What do you think of when you hear the words "once upon a time"? Do they bring to mind tales of wizards, knights and princesses? Are you drawn to classic stories like Goldilocks or The Three Little Pigs? Storybook character costumes like these and others are great Halloween costumes for families, and they also work well for kids playing dress-up, too! Find your favorite fairytale costumes along with folk tale and nursery rhyme costume ideas. (You could always hang onto your Halloween costumes to have fun reading sessions with the kids!)
1. Beauty and the Beast Costumes
|Storybook Prince Costume||Feather Duster Maid Costume||Tween Belle Dress||Toddler Belle Costume||Belle Jewelry Dress-Up Accessories|
|Villager Belle Costume||Toddler Chip Costume||Adult Beauty Dress||Gaston Costume||Adult Beast Hood|
A tale as old as time, the Beauty and the Beast fairytale has gone through a number of renditions. (The most recent and popular of which is thanks to Disney!) A Belle costume is certainly the most recognizable, whether you choose her blue villager dress or her yellow princess gown. Still, there are a host of other characters to add if you want a Beauty and the Beast group costume. You have characters like the Beast and Gaston, as well as all of the enchanted household items. When you have storybook outfits like these, fairytales do come true!
2. Peter Pan Costumes
|Captain Hook Costume||Child Peter Pan Costume||Crocodile Suit||Girls' Tinker Bell Costume||Pirate Hook Accessory|
|Smee Pirate Outfit||Kids' Peter Pan Shadow Outfit||Fairytale Tink Outfit||Adult Wendy Outfit||Captain Hook Wig|
What child hasn't wished they could be whisked away to Neverland? (Sadly, we never have figured out how to fly by thinking happy thoughts!) Storybook costumes like those from Peter Pan are timeless classics that people both young and old people will recognize. With lots of pirates, fairies, mermaids and other colorful characters, fairy tale costumes like these are fun for the entire family! Also, not only are Peter Pan costumes great for Halloween, but they're very popular for school plays, too. If you can find more than one excuse to wear your Halloween costume, it's a win-win!
3. Bigfoot Costumes
|Adult Bigfoot Outfit||Adult Big Foot Costume||Kids' Bigfoot Costume||Sasquatch Costume||Bigfoot Noise Maker||Kids' Bigfoot Slippers|
Many fairy tales began as stories passed on through oral tradition. In a lot of ways, our folk tales and campfire stories share similar roots. The Bigfoot tales may not be as old as some classic fairy tales, but the character has popped up in a number of storybooks. Pass on the tradition of Sasquatch by wearing some Sasquatch costumes! Not only are these costumes great for Halloween, but it would be a fun way to add to tales told around the campfire.
4. Wizard Costumes
|Adult Wizard Robes||Kids' Gandalf Outfit||Kids' Purple Moon Witch Costume||Women's Warlock Outfit||Adult Wizard Hat|
|Adult Gandalf Costume||Girls' Black Hooded Robe||Modern Warlock Costume||Kids' Wizard Robes||Maleficent Staff|
Stories and fairy tales know how to make the magic happen, but it never hurts to have a wizard, warlock or witch. Sometimes evil, sometimes good or simply misunderstood, magical characters can take a mundane story and make it extraordinary. What would The Snow Queen be without the evil witch? How about King Arthur without Merlin? Whether you have the old tales in mind or you're looking to create some of your own magic, these wizard costumes are perfect to wear to Ren Fest and Halloween!
5. Sleeping Beauty Costumes
|Charming Prince Costume||Sleeping Beauty Dress||Evil Sorceress Costume||Princess Aurora Costume||Maleficent Headpiece|
|Malicious Queen Outfit||Plus Size Maleficent Costume||Storybook Prince Outfit||Evil Queen Costume||Maleficent Staff Prop|
Famously, Sleeping Beauty is one of those fairy tales that differs greatly from its Disney version. (For more on that, read our article comparing original fairy tales with the Disney movies!) Disney certainly made the story of Sleeping Beauty more PG to appeal to the masses, but the doctored tale is still full of excitement. You have an evil sorceress capable of turning herself into a dragon, a kingdom enchanted by a sleeping spell and a prince that clearly took some knight classes. You can get a few really iconic fairy tale couples costumes from Sleeping Beauty, whether you want to go as Aurora and Prince Charming or Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent.
6. Hansel and Gretel Costumes
|Women's Dark Witch Dress||Boys' Hansel Costume||Girls' Gretel Costume||Men's Lederhosen Costume||Girls' Classic Witch Costume||Alpine Beauty Outfit|
We don't know about you, but storybook witches get a pretty bad rap. Stealing children, enchanting people, tossing kids in ovens...those are some pretty serious offenses. Still, everyone loves good vs. evil tales like Hansel and Gretel. (And there's candy! Who doesn't like stories that feature candy?) In a twist of irony, send your kids out on Halloween wearing Hanself and Gretel outfits to seek a trail of candy that won't land them in hot water with an evil witch.
7. Snow White Costumes
|Women's Evil Queen Costume||Dopey Dwarf Baby Costume||Snow White Dress||Classic Snow White||Poison Apple Purse|
|Plus Size Snow White Costume||Dwarf Costume||Adult Snow White Outfit||Dark Queen Dress||Evil Queen Headpiece|
Another fairy tale, another vengeful, evil queen. (Ladies with powerful magic are scary, or something like that.) The story of Snow White goes way back, but it's especially memorable to Disney fans because it was the subject of Disney's first full-length animated feature film. These Snow White fairy tale costumes are great for couples and even large groups, as long as you can find people to be the 7 Dwarfs.
8. Cinderella Costumes
|Adult Cinderella Costume||Prince Charming Costume||Fairy Godmother Costume||Adult Long White Gloves|
|Peasant Cinderella Outfit||Toddler Cinderella Costume||Adult Cinderella Dress||Kids' Faux Glass Slippers|
Magic can't solve all of our problems, but that never stopped Cinderella! Of course, we don't all have access to our very own fairy godmother. (If we did, life would be very different!) Make your Halloween magical with these Cinderella costumes. Also, no Cinderella outfit is complete without some glass slippers. We wonder how she danced with glass on her feet without anything breaking, but you can be much safer while getting the same look with clear plastic shoes!
9. Rapunzel Costumes
|Adult Rapunzel Costume||Flynn Rider Outfit||Rapunzel Ride-On Costume||Girls' Rapunzel Dress||Adult Rapunzel Wig||Child Rapunzel Wig With Flowers|
Disney's Tangled brought the tale of Rapunzel back to the masses, and what a wild ride it was! This is the perfect costume for women with long blonde hair. However, if you're not blessed with endlessly flowing locks, there are costume wigs to give you the look that you desire. These magical costumes are great costumes for adults and kids, and you'll love feeling like a princess for the day!
10. The Little Mermaid Costumes
|Women's Mermaid Outfit||Prince Eric Costume||Child Ursula Outfit||King Trident Costume||Golden Trident Prop|
|Plus Size Mermaid Outfit||Toddler Mermaid Costume||Elite Ursula Costume||Prince Charming Uniform||Girls' Mermaid Costume|
The Little Mermaid is another one classic fairy tale with a very different ending than the Disney version. (Let's just say that this Hans Christian Andersen story doesn't end well.) Still, without the original tale, we wouldn't have the others that we do now! Most Little Mermaid costumes will be based on the Disney movie. However, you can always make your own Hans Christian Andersen costumes with a variety of other mermaid costumes.
11. Little Red Riding Hood Costumes
One of the most famous stories by the Brothers Grimm, Little Red Riding Hood is an iconic fairytale and an iconic Halloween outfit. (The red hooded cloak is a dead giveaway!) Red Riding Hood costumes are cute on their own, but they were also made to be duo costumes. Simply pair up with a friend in a wolf costume and you'll be the cutest couple on Halloween.
12. Other Storybook Costume Ideas
|Adult Bo Peep Costume||Child Sheep Onesie||Boys' Humpty Dumpty Outfit||Girls' Goldilocks Costume||Toddler Bear Onesie|
|Evil Sorceress Costume||Snow Queen Dress||Gruff Billy Goat Costume||Johnny Appleseed Outfit||Kids' Little Piggy Costume|
Don't let your storybook costume inspiration stop there! There are plenty of fairy tales, folk tales, nursery rhymes and the like worthy of wearing as costumes. Make a group of three with the Three Little Pigs or the Three Billy Goats Gruff, or pair up as Bo Peep and her sheep or Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Your kids will love these fairy tale dress-up ideas, but the adults can have fun with these Halloween costumes too!
We hope that you have plenty of ideas for your storybook character costumes. Do you prefer the original fairy tales, or are you a fan of the Disney versions? Might you have a favorite tale? Feel free to regale us with your favorites in the comments! (We know there are some good ones that are mostly forgotten with time.) If you're hoping to add more adventure to your life, check out these and other storybook and fairytale costumes perfect for dress-up and costume parties.
Which Disney Henchman Are You? (Quiz)
Have you noticed that many popular fairytale costumes are also from Disney movies? Do you happen to love a good villain? All the characters in classic Disney cartoons are lovable. Yes, even if they're on the side of the baddies. In fact, some of the villain's henchmen have the best lines in the whole movie. Iago the parrot is always ramping up Jafar while also flaunting some seriously great one-liners. We know some people who've been quoting this nefarious bird for more than twenty years! While the good-hearted sidekicks can be adorable as well (looking at you, Timon and Pumba) it's a lot more fun to channel your inner deviant. There's just a lot more plotting and maniacal laughter involved.
Are you intrigued yet? Ready to dive in and find out which henchman suits your character? Each answer has positive and pernicious qualities, so don't be alarmed if you find out that you're a hyena at heart. Of course, if the answer doesn't suit you, you can always take the personality quiz again before posting your results on social media. Any villain's henchmen would support your choice!