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Last Minute Roald Dahl Costumes

I love Roald Dahl but I have to admit that the timing of Roald Dahl day is the absolute worst – you’ve barely got the kids back to school and then suddenly you have to think of some Roald Dahl costumes to make for them. Lat year  I made my son an outfit in five minutes flat and you can too – I’ve hunted out what I think are the easiest and quickest Roald Dahl dress up ideas that you can make so that you can still dress your kids up but without all the hassle!

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Last Minute Roald Dahl Costumes

George’s Marvelous Medicine – this was my outfit from last year. Find a red top and blue jeans to wear, put a bit of paint inside a plastic bottle and a tiny bit of water, put the lid on tight and then swish it around until the inside of the bottle is covered. Write Marvelous Medicine on the outside of the bottle and you are done. You can see how this looks on Charlie Moos as well as some other cool book dressing up costumes because great minds think alike!

BFG – The Gingerbread House shares how to make some BFG ears. Bonus points are you can get your kids to make these so you don’t have to!


Mathilda – Milk and Cuddles shares how to make a quick Matilda outfit, I love this as (ahem) Matilda goes to school…

Willy Wonka – This awesome golden ticket outfit from Domestic Goddesque looks like it’s taken ages but the instructions actually sound pretty easy!  Also it looks amazing.

Fantastic Mr Fox – not only is this great mask made out of a cereal box but there’s a template for it here that you can download too. Phew.

You might also want to check out our last minite costume ideas for World Book Day!



  1. 9th September 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Oh these are brilliant! Bookmarked for next World Book Day x

  2. 11th September 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Fab ideas I’m always spending a fortune last minute on rubbish costumes X

  3. 15th September 2016 / 8:47 am

    Brilliant ideas, I am always so last minute when it comes to costumes.

  4. 28th September 2016 / 9:40 am

    Oh these are so cute. I totally love the BFG ears and he golden willy wonder ticket

    • 29th September 2016 / 10:56 am

      The ticket is awesome isn’t it!

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