DIY Trick-or-treating and Candy Bags

DIY Trick-or-treating and Candy Bags

Craft unique candy bags and be the most popular house on the block with these tips.

By: Rae Friis

Whether you’re trick-or-treating or handing out treat bags on Halloween night, it’s always fun to add a creative and personal touch. Here are some ideas to get you started and make this Halloween one to remember.

If you’re going out with your kids this Halloween and want to do something special, ditch the plastic jack-o’-lantern and make a one-of-a-kind bag for easy identification an even easier carrying.

Felt or cloth (enough to cover the front of the bag and extra for fun cut-outs)
Canvas bag


  1. Cut felt or cloth to the dimensions of the front of the bag
  2. Glue the cut fabric to the front of the bag and allow to dry
  3. While the bag is drying, cut out ghosts, witch hats, spiders, names or designs
  4. Glue the cut out felt to the front of the bag and allow to dry

Three Treat Bags to Hand Out
If you’re looking to become “that house” — the one that hands out the best stuff — look no further than parcelling your treats in these fun bags.

1. Ghostly Bags
Create mini ghosts to ring in the (spooky) holiday spirit.

White tissue paper
Small candies (candy corn works great)
Googly eyes


  1. Cut tissue paper to into 22-centimetre (8 1/2-inch) squares
  2. Layer 3 pieces of tissue paper on top of each other, rotating each a little so the corners don’t match up
  3. Place several pieces of candy in the middle of the tissue
  4. Bring all the sides together around the treats and secure with a piece of twine
  5. Glue on 2 googly eyes, being careful to only use a small amount of glue

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2. Printed Bags
Turn an ordinary lunch bag into a fun treat bag by simply running it through the printer.

Small brown paper lunch bags
Halloween stickers


  1. Write out a short saying like “Boo!” or “Trick or Treat” in a spooky font in a word processor
  2. Place a brown paper lunch bag front-side up in your printer’s paper feed, set the paper settings to 13-by-20 centimetres (5-by-8-inches) and print directly onto the bag

Tip: Prevent paper jams by taping down the edges

  1. Fill each bag with candy, fold the top over and seal with a fun sticker

3. Paper Pumpkin Bags
Craft cute mini pumpkins filled with candy for your next holiday get-together.

Black marker
Small orange paper bags
Brown or green washi tape


  1. Using a black marker, draw jack-o’-lantern faces on the flat side of the bags
  2. Fill the bags with candy about 1/3 full
  3. Gather the open end of the bags to make a stem
  4. Keep the stem in place by wrapping washi tape around it several times, covering the top of the bag

Making these bags ahead of time and putting up some great décor can definitely turn your house into everything but haunted on Halloween night!

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Rae is a graphic designer and the creative director of She spends her days working from home — usually with any one of her four lovely (and rambunctious) kids hanging on her side. She enjoys creating everyday adventures with her munchkins using ordinary things and making them extraordinary. Oh, and she also really loves clothes, chocolate, her husband and her cell phone (in no particular order).

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