When I asked my 3-year-old son what he wanted to dress up as this Halloween, he said with confidence, “A racing car driver!” So I thought, ok this should be easy. I’ll just get a costume at Target or on Amazon and we’re set. Jumpsuit—check. Helmet—check. I thought I was done but to my surprise when my little firecracker tried on his new racing car driver costume, his next question was, “Where’s my car?” I LOL’d because he was right—how could I forget the car! So, I scoured the internet for boxcar costume ideas and found this DIY Race Car Box Halloween Costume.
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I love this Box Car Halloween Costume because there’s no cutting and taping cardboard boxes together hoping for something that resembles a race car. I found it from Oriental Trading Company for only $14 and it’s so quick and easy to put together, you’ll be done with it in no time. You can paint it yourself or let your child color it for fun. If it’s out of stock, you can find something similar on Amazon here.
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This car comes with 2 precut holes on the side to hold it up. But for extra stability and to ensure my 3-year-old wouldn’t have to hold it up all night because let’s face it, it probably won’t last more than 30 minutes, I added ribbon shoulder straps. Poke 2 holes in the front windshield and 2 holes in the back of the car, pull the ribbon through the holes and tie knots on the inside.
Throw on a pair of pants, tee shirt, and baseball hat or check out this cute Little Tykes race car driver costume which also comes with a helmet. You can find it at Walmart or one similar on Amazon for $20.
No-Hassle Racecar Box Halloween Costume Materials Needed:
- Acrylic paint, markers, or crayons
- 3-4′ Satin ribbon
- Race Car Driver Costume
- Color Your Own Race Car Box Costume
- Hole punch
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Bonus Candy Holder:
I taped a shoe box to the inside of my DIY Race Car Box Halloween Costume for a convenient candy holder. But don’t forget a backup bag or pumpkin when your tot decides to ditch his boxcar—if they’re under 4, odds are it’s happening. Just have fun and get a few good pictures before they rip it off!
What do you think about my DIY Race Car Box Halloween Costume? Would you try it? Do you like to make Halloween costumes? Share your comments below.
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.