Roald Dahl's Marvellous Childrens Charity

10 minute wonders

The dress up day is tomorrow and you've just been informed by your little darlings - don't panic! Here are some top tips for easy to make costumes at the last minute and become a brilliantly brave Roald Dahl character in no time!

Roald Dahl's characters come in all shapes and sizes, from spiders to giraffes, from Willy Wonka to the Giant Peach, and not forgetting those Vermicious Knids. Costumes can be as simple or elaborate as you like (or as time might allow).  Here are some easy peasy ones:

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 (download our guide to making your Mrs Twit nose!), scruffy beard for Mr Twit.

Sophie (The BFG)

Pink dress (or a nightie) and glasses

Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

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.

Miss Spider (James and the Giant Peach)

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.

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.

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