Easy and fun DIY treat bag ideas for Halloween

There are so many reasons to love Halloween; dressing up as your favorite creepy character, decorating the house, and trick-or-treating. Although traditionally sweets are collected while trick-or-treating it doesn’t mean the treats can’t be fun and healthy.

Creating Halloween crafts is also a great way to get all the family involved in preparing for the scariest holiday of the year. Children of all ages love to get creative and we have lots of ideas below to create fun, healthy treat bags. 

All ideas are perfect to offer in a ‘help yourself bowl’ and can be adapted for both general confectionary and healthy options. 

Now get ready to start crafting with 10 cute DIY treat bag ideas

1. Timid Pumpkins Treats

Pumpkin treat bag

Create these cute pumpkin treat bags in seconds to impress your friends.

You will need:

  • Orange tissue paper
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Candies
  • Scissors

How to make:

  1. Take a piece of tissue paper. Create layers by folding it in half and then in half again.
  2. Lay the folded tissue paper down and place a few treats in the center. Experiment with how many will fit perfectly.
  3. Pull the corners of the tissue paper up and over the sweets, move the candies around until you have a nice round shape.
  4. Use pipe cleaner to hold in place the gathered tissue paper.
  5. Trim the top of the tissue paper with scissors.
  6. Use your pipe cleaner to wrap around the trimmed tissue paper.
  7. Curl the end of the pipe cleaner.
  8. Add googly eyes to finish off your pumpkin.

 2. Lollipop ghost

Ghost lollipop

What can be better at Halloween than a floating, lollipop ghost? A simple but effective idea, learn how here.

You will need:

  • Any round lollipop
  • White tissue paper
  • Ribbon, preferably black and orange
  • Scissors
  • Black Sharpie

How to make:

  1. Lay two, 6 by 6 inch, squares of tissue paper on top of each other.
  2. Place a lollipop in the center.
  3. Fold the tissue paper over the lollipop and hold all four corners down.
  4. Using ribbon, wrap it around the lollipop stick to hold the tissue paper in place.
  5. Curl your ribbon using scissors.
  6. Use a sharpie pen to draw a ghostly face.

 3. Creepy sweet hand

Creepy sweet hands

Severed hands usually give us the creeps but who can resist these treat-filled hands to spread the chills this Halloween?

You will need:

  • Vinyl gloves (non-powder or non-latex)
  • Candies
  • Ribbon
  • Plastic rings
  • Scissors

How to make:

  1. Fill the gloves with candies. Smarties, mentos and longer sweets work great for the fingers.
  2. Fill up the rest of the bag with individual wrapped candies or pick-n-mix.
  3. When full tie off the end of the glove with some ribbon and curl it.

 4. Jelly bat cups

Jelly bat cups

You’ll have to be quick to catch these jelly bat cups before they all fly away. We guarantee these furry beasts will be a hit in your treat bowl this year.

You will need:

  • Jelly pots
  • Black card
  • Black Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Double sided tape
  • Googly eyes

How to make:

  1. Turn your jelly snack upside down.
  2. Cut out bat wings from your card.
  3. Use sticky tape to attach the wings to your jelly snack.
  4. Cut out bat eyes and mouth. You now have the option of using googly eyes or cut out eyes and mouth.
  5. Finish off your bat by attaching the eyes and mouth with double sided tape. Alternatively, finish off by attaching googly eyes and drawing mouth.

 5. Wacky monster treat bags

Wacky monster treat bags

Will you make your monster treat bag cute or scary this Halloween. With endless combinations, you won’t be able to stop creating these.

You will need:

  • Plain colorful gift bags
  • Black Sharpie
  • Colored cards
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Candies

How to make:

  1. Find some colorful gift bags at your local discount store.
  2. Cut out circles or oval shapes to make eyes from colored cards.
  3. Finish off the eyes by drawing black circles or oval dots using Sharpie.
  4. Cut out horns and teeth from colored cards.
  5. Arrange all your pieces on your gift bag and stick them down using a glue stick.
  6. Fill with your favourite Halloween treats and candies.

 6. Frankenstein treat bags

Frankenstein candy bag

Carefully construct your Frankenstein heads to make sure they are the main attraction of your treat bowl. 

You will need:

  • Green paper bag (without handles)
  • Black and white cards
  • Black Marker
  • Staples
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Candies

How to make:

  1. Fold over the top part of bag.
  2. Create the hair by cutting your black card to size and then folding it lengthways.
  3. Finish the hair by cutting out small triangles to give it a zig-zag edge and glue hair to the bag.
  4. Use your white card to cut out circles for the eyes.
  5. Glue them down.
  6. Draw on eyeballs, a mouth, and stitches.
  7. Now unfold the folds and open up your bag, fill your bag with treats and candies.
  8. Fold bag and staple in an X pattern to create Frankenstein’s bolts.

7. Hand drawn spooky paper bags

Hand drawn creepy treat bags

These hand-drawn paper bags are great if you’re in a rush to prepare for the scary event. Get everyone involved and have a best-drawn bag competition.

You will need:

  • White or brown paper bags
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Black Sharpie
  • Candies

 How to make:

  1. Decorate your bag with any design you like using Sharpie.
  2. Open up your bag and fill it with candies.
  3. Fruit mummies

We all know getting our children to choose and eat more healthy choices can be a battle, but they won't be able to resist these healthy fruit choices disguised as mummies this Halloween.

All you need is some bandages, tape, and googly eyes. Oh, and some fruits. 

Wrap the bandages around your fruit, secure with tape, and add your googly eyes. Perfect for adding in a Halloween lunch box or adding alongside other treats in your Halloween treat bowl.

 9. Jute broomsticks

Halloween Witch Broomstick

No Halloween is complete without a visit from a witch and what better way to welcome her than with her very jute broomstick treat bag.

You will need:

  • Small jute bags with draw strings
  • Scissors
  • Candies
  • Colored pencils or patterned pencils

How to make:

  • Add candies to jute bag
  • Add in your pencil. Place is in the middle of the bag.
  • Secure by tying the draw string.

10. Jack O’ Fruit pots

Jack O' Lantern Jelly Pots

Give mandarin fruit pots a spooky twist. Turn the pot upside down, draw Jack O’ Lantern faces using a sharpie pen. A great idea to add to school lunch boxes during Halloween.


These DIY treat bag ideas are perfect for anyone young or old to get involved with, giving everyone a sense of ownership over the Halloween season. Seeing others enjoy their Halloween treat bags will excite children and perhaps help them make more healthy choices around snacks in the future. 

Whether you chose to add more conventional sweets or create healthy alternatives using these ideas, one thing we do know is that this Halloween, full of crafting, family fun, will be one to remember.