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by Ella Ceron September 19, 2013

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Children can dress as their favorite storybook character with these kid lit costumes. Whether they dress as Horton; the Who he heard; or mischief-making Max, king of all Wild Things, they're sure to be a best-seller this Halloween.


Don't let movies and television take the spotlight on October 31st! Beloved children's book characters leap off the page and into Halloween with these costumes inspired by literary favorites. Let your little reader's imagination soar by helping him pick out a character from one of his favorite bedtime storiesthere's even classic character DIYs using clothes already in your kids' closets!

Early Mama

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How cute is Early Mama Michelle's son Noah as the Lorax from Dr. Seuss lore? His aunt Nikki made his costume and Truffula tree wand when she visited Michelle and Noah in Westchester for Halloween 2012.

Thirty MommyImage courtesy thirtymommy.com

That's not a Cat! That's a Dad in the Hat! New York City-based Thirty Mommy blogger Scherrie had a perfect photo op in 2012 when her husband, Thirty Daddy, dressed as the feline ringleader to match baby Horton and a toddler Who from Whoville, all characters from Dr. Seuss' rhyming books.

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Over the years, kid lit author, illustrator, and former Brooklyn resident Mo Willems has seen many costumes inspired by his books. Add felt accents to a blue hoodie to make your own DIY pigeonjust don't let him drive the bus!

Thing 1 Thing 2

Twins (or siblings or best friends!) can get into double the trouble together as the Cat in the Hat's sidekicks, Thing 1 and Thing 2 ($39-$69), available at potterybarn.com.

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pottery barn

Wild things, you make our hearts sing! Your own mischief-makers can channel Maurice Sendak’s beloved picture book, Where the Wild Things Are, with these Max and Monster costumes ($62.99 - $79), available at potterybarn.com.

Green Mom Guide

“My, Little Red, what a beautiful hood you have!” You’ll want to gobble up your storybook heroine, too, when she dons this organic riding hood sweater ($40), available at greenmomguide.com. (She'll also be able to wear it long after the Halloween candy's gone!)

BabarThe ultimate in elephant elegance, Babar is king of the jungle for a reason. New York-based costume designer and artist Karen Brody created an easy DIY guide to make this perfect pachyderm using children’s clothing and a fleece hat.

Rubie's Dorothy

Rubie's Glinda

Rubie's Scarecrow

Rubie's Scarecrow

Rubie's Wicked Witch

Rubie's Winged Monkey

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz musical and its literary inspiration, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with Dorothy, Glinda, the Wicked Witch of the West...and even a flying monkey! Find these costumes ($29.99 - $34.99), designed by Long Island-based company Rubie's Costumes, at costumeexpress.com.


Before your baby grows into a beautiful butterfly, let him take a spin as the Very Hungry Caterpillar with this costume ($30.99), inspired by Eric Carle's colorful story and available at target.com.

Pokey Little Puppy

Shy Little Kitten

baggy saggy elephant

Tawny Scrawny Lion

Bring the classic Little Golden Books animal stories to life by dressing your little ones in the Shy Little Kitten, Pokey Little Puppy, Saggy Baggy Elephant, or Tawny Scrawny Lion costumes ($34.99-$45.99), available at Ricky’s.


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