World Book Day 2024: Costume Guide For Kids In Hong Kong

Where To Get Costumes & DIY Ideas

2024 Apr 23

Is your little one’s World Book Day 2024 costume ready? With the magical day approaching in Hong Kong on April 23, 2024, allow us to spark your creativity with a variety of costume ideas that are sure to delight your child. Whether you’re seeking the latest trends for this year’s World Book Day, timeless characters, or tips on where to find them in Hong Kong or even do it yourself, our comprehensive guide has you covered.

Initiated by UNESCO on April 23, 1995, World Book Day’s mission is to foster a lifelong passion for reading among children and individuals worldwide. Today, the event is observed in over 100 countries across the planet. This year’s theme, “Read Your Way,” invites everyone to cast aside any preconceived notions or pressures and empowers children with the freedom to discover the joys of reading in their own unique manner. To learn more click here.

To aid you on your journey:

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    World Book Day 2024: Popular Costumes This Year In Hong Kong

    Wonka & Eric Carle's Books

    Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has already had several adaptations, but this year, Timothy Chalamet's reprisal of Wonka was very popular. This colorful character will definitely be a hit! Costume Party World and Selfridges stock this costume and also deliver to Hong Kong.

    Kidsfest brought us several amazing book adaptations this year, like Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar as well as Michael Rosen's We're Going On A Bear Hunt and Michael Morpurgo's I Believe In Unicorns. You can find several DIY ideas of these costumes online, otherwise, browse our guide for the best costume shops in Hong Kong here and of course don't forget Retykle! We saw several unicorn costumes on there!

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    Julia Donaldson Books

    The Gruffalo, Stickman & Other Easy DIY Characters

    Thanks to the mastery of illustrator Axel Scheffler, Julia Donaldson's characters are instantly recognizable. The Gruffalo has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages - find your Gruffalo or Mouse costume on Amazon, Etsy, and Selfridges. Another popular character is The Highway Rat and some easy DIY ideas include:

    • the witch from Room On The Broom: just grab an old witch's hat, a broom, and a ginger hair wig (which she wore in a plait!)
    • Tabby McTat: stick some cats ears on and wear all grey, and perhaps maybe some face paint
    • Charlie Cook: a red and white stripy top and jeans, and your child's favorite book (perhaps Charlie Cook's Favourite Book?)
    • The Smeds and the Smoos: pick a team and dress in all red or blue with some body paint
    • the old lady from A Squash And A Squeeze: a blue dress with a white apron on top, and a grey wig in a bun
  • Dr Seuss

    Easy DIY Costume Ideas For World Book Day

    The ever-popular Dr. Seuss character, The Cat in The Hat, boasts costumes available on Amazon, yet the internet teems with a plethora of DIY costume ideas. Craft your own versions of beloved characters like Sam I Am from Green Eggs & Ham, the adorable Cindy-Lou Who, the curmudgeonly Grinch, or the chaotic twins, Thing 1 and Thing 2, among others.

    Check out our curated selection of stationery and arts and crafts stores to support your journey in assembling the quintessential DIY costume for World Book Day.

  • Classical Fairytales

    Take Your Pick From These Popular Characters From The Brothers Grimm & Beyond

    You can't go wrong with these classic characters written by the Brothers Grimm, like Hansel & Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Charles Perrault's Cinderella or characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland like Alice herself, the Queen of Hearts or the Rabbit are also popular, as well as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Dick Whittington is also an easy DIY idea, as is Pinocchio.

  • Harry Potter

    Are You A Harry Or Hermione?

    No World Book Day costume idea list is complete without mentioning J K Rowling's popular series. So are you house Gryffindor or Hufflepuff? Take your pick from these iconic characters, like Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Hagrid, and others.

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