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2022 Book Week Theme Costume Ideas - Dreaming With Eyes Open

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Book Week Ideas 2022 - Dreaming With Eyes Open

That time of year is here again! Book Week is finally upon us! The Children’s Book Council of Australia has set this year’s theme and we couldn’t be more excited! So what is the Book Week 2022 theme?

Drum Roll Please!!


Dreaming With Eyes Open…


Now we know the questions on everyone’s mind are when is Book Week? What does dreaming with your eyes open mean? What can you pick as your bookweek 2022 ideas? Well, we’re here to answer all those questions and more! Here at Heaven Costumes we have taken all the hard work out of selecting a Book Week costume! Come with us on a journey through the best of the best Book Week costumes for teachers and kids! We’ll have a look at some easy Book Week costume ideas and even some more elaborate Book Week dress up ideas! Everything from Disney Princesses to police officers, we’re sure our Book Week characters range will spark the creative side of you CBCA Book Week 2022 theme!

Let’s breakdown the Dreaming With Eyes Open theme. Every year, the CBCA sets a national theme for Book Week. The theme will always be something that everyone interprets differently and we’re sure that this year’s theme will be no different! The name of the theme itself leaves all of your options open this year! But what do WE mean when we say your options are open?

Simply put.. If you can dream it, you can be it!!

The if you can dream it, you can be it tag line is something we have come up with to make finding easy Book Week costumes even easier! Basically, if you can think of your favourite book character, then you can transform into that character for Book Week!

Let’s answer the last questions on everyone’s minds before we get into the good stuff. What and when is Book Week? We need to cover these questions because if you don’t know what or when it is, you’ll miss out on all the Book Week dress up fun!

The CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) has brought children and books together every year since 1945. They do this through a celebration we know as Book Week, which is a week-long event where schools and libraries take the time to celebrate and recognise Australia children’s book authors and illustrators. Many events take place during that week, including amazing book displays, activities revolving around reading, competitions, story-telling and, of course, a dress up parade. Book of the year announcements are made and they choose a special theme each year. This year’s Book Week theme 2022 is the amazing Dreaming With Eyes Open, and it runs from the 20th-26th of August.


Alright, now let’s get into it!

Dreaming with Eyes Open brings us into an absolute world of wonder, a world where anything you can dream of being, you can be. If you’re looking for last minute Book Week costumes, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Heaven Costumes we have kids costumes galore, and of course adult Book Week costumes too! Spend some time with us and daydream about all of your favourite characters whilst on the hunt for the perfect Book Week outfit!


If you can dream it, you can be it…


Under our very first section of this year’s theme, we have some really great Book Week ideas! If you plan to stay completely within the theme this year, then The Dreamtime is the first place to start! All of our classic animal Book Week costumes are in this category, including koalas, crocodiles, kangaroo’s and even butterflies! These options derive from Dreamtime stories such as Why Koala Has a Stumpy Tail, The Bat and the Crocodile and How The Kangaroos Got Their Tails.

The theme this year isn’t just limited to Australian animal costumes, we have witch and wizard costumes which are a fantastic Book Week costume idea for 2022. Expand on the if you can dream it, you can be it idea with characters such as Glinda the Good Witch, Harry Potter and even Professor Snape.

Now if witches and wizards aren’t your style this year, maybe mermaid costumes will have you living out a real life day dream? Transform in to everyone’s favourite Disney Princess, Ariel, for Book Week!

Or maybe one of the other Disney Princess costumes might be your number one pick? We have all of your favourites like, Jasmine, Belle, Cinderella, Tiana and Aurora. There’s even a range of some gorgeous medieval princess costumes. Honestly, there’s nothing better than dreaming of far-off lands and times past while dressed as a princess.

Speaking of times past, what about setting sail to the Golden Age of Piracy? Transform into a swashbuckling pirate for Book Week and dream about sailing on the high seas and finding all the lost treasures!

You know who else is great at finding lost things? Not just finding lost things, but being stealthy whilst doing so? Ninjas! Bring your daydreams of being a stealthy ninja to life and dress in a ninja costume for Book Week!

Now that you’ve gotten this far, have you picked your Book Week costume for 2022 yet? No need to worry if you haven’t. We still have so many options left that fit the Dream with Eyes Open theme and we haven’t even touched on them yet! Let’s see what else we can dream about…


When I grow up, I dream to be…


The age old question.. What do you want to be, when you grow up? The options are endless! Pick an occupation and transform into someone who does that job at Book Week!

Occupations are perfect for last minute Book Week costume ideas because everyone dreams of becoming something and really it’s something they have been considering for a very long time… Maybe you dream about being in outer space? You could wear an astronaut costume for Book Week! Or do you dream of creating crazy experiments and inventing incredible things? Why not dress up as Albert Einstein or a scientist in a classic white lab coat? Both are super easy Book Week costumes! Is it your dream to keep everyone safe and to patrol the streets? Why not wear a police officer costume? Or is it your dream to look after people? A fabulous Book Week costume for teachers or even the kids, is a doctors costume! If transforming into a doctor is too simple, maybe you always wanted to be in the military? We have army costumes, sailor costumes, and even airforce costumes that fit the Dreaming with Eyes Open theme! So what do you want to be? Have you found THE Book Week characters costume you dream of yet?


My imagination dreams me into a world of…


Now it’s the perfect time to let your imagination run wild for Book Week! Sit back and close your eyes, block out all the distractions around you and think about your daydreams. Where does your imagination take you when you least expect it? Are you transported to far-off lands, to a multiverse, to other galaxies or back in time? If you can dream of it, you can absolutely be it for Book Week! Stepping into a world of imagination, there are no limits. Bring your favourite fairytales to life. We know all our favourite storybook characters had to start somewhere. That somewhere being some simple words on a page, words that have transformed into some of the most incredible stories ever told!

Stories like Mary Poppins, the lovable nanny with a magic bag that fits more in it than a bag ever should! Or the Gruffalo, an age old classic book character! You know who else fits in with the imaginative world of Book Week, King Arthur and Camelot (The Sword and the Stone), a story that continues to be told and that no one actually knows if it was real or completely fictional!

Does your imagination take you somewhere other than a fairytale land? Maybe it transports you into the magnificent world of superheroes? We have all the classic Marvel and DC Comics superheroes, but they aren’t the ones we want to highlight yet. There are some incredible superheroes that don’t always get their name up in lights, but they certainly do a fabulous job of protecting us all! Dress up as one of the PJ Masks characters for Book Week, like Gekko, Catboy or Owlette or even as a Transformer like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee!

Do you dream of being part of another galaxy? Let your imagination transport you to the USS Enterprise. Dress up as a beloved Star Trek character like Spock, Captain Kirk, or even a Klingon warrior! If Star Trek isn’t apart of your favourite Book Week dress up ideas, you could still travel in to space, or maybe live in space? You know who lives in space, don’t you? Aliens, of course! When you think about good Book Week costumes, alien costumes have got to be number one!

Is your head spinning with imaginative Book Week ideas? Well, we definitely haven’t finished yet! Our imaginations are taking over! What about the incredible fantasy animals that grace the pages of our storybooks? Animals of legend, like unicorns and dragons? They could be show stopping Book Week outfits! And we can’t forget dinosaurs. Let your imagination captivate you and transport you back to a time where dinosaurs roamed the earth freely, and dress in a dinosaur costume as a T-Rex!


Popular Characters…


Do your dreams land you on your all-time favourite characters for Book Week? The classics? What would you do if you woke up in Wonderland? Would you handle it as well as Alice did? Or would you go crazy if you came into contact with the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum? There’s no need to imagine what you would do… why not use Alice in Wonderland as your idea for last minute Book Week costumes and find out?

Oh, Wonderland scares you? What about letting your day dream take you to the Enchanted Forest with Snow White and Prince Charming? Or join Cinderella and her evil stepsisters in the fight for the glass slipper!

If fairytales aren’t the way you want to go for a costume, we have some perfectly simple Book Week costumes to choose from. The Cat in the Hat Book Week costumes are always a fan favourite. As our favourite Dr Seuss character quotes, they will make you feel youer than you! We even have Thing 1 and 2 too!!

Of course, we are not finished dreaming yet… Dream with your eyes open and dress in a Little Red Riding Hood costume or even Granny Wolf! Or imagine you are stealing from the rich and giving to the poor dressed in a Robin Hood costume!

You could even dream of great battles with The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler and Poison Ivy dressed as everyone’s favourite caped crusader Batman! Imagine protecting Gotham City from destruction wearing your batsuit. A Batman costume might even get you the best dressed crown at your Book Week parade!

Are you still in a land of imagination? Hey… Where did you go? Hello… We can’t find you.. Oh, you’re in that book, aren’t you? Trapped in a Where’s Wally picture! Dream of playing the biggest game of hide and seek at your parade, wearing the best Book Week characters costume ever! And by that we mean dressing up in a Where’s Wally costume or one of his many friends and foes, including Wanda and Odlaw!


Officially Licensed…


Have you ever dreamed of transforming into a beloved gaming character? Like Master Chief from Halo? You could join a Spartan Team and take on the Covenant? Or dream of entering the world of Minecraft? You could dress as a creeper for Book Week! You could even live out your wildest dream and join a Pokemon battle dressed in a Pikachu costume? Who could forget the magical Mushroom Kingdom? Dressing up for Book Week has never been this easy! We have Super Mario costumes galore with Mario, Luigi, Peach, Wario, Toad and Yoshi, just to name a few!

Who could forget the incredible storybooks by Roald Dahl that are home to some of the most iconic characters on page and on screen! Roald Dahl Book Week costumes are our absolute favourite! We’ve got the whole Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gang, Charlie Bucket, Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop and Violet Beauregarde. We even have the man, the myth, the legend with our range of Willy Wonka costumes to choose from. Some other classic Roald Dahl characters include Matilda, Miss Trunchbull, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG and the one and only Fantastic Mr Fox.. what a Book Week costume collection to choose from!!

But wait there, of course we could never forget David Walliams and his good Book Week costumes for Awful Auntie, Billionaire Boy and even Gangsta Granny!

Dreaming of fighting crime and protecting the earth from destruction? Then superheroes might be a fantastic Book Week costume idea for you! Marvel Comics have brought us names like Captain America, The Hulk, Hawkeye, The Scarlet Witch, Iron Man and even Spiderman. Choosing to dress up as an Avenger in your search for costumes for Book Week is always a good idea! And with a theme like Dream with Eyes Open, Marvel superheroes fit in perfectly for Book Week!

Now we can’t just give all the love to Marvel. DC Comics are home to the first superhero ever created… Do you know who graced the pages of our favourite comic books first? The Man of Steel, of course! Dress up as the very first superhero ever, in a Superman costume for Book Week!

Now dreaming of becoming a superhero isn’t just something that happens in the Marvel and DC Universes, there’s also the Power Rangers universe. Maybe you dream of joining the team as a new ranger? We have all of your favourite Power Ranger costumes to choose from!

Now we bet you’re wondering if we’ll ever be done? There can’t be that many Book Week costume options, can there? There are still a few more fan favourites that you may not have thought of yet. Book week dress up ideas that are sure to turn some heads at your costume parade!

We have the ever hilarious team from Scooby Doo. Maybe your imagination dreams you into the Scooby Gang? You can join Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby on a quest to unmask the bad guys at Book Week!

Or maybe your imagination brings you into the wonderful world of Toy Story? You could dress up as Buzz Lightyear or maybe a Woody costume is more your style?

Speaking of classics that have made it to the big screen, you could dress up as a minion? A minion is such a fantastic last minute easy Book Week costume idea!

We’ve even got our hands on some Disney Descendants costumes for those of you who dream of inhabiting The Isle of the Lost with Mal, Audrey, Evie and Uma!

Now we can’t forget to mention a galaxy far, far away! What would Book Week be without Star Wars? But how does Star Wars fit the Book Week 2022 theme? Well, we can dream of being part of the Star Wars universe, so guess what? We can dress up as any Star Wars character we want! We’ve got Stormtroopers, Kylo Ren, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker costumes just to name a few favourites!

We also sometimes dream of joining Elsa and Anna in Arendelle, letting our imaginations run wild on adventures with the characters from Frozen, like Olaf and Kristoff!

You still can’t choose the perfect Book Week costume yet?

Never fear, there are still some places that your daydreams can take you, places like the Wizarding World! Jump on the Hogwarts Express ready for the Sorting Hat to place you in your Hogwarts House… Will you join Harry and Ron in Gryffindor or will your house be Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin with Draco Malfoy and Snape? If you don’t fancy pretending to be a student at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, maybe the perfect easy Book Week costume for you is Professor McGonagall?

Wow, what a whirlwind ride we just went on! Are you still stuck for a Book Week costume? We might have one more classic up our sleeve… Can you guess who it is?

She’s just blown in on a tornado from Kansas! That’s right, the best Book Week costumes and one of the most popular costumes there is, is the one and only Dorothy Gale! Dress up as the classic storybook character for Book Week and guarantee yourself the best dressed title!


Did we help you pick your Dream With Eyes Open costume for 2022? We really hope we’ve given you some of the best easy Book Week costumes for teachers and kids Book Week costumes! If you’re still stumped, there are a few things to remember when picking your costume…

1. If you can dream it, you can be it!!

2. Pick a book (Any book is OK! Even comic books or history books are an option!)

3. Choose your character

4. Find a costume!

5. And the most important, dress up and have fun!


We want you to know that Heaven Costumes is always here to help! If you need help to select the perfect Book Week costume, you can contact our friendly customer service team over the phone or website live chat. We also have a range of great delivery options, including free delivery over $99* and even Express Post to ensure you get your Book Week outfit in a hurry. To take the stress out of getting your last minute Book Week costume, we also have great payment options like Afterpay and ZipPay.

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