World Book Day Costumes For The Whole Family From Asda – Review!

It seems like there’s always some costume to be making, preparing or buying doesn’t it! So far this year at school we’ve already had Roald Dhal Day where my two went as an Oompa Loopa (Florence had the costume from a previous tap dancing performance and passed it on to Jimmy) and Veruca Salt so they were nice and easy but when it came to International day, where everyone has to come in their typical traditional dress, we found it much harder! I mean, we’re English, what DO we wear?! After much discussion we went for a football T.Shirt and a lion necklace – seemed about right but wasn’t anywhere near as exciting as all the Indian and Balkanese dresses other people were coming in as!

We also seem to have had rather a lot of fancy dress birthday parties and when my friend recently held an Alice In Wonderland party for her daughter I sent mine in home-made clobber! Well, they’re only little and mould-able once right? And they HAVE to have some dodgy pictures in an album to embarrass them with when they’re older, a right of passage or something…

Alice In Wonderland
The dormouse and a white rabbit ready for an Alice In Wonderland party complete with home-knitted ears, tails, leg and arm warmers and a pocket watch – Yup, I knitted a pocket watch, no one can say I don’t know how to embarrass a child!

And here we are, going into our second week in our new school and yet another costume day is upon us! On Thursday March 3rd it is World Book Day and hundreds of children across the county will be dressing up as their favourite character (and probably donating a pound for charity) all day. Us parents have the choice… Do we humiliate our offspring with home made costumes or do we buy them?!?! Decisions, decisions!

On account of the fact that we have literally JUST moved house and can’t find anything, coupled with not wanting my kids to stick out like sore home knitted thumbs in their second week at a new school, I have, on this occasion, opted for the latter. And, because she really didn’t want to go as the Dormouse to that party but dutifully did (I didn’t know how to knit an Alice costume) Florence is going in a very pretty Alice from Alice In Wonderland dress from George at Asda. And Jimmy, well, Jimmy couldn’t be anything other than Horrid Henry so he’s now running around the house shouting things like ‘Silence Worm’! Cheers Asda, GREAT costumes!

‘Alice’ and ‘Henry’!
A very pretty 'Alice' is pleased as punch with her dress, Alice band and bag and grew very tiny before growing very tall for the pictures!
A very pretty ‘Alice’ is pleased as punch with her dress, Alice band and bag and grew very tiny before growing very tall for the pictures!
I'm not sure if Jimmy was more pleased with the costume or the whoopie cushion and bag of snakes and frogs that came with it?!
I’m not sure if Jimmy was more pleased with the costume or the whoopie cushion and bag of snakes and frogs that came with it?!

But… There is an opportunity of embarrassment that’s clearly being missed with a shop bought costume so to make sure no body is disappointed at a lack of parental torture Asda sent Jonny and I costumes too! I think Willy Wonka will be perfectly placed on the morning school run while the Queen Of Hearts will shout ‘off with their heads’ to anyone who dares laugh at pick up time!

No? Too soon for a new school?!?! Oh… What the heck!

Willy Wonka Daddy!
Willy Wonka Daddy!
I may even have to bake some jam tarts!
I may even have to bake some jam tarts!

I actually think the costumes are pretty great and have so much detail on them. Florence says hers is a bit itchy so wants to wear something underneath but mine is perfect and I think I’ll be very happy swishing about in it all day. I once made Jonny a Banana Man costume for a super hero party (it was inspired with blue thermal leggings – ha ha) and I have to say, this is a lot less faff and, probably, money in the end!

The costumes start at just £10 and they have a massive range so make sure you check them out!

We were sent our costumes for the purpose of an honest review.