After a couple years of soft, cuddly, fabric-based costumes for Owen, this year we’re entering what will no doubt be the extended era of cardboard-box Halloweens. When I asked him what he wants to be this year, his first of properly understanding dressing up, he said he wants to be a bus. What kind of bus? A diesel city bus that says “Sorry, not in service” on the front. Kid’s a public-transit nerd.

So we’ve started the cardboard-box work, and I went down the Pinterest rabbit hole looking at box-based costumes. Since my round-up of last-minute Halloween costume ideas from a  few years ago remains one of the most popular posts on the blog, I figured why not just start a thread here, this time focused on the unlimited potential of the humble box.

First up, some ideas people shared from their own past Halloweens:

@jencloss’s son was a tractor last year:

Vroom!

@MMAAC suggested going Inception on Halloween:

Last year, paper artist Rachael Ashe made a couple of amazing costumes (yeah, not cardboard, but whatever). And here’s @crochetcompulsiv’s son’s Wall-E. About it, she says, “Big box, liberal use of foil/duck tape. treads are flattened inserts from beer boxes wrapped around the boxes.”

And here are some rad cardboard costumes I found around the internet. If you’ve made one, let me know in the comments and I’ll add your links and/or pics to this post!