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:
@MMAAC suggested going Inception on Halloween:
@kpwerker A sandwich board in the shape of a sandwich! It’s sand-ception!
— Vanessa (@MMAAC) October 17, 2013
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.”
— Dawn E (@crochetcomplsiv) October 21, 2013
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!
- A fire truck, natch.
- I especially appreciate the use of boxes for shoes in this Frankenstein costume.
- This one’s a little too perfect for my taste, but I can’t resist the obvious option of a TARDIS costume.
- I really like this simple solution to the fussy engineering challenge of the ever-coveted butterfly/angel/whatever WINGS.
- Requisite cat costume.
- I think this one would be way funnier on a kid. But I won’t look at you funny if you think that’s utterly inappropriate.