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How to Make an Appliance Costume for Halloween

Searching for unique, homemade Halloween costume ideas? Look no further than your washer or refrigerator! Believe it or not, these everyday machines can inspire creative costumes that are fun and simple to make. From a running refrigerator to dirty laundry, we’ll detail how to make an appliance costume for Halloween by thinking outside the (appliance) box. 

Make an Appliance Costume for Halloween With These DIY Designs

To make an appliance costume for Halloween, a simple cardboard box can provide endless inspiration. These DIY costume designs not only cost less than a store-bought ensemble, they recycle common household materials into trick or treating masterpieces!

Refrigerator Running Costume

The key to a refrigerator running costume is to use a small, rectangular new appliance box that gives your legs unrestricted mobility. After cutting head, arm and leg holes in the box, paint it white and add a strip of black tape down the middle for the refrigerator doors.

Decorate the outside with classic fridge embellishments like artwork and magnets and wear some sneakers and workout pants to keep your refrigerator running smoothly!


  • 1 waist-length rectangular cardboard box
  • White paint
  • Black electrical tape
  • Magnets
  • Paper artwork, grocery lists, or pictures

Get full instructions here.

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Dirty Laundry Halloween Costume

Looking for an original group costume for three trick-or-treaters? A dirty laundry Halloween costume consists of a washer, dryer, and laundry basket all created from basic household supplies.

For the washer and dryer, cut holes for the head and arms in two, square-shaped cardboard boxes. Paint each box white and use markers to draw knobs and doors, gluing a stray sock, dryer sheet, or detergent bottle to each. 

For the dirty laundry, cut the bottom out of a small laundry basket, and use rope to tie it around the trick-or-treater’s waist. Secure some clothes in the basket and you’ve got a group appliance costume that stands out at any Halloween parade.


  • 2 square cardboard boxes
  • 1 small laundry basket
  • White paint
  • Markers
  • Assorted clothing items
  • Dryer sheets, detergent, or fabric softener bottles

Get full instructions here.

dirty laundry Halloween costume
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Bun in the Oven Costume

Expecting a future Halloween lover? This bun in the oven costume is comfortable enough for any mama-to-be, consisting of a square appliance box made to look like an oven.

Simply paint or wrap the box in silver or white, drawing an oven door in the front with a picture of a baking bun. Cut holes for the arms and suspend the box opening over the shoulders with rope.

Decorate the oven with knobs, oven mitts, and dish towels, or use the remaining weeks until your due date for the timer!


  • 1 large, square appliance box
  • White or silver paint or wrapping paper
  • Markers
  • Rope
  • Oven mitts, dish towels

Get full instructions here.

bun in the oven costume
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Microwave Head Costume

An appliance costume for Halloween doesn’t get simpler than a small appliance box around your head. Cut a square opening in front to display your face, making sure the box rests comfortably on your shoulders and around your head.

Spray paint the box black or silver and use paint or colored paper for the clock, functions, and handle. Want to up the fright factor? Use red and black makeup to give your face an overcooked look!


  • 1 small, rectangular cardboard box
  • Silver or black spray paint
  • Paint or markers
  • Face paint (optional)
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From all of us at Appliance King of America, we hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!


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