When I was in 6th grade, I remember my parents making me the coolest Halloween costume of all time—a Rubik’s Cube Costume. I remember being the envy of all the other kids.
The best part is that it was basically just a cardboard box. And when I suggested the idea to my son, he was all for it. The best part is that it took less than an hour to make and cost around $10. He loved that everywhere he went, people told him how great his costume was. He easily won a local costume contest!
How do you make a Rubik’s Cube costume?
First gather up your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy Rubik’s Cube costume:
- Cardboard Box (we just bought a packing box from Lowe’s)
- Black electrical tape
- Black Duct tape
- 5 colored poster boards (red, orange, yellow, blue, green)
- 1 package of black elastic (you can find this at JoAnn’s or a craft store)
- a ruler, box cutter, scissors, and a glue stick
Next, prep your box. Cut off the bottom and cut a rectangle in the top, big enough to fit around your child. With our box, we had to tape the flaps down using duct tape before we cut the hole. Our box was also slightly rectangular just by a couple of inches but it looked essentially square so we didn’t sweat it.
Then cut your poster boards to fit each side and glue down. A glue sticks works best since it won’t make the poster boards warp. Plus, they will be firmly held down with the tape so they don’t need too much glue.
Measure your sides into thirds both vertically and horizontally, and put the black electrical tape down to make the cubes. You’ll just need to make the center grid with the electrical tape. Use the Duct tape for the edges and corners. Since the Duct tape is wider, you’ll be taping down two sides as you put the Duct tape on the edges.
Instead of putting the box over his head and letting it sit on his shoulders, we opted to make suspenders using the black elastic. It was so much more comfortable and so much more manageable this way. This way he had full range of motion and use of his hands which is awfully helpful when trick or treating.
Just slice two slits above and below the rectangle hole in the top of the Rubik’s Cube. Insert the elastic through the slits, making sure to cross the elastic (like an “X” ) so that it will work like suspenders. Making the elastic work like suspenders will also help keep the elastic on your child’s shoulder and not slip off. You can just tie the elastic in a knot on the interior of the box after you’ve adjusted them to the perfect length for your child.
And there you have it – your Rubik’s Cube costume. Fast, easy, cheap, and pretty dang awesome. That’s hard to beat when it comes to Halloween costumes!
Best Easy Halloween Costume List
Is there anyone out there who isn’t searching for the best and—if we’re being totally honest—EASIEST Halloween costume out there? We all have big dreams of dramatic or intricate costumes only to find ourselves scrambling a few days (hours??) before everyone is ready to trick-or-treat. And let me be the first to tell you—it’s not worth it! But you know that, and that’s why you’re here—to find the best easy Halloween costume!
First, we’re going to give a woop-woop for the humble cardboard box, because simple as it is, it’s a blank canvas for all the brilliance of Halloween creativity to come bursting forth. I mean, how do you beat a one-girl lemonade stand? A family of Lego people? A fierce T-Rex?! Once, in college, my buddies even created an interactive best friends costume that, when standing together, became a giant BFF heart! The possibilities are endless.
But if cardboard isn’t your medium of choice, may we suggest another one of our favorite Halloween costumes for kids? An owl full of felt feathers, or a stuffed-socks-tentacled octopus, or even your very own life-sized paper doll might be just what your little has always wanted to be.
And if you’re going with something store-bought, we love these adaptive costumes from Target, made with extra sensitivities or other needs in mind. How special to have your very own Cinderella coach come Halloween!
The Mama’s Guide to Halloween
Halloween can be busy. Halloween can be fun. Halloween can be extremely stressful. The costumes, the decorations, crafts, activities, school parties, trick or treating, kids safety, food, recipes,...we get it. You’re most likely feeling overwhelmed with this spooky holiday. We’ve been there before too. Halloween is meant to be fun for everyone, not wear you down with all the minutiae of the holiday festivities! We’re here to help! Here’s what every Mama needs to know about Halloween. The Mama’s Guide to Halloween provides Halloween tips, tricks, resources, recipes, activities, costume ideas, and more!