Whether it’s for passing around in your child’s classroom, or handing out at a Halloween party, or even as a Teal Pumpkin Project candy alternative, it’s great to be able to quickly throw together a bunch of fun, easy and affordable Halloween treat bags!
I make these up every year and always enjoy working with my kiddos to put them together. And yes, they definitely help me with the process. It’s a team effort, and a great way to spend some family time together, talking about Halloween and looking forward to giving the bags to friends.
If you’ve read any of my how-to posts, you know I am a huge fan of anything simple, affordable and fast. So with that in mind, here is my answer, step by super easy step, to the Halloween treat bag.
Materials Needed:(most of these items can be found at your local craft store or dollar store)
- Plastic Halloween- themed treat bags, preferably clear so you can see what’s inside
- 4-5 cheap (but useful / fun) Halloween themed items – I find that things like pencils are way overdone, so I look for alternatives like little packs of notepads, cute erasers, bubbles, stickers or toys like plastic spiders. But I never buy anything really small – stay away from items that could be easily swallowed by baby or toddler siblings of the recipients. Medium sized, useful items that YOU wouldn’t toss in the trash are the best bet.
- Twist ties (if you’re lucky, the bags you buy will come with them. If not, get some pipe cleaners and use them instead. Another great alternative for this is a festive ribbon.
- Halloween themed stickers
- Coloured construction paper
- Hole punch
We have a giant craft collection at home, so the pen, hole punch and construction paper (and often also the stickers) tend to be items we already have on hand. If you can use what you already have for this project, you can do it even more affordably!
Before we got started I used some of the construction paper to cut out tags, which my son could write his name on. Once they were cut out, I punched a hole in each one, got him to write his name and affix a little Halloween sticker. It’s a cute little personal touch, and he enjoyed helping make the bags.
Now for the fun part!
- create an assembly line by lining up your materials on a table
- for the project pictured here, our assembly line order was: bags, plastic spiders, note pads, large foam stickers, large plastic googly eyes, tags and twist ties.
- start at one end of the assembly line, and enlist your kids to help fill the bags
- once bags are full, slip the tag onto a twist tie and wrap the twist tie around the bag.
- voila! Super easy little personalized treat bags!
Are you considering allergen-friendly / candy-free alternatives this year for Halloween giving? What kinds of items do you enjoy handing out? We would love to hear more suggestions, please feel free to share them in the comments!
Looking for more great Halloween Tips? Check out these classics from our archives:
- Halloween Safety Reminder – tips from Toronto Police Services
- Handy Halloween Checklist – no more rushing on the eve of Halloween! Follow these tips to slow down, savour and enjoy the cuteness while staying organized, too!
- Pumpkin Pie-Inspired Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Tried and true, a fan favourite super easy recipe!
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