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 those Amazon boxes you have stashed away? Called “boxtumes,” with just a little crafty inspiration and your child’s imagination, you can create any number of cardboard box costumes that will definitely make for a happy Halloween. Check out our favorite ideas below.

X-Ray

How cute is this little x-ray costume? Not is the skeleton totally on point for Halloween, but have a sibling or a parent dress up as a doctor and boom—it's a family costume. Find out how to make one with your Amazon box by heading over to Rachael Burgess

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photo: Mandy Beyeler via Sugar Bee Crafts

Try your luck at making a set of dice this Halloween. Perfect for twins or BFFs, one of the best things about this costume is that it doesn't take a ton of supplies to make. Get the tutorial over at Sugar Bee Crafts

Vending Machine

This is an easy, and great idea for using up all those boxes from Amazon! Just be warned— this cool costume could have other trick or treaters trying to get the candy to dispense. A Slinky, paint and a few other items are all you’ll need to make your own version of this tasty get-up. Head over to Thrifty and Thriving to get the entire tutorial.

 

A Daring Dino

Go Jurassic this Halloween with an adorable dinosaur boxtume. Your kiddo can fit inside the box, making it easy to wear (in other words, no tight suits or itchy head coverings that your tot will surely refuse to even touch). And bonus, your kiddos can paint their dino any way they want. Get the full instructions from Adventure In a Box.

 

An Envelope

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 popular cartoon character. Make this costume with help from Studio DIY.

 

Thomas the Train

Your preschooler can’t stop going on and on about his favorite little blue engine. He's totally into Thomas the Train and is begging (like every 30 seconds) for a costume that features his fave. Well, here’s where this costume from Little Red Window comes in. It’s artsy, fun and something you can DIY at home.

 

Airplane

You’ve seen Disney’s Planes something like a trillion times. And now your child wants to play one of the roles. For Halloween, that is. Don’t worry about finding a ready-made L’il Dipper costume at the mall (or online). Check out this cardboard box version from Desert Chica.

 

Carousel Horse

Those carousel horses don’t have to stay on the merry-go-round. Okay, yes they do. But this horse doesn’t have to stay at the amusement park. Learn how to recycle your cardboard boxes into a colorful carousel cutie from A Joyful Riot.

 

An Order of Fries

Yum! A fab nod at fast food, this French fry costume is purely adorable. Seriously. It goes from plain ol’ cardboard to cool costume with just a few artsy steps. Get the full how-to from The Project Girl.

A Macaron

Oui, oui, your child is a fabulously French macaron. This scrumptious costume looks good enough to eat. Sadly, you can't, but it’s fun to create and your child will get a kick out of being their favorite dessert. Check out the design from Studio DIY.

 

Cardboard Wings

Whether it’s princesses, fairies or butterflies that interest your child, this cardboard costume is absolutely everything. It’s super-simple, but still artsy enough to get your creative kid into the crafty creation process. Learn how to turn your old boxes into a crown and beautiful butterfly wings over at The Sweetest Occasion.

 

Pac-Man

It’s totally tubular dude. This throw-back to the '80s is still current enough to keep your kids knowing they’re completely cool. Add in a few pieces of pixelated fruit and you’re good to go. Get the details on this awesome arcade art activity at The Effortless Chic.

 

Candy Boxes

So sweet! Kind of literally. Hey, the candy in your little one’s pumpkin-shaped caddy aren’t the only treats on Halloween night. Reuse an old box, magically transforming it into a cute candy costume. Head on over to Maydae for the how-to.

 

Fire Truck

You don’t have to keep the cardboard for the costume itself. This sweet firefighter outfit is easy to make—you can probably pick plenty of items from the dress-up bin to use. Here’s where the cardboard comes in. Use it to create the cutest fire truck wagon ever! Get the details from Repeat Crafter Me.

 

Milk and Cookies

The best part about a boxtume is you can be creative as you like! We love this adorable milk and cookies combo from Lovebugs & Postcards. You can get the tutorial by clicking here. 

— Erica Loop