How to Make a Movie Popcorn Box Costume

Brooke Chateauneuf
Sept. 27, 2012

As part of the Halloween costume series, here's a costume that will really pop!

If your kid loves to go to the movies, really butter them up with this fun and easy costume that is sure to make them pop!


  • Cardboard box
  • White and red duct tape
  • Yellow tissue paper
  • Red or white cap
  • Red shirt or sweatshirt
  • Red leggings or sweatpants
  • Two oval popcorn signs
  • Plate (for tracing)
  • Double sided tape or hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter

Step 1: Cut out bottom side of box using a box cutter. Then fasten the remaining flaps shut with tape.

Step 2: Trace a plate on the top side of the box where the child's head will be and cut out the circle using the box cutter. Using a ruler, draw and cut out equal rectangles on both sides of the box for the child's arms.

Step 3: Cover the box completely in white duct tape. Attach red duct tape over the white duct tape to create a red and white striped pattern.

Step 4: Crinkle up yellow tissue paper and attach to the top of the box (the side with the hole for your child's head) using double sided tape or hot glue.

Step 5: Tape or glue popcorn logos on the front and back of the box. Dress child in red sweatpants, red sweatshirt and red hat and place finished popcorn box over his/her head. Now you're poppin'!

For more costume ideas, check out these 48 Easy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas in 4 Steps or Less.

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