets, so that it's really easy to match with your child's own clothes to make a full costume.
Adult World Book Day Costumes
Teachers, this is for you! If you work in a school, playgroup, library, book shop or nursery, chances are you'll be taking part in World Book Day too. There are more adult costumes on offer than ever, with Amazon, or the more specialist stores like Smiffys*, Party Delights*, FancyDress.com* or Angels* giving the widest choice.
Harry Potter Adult Costumes
- Adult Harry Potter Fancy Dress Costume* £20 @ Asda George
- Adult Harry Potter Professor McGonagall Fancy Dress Costume* £22 @ Asda George
Mary Poppins Adult Costumes
- Disney Mary Poppins Blue Costume 3 Part Set (size 8 - 22)* £20 @ Tu Clothing
- Disney Mary Poppins Fancy Dress Costume* £22 @ Asda George
Where's Wally Adult Costumes
- Adult Where's Wally Top, Hat & Glasses set* £6.25 with free delivery @ Amazon
- Where's Wally Red & White Costume 3 Part Set( XS-XL)* £20 @ Tu Clothing
The best of the rest
- Adult Cat in the Hat Bow Tie & Gloves Kit* £5.99 with free delivery @ Amazon
- Smiffys Adult Red Riding Hood Costume* from £13.92 @ Amazon
- Alice In Wonderland* £16 @ Asda George
Where To Buy World Book Day Costumes
There's a huge variety of children's world book day costumes to choose from, and most of the major supermarkets and clothing retailers sell a range at this time of the year. Matalan*, Tu Clothing at Sainsbury's* and Argos* and Asda George* have some of the biggest ranges on offer at the best prices. For more unusual choices try specialist fancy dress stores like Smiffys*, Party Delights*, FancyDress.com* or Angels*, or there's a massive variety at Amazon*.Aldi* are launching their World Book Day costumes online on Sunday 9th February, and they'll be in store on Thursday 13th February. Lidl usually sell World Book Day costumes too, though nearer the time.
When Is World Book Day 2020?
World Book Day this year is on Thursday 5th March 2020. Find out more about the day on their official World Book Day website.
Images: Matalan / Asda George / Tu Clothing