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Spooky Ideas for a DIY Halloween Moving Box Costume

Death, taxes and heaps of boxes after you move – the only things that are certain in life.

With the accomplishment of finally making your way through the last moving box comes a new task, when you turn around and see the empty boxes.

What should you do? Post the free boxes on social media to try to give away to neighbors? Spend weeks slowly breaking them down and fitting them into your recycling bin?

If you’re moving around Halloween (or any time of year – who says you can only wear costumes on Halloween?) what you have is a treasure of Halloween costumes.

It could even be an opportunity to have a housewarming party of sorts to help your kids feel more comfortable in their new home. Set up boxes, paint and other supplies, and invite everyone over to build box costumes.

Tetris moving box costume

This is what you’ll need for a successful Tetris moving box costume:

  • Kids or friends (you’ll need help building and cutting)
  • 10 medium-sized moving boxes
  • Scissors
  • Paint or colored craft paper (any solid color paper will do)
  • Black tape
  • Packing tape
  • Adhesive

To get a snug fit when stacking boxes, cut the box lids opposite of each other as you piece them together and use packing tape to increase stability. After your shapes are created, use spray adhesive to stick colored paper to the boxes, and then use black tape to divide sections to create a Tetris look.

Other boxy Halloween costumes:

  • Robot
  • Racecar Driver
  • Moving truck driver! (our favorite costume)
  • Astronaut in a rocket
  • Airplane pilot
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • A Lego piece (Solo cups are also good for this)
  • Rubik’s cube
  • A doll in its box
  • TV star
  • Alien, building a box UFO around a clear umbrella
  • A pair of dice
  • Vending machine (you can even add your candy to the costume!)

The possibilities for being creative with your moving boxes are unlimited, particularly with an internet full of ideas—both topical and retro. If you plan to move in the months before Halloween, set aside some moving boxes for DIY costume fun.