Tutor Doctor | Oct 15, 2015

6 Awesome Halloween Costumes you can Make From a Box

Categories: Elementary School, Middle School, Inspiration, K12

Supersize your fun this Halloween while saving some money and the environment too. Take time with your kids to make your own epic Halloween costumes out of recycled boxes. You can pick up a box at your nearest grocery store (just make sure it’s clean). Utilizing recycled boxes is better for the environment than buying a costume which only gets one use before ending up in the landfill. Making your own costumes is great ghoulish fun for the whole family.

Lego Blocks

Everyone loves the Lego costume! Use empty yogurt containers to stick to the front of the cardboard box. Choose a paint color that matches a shirt and pants that your child already has and coat the entire costume. This is a great costume for cold Halloween evenings.

Dinosaur Box Costume

This dinosaur costume takes a little more work and uses up to 5 boxes. Use a large box for the body, one for the neck and the third for the head. Use the other two boxes to cut out a tail and spikes for the back. A toilet roll cut in two makes perfect eyes. Feel free to paint it the color of your favorite dinosaur.


Let your kids go as their favorite doll or action figure. Simply cut out the front of the box and paint it accordingly.

Sponge Bob

Do you have an artistic side? Then this Sponge Bob Square Pants box costume is perfect! Just a lick of paint, two arm holes and one for the head and you’re done. Add brown shorts, yellow leggings and black shoes for a more authentic look.

Thomas the Tank Engine

Is your child a train enthusiast? Then this Thomas the Tank Engine outfit will be a big hit. Use a big box for the train, a smaller box for the headlamps and a hat box for Thomas’ head. A toilet roll makes the perfect smoke funnel. Use straps over the shoulders so that your little engine master doesn’t have to hold the box all night.

Robot Box Costume

A little silver paint and some ducting for the arms is all you need to create this wonderful robot box costume. Add a few gauges and LED lights for the full robot look.