13th September is a celebration of Roald Dahl’s birthday and this year’s celebration is bigger and better than usual as Roald Dahl would have turned 100!!
Children in schools up and down the country will be dressing up as their favourite Roald Dahl book characters to commemorate the day, however us mums are now left holding the sewing needle (as well as the screwed up bit of paper found in the bottom of the book-bag telling us about the day) not quite sure what to do.
Mumsnet have saved the day and has sent us 14 of the easiest Roald Dahl costumes to create in less than 24 hours.. phewww!!
From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie Bucket – Wear old clothes that are slightly too small and carry a Golden Ticket made from gold Christmas wrapping paper over cardboard.
Violet Beauregarde – Paint her purple! Purple clothes, purple nail polish, paint a pair of old school shoes purple. Spray her hair and brush her hands and face with purple eye shadow too.
An Oompa Loompa – White trousers; orange T-shirt; orange face paint; green wig if you have one.
From the BFG
Sophie – This one is super easy, a nightie!
The BFG – Outgrown trousers, sandals, an old shirt, waistcoat, and cardboard ears. Carry a dream bottle and foil trumpet with a miniature Lego ‘Sophie’ in your pocket.”
A Snozzcumber – Think green and think green EVERYTHING. T-Shirt, Trousers, gloves, shoes….
Matilda – A blue dress, hairband or ribbon, white socks, school shoes and take a ‘trolley’ of books. The trolley can be made from a cardboard box and a skateboard, or if that’s too much trouble, a big book to carry would work too.
Miss Trunchbull – Hair in a bun, draw on a few whiskers. Wear a buttoned up shirt, skirt, long socks and clompy shoes.
From James and the Giant Peach
James – A papier mâché peach using a balloon, and a worm to put inside. Normal clothes will do!
One of the spiders – Dress all in black, make four extra legs from stuffed tights, draw on big eyes and wear antennae on a headband.
The giant peach – Bash a box about, make arm and leg holes, paint it orange, and wrap a green scarf around your neck for the leaf.
More great Roald Dahl characters
George – from George’s Marvellous Medicine – Normal clothes clothes, a name badge saying George, a big bottle with an added label saying ‘Marvellous Medicine, not for chickens or grandmas’.
Danny – from Danny the Champion of the World – Wear dark coloured clothes and a dark hat. To finish it off, carry a packet of raisins or a sack with a pillow in it to look like pheasants.
Mr or Mrs Fox – from The Fantastic Mr Fox – A waistcoat, trousers tucked into socks, a tail made from one leg of an old pair of tights stuffed with kitchen roll. Attach a pair of cardboard ears on a headband, and then just draw on a few whiskers with eyeliner.