Little Lady goes to an Islamic school, so the girls took part but the school stipulated that there should be no witches or vampires - which probably rules out two easy costumes you can build around an abaya. Girls were allowed to wear their costumes under their abayas if they come on public transport. Little Lady pulled out an old bridesmaid dress she had, white shoes and this fur shrug which she matched with diamanté jewellery and a white hijab to create a Snow Queen costume, from the beautiful book of the same name by Hans Christian Anderson.
Little Man went as Charlie from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a book that we all love. He needs a hair cut, so his wavy brown hair was just right and he found a check shirt to wear with jeans. I made him the ticket with gold card which I cut with scissors that had a scalloped edge and attached it to a large Dairy Milk chocolate bar. He was very happy to get his hands on the chocolate.
Gorgeous' costume was my favourite - Burglar Bill from the book of the same name. He moaned at me that he didn't want a home made costume but one from the shop. I told him that I was not willing to spend money on something that he only wore once. The only thing I bought was the hat for £3 and I suspect he may wear it again and the sleep mask for £1.50 which I cut holes in. Thankfully he absolutely loved it.