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DIY cardboard Halloween costumes for a spooktacular night

Halloween is just a few weeks away, and if you’re planning for, in the middle of, or just completed a move, you may have some extra moving boxes lying around. With some scissors, paint, and tape or glue, you can turn those cardboard moving boxes into a great Halloween costume. And you’ll be re-using the box to boot!

Trendy Halloween costumes

2023 has given us some great Halloween costume ideas, let’s start with some trendy Halloween costumes with a cardboard twist:

Barbie the movie

Step into the world of Barbie movie with a cardboard costume, what better way to celebrate Halloween than by channeling your inner Barbie with a cardboard costume?

barbie box costume


Immerse yourself in the world of pop culture with cardboard costumes inspired by iconic characters. Create a cardboard cutout of Taylor Swift’s signature red dress or craft a cardboard guitar to channel your inner rockstar.
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Super Mario Brothers

Jump into the Mushroom Kingdom with a cardboard Mario and Luigi duo costume. Cut out overalls, hats, and mustaches from cardboard, and paint them in their signature colors. Add some cardboard mushrooms and coins for extra authenticity.
how to do a cardboard Mario and Luigi costume

The Little Mermaid

Dive into the underwater world with a cardboard Ariel costume. Construct a mermaid tail from cardboard and decorate it with shimmering scales. Add a cardboard crown and a flowing red wig to complete the transformation.

A girl's imagination comes to life as she transforms into a mermaid with a vibrant cardboard mermaid tail. The tail's shimmering colors and wide fin capture the essence of a mythical underwater creature. The girl's joyful expression reflects the magic of DIY costumes and the power of imagination.

Classic, easy cardboard Halloween costumes


With some silver paint and a few accessories from the hardware store, your robot will be ready for tricks and treats.

Halloween - Robot

Minecraft or LEGO character

Both Minecraft and LEGO have characters stylized to be boxy, making these costumes a natural fit.

Boxy Halloween - Minecraft

Photo strip

Besides being incredibly clever, this costume also weighs less than all the others.

Photo strip Halloween costume


Cut squares from an extra box to use as the graham crackers in this sweet costume.

Boxy Halloween - s'more


You can even turn the front into a bag for treats!


Rubik’s cube

It looks like you’ve solved your costume problem!

Boxy Halloween - Rubik's cube

Christmas/birthday gift

This quick and easy costume is cause for celebration!

Christmas gift


Just one slice, but your local pizza place will probably deliver to your costume party.

Boxy Halloween - DIY pizza costume
DIY pizza costume by <a href="https://studiodiy.com/">Studio DIY</a>

9. Hungry Hungry Hippos

Grab a few friends to play along with this classic board game-inspired costume.

Boxy Halloween - Hungry Hungry Hippos


This special delivery will be right on time for trick-or-treating.

Boxy Halloween - Air Mail
DIY air mail costume by <a href="https://studiodiy.com/">Studio DIY</a>


You’ll be the hit of the party with this colorful costume!

Boxy Halloween - pinata
DIY piñata costume by <a href="https://studiodiy.com/">Studio DIY</a>


With imagination and a little creativity, you could have a latte fun at your next Halloween party!

Latte Halloween costume
JK&#8217;s Sheila and Ash teamed up for this imaginative costume

Some extra tips for crafting the costumes:

  • When a costume demands flexibility, tape works better than glue and can help reinforce the cardboard to prevent tearing.
  • String can be used to tie pieces together, which allows more movement than gluing or taping the pieces together. That extra shoestring finally has a use!
  • Use tape on the corners of the cardboard to avoid paper cuts.
  • Air out whatever you paint and give it time to dry, or else you’ll be trick-or-treating with some side effects.
  • This is cardboard, so be careful not to get it wet!