How to Make a Trick-or-Treat Bag

How to Make a Trick-or-Treat Bag

Learn how to make a trick-or-treat bag for Halloween! Don’t waste your money on yet another disposable Halloween treat bag this year. Try this fun activity instead and encourage your child to recycle, reduce, and reuse. Make this spooky mini-masterpiece with your trick-or-treater this October.

This activity combines an environmental awareness lesson with the exploration of artistic printing and painting processes, along with color and shape recognition. Your child is sure to be proud of his very own, special Halloween candy receptacle. The best part is, he’ll get to show it off as he trick-or-treats!

What You Need:

  • Extra large white paper bag (shopping bags, grocery bags, anything you have lying around that you might want to get rid of)
  • Tempera paints (because this activity will result in a bag that food is to be placed in, take extra caution in finding a paint labeled non-toxic and safe for children)
  • Cardboard tubes (e.g. paper towel rolls)
  • Paintbrush
  • Ribbon
  • Stapler
  • Glue

What You Do:

  1. Provide your child with a variety of Halloween inspired colors. Think of black cats and bats, orange and green pumpkins, purple witch’s hair, and white ghosts.
  2. Encourage your child to explore and experiment with the paints and a cardboard tube. Ask him questions such as, “What shape is a pumpkin?” Have him dip the end of the tube into the paint, and then press it onto the paper bag. This can be a pumpkin, the body of a creepy cat, or part of a scary spider.
  3. If your kid is a little older and ready for a more complex illustration, have him make a haunted house. Giant triangles work wonderfully for the house itself, and smaller triangles or squares are perfect for windows. Have your child to use the paint brush to fill in parts of the shapes, and to add extra details and background elements.
  4. He can also decorate his bag with words. Encourage him to write “Happy Halloween” or “Trick or Treat,” like we did. He might even want to write his name.
  5. For added fun, encourage your child to use his fingers to create tiny ghosts or bat wings on the bag.
  6. Set your child’s finished creation aside and let it dry thoroughly.
  7. Now for the handles! Cut four pieces of ribbon that will work as suitable bag handles.
  8. Position two pieces of the ribbon so that they cover one of the bag handles. Staple the pieces of ribbon together so the bag handle is fully covered.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to create the other sturdy handle. Now, when the bag gets heavy with all the candy your trick-or-treater has collected, the strengthened bag handles won’t break.

Due to the nature of the materials used for this activity, use caution and a little bit of common sense. If the paint has soaked through or is not dry, you can line with bag with another paper bag without anything on it. Additionally, if Halloween night is wet and rainy do not use this bag as it’s not water resistant. Instead, keep it indoors as a fun Halloween inspired decoration to hold your candy stash!

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Candy Corn Art

Candy Corn Art

Take a tasty treat and make a lasting work of art! Whether you love the sweet candy kernels or not, the vibrant colors of candy corn make them perfect for your child and his artistic talents. Just be sure to warn any trick-or-treaters who may happen upon this delightful project — glue and candy corn are not a yummy mixture.

What You Need:

  • Bag of candy corn
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Construction paper

What You Do:

  1. Have your child use a pencil to draw a Halloween design on the construction paper. Help him out with ideas if he’s a bit stumped. His candy corn art can be of a scary monster like a vampire or a zombie — or he can make a beautiful pumpkin or a friendly ghost.
  2. Let him dump out his bag of candy corn on the construction paper. Don’t use all the candy though! You want to save some to eat, of course.
  3. Have him start experimenting with plaing the candy corn on his Halloween design. The candy corns can be lined up side by side for a thicker line, tip to tip for an interesting pattern, or tip to bottom to create long lines. Single candy corns also work well to make creepy eyes and pointy teeth.
  4. Help your child carefully glue the candy corns in place.
  5. Set the construction paper and candy corns aside to dry.
  6. On Halloween night, hang up your child’s creative masterpiece for all the trick-or-treaters to enjoy!

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Make an Accordion Skeleton

Make an Accordion Skeleton

Decorating for Halloween is always fun, but it can quickly put a strain on the budget. Solve that problem by making some of your decorations at home. This crinkled paper skeleton is big on charm and is sure to be a hit with the kids. Sneak in a lesson on the skeletal system while you put Mr. Bones together by asking your child to name the different parts of the skeleton and locate them on his own body.

What You Need:

  • 20″ x 24″ white paper
  • Pencil
  • Thick black marker
  • Glue

What You Do:

  1. First, cut the arm and leg pieces. Measure and mark four ¾” stripes across the short side of the paper and have your child cut them out.
  2. Next, have him accordion fold the strips, starting at one end and folding back and forth all the way to the other end.
  3. Sketch out the skull, ribs and pelvis shapes on half of the remaining sheet of paper (it’s easiest to fold the paper in half to get symmetrical shapes).
  4. Help him cut out the shapes while you sketch out the hands and feet, then have him cut those out too.
  5. Using the black marker, draw outlines on the skull, ribs, and pelvis for your child to color in. Outline the eyes and nose on the skull, the ribs of the ribcage, and the holes in the pelvis.
  6. Have your child carefully color in all of the outlines and draw the skeleton’s teeth.
  7. Cut one longer piece of spine and one shorter piece from the remaining white paper.
  8. Lay out the pieces before assembling them and make sure hands and feet are placed properly before gluing.
  9. Finally, help him glue all the parts of the skeleton together.

Your finished skeleton will make a perfect spooky decoration for a door or window. On a windy night, he’ll dance spookily in the wind!

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