Make Halloween extra special this year for your kids by giving them fun Halloween baskets filled with lots of candy and toys.
Has Beggar's Night been canceled in your area this year or are you just too concerned to send your kids out for Trick or Treat?
This year has been really stressful for kids and to lose out on one of the most amazing nights of the year will be very sad for so many kids.
So, why not surprise your kids with a really fun Halloween basket filled with their favorite candies and toys?
What to put in your Halloween baskets?
Select a variety of candies, candy bars, and toys that will make your kids happy.
Below are some examples of items you can purchase to put into your Halloween gifts:
- 6 packs of miniature-size bars
- movie theater-sized candy boxes
- full-size candy bars
- assorted candies like Sweetarts, Smarties, and Sixlets
- bags of Halloween M&M's or other Halloween candies like candy corn
- assorted bags of mini candy bars
- toys, glowsticks, pumpkin carving tools, bubbles, notepads, pens, stuffed toys, Halloween decorations, and more
You can order all of these items to have them delivered to your door if you can't or don't want to go to the store.
If you can get out to shop, the dollar and discount stores are great places to find small items to include in your Halloween baskets.
Of course, you can add much nicer toys to your baskets than I did. The toys I used were leftover prizes from our Halloween carnival.
Assembling your baskets
- Choose your container.
- You can use a plastic cauldron or pumpkin pail, like I did, or use a wicker basket, a decorative box, or even a big mixing bowl.
- Begin by filling the bottom of the container with candy.
- This cauldron is filled with lots of big packages of candy and larger toys so I only added a small amount of candy to the container before I began assembling the other items. The loose pieces of candy help to hold the other items in place.
- You can fill the container with shredded paper grass if you prefer to have less candy in it.
- For the cauldron, which has a large opening at the top, start by placing the tallest items at the back.
- Then add items that are a bit smaller and go down in size as you move towards the front of the container.
Choose a focal point.
- Place something in the center of the basket that will really stand out. Place this item in the front of the basket.
- I used an eyeball cup with a plastic straw, which I filled with candy corn.
- You can use a stuffed animal, a Halloween decoration, or a DVD or game.
Surround the centerpiece with candy and toys.
- Arrange smaller candies, candy bars, and toys around the focal point item.
- I used a cute black cat cup with a straw as the centerpiece of this pumpkin pail and surrounded it with mini candy bars, a tube of bubbles, a Halloween top, a ball, and miniature Halloween playing cards.
Fill the pumpkin pail with lots of candy.
- If you are using a Jack-O-Lantern pail, you can fill the entire pail with candy or you can stuff it part-way with tissue paper and top that with candy. It really depends on how much candy your child usually collects on October 31st and how many treats you want them to have.
- The opening of these types of pails are much smaller than the cauldron, so most of the candy is inside instead of sticking out of the pail.
Hunt for the baskets
- Hide the basket on October 31st and have your kids solve clues to find the baskets.
- Or have them go on a scavenger hunt or play a board game and give your kids their baskets as a prize.
Be sure to watch the video to see how you can assemble these Halloween baskets.
- If you want to get crafty, see the tutorial to make these cute Mummy Pails using gauze and a plastic beach pail, here.
If your kids can't go out to Trick or Treat...
serve a fun Halloween dinner.
Making a festive meal is my favorite way to celebrate any holiday. Below are some of my favorite Halloween dinner recipes.
- Pizza Skulls
- Hand Burgers
- Pigs in a Blanket Snake
- Corn Dog Centepides
- Vampire Pizza
- Burrito Skulls
- Stuffed Pizza Brain
I hope you and your family have a fun Halloween. I'd love to hear in the comments below what you did to make this holiday special this year.