Fall is upon us and that means Halloween is just around the corner. If you are looking for a relatively easy and inexpensive Halloween costume, consider dressing up as a birthday present or a Christmas present this Halloween.
This costume is simple to make and most everyone has the materials readily available to create this costume. It can also be made in a short amount of time for those who like to wait until the last minute, and it will work for any gender, adult or child.
First of all, find a sturdy cardboard box that is large enough to fit over the body of the person who will be wearing the costume.
Cut a hole in the top of the box that is wide enough for the head to fit through it. Also, cut the entire bottom out of the box for free movement of the legs. A shorter box will allow for easier walking. Next, cut holes for each arm to fit through the side of the box.
After cutting all the holes, wrap the entire box just like you would a birthday or Christmas present using gift wrapping paper, scissors, and tape. To wrap around the arm and head holes, make a small puncture in the gift wrap in the middle of each hole. Then take the scissors and make pie-shaped triangles all the way around the hole. Fold these triangles over the raw edges of each hole and tape them securely to the inside of the box.
After you are finished decorating your costume, simply slip the box on and you are all set. Regular street clothes can be worn underneath or to make it more festive, wear clothes in a coordinating color to match the gift wrapping paper. For an added touch, stick a matching bow and/or ribbons on the top of your head.
For another idea that works well for trick or treating, skip cutting out the arm holes and leave the arms inside the box. Cut a rectangle in the box around chest height. Make sure it is just large enough to slip candy through it (2 x 4 inches should be big enough) and direct the candy givers to put the candy in the rectangle. Securely tape one side of a plastic grocery bag to the inside front of the box just underneath the rectangular cut out in order to catch the candy. When someone slips a candy in, pull the bag toward the body to catch the candy.