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How to Create Your Own Halloween Goody Bags in 7 steps!

Updated on September 27, 2013
Handmade die cut, glittered goodie bags created by Crafty to the Core
Handmade die cut, glittered goodie bags created by Crafty to the Core | Source

Halloween memories.

My fondest memory of childhood trick-or-treating is walking past the spookiest of houses decorated with cobwebs and fake coffins that sprung open upon the motion of children hustling to the front door.

Several people in the neighborhood gave the most generous amount of candies, cutely wrapped in homemade paper sacks, decorated with ribbon. These neighbors are the ones I attribute to the inspiration for making a unique goody bag that children will not want to part with long after the candy has been opened and eaten.

Events for which a goody bag will be useful.

Last year, our town cancelled Halloween! We were still cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy. It put a damper on our annual spooky fun to say the least. The children were so disappointed. I drove to the grocery store and braved the masses to fight for a last bag of generic candy. I would have not otherwise bought any because we do not get trick-or-treaters here off of the main road.

After returning home, we made some Halloween goody bags to take our mind off of the fun we thought we missed out on and instead applied our focus to the fun we created instead.

It just so happened I had stickers, pencils, mini boxes of crayons, and coloring sheets leftover from years of saving them for a rainy day. To my surprise, the children delighted in stocking their goody bags full of stuff they already had duplicates of in their bedrooms. We had a lot of fun together and still reminisce about the time Halloween didn't happen.

  • Goody bags are traditionally presented at birthday parties.
  • Some events such as baby showers and weddings prepare parting gifts for guests.
  • Goody bags have been a favorite at school parties by parents who fill them with pencils, stickers and erasers for various holidays during the year.
  • Goody bags are often passed out around several holidays during the year including Easter, Halloween, and Christmas.

Common Fillers for Goody Bags.
Small toys
Mini notebooks
Spinning tops
Plastic jewelry such as rings and bracelets
Candy necklaces
Lip gloss
Small toy cars
Of course, each event will bring it's own inspirations such as boy/girl, baby, wedding, holiday.

Note to ponder!

Party supplies are a multi-billion dollar industry!

Supplies needed for creating a Halloween goody bag.

Please see the table below for some suggested supplies for creating a Halloween goody bag that will hold candy, pencils, stickers, Halloween trinkets, or other items you find for filling the bags for the purpose you have in mind.

The party supply industry rakes in billions each year.

Here are some ideas for shopping for Halloween party supplies or loot bag fillers (in no particular order):

  • Iparty
  • Party City
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Kmart
  • Michael's Craft Store
  • AC Moore Craft Store
  • Benny's
  • Dollar Stores
  • Ocean State Job Lot
  • Christmas Tree Shop
  • Candy stores
  • Other department stores not listed here
  • Other craft stores not listed here

With the growing popularity of the internet, party shoppers may find larger inventories for party ideas at online retailers.

Materials used to make goody bags.
Cloth bags.
Plastic bags decorated with a favorite party theme.
Drawstring bags.
Favor boxes made from cardstock.
Lunch bags.
Mini paper bags from craft stores.
Markers or paint.
Lunch bags come in a variety of colors and designs!

Step one. Choosing the right bag.

There are many types of goody bags you can create using different materials.

Quickly looking through my stash of crafts, I came up with five different types. Imagine what you could find at a craft store, especially in the Halloween aisle!

  1. The organza bag. Organza bags comes in all colors. They are often presented to party attendees at baby showers and wedding showers. They are usually smaller in size, approximately 3" x 3". Most of them have a drawstring closure. They are perfect for holding one small bottle of bubbles or a few candies such as pillow mints.
  2. Mini paper bags. Mini paper bags are in most craft stores and come in all colors. They are perfect for decorating in your own style for parties and gift ideas. They are perfect for rubber stamping.
  3. The vellum flat bag or envelope. These envelopes are good for stickers. They remain flat and do not have a wider bottom. They come in many different designs.
  4. Favor boxes. Favor boxes are made from cardstock and come in many designs. Some are solid color. They often are found in take-out style with metal handles. Some have ribbon handles. They stand on their own and are useful for filling will candies and other small trinkets. Some are large enough to hold one cupcake, such as leftovers from a wedding shower.
  5. The paper lunch bag. These bags come in a standard size and a larger size. They can be found in a lot of different stores. They come in a variety of colors and designs. Some come in a 10 pack with printed designs. Others come in solid brown, red, white, blue, and other assorted colors.

For this project, I used white bags, although I have since found ghost printed paper bags online.


Step two. Prepare a design.

Some prefer to sketch a design before creating one.

Think about what you would like to have on your design. Here are some ideas for creating a Halloween scene:

  • Pumpkins
  • Cats
  • Scarecrows
  • Haunted Houses
  • Spooky fences
  • Ghosts
  • Bats
  • Frankenstein
  • Leaves
  • Crows
  • Witch hats
  • Vampires

The inspiration for the design showed above is from printed fabric with ghosts.

Step three. Get your materials in order.

Once you've picked out the bag to start with, and prepared a design, the next step is to put everything together.

You may wish to use die cuts, stickers, fabric, rubber stamped images or other elements. First, place everything where you want it to see how it all comes together without adhering anything with glue. In the event your design doesn't flow together as creatively as expected, everything can be re-arranged easily.

Try it before you adhere it.


Tips for a mess-free work area!

Use paper cupcake liners for mixing glue, glitter and glaze. Paper liners are inexpensive and easy to keep on hand in a craft room. I use them every time I'm working on a project which required a mixture of glitter and glue.

Use wax paper to set aside wet embellishments while drying.

Step four. Glitter or paint all pieces.

After you have your design configured, glitter and paint all of the pieces that you intend to. By doing so now, there is a less likely chance that any wet mediums will contaminate other pieces or decorations.

  1. Use glitter glue for pieces that you want to add a shiny wet look.
  2. Use wet glue and dry glitter for decorating without a shiny look.
  3. Add glaze to glitter or paint to add a dimensional look.

On the photo above, I've illustrated four different ways to design a moon and bat embellishment.

Using a paint brush, glitter glue from a tube, and some glaze, I combined everything in a paper cupcake liner. These are inexpensive and a way to mix wet glue and glaze without making a mess all over your work station.

I painted one small area on the side of each moon, and completely covered each bat with the mixture. I let them all dry. Then I played around with the small and large bats, and tried out different ways to make them work for the scene I drafted earlier.

Step five. Use chalk or marker to color in embellishments.

Once the glittering is done, think about which embellishments could use a little highlighting with chalk or markers. Inking is also a way to highlight edges.


Step six. Adhesives.

Finding the right adhesives for paper art can be tricky.

First, when creating items that will display photos, such as a Halloween greeting card, keep in mind that any adhesive used needs to be photo safe, archival safe, photo quality, acid free, lignin free, etc. These are terms that are commonly used in scrapbook advertisements. It means that no harm will come to a photo adhered with those types of products.

When working with a Halloween goody bag design, unless you are interested in keeping one for your memory album, it may not be important to you to use a archival safe adhesive.

There are many different kinds on the market.

Here are a few I keep stashed in my art studio:

  • Glue dots
  • Foam squares, with double-sided adhesive
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue sticks, permanent
  • Scrapbook glue

Some glazing products also have adhesive qualities.

For the fabric embellishments that were used in this particular Halloween goody bag, any of those adhesives mentioned above would have most likely soaked through the fabric and caused an unsightly stain.

Therefore, when working with fabric squares, fabric flowers, of fabric embellishments of any kind, there is a product which will bind fabric to many surfaces including paper.

Iron-on adhesive known as HeatnBond works well for the following types of materials:

  • Fabric
  • Foil
  • Denim
  • Felt
  • Suede
  • Leather
  • Patches
  • Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Canvas

I purchased a roll of 10 yards at a craft store. To apply it to an embellishment, simply measure and cut the amount needed. Then iron in a two-step process. First, iron the HeatnBond to the embellishment, then iron the embellishment on to the project.

HeatnBond creates a permanent bond. Therefore, it's great for craft projects where a fabric element is being introduced to paper.

Step seven. Add finishing touches.

When all of the embellishments are glittered, chalked, inked, and adhered, the final step is touching up any spots that could use more depth.

In this particular project, I decided to add glitter over the top of the moon to give the appearance of a Halloween night. I added a touch of silver to the underline of the bat die cut. I also used a prominent glitter to highlight the side of the moon to give it a highlighted look.


Other information.

Here are some suggestions for finding fabric to embellish paper with.

  • Joann Fabrics, Walmart, and other craft stores sell fabric in a package or by the yard.
  • Choose fabric with designs that can be cut out without having to cut part of the scene.
  • Find inexpensive fabrics at the end of each season on clearance.
  • Some sellers sell lots of leftover printed fabric online.

Here are some suggestions for finding die cut embellishments.

  • There are many sellers online who create unique die cut shapes, or plain ones.
  • It's not necessary to buy an entire machine at such a high cost when you can purchase a single die cut shape already cut out from someone who owns the machines.
  • Before I purchased my die cut machines, I bought die cut shapes at local craft stores and online.
  • Because machines are always evolving, it might be best to purchase a few online first and then see which machine you like best before investing money in one.


It probably seems like a lot of work to make goody bags for one holiday. But, it's also a great deal of fun! Children love craft time. This is one way of incorporating some child-friendly fun in to a rainy fall day or on a chilly weekend when it's too dreary to play outside.

When I make these goody bags, I place tissue paper in each one and fill them with a selection of candy and trinkets.

However, be mindful of children that may not be able to tell the difference between a piece of candy and an eraser. If I mix goodies such as candy, pencils, stickers and erasers, I will usually wrap the school supplies in a separate baggy before placing it in with the candy.

I hope you have learned some new tips here in this article. I would love to hear your favorite tricks!

Have you ever hosted a Halloween party?

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    • CraftytotheCore profile image

      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi W1totalk. So nice to see you. Thanks so much for your lovely comments.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Faith! Thank you so much for your thoughtful commenting. I also picked up some of those rubber cupcake liners. They are useful for holding little items when I'm doing crafts that require beads and little gems.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi ieschiefengineer! Thank you so much for commenting. It's nice to see you.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Sharkye! I bet you had a ton of fun making those bags for your daughter and nephew. The fun part is picking stuff to go in them! Thanks so much for commenting!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Wetnose! I use the paper cupcake liners to do the glitter and paint because they are disposable and cheap. Easy clean up. Thank you very much for your wonderful comments!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi WhiteMuse! Thank you very much for commenting.

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      This is a great hub because of the creativity that goes into creating this bag. Kids remember it and that is always good thing. Thank you CraftytotheCore.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Crafty, you certainly are crafty to the core! Awesome ideas on these goody bags ... how creative and fun. I like the cupcake liner idea too, very handy indeed.

      Your childhood Halloweens reminded me of mine in our neighborhood growing up.

      Congrats on the HOTD!!!

      Up and more and sharing

      Have a great weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Satendra Kumar 4 years ago from India

      Nice description thankyou

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Congrats on another well-deserved HOTD! I love making goody bags and baskets for all the holidays. The little "junk" has always been the fun part. I just finished making two bags for my daughter and nephew and had lots of fun stuffing them with a combination of Halloween novelties and stuff they could enjoy all year too. This is a great hub, full of fun ideas. Will pin to my Halloween board!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

      I didn't realize using the paper cupcake liners make good use for glitter and such. What a great idea.

      Enjoyed this very much.

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      WhiteMuse 4 years ago

      They do look like the kids and adults would like them better than paper bags.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Chitranga! Yes, the bags come in all colors and sizes which is nice because then they can be used for various parties. Target, a department store here, has them in red, white, and blue, plus natural brown bag color. And the craft stores around here all sell them in various colors and sizes. They are a lot of fun to make! Thank you so much for commenting and your kind words.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Koralee! Thank you so much for your comments. I noticed that children do really like little goody bags filled with an assortment of stuff, even when it has no candy. They just love getting these because it looks more like a gift. Great for Halloween parties too!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Kim! Thank you so much for your very kind comments. It's very nice to see you here today. :D

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Sybol! So nice to see you. Thank you so much for your comments. I've made baby shower ones too with little pink bags from the craft store. There are so many ways to make these for sure. :D

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Londonlady! Thanks so much for your comments! It's so nice to see you.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you Younghopes! I truly appreciate your thoughtful and kind comments. I have a Valentine's one too that I make, but I cut the end off of the paper bag and sew it. Then I punch holes through the top and lace it up with ribbon. That one went over very well at the school last year!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Tobusiness. Yes, there are many uses for these. I first saw these years ago at a little candy store in a mall. A crafter had made them for Christmas. They were beautiful. She used fabric and glittered them. I made a gift bag like that too once. I really like working with fabric. Thanks so much for your lovely comments!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Susan! LOL, we live on an off path, so we never have trick-or-treaters. But the kids in school still pass out goody bags in class, so the kids really enjoy making these and giving them to their friends. Thanks so much for your kind comments!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi DreamerMeg! Yes, indeed, children love working with die cut shapes. I've donated a lot to school teachers in my area. Especially pre-k when they are learning how to cut with scissors and glue paper together. :D

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Suzie! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. I had no idea I was HOTD today. I was wondering why I had so many comments when I logged in! LOL

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      These are some great ideas and very creative too!

      I am not very familiar with Halloween parties. But we can use these ideas for any kid' s party.

      Thanks for sharing and congratulations for HOTD!

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      Koralee Phillips 4 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      This sounds like so much fun. Thank you for making your instructions so easy to follow. I bet the kids loving coming to your house for Halloween :). I'm going to Tweet your Hub for people looking for ways to spruce up their Halloween.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago

      Great ideas! Congratulations on well-deserved HOTD!

      Best Always,


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      sybol 4 years ago

      Thank you for all the tips. I will be able to use this information for many different projects.

      This article is a great source.

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      Laura Writes 4 years ago

      That looks so fun! And tobusiness is right, this can be used for other holidays as well. Great hub

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      This is one of the most creative hubs i have ever came across, these ideas would be surely loved by the kids. Sharing it

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Crafty to the core indeed....what an incredible informative hub!

      Great ideas, not just for Halloween, but can be adapted for any occasion.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Can I come over to your house for Halloween? Your goody bags look like so much fun to make and receive. Congrats on your HOTD!

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      DreamerMeg 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Some great crafty ideas for keeping children amused. Thank you.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      SUPERB! What anexcellent tutorial with so much info, love it! A serious talented lady you are and so well deserving HOTD! Love this idea of making your own and yours looks amazing, any kid would love it and love making their own. Thanks so much for sharing,

      Up ++++++ shared and pinned!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much CampbellLena for your kind comments!

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      Lena Campbell 4 years ago from Maryland

      This is very creative i love this idea very much

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Flourish!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Coming back to pin this, Crafty!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you for commenting Cygnet! I did a project similar to this for my children last Valentine's Day. They had a lot of fun filling the bags with goodies for their classmates.

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      Cygnet Brown 4 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      My daughter and I have been doing all sorts of fun projects for Halloween this year and you just gave us another idea. Thanks!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for commenting Wiccan Sage.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      These look great; we always give out goody bags for trick or treats. I was looking for ideas, this is nice. Thanks!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Rebecca! My children have access to my art studio. They have so much fun. They have mastered the use of the Sizzix machines. I haven't trained them on the Cricut yet. :D

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I'll bet kids would have a ball with all these cute ways to decorate treat bags for Halloween. What wonderful memories for them!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Diana!

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      Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      These ideas are very good. Voted up.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much TNSabrina!

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      TNSabrina 4 years ago

      How totally cute! I love it! Great job! I pinned it!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Laurel! Thank you. This is perfect for kids. They love to cut paper and glue it to just about anything.

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      Laurel 4 years ago from Scranton

      This is great for the kids at the daycare I work at. We are always looking for different crafts for the kids to do.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Flourish! Today I'm cleaning my room! LOL

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      These festive goody bags are adorable. Crafty, you definitely have earned your name. I love your tips for keeping your work area mess-free. Voted up and more!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you peach! It's nice to see you!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this is cute n useful

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Brave! We live in a military town, so most of the children that trick-or-treat go to the military neighborhoods. Our neighborhood gets a usual crowd of children who live here, so there's not as many as other neighborhoods. I rarely get trick-or-treats because I'm off the main road. Last year my children received goody bags at school from other classmates, and I thought that was neat. Most of them were stocked with school supplies. :D

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great ideas for those who have small children. As you know, my son is grown. For some reason, we get fewer and fewer trick or treaters each year. The ones we do get are either very young or teenagers. I usually give out granola bars or something else that's a little healthier than candy. Maybe that's why I don't get such a crowd at Halloween! :-)

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you DDE! I can also say the same, you have very delightful and inspiring Hubs. It's so nice to see you today.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How to Create Your Own Halloween Goody Bags in 7 steps, it is already that time of year and such great ideas. You have a creative mind and full of surprises. Voted up and useful, and interesting!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi CyberShelley! Thank you for your comments!

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      What a wonderful creative hub, just great for something new and interesting to breathe life into Halloween again! Up, interesting and useful

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Crystal! Thank you very much.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      EP, that is a great idea! People love parting gifts!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Rayne! Thank you for your comments. I saw similar ones at a candy store around Halloween years ago made from paper bags and fabric squares. I've been making them ever since. One I did was a Christmas bag. It turned out so pretty, I've displayed it on a hook on my wall.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Now this is a great idea, very creative and practical and timely. Voting up and awesome.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      We typically don't get a lot of trick-or-treaters but when I do my book signings this upcoming month I will pass out some of these goody bags. Thank you!

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      Did not get a chance to read this yet, just skimped over right now, but I love the ideas you come up with and will have to try this

      Thank you


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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      LOL Billy! One year we put up a spotlight and enticed all of the neighborhood children to come trick-or-treating in the backwoods. I made similar bags for them so some came back twice, at the end of the night.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, I'm just not a party person so this one will probably not be used by me....but....great ideas. My idea of Halloween fun is to open the door and throw candy at the kids. LOL Or hide in the bushes and scare the hell out of the older ones when they come a'callin'

      Hey, you have to get your kicks any way possible, right? :)

      Have a great weekend!


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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much! My children love all holidays, but are most wildly fascinated by Halloween. :D

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This is not only great for Halloween but for any children's party. You've really listed some tips we can use anytime. Of course I must admit Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (next to Christmas that is).

      Thanks for sharing and for doing it so well.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, pinned and shared.