Plastic Halloween jack-o-lantern treat buckets may get the trick-or-treating job done on October 31st, but they’re hardly the most imaginative candy containers. Instead, why not give your little one a Halloween bag that stands out from the crowd? We’ve got five suggestions for unique, fun, and slightly spooky custom Halloween bags and buckets.
Frankenstein’s Monster Cereal Bags
These bags are fun to make with kids, and have an added advantage—they don’t hold huge amounts of candy. You’ll need:
- 1 empty cereal box
- Green tissue paper
- Two corks
- Silver paint
- Black crepe paper
- Craft foam
- Glue gun.
Wrap the cereal box with the tissue paper and glue it down. Cut pieces of black crepe paper to make the monster’s hair, and glue it all around the lid of the box. Cut eyes, mouth, and a heavy “unibrow” out of the craft foam and glue them in place.
For the monster’s neck bolts, paint the corks silver. When dry, glue them to the lower sides of the box.
Stylish, Spooky Tote Bags
These custom Halloween bags are popular with older children, who can show them off at school. They’re also very easy to make. Search for fun Halloween designs online and print them onto iron-on transfer paper. Follow the paper’s instructions to iron the design onto a plain canvas tote bag. Personalize the bag by printing the child’s name onto transfer paper as well.
This quick craft makes a surprisingly “realistic” ghost. These custom Halloween bags do use a plastic garbage bag, though, so don’t let young children use the finished bag unsupervised.
- White kitchen garbage bag
- White gift bag
- White ribbon
- Black tape
Tuck the garbage bag into the white gift bag so most of the garbage bag hangs over the gift bag’s lid. This will be the ghost’s body. Staple the garbage bag in place, then staple ribbon to the gift bag lid to use as a handle. Cut out ghostly eyes and a mouth from the black tape and attach to the bag.
Personalized Candy Buckets
These quick and easy buckets are ideal for children who like to give their crafts a personal touch.
- Empty ice cream bucket
- Black felt
- Halloween-themed ribbon
- Paint, glitter, and stickers.
Using the hot glue gun, apply a layer of the black felt around the ice cream bucket. Glue the ribbon to the top and bottom of the bucket to cover the felt edges, then let children use stickers, paint, and other crafts to decorate the felt.
Smiling Jack Pumpkin Bag
These are more permanent versions of the Simply Spooky bags. They’re a good craft choice for older children, but be warned—pillow cases can hold a lot of candy!
- Orange pillowcase
- Fabric markers
- Embroidery hoop
- Hot glue gun.
Draw a jack-o-lantern face in the front of the pillow case, with the open side of the case facing up. Fold the open edge over the embroidery hoop to secure it, and glue a ribbon handle into place.