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Roald Dahl day costume ideas

Here are some ideas for costumes:
Matilda Wormwood (Matilda)
Blue dress (actually any dress will do!), hairband and a pile of books. 
Mr or Mrs Twit (The Twits)
Scruffy clothes, messy hair and a long warty nose for Mrs Twit, scruffy beard for Mr Twit.
Sophie (The BFG)
Pink dress (or a nightie) and glasses
Charlie wears old clothes - just jeans and an old t-shirt will do.  Just remember to decorate a golden ticket and you'll look the part.
Black top and black leggings or trousers, stuff a couple of pairs of black tights with newspaper to create extra spider legs and drape around the neck or attach to a belt.
Yummy Yellow
Don't forget, yellow was Roald Dahl's favourite colour so you can join in the Dahlicious Dress Up Day by wearing anything yellow.


Purple or dark red jacket (actually any vibrant colour will do!). Add a top hat and cane, and use some ribbon or a scarf to create a bow tie. 
The Enormous Crocodile (The Enormous Crocodile)
Dress in a green outfit – t-shirt and trousers or leggings. To create the crocodile head use a cereal box painted green, or covered in green material or paper.  Bubble wrap painted green covering the box makes a great scale effect. If you have lots of bubble wrap you could create a scaly cloak too!  Use white card stuck to the cereal box for the crocodile's eyes and teeth.
Most people remember the Oompa-Loompas best from the Gene Wilder film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. You'll need orange face paint, a green wig and white trousers or dungarees!
James Henry Trotter (James and the Giant Peach)
James wears ordinary clothes, so put your creative energy into creating your very own papier-mache giant peach. You can decorate it with drawings or photos of insects. Top it off with seagulls for a really spectacular effect like our James pictured above.
The Big Friendly Giant (The BFG)
Long trousers (green or grey are ideal), shirt, waistcoat. Plus download our guide to making a pair of giant ears.
Two large pieces of cardboard (or a cardboard box) attached together with two pieces of ribbon or string to form shoulder straps.  Cover cardboard with gold paint, paper or a disposable gold table cloth.  Write Wonka Golden Ticket in giant letters.  This can then be worn over any normal clothes.
A hat and cane, accompanied by a purple coat or jacket and bow tie or cravat will instantly transform you into the wonderful Mr Wonka.  Top it off with a handful golden tickets and you're all set.
Oompa-Loompa do-ba-dee-doo, if you want to impress then here's what to do! Most people remember the Oompa-Loompas best from the Gene Wilder film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  To create the look grab a green wig, orange face paint, white trousers with white braces and a brown top. Finish it off with a pair of white gloves.
The Big Friendly Giant (The BFG)
An expecially good choice if you are tall, the BFG is a great character to adopt.  You'll need a white shirt, green or brown trousers, a waistcoat, sandals and your all-important BFG ears.  Download our guide to making them by clicking the link on the right hand side of the page.
Grand High Witch (The Witches)
Be prepared to scare with your very best witch outfit.  Long black clothes and a pointy nose will do the trick. Don't forget your gloves, wig and square-toed shoes for the ultimate Roald Dahl witch look.
Miss Trunchbull (Matilda)
Another character to scare the children! Wear your hair (or wig) tied up in a bun, brown smock (or oversized shirt) with a belt and carry a riding crop or stick with you.  Lots of blusher will add the 'red with rage' effect!