Suddenly the sunscreen has all but disappeared from the grocery stores aisles, and now it’s being replaced by … Halloween candy? Yep. It’s that time of year. The weather has that autumn chill, everything is pumpkin flavored and the kids are buzzing with costume ideas. Instead of breaking your budget on a store-bought costume, why not reuse what you have at home? With a little crafty inspiration and your child’s imagination, you can create cardboard box costumes that will definitely make for a happy Halloween. Check out our favorite ideas below.

You’ve Got Mail

Someone has mail. No, not email—a real letter that’s actually made from paper. Okay, so the letter isn’t exactly all paper and pen marks. It’s cardboard! With a box and some creativity your child can craft an air mail outfit that’s completely cute. With this costume, your child won’t be just another fairy princess, witch or that oh-so popular cartoon character. Make this costume with help from Studio DIY.

photo: courtesy Studio DIY

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— Erica Loop