One shopping centre, four awesome Book Week costumes

One shopping centre, four awesome Book Week costumes

One shopping centre, four awesome Book Week costumes

15 August 2023

The theme for Book Week 2023 is ‘Read, Grow, Inspire’ and we’ve done all the research for costumes to help bring it to life!

After all — what could be more inspiring than Dr Seuss, a talking spider, a very cheeky cat and a futuristic villain?

One trip to Majura Park Shopping Centre and you’ll have all of these options:

 Costume 1: Fern from Charlotte’s Web

This gorgeous tale of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and his friend Charlotte the spider has been a kids’ favourite since it was written in the early 1950s.

 This is a super simple costume option – just add plaits and jeans – and the best part is you get to keep Wilbur after Book Week!

 You’ll need

 Girls shirt dress, Big W, $20

Sitting Piglet plush toy, Mini So, $16.09

Costume 2: The Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The very mischievous cat from Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book is the perfect costume for kids who are a little bit cheeky. Put on some purple clothes, add some fur, some ears and a huge grin, and you’re ready to go!

 You’ll need

Purple track pant, Big W, $3

Purple checked jumper, Big W, $5

Purple fur, Homebase, $7.50

Lilac hairspray, Homebase, $5.99

Cat ears (model’s own)


Costume 3: Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat

‘These Things will not bite you, they want to have fun! Then out of the box came Thing Two and Thing One!’ The perfect costume idea for twins, siblings, best friends or anyone who wants to double the fun and dress up as a pair.

You’ll need

Red and white over the knee socks, Homebase, $4.99

Blue tutu, Homebase, $9.50

Pyjamas, Big W (for the red top) - $18

White pillowcase, Big W, $4.50

Black paint pen, Kaisercraft, $3.99

Blue hairspray, Homebase, $5.99


Costume 4: Darth Vader from Star Wars

The characters from the original Star Wars movies made their way to the pages of books in the 1980s and have been entertaining kids (and adults) across the globe ever since. From The Mandalorian series to Star Wars lego ideas, there are so many ways to explore Jedi life through reading.

We bought this costume at Big W for our tall student (who’s in Year 6) and fitted it to his size. It’s excellent quality and can stay on the rack for future costume parties!

You’ll need

Darth Vader adult costume, Big W, $48