Book week is getting nearer and nearer. If you can’t think of any other costumes for your boys apart from the superhero ones, we’re here to help!
We listed here book character costume ideas for boys that aren’t under a specific category. There are some from comics, from fairy tales, from classic books, from books made into movies, from movies made into books, and many others. We have 55 on our list so I’m sure you’ll find one that your kids will really like!
1. The Cat in the Hat
The main lesson in The Cat in the Hat is that you should be careful who you let in because some people don’t have any other intention apart from bringing chaos into your life.
2. Captain Underpants
Just imagine a school principal wearing only an underwear and being Captain Underpants, it’s just so funny!
3. Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland)
Even though he wasn’t referred to as mad in the book, we can’t deny that how he was portrayed in the movie as the Mad Hatter is worth copying for. Mad Hatter is a somewhat insane and rude person in Wonderland. He’s harmless, though.
4. The BFG
Not all giants want to hurt innocent people. There are some that will even protect you from harm. The story of The BFG is proof that physical appearance doesn’t in any way define who you are deep inside.
5. Harry Potter
One important thing that you can learn from Harry Potter is that love is powerful. You see, no matter how terrifying and strong Lord Voldemort is, he can’t defeat Harry because Harry has something that he can’t have, and that is love.
6. Death Eater (Harry Potter)
There’s actually nothing good that I can say about the Death Eaters because they’re essentially bad wizards who are just so ruthless.
7. Dumbledore (Harry Potter)
Dumbledore, the great wizard who is pure and whom Lord Voldemort is afraid of. He’s so kind and strong, and he knows how to say the right words at the right time.
8. Dementor (Harry Potter)
If there’s one creature more terrible than the Death Eaters, it’s the Dementors who love to suck out good energy and happiness from people.
9. Peter Pan
We know Peter Pan as the one who doesn’t grow old. His story teaches us that there will always be a child within ourselves and that we shouldn’t give up on our dreams no matter how hard they are to reach.
10. The Scarecrow (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
The Scarecrow in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz shows us that our brain is important because if we don’t have it or don’t use it properly, other people will take advantage of our lack of judgment and we will remain stuck.
11. Haunted Tree (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
The Haunted Forest also made a contribution to the story because if not with it, then the story wouldn’t be so interesting.
12. The Tin Man (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
Most people want not to feel anything, but the Tin Man wants otherwise. No matter how much pain you feel, you shouldn’t see it as a reason for you to want to have no heart at all. Emotions are what make people people, and life wouldn’t be memorable and worth living if we won’t go through ups and downs.
13. Courageous Lion (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
We always expect lions to be strong, but this lion in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a true coward. Indeed, it doesn’t matter how others see you because what’s important is if their perception is true or not. You won’t be who you aren’t, unless you do something to be it.
14. Willy Wonka (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Willy Wonka is the strange, fashionable, and cheerful owner of the chocolate factory that is so wonderful and magical.
15. Oompa Loompa (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
If you’re going to ask me what’s the weirdest creature you’ll find in Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory, that’s the Oompa Loompas who seem to enjoy seeing the children getting caught into some sort of danger. They even have songs for each of them!
16. Augustus Gloop (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Augustus Gloop loves to munch, munch, and munch to the point that it’s already putting him into harm. If only he controlled himself then maybe he wouldn’t be the first person to leave the factory.
17. Wally (Where’s Wally)
Where’s Wally is also known as Where’s Waldo. It’s a simple picture book where readers have to search for Wally, which isn’t an easy task. Perhaps one thing you’ll learn from the activity is that no matter how much you hide yourself or try to fit in, there’s always something about you that makes you different and interesting.
18. Slappy (Goosebumps)
Slappy is okay and can even be your friend for as long as you don’t say the magic words (I won’t say it).
19. Jack (Jack and the Beanstalk)
Jack and the Beanstalk’s main lesson is to take risk. We should learn to grab every opportunity that comes in our way and don’t be scared to walk on an unknown path. If we keep walking, we’ll know where the road leads to and we’ll be able to reach what we desire.
20. Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
Captain Hook only has one goal, and that is to take revenge on Peter Pan. Even though being vengeful isn’t a good trait, at least he has a goal and he’s very determined to attain it.
21. Billionaire Boy
Billionaire Boy is a book that tells us that money may be important for us to survive, but it isn’t everything.
22. Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog is a perfect read for kids because it holds a lot of strong moral values that are important for them to learn. It talks about kindness, friendship, honesty, being selfless, being respectful, and many others.
23. Ben (Gangsta Granny)
One important thing that Gangsta Granny wants us to realise is that there’s always something special about the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. That even though the age gap is too wide, both can still have a meaningful bond.
24. Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid talks about the life of a child that struggles through middle school. It tells us that how we’re treated specifically at school when we’re young really affects the kind of people we’ll be when we grow up.
25. The Lorax
Taking care of the environment should be everyone’s priority because if we don’t do something now to save it, it’s us who’ll have to deal with the consequences later on. If we remain passive about the environmental problems, soon, the world will be unfit for people to live in.
26. Inspector Gadget
If your kid loves mysteries or wants to be a crime fighter someday, then he’ll love being Inspector Gadget!
27. Charlie (Charlie and Lola)
Charlie and Lola’s lesson is about the attitude the older siblings should have towards the younger ones. It’s mostly about patience and understanding.
28. Prince Charming (Cinderella)
Perhaps the value we can get from the Prince Charming in Cinderella’s story is that when the right one comes, you’ll not want to be with anyone else anymore.
29. The Gruffalo
It’s always brains over physical appearance. The mouse in the story The Gruffalo shows us that it doesn’t matter how small you are, what matters is how you think. Even if you’re the largest in the group, if you aren’t wise enough, you’ll never be at the top of the game.
30. Curious George
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to know a lot of things. Curiosity is key if you want to have a much more fulfilling life. It will take you on adventures and will spice up your creativity. It will make your perception about things wide.
31. Man in the Yellow Hat (Curious George)
The Man in the Yellow Hat is the owner of Curious George. He loves nature and is into sports.
Superman is a strong superhero that I bet all kids know of. He’s a perfect role model for everyone because he’s the kind who remains humble and helpful despite being powerful and famous.
33. Mr Fox (Fantastic Mr Fox)
The story of Fantastic Mr Fox is about morality. It shows that, sometimes, we do bad things for a good reason.
34. Newt Scamander (Fantastic Beasts)
Newt Scamander is an awkward, shy, and empathetic guy who loves magical creatures and is actually so good at them.
35. Giant Peach (James & The Giant Peach)
The story of James and the Giant Peach shows that home isn’t necessarily a house with walls and a roof. It’s actually only when he met the insects that James found a family. It’s the Giant Peach that served as their home.
36. The Riddler
The Riddler is the mastermind of all crimes in the Gotham City and is one of the enemies of Batman. He’s such a mysterious guy who loves to leave riddles on the crime scenes so that authorities will have clues. Such a generous villain.
37. Sven (Frozen)
Sven is the curious, friendly, and loyal reindeer of Kristoff. He’s also strong and caring.
38. Russell (Up!)
You’re never too old nor too young to go on adventure!
39. Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse is always positive and cheerful, providing a bright and light environment to those around him. He’s also helpful and polite, and that’s why kids love him.
40. Big Bad Wolf (Three Little Pigs)
The wolf in the story of the Three Little Pigs might be bad but at least he showed us that we should build strong boundaries around us so that bad energies as well as bad people will have a hard time entering and destroying our inner peace.
41. Donald Duck
Donald Duck is the best friend and the complete opposite of Mickey Mouse. He’s mad, rude, troublesome, and arrogant. He can be nice, friendly, and caring, though, especially when he doesn’t have problems to deal with.
42. Dash (The Incredibles)
Kids love to run so this costume is just so perfect for them.
Hercules is the son of Zeus. He is somewhat an arrogant man who is known for his fearlessness, bravery, and being adventurous. He isn’t brilliant. His strength is physical.
44. Shere Khan (The Jungle Book)
Lessons that we can get from The Jungle Book is mostly about being wise. There are circumstances in life that make us vulnerable, worrisome, and alone. In order to survive, we should look within ourselves and be aware of our capabilities, as well as learn to determine who we should trust.
Tarzan’s story is inspiring because it teaches us that if someone puts us in a difficult position, we shouldn’t be scared of being and doing things alone. We should be courageous and learn to adjust so that when the right time comes and we meet those bad people again, we can be able to fight for ourselves.
46. Wreck It Ralph
We oftentimes compare ourselves to other people thinking that they have better lives than us. But the thing is, they also have things they struggle from, and they just don’t talk about it because they don’t want others to know that they’re struggling. It’s a loop. Those people you think have better lives also think other people have better lives.
Goofy is proof that you don’t have to be smart and well-composed for others to find good company in you. He might be clumsy at times, but there are some things he’s good at.
48. Kristoff (Frozen)
Kristoff is the man who just loves to keep everything to himself. He’s a loner and quite aloof. However, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about the people around him. He does.
If you do something good, make sure that you don’t do it just for others to see. Even if there’s no audience, you shouldn’t hesitate to help. Even if others take the credit, you should still continue what you’re doing.
50. Christopher Robin
You shouldn’t aim for the bigger things because it’s indeed the little things that really matter. Kindness is above all the material things. You should know what’s more important in life because that’s what will give you real happiness.
Pinocchio is a great read because it just shows us that we should be honest at all times. Even if it’s painful, you should still admit when you’re wrong and when you’ve done something terrible. After all, it’s better to release the guilt than to keep it all to yourself.
52. Ringmaster (Dumbo)
Dumbo’s story teaches us that if we don’t fear failure and be confident enough, we’ll be able to achieve our dreams and be who we are supposed to be. Dumbo is an elephant with big ears, which have potential to make him fly. It was only when he believed in himself that he learned to soar up high!
53. Marty McFly (Back to the Future)
Back to the Future shows us that we shouldn’t be afraid to take risk and stand up whenever we fail. Your life isn’t one way. Your destiny isn’t set. Don’t be afraid to change lanes and create a new result. Don’t limit yourself.
We all have monsters within us that awaken on those times we have to fight for the people we love or the things we truly believe in. It’s okay to have demons for as long as you can control them.
55. Iron Man
The lesson you can get from Iron Man is very relevant today. Technology is without a doubt helpful because it makes our lives easier. But remember that you shouldn’t let yourselves be so dependent on it to the point that you can’t live without it anymore.