Roald Dahl's Marvellous Childrens Charity

A bit of time to prepare

Your super child has informed you about getting dressed up all Dahlicious for Roald Dahl Day with plenty of time to spare (lucky you) - here are some costumes ideas if you have a bit of time to help them become a brave Roald Dahl character.

For those parents lucky enough to have a bit of notice, there is great fun to be had in creating your child's unique Roald Dahl character costume at home.  Here are a selection of our favourites.

Willy Wonka (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

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.

Oompa-Loompa (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

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.

Golden Ticket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

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.

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.

These are just a small selection of the characters you could choose.  Take a look at the links on the right hand side of the page for more inspiration. 

Download the 2019 Roald Dahl Day Pack

Character guides