For this mess-free DIY project, pick up some paper treat bags and round up a variety of seasonal stickers and washi tape in corresponding colors. We got our tape, stickers (the skulls, spiders, and ghosts), and bags from Michaels. You can also get great washi tape from the Paper Source and Scotch Brand. Pro Tip: Personalize your bags by getting special name tag stickers and writing your guests names on them! We chose scalloped stickers (the orange and black ones and trick-or-treat ones) from Minted.
Finally: You’ll want to fill your bags with treats once you’re done. We went with chocolate eyeballs, gummy kebabs, and Halloween cookies all from Dylan’s Candy Bar, along with emoji lollipops from Michaels, and good old fashioned candy corn.
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There are so many candy options to fill your bags with! We love these Halloween cookies and gummy kebabs from Dylan’s Candy Bar.
Once your bags are made, it’s time to set the mood for your party with some oh-so-festive invitations! We chose the Friends & Candy invitation design by
24th & Dune for Minted, and styled it here with Drops and Dots placemats by Catherine Huber for Minted and emoji lollipops from Michaels.
Make your washi tape stripesStep 1: Gather your supplies! Determine how many guests you’ll have at your party and make sure you have enough bags (most craft stores sell them in packs of 20). Step 2: Make your washi tape stripes! There are so many colors, patterns, and textures of washi tape out there, which means the combos are endless! Start with your most eye-catching tape (like we did with the purple glitter) and then build a pattern around it (like we did with the orange and black tape). Pro Tip: If you use a couple of the same tape types throughout, you can achieve a cohesive look while still keeping each bag unique!
Add your stickersStep 3: Add your stickers! Juxtapose the stickers so that the tape creates a frame or anchor point for them. Like with the tape varieties, it’s fun to choose stickers that look good together and arrange them differently on each bag. Pro Tip: Younger kids may like brighter colors and more cartoon-ish stickers (like the cute ghosts and scalloped trick-or-treat stickers). And then older kids may gravitate towards darker colors and spookier stickers (like the black and gold skulls and spider web name tags).
It’s candy timeStep 4: It’s candy time! Halloween is one time of year where no one needs to hide their sugar cravings under a veil of kale. Fill these little guys up with Halloween classics like candy corn, chocolate eyeballs (from Dylan's Candy Bar), and ghoulish lollipops. Pro Tip: Another option is to set candy out and have guests fill their own bags. If you go this route, try displaying sweets in thematic ways, like we did with the eyeballs in the mad scientist’s beaker.
Get the lookWe set the scene with baskets and a seasonal table cloth from Target, a Drops and Dots placemats by Catherine Huber for Minted, and a spider web table runner from Michaels.