It is full of excitement and joy when it is time to dress up your kid for fancy dress competitions or a fancy-dress day at his or her school. Nowadays many preschools also organize fancy dress competitions for nursery kids. These fancy-dress competitions not only make a kid happy and excited but also imparts him or her some useful knowledge based on that fancy dress themes.

There are many fancy dress competition ideas to choose from. Whether it is a school competition, or it is for a cultural club, you can choose from the following list of Fancy Dress Ideas.

Fancy Dress Ideas:

1. Indian National Leader Fancy Dress Ideas

This is the most favourite fancy dress idea for most of the schools during National Holidays like Independence Day and Republic Day. And this would be the most preferred fancy dress competition idea for nursery kids as well. Dressing up your kid in a way of Indian national leader is the most fun yet an easy task to do. In addition, if you can make your kid memorize any famous dialogue of that Indian National leader, then it will be like a cherry on a cake.

Here are some nice ideas to look upon:

(a) APJ Abdul Kalam

Late Sri. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was an Indian scientist who serves the nation as an 11th President of India. He has always been a ‘Youth Icon’ and ‘National Hero’ of all ages. Therefore, dressing and presenting to be like him is going to be a major task. 

Requirements – His dressing style was very simple, so you can choose a brown coloured ‘safari suit’ or a simple cotton kurta pajama. Only a white wig (which is widely available) needs to be arranged to get a complete look like him.

Dialogue – Don’t declare Holiday on my Death, instead work an extra day, if you love me.”

(b) Bhagat Singh

No Indian National fancy dress competition idea can be completed without this name. Bhagat Singh was the most influential revolutionary of the Indian Independence movement. He had a very charismatic persona and recreating his style is easy and comfortable. Let us now check the requirements for Bhagat Singh’s dressing style.

Requirements – A formal white cotton shirt, and a formal black/brown cotton pant with a Brown coloured hat styled in manner. For the moustache, you can draw the moustache with a Kajal pencil.

Dialogue “By crushing Individuals, they cannot kill ideas.”

(c) Rani Laxmi Bai

Rani Laxmi Bai was the Queen of Jhansi, and her real name was Manikarnika. Rani Laxmi Bai is the most preferred idea for dressing up your little girl for her fancy dress competition. An easy way to make your daughter look like a real queen.

Requirements – Although there are many shops that rent the costume of Rani Laxmi Bai on a day basis, still if you want to recreate her style on your own then drape your daughter with Marathi style saree of silk fabric and accessorize her with some ornaments and jewellery. A sword and shield can be taken on a rent basis.

Dialogue – “I shall not surrender my Jhansi.”

(d) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

Many of the children get themselves dressed as per to Netaji’s style. Netaji was the real icon in India’s Independence. His looks and dressing style were simple and comfortable.

Requirements – A green coloured khaki dress with hat, round-framed spectacles, and boots.

Dialogue –  “Give me blood, I will give you freedom.”

(e) Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the most prominent Indian politician who served the nation three times. Dressing up in his style can be very eye-catching and will look attractive. He was also simple in his dressing attire. So, let us check what are the requirements to get his looks:

Requirements – A white coloured dhoti- Kurta with Blue coloured cotton Bundi /Nehru jacket. A black sandal and square-framed black coloured spectacles.

Dialogue – “I dream of an India, free of hunger and want.”

(f) Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini was an Indian poet and also a political activist. An inspiration to many women, she was among the few first women who stepped out and took leadership for our country. Sarojini Naidu was also the first President of the Indian National Congress and Governor of Uttar Pradesh. She was full of zeal and patriotism. This is one of the best fancy dress competition ideas for the girl child.

Requirements – A light blue colour simple saree with a red blouse. The hair needs to be roughly combed with white colour paint or apply a generous amount of powder at the crown region.

Dialogue- “A country’s greatness lies in its undying ideals of love and sacrifice that inspire the mothers of the race.”

2. Animal-Based Fancy Dress Ideas

Animal-based fancy dress ideas are a great hit among young learners as they learn about the animal kingdom. The dresses for the animals can be collected on a rent basis and few of them can be made at home as well.

(a) Lion / Lioness

You can dress up your smarty kid in an orange or brown coloured jumpsuit or in an onesie. Buy a simple Lion mask from any local stationery shop and your kid is ready to roar.

(b) Rabbit

The white furry dress can make your little one cute like a rabbit. You can rent the furry ears of the rabbit to make a complete look of a rabbit.

(c) Butterfly

It is a most loved fancy dress idea for every little cute girl. All you need to have a bright sparkled, flared skirt or even frock. The wings and the antenna can be bought on a rent basis from any costume shop.


(d) Bear

Bear is the most loved and cuddled animal among the children. You can make your kid look like a bear by wearing him brown coloured furry dress. However, the onesie is most preferred.

3. Disney Character-Based Fancy Dress Ideas

Although these characters are cute and attractive, yet they are not so easy to make at home. Hence, it is good to buy or rent the costumes of your kid’s favourite Disney character and get him/her ready for the competition.


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(a) Snow White

If you are looking for fancy dress competition ideas and dialogues then Snow White is an ideal pick. Dress up your cute girl as the fairest maiden on the land. Snow White is one of the most loved characters by both girls as well as boys.

Requirements – It is difficult to create a Snow-White costume, it is better to opt for an outfit on rent.

Dialogue – I have lips red as rose, hair black as ebony, skin white as snow. Who am I?”

(b) Prince Charming

How about turning your sonny boy into a prince? Yes, dress up your boy as Prince Charming. Prince Charming is one of the most loved characters of Disney. All thanks to the gentleman’s behaviour. It is one of the best fancy dress ideas for boys in India.

Requirements –  Recreating Prince Charming is super easy, all you need is white long shit, club it together with red trousers. Create a dagger and drown using cardboard.

Dialogue – ” I don’t even know your name! How will I find you?”

4. Jai Jawaan, Jai Kisaan Based Fancy Dress Ideas

This is one of the best fancy dress ideas for kids. This is a famous slogan of the Indian Government which emphasizes and appraises the hard work of Indian soldiers and Indian farmers. Therefore, here, you can choose to dress up your kid in any of the soldier’s look or in a farmer’s look. The dresses can also look like the uniform of the Indian defense sector, like naval officers, army personnel, or air force personnel.

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5. Easter Based Fancy Dress Ideas

Easter is a festival that is celebrated on account of the resurrection of Lord Jesus after the death. During this festival, eggs are usually gifted to each other. Hence, you can decorate your kiddo in a way of cute chicken, or egg. Many dresses are available online to shop or you can collect the same on a rental basis. And if your kid has any jumpsuit or onesie in yellow and white color, it will be a great match.


6. Christmas Fancy Dress Ideas

For this auspicious theme, you can dress your kid like a Christmas tree, a Santa Claus, Mother Mary, or even a snow-man.

7. World Book Day Theme based Fancy Dress Ideas

World book day is a yearly event celebrated on April 23. It is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. You can choose the variety of book characters to dress up for world book day.  

You can take the help of the following list:

(a) Tintin

You need a blue t-shirt, underneath a white collared shirt, brown pants, and spiked hairs (can be done with the help of hair gel).


(b) Harry Potter

This is one of the easiest outfits for a fancy-dress competition. You need a white shirt with normal school trousers. A drumstick can be used as a magic wand. One added prop is the glasses of Harry Potter.

(c) Tom Sawyer – from the book of Mark Twain

Always a protagonist in the books of Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer’s get-up is easy to be picked up. A white formal shirt, blue jeans, and a hat with messy hair.


Always a protagonist in the books of Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer’s get-up is easy to be picked up. A white formal shirt, blue jeans, and a hat with messy hair.

8. Save water, Save World Theme Fancy Dress Ideas

This is a very sensitive topic used for a fancy dress. Hence, you can show your creativity through this idea. You can use a number of the slogan to communicate. The outfit should be blue in color as it resembles water.

Some ideas are listed below:

(a) Drop of Water

In this idea, you need cardboard and cut it into the shape of water-drop. Color this shape in light blue and write any slogan or quotation which you want to convey. Hang this cardboard on the shoulders of your kids with the help of a cloth.

(b) Fish-Shaped Cardboard

Fish is related to water hence you can also make a shape of a fish in the cardboard, color it, and hang it on the shoulders of the kid. The outfit of your kid can be in blue color.


(c) Sea Creature

Water has many sea creatures. So, you can choose any one of them and decorate your child accordingly. Sea creatures can be octopus, fish, sea-horse, star-fish, etc.

9. Fruit Theme Fancy Dress Ideas

This theme of fancy dress is quite easy and comfortable for the kids as well as for the parents. There is the number of fruits & vegetables around us. Choose any one among them and dress-up your kid accordingly. The dresses can be arranged either via rent or by your creativity.


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(a) Watermelon

This fruit is widely loved by the children. It’s a beautiful and bright color appeal to be attractive to everyone. It is one of the healthiest fruits.

Requirements – The outfit can be made as a cardboard cut-out. The half-cut shape of watermelon looks really attractive.

(b) Pear

It is an easy fruit to make a cut-out of cardboard. Paint the same in a light green color and brown as its twig.

10. Bird Theme Fancy Dress Ideas

Bird has always been an attractive creature of nature for the kids. They get fascinated by these little and cute creatures. Therefore, dressing them in a bird look will make them more excited and happier.

Some of the ideas which you can take to get them dressed as a bird are:

(a) Parrot 

This is a costume that you can use to make your little one like a talking parrot. These types of costumes can be bought on a rental basis from any costume shop or can buy online.


(b) Crow

The outfit for the crow is easy and you can use any full black trousers and shirt to complete. In addition, you can search for the following crow mask which is widely available.


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11. Environment Based Fancy Dress Ideas

This unique idea can help you to send out a strong message in support of the environment. You can take the help of the following environment-based fancy dress ideas for children.

(a) Tree

You can make a cardboard outfit for making your kid a ‘tree’. Paint this tree-shaped cut out in green-brown color. You can write any good slogan for saving trees.

(b) Flower

It is a perfect outfit for your kid. However, this costume will take your bit extra effort and creativity, but in the end, it will be the best effort of yours. Choose any flower – Sunflower, Daisy, or any flower with big petals. The costume should have stem and petals in it. And the center of the flower will be the face of your kid.

(c) Sun

This costume can be designed easily at a home. Make a cut out of the sun with the cardboard, paint it a yellow or orange color. The round shape center will be the face of your kid. Get him dressed in yellow or orange jumpsuit or onesie.


12. Our Helpers Fancy Dress Ideas

‘Our helpers’ is the community of those people who help and serve the society with their specific work or profession. It includes Doctors, teachers, postman, gardener, milkman, police, etc. So, choose any helper from the vast numbers and get your kid dressed like the same.

(a) Policeman

Our biggest community helpers are a policeman and almost all the kids want to be like a police officer and want to serve society. It is the best fancy dress idea for a school competition.

Requirements – You can get a policeman’s dress, cape, belt, and stick on rent.

Dialogue –  “I am a policeman and I serve the society. Jai Hind”.

13. Famous Personality & Celebrity Fancy Dress Ideas

This unique idea can let your kid earn an extra point in the competition. When your kid is dressed up like a famous personality or a celebrity, he should also imitate the personality and throw some dialogues.

The list which can be taken as an idea is as follows:

(a) Albert Einstein

Every mom wants her child to be like Einstein in his/her studies. So, this is a good time for the mothers to dress up your kids as per to the wish. The costume is a simple, grey-colored jacket and trousers. The only thing which should be arranged is the wig and a mustache.

Dialogue – Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”


(b) Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the famous personality and he was the person who had abolished slavery. The costume needed is a white formal shirt with a black coat and black bow. The accessory needed is the French cut beard.

Dialogue – “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.”

(c) Amitabh Bachchan

No doubt, Amitabh Bachchan is a famous personality who look-alike every child wants to be. All needed is a proper formal attire including coat, formal shirt and trousers and yes, his identifiable white French half beard.

Dialogue – Rishte me to hum tumaare baap lagte hain, lekin naam hai Shehanshah.”

14. Indian Mythological Characters

This idea includes the depiction of God and Goddess or any other mythological character.

(a) Lord Shiva

An easy yet more on accessorize character to carry. Lord Shiva is termed to be one of the most powerful gods. The costumes are widely available at every costume shop. The outfit and the related accessories can be bought on a rental basis.


(b) Maa Durga

The get-up of Goddess Durga is quite simple as the only Saree and some ornaments are needed to complete the look. Drape your daughter with any bright colored plain saree (most preferably red colored saree) and complete her make-up with all needed accessories like bangles, bindi, anklets, earrings, nose pins, etc. Add trident as well to complete the entire look.

(c) Hanuman

This is one of the favorite characters amongst the children. A dhoti, crown, and a mace will complete the look.

15. Comic Book Characters

The comic book is like a friend of every child and if you choose this idea to dress up your kid in his fancy dress competition, it will be full of excitement for your kid.

Look out for these ideas:

(a) Chacha Chowdhury

An easy get up with red turban and big mustache and your kid is ready to rock the competition in Chacha Chowdhury’s style.

fancy-dress-ideas(b) Shaktiman

This is the most loved character among children. The costume for Shaktiman is easily available on a rental basis. Get your kid dressed as Shaktiman and see his enjoyment.


(c) Pinki

A most loved comic book character. Smart, intelligent, and funny Pinki is the best character to choose for your little princess.


16. Daily Use Stuff

Under the daily use stuff, we include LPG Cylinder, clock, toothbrush, soap, clock, etc. This idea is innovative yet informative for the children.

(a) Clock

The clock is the most useful everyday stuff which not only shows the time but also replicates its importance. It is an ideal innovation that makes us an organized individual and every kid should be aware of its importance.

Requirements –  A big circle made out of cardboard and number are written on it with a bold marker.

Dialogues –  “Tick Tock, This Is A Clock.”

17. Aim in Life

Here, you can let your kid dressed up according to his/her aim in life. What he /she wants to be in life can be depicted here. Like doctor, police, teacher, engineer, writer, navy officer, etc.

18. Technology-Based Fancy Dress Ideas

The best part of this idea is your kid can become any gadgets of his/her choice. The gadgets can be, mobile phones, computers, laptops, TV, remote control, etc. A strong message can also be conveyed with the help of this idea. The costumes for the technology-based fancy dress are easily available at costume shops.

19. Harry Potter Based Fancy Dress Ideas

Harry Potter is the most popular character for fancy dress ideas.

Few ideas related to this theme are:

(a) Harry Potter

Those identical round-framed spectacles, messy hair, and formal school dress make your kid a perfect Harry Potter.


(b) Prof. Dumbledore


(c) Hagrid


20. Superhero Characters

Your child must have been wanted to become a Superhero so that he can fly and can save the world from various dangers. There is a number of superheroes that can be taken as an idea – Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, etc.

21. Theatre Theme Fancy Dress Ideas

This is one of the unique and cutest themes for kids. Theatre is something which every child is fascinated about, the big screen, booming sound, coke, burgers, and delicious popcorn. You can choose anything among this and dress up the cutie easily.

(a) Popcorn

Popcorn is loved by both kids and adults; this is one of the healthiest snacks which can be munched while watching movies. This is also an ideal fancy dress ideas for school competition.

Requirements – Dress up your child in a white plain T-shirt and black pants. Prepare a rectangular box and write popcorn in bold letters. finally, at the top, crush paper chunks and paint in mild yellow color.

Dialogues – “I am yummy popcorn, everyone loves me. Nom!! Nom!! Nom!!”

22. Candy Theme Fancy Dress Idea

This is one of the cutest and colorful fancy dress competition ideas for girl child. Candy is loved by all the kids and this theme of fancy dress will instantly grab audience attention.

Requirements – Dress up as a colorful candy and wear matching shoes. Make sure to include matching hair accessories and delivery the dialogue with smile and confidence.

Dialogues –  “Hey, I am Candy, sweet and crunchy, everyone loves me”.

23. Number Theme Fancy Dress Idea

This is again a smart and easy theme of fancy dress for kids. If your little one enjoys the number counting, then it is a perfect choice for fancy dress competition for class 1. Dress up your kiddo in any number of his choice or as ZERO.

Requirements – Dress up your child in black shirt and pant, cut out a big sized zero shape from cardboard, color in red and tie it around your child’s waist.

 Dialogue – “My name is zero and I am the hero who has the power to make any number big when I stand next to them”.

24. Traffic Signal Fancy Dress Idea

The importance of traffic signals must be taught to kids from a very small age. Dress up your child as a traffic signal light i.e. red, green, and yellow. Create awareness by talking about the importance of following the traffic lights. It is also amazing fancy dress ideas for boys in India.

Requirements – You can get the outfit of traffic lights on rent and can do a quick DIY using a big cardboard box.

 Dialogue“Hello, I am a traffic signal, Red stands for Stop, Yellow for Look and Green for Go”.

25. Colour Pencil Fancy Dress Idea 

Every child loves to colour and surely coloring is a major part of every child’s daily routine. Colour pencil fancy dress theme is not unique but also is super-duper adorable fancy dress competition ideas and dialogues are super easy as well.

Requirements – Dress up your child in their favourite color pencil. You can take the outfit on rent or easily create one using themocol sheets.

Dialogues – “Hey, I am the color green, the color of nature”

So, these were the fancy dress ideas for your little munchkin. 

Do let us know in the comments below if you know any unique fancy dress ideas. We would love to know your thoughts. 

Happy Parenting!

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