With Halloween a few days away, it’s time for some special DIY Halloween treats. In the recent issue of Entertain, Decorate, Celebrate, we created a few special ways to gift your favorite goodies. These are the kinds of simple and fun DIY projects that you can enjoy with your children and grandchildren. All it requires is a quick trip to the craft store and you’ll be on your way.
If you’re looking for more creative ways to celebrate Halloween, be sure to check out the Celebrate website for pumpkin carving how-to’s, elegant-yet-spooky table settings, tasty candied apple ideas, and more!
Make Monster Goody Bags
For a treat that’ll make the kids giggle, purchase brightly colored plastic baskets and googly eyes at a local craft store. To make silly monsters, simply hot-glue the eyes to the outsides of the baskets. Fill with tissue paper, and line with parchment paper so treats or popcorn balls won’t stick to the sides.
Get the recipe for these popcorn balls!
Decorate Chalkboard Buckets Full of Small Toys
Treasures come in all shapes and sizes, and they don’t have to be edible! Rather than give out traditional handfuls of candy, pack a chalkboard bucket full of trinkets. We used small toys, stickers, bubbles, and silly string. Don’t forget to write names or Halloween messages or draw pumpkin faces to decorate the buckets.
These types of treats are especially great for kids with food allergies, who might have to avoid the peanuts, soy, or wheat found in more traditional Halloween goodies.
Assemble a Creative Cauldron
Dress the part of a friendly witch, and fill your cauldron with a very special brew. This is a creative way to carry treats to school for classmates, as well as a festive way to pass out goodies to trick-or-treaters. We filled plastic containers with orange Sixlets and added downloadable tags for an extra “boo” or “eek.”
Don’t forget to download these “eek” and “boo” labels for the perfect finishing touch!
DIY Haunted House Gift Boxes
Get your kids or grandkids to help make haunted houses this Halloween. Purchase papier-mâché houses at a local craft store, and spray-paint them black. Cover windows with yellow card stock, and fill with candy or other goodies. Finally, add bat stickers to the windows, and drape the little houses in spiderwebs to add an extra-spooky touch.
Love these ideas,Phyllis. Thank you for sharing. In addition to preparing treats and decorating the house for all the trick or treaters,I exchange little gifts with some of my friends too…I found a pumpkin spice scented soap wrapped in Halloween themed paper and cute little bite sized chocolate pumpkins to give them this year. Always much fun!
Each and every one of these is adorable! Great ideas to make a favorite children’s holiday even more magical, there are always such fun, inspiring ideas in Celebrate, Phyliis. Thank you.