Fairytale and Storybook Costumes for a Happily Ever After [Costume Guide]

by |May 8, 2020

Fairytale and Storybook Costumes for a Happily Ever After

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

Beauty and the Beast Costumes

Storybook Prince CostumeFeather Duster Maid CostumeTween Belle DressToddler Belle CostumeBelle Jewelry Dress-Up Accessories
Villager Belle CostumeToddler Chip CostumeAdult Beauty DressGaston CostumeAdult 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

Peter Pan Costumes

Captain Hook CostumeChild Peter Pan CostumeCrocodile SuitGirls' Tinker Bell CostumePirate Hook Accessory
Smee Pirate OutfitKids' Peter Pan Shadow OutfitFairytale Tink OutfitAdult Wendy OutfitCaptain 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

Bigfoot Costumes

Adult Bigfoot OutfitAdult Big Foot CostumeKids' Bigfoot CostumeSasquatch CostumeBigfoot Noise MakerKids' 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

Wizard Costumes

Adult Wizard RobesKids' Gandalf OutfitKids' Purple Moon Witch CostumeWomen's Warlock OutfitAdult Wizard Hat
Adult Gandalf CostumeGirls' Black Hooded RobeModern Warlock CostumeKids' Wizard RobesMaleficent 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

Sleeping Beauty Costumes

Charming Prince CostumeSleeping Beauty DressEvil Sorceress CostumePrincess Aurora CostumeMaleficent Headpiece
Malicious Queen OutfitPlus Size Maleficent CostumeStorybook Prince OutfitEvil Queen CostumeMaleficent 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

Hansel and Gretel Costumes

Women's Dark Witch DressBoys' Hansel CostumeGirls' Gretel Costume Men's Lederhosen CostumeGirls' Classic Witch CostumeAlpine 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

Snow White Costumes

Women's Evil Queen CostumeDopey Dwarf Baby CostumeSnow White DressClassic Snow WhitePoison Apple Purse
Plus Size Snow White CostumeDwarf CostumeAdult Snow White OutfitDark Queen DressEvil 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

Cinderella Costumes

Adult Cinderella CostumePrince Charming CostumeFairy Godmother CostumeAdult Long White Gloves
Peasant Cinderella OutfitToddler Cinderella CostumeAdult Cinderella DressKids' 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

Rapunzel Costumes

Adult Rapunzel CostumeFlynn Rider OutfitRapunzel Ride-On CostumeGirls' Rapunzel DressAdult Rapunzel WigChild 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

Little Mermaid Costumes

Women's Mermaid OutfitPrince Eric CostumeChild Ursula OutfitKing Trident CostumeGolden Trident Prop
Plus Size Mermaid OutfitToddler Mermaid CostumeElite Ursula CostumePrince Charming UniformGirls' 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

Little Red Riding Hood Costumes

Deluxe Adult Red Riding Hood CostumeWolf Granny CostumeVintage Red Riding Hood OutfitChild Wolf OutfitRed Riding Hood Cloak
Women's Plus Size Wolf OutfitGirls' Red Riding Hood CostumeToddler Big Bad Wolf CostumePremium Red Riding Hood OutfitGingham Basket Purse

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

Other Storybook Costumes

Adult Bo Peep CostumeChild Sheep OnesieBoys' Humpty Dumpty OutfitGirls' Goldilocks CostumeToddler Bear Onesie
Evil Sorceress CostumeSnow Queen DressGruff Billy Goat CostumeJohnny Appleseed OutfitKids' 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!

Angela Poch
Angela Poch

Angela Poch is an Inbound Marketing Specialist and Resident Crazy Cat Lady at HalloweenCostumes.com, where she is an assistant editor and covers tutorials, crafting and pop culture. Angela has created costumes and props for Halloween events, conventions and Renaissance festivals.

Some of her favorite costumes include 90s Rogue, a custom Jedi, warrior elf, and some nameless Renaissance pirate. (She’s still figuring out how to make a Jedi light-chakram.) You can find her on Twitter @AngelaPoch1 or her cats on Instagram @stardustnebulanova.