Happy Hallow’s Eve! I decided to release a bonus blog post this week and show you how to make the coolest Halloween treat bags to give out to the kids trick-o-treating at your door. These Monster Hand Halloween Treat Bags will make you the most popular house on the block!
The best thing about writing a blog is that I get to browse social media everyday and find amazing creative ideas that fill me with inspiration and fuel my creativity. As you can imagine, I was thrilled when I found a video by Crafty Morning showing how to make the coolest treat bags ever: Halloween Candy Glove Treats (see original pin here). When I saw this video, I thought, Wow! I have to make these for Halloween! The kids will love it!
I made my shopping list and set my budget to determine how many treat bags I could afford to make. Each bag contains a lot of candy and can get quite expensive, so I set my budget at $40.00 and calculated that I would be able to make forty-eight treat bags. Usually I plan for a hundred kids, but we moved to a new neighbourhood this past summer and there aren’t as many young families with kids in the area, so I think forty-eight treat bags will be sufficient this year.
I purchased the candy and gloves at my local supermarket and then visited Dollarama to buy curling ribbon and Halloween-themed finger rings and pencils.
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At home, I opened all the packages and poured each of the candy bags into separate containers. Then my husband and I filled the gloves with candy. I couldn’t find white gloves at the supermarket so I had to settle for blue gloves, which ended up looking even cooler than the original post because the blue gloves make the treat bags look like monster hands (hence the title of this blog post).
First, we inserted one package of Rockets into each finger. The Rockets act as the “fingerbones” of the hand and are the perfect size for the ring that will be added later.
Next, we added three lollipops to each glove. We inserted the sticks for each lollipop in the fingers to ensure the sticks won’t poke through once the glove has been tied closed.
Then we filled the palm of the glove with four packages of crackling candy and one mini chocolate bar.
Afterwards, we tied the open end of the gloves closed with red curling ribbon. I wanted to use orange or black ribbon, but my husband had the brilliant idea to use red ribbon since red is the colour of blood. After attaching the ribbon and curling the ends with scissors, it looks like there is a spot of blood where the hands would have been “detached.”
To add the finishing touches, we slid a plastic Halloween ring onto the ring finger of each hand. I had bought two packages of assorted Halloween rings from Dollarama for $1.50 each. Each package had an assortment of skulls, witches, spiders, pumpkins and bats that came in red, orange, purple, green or black.
Of course since I’m a writer, I taped Halloween pencils between the thumb and forefinger of each hand in a “writing” position. I have fond memories from my own childhood trick-o-treating days when I found Halloween pencils in my pillowcase at the end of the night. I loved receiving pencils because I always had a use for them, whether it was for writing or drawing in a notebook. Plus, pencils last longer than candy. So it’s natural for me to want to continue the tradition of handing out Halloween pencils as a way to encourage future generations of writers and artists to pursue an honourable venture in the arts.
I’m very happy with how these Monster Hand Halloween Treat Bags turned out and I can’t wait to give them to the kids who come to my door tomorrow. Seeing their excited faces and their cute Halloween costumes will be worth it the time and money put into making these awesome “monster hands.”
Are you handing out candy or taking your kids trick-o-treating tomorrow? Reply in the comments below.
Monster Hand Halloween Treat Bags
Approximate time to make: 10 minutes/hand
Approximate cost (excluding tools): approximately $0.85 per treat bag (prices may vary)*
*Note: The cost above will vary by items purchased, location, currency and retailer. This estimate is also based on the cost of materials used for one hand only and does not reflect the total cost to purchase all the materials.
Materials Required for Treat Bag
One (1) blue or white latex or latex-free glove (CAD $3.98 plus tax for a 30-pack from Real Canadian Superstore [equivalent to CAD $0.13 per glove])
Red metallic curling ribbon cut into 12” length (30.5 cm) (CAD $1.25 plus tax for a 61m (200’) spool from Dollarama [equivalent to CAD $0.01 for 12”)
Five (5) Rockets (CAD $9.98 plus tax for a 240-pack from Real Canadian Superstore [equivalent to CAD $0.21 for five Rockets])
Three (3) Fruit Pop Lollipops (CAD $3.98 plus tax for a 160-pack from Real Canadian Superstore [equivalent to CAD $0.07 for three lollipops])
Four (4) Crack Ups Popping Candy packets (CAD $4.48 plus tax for a 200-pack from Real Canadian Superstore [equivalent to CAD $0.09 for four packets])
One (1) mini chocolate bar (CAD $5.97 plus tax for a 50-pack of Mars Bars from Real Canadian Superstore [equivalent to CAD $0.12 per bar])
One (1) Halloween ring (CAD $1.50 plus tax for a 24-pack from Dollarama [equivalent to CAD $0.06 per ring])
One (1) Halloween pencil (CAD $1.25 plus tax for a 12-pack from Dollarama [equivalent to CAD $0.10 per pencil])
1) Set your budget and determine how many treat bags you can make based on your budget and how many candies you will put in each treat bag. Make your shopping list accordingly.
2) Open all the packages and pour the candy bags into separate containers (this makes it efficient for packing the gloves).
3) Insert one package of Rockets into each finger of the gloves.
4) Add three lollipops to each glove. *Tip: Insert the sticks for each lollipop in the fingers to ensure the sticks won’t poke through once the glove has been tied closed.
5) Fill the palm of the glove with four packages of crackling candy and one mini chocolate bar.
6) Cut a piece of curling ribbon (approximately 12”) and tied it into a double knot around the open end of the glove. With scissors, carefully run the blade along the ribbon to make it curl.
7) Slide a plastic Halloween ring onto the ring finger of the glove.
8) Finally, tape Halloween pencils between the thumb and forefinger of each hand in a “writing” position (see photos below).
And that’s it! You’re ready to give a monster hand to the trick-o-treater at your door!
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