5 Cool Halloween Costumes That Use a Cardboard Box

Add a basic cardboard container to a store-bought getup for a one-of-a-kind costume.

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The Big Cheese

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The Big Cheese

Round cutouts and yellow paint create a block of fromage for your pipsqueak; Mouse costume, $35

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Fly Girl

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Fly Girl

Box flaps make the roof of this tweet little house; costume wings complete the ensemble; Wild Wings Dress Up Set Bird (beak not shown), $39 

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Kiddie Caravan

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Kiddie Caravan

You can pull the youngest trick-or-treaters in a circus wagon; Lil’ Lion costume, $72; Giraffe Tutu Costume, $79 

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How to Make DIY Capes and Masks

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Debate Team

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Debate Team

This clever idea comes from Chicago mom Megan Jeyifo, who dressed her twins as President and VP last year! Costume your tot (and one of her pals) in a pint-size suit or a crisp cardigan, and use cardboard boxes to disguise their carriers as podiums. Extra credit for parents who take on Secret Service duties; Nautica Baby Boys’ 4-Piece Poplin Jacket, Pants, Shirt & Tie Set, $80 

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Construction Cruiser

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Construction Cruiser

Get your builder behind the wheel of her very own vehicle; Construction Worker Role Play Costume Set, $30