Halloween crafts can be so dispiriting, because if coordinated with a costume, every year the old ones are discarded and new ones need to made. Not so with these DIY Trick-or-Treat bags! They are made to last and are far superior to pillowcases and plastic pails. Any trick-or-treater would be lucky to have any one of these special candy carriers.
Candy Tote BagAn amateur seamstress would find this Halloween craft to be easy-breezy, with spooktacular results. Find a festive fabric and follow the simple pattern to create a custom tote the kids might treasure as much as the candy.
Take a closer inspection of this simple Halloween craft over at Thrifty Crafty Girl.
Reflective Trick-or-Treat BagsFeaturing reflective tape and a paper bag, this Halloween craft uses basic materials to keep trick-or-treaters safer in dark neighborhoods with motorists. It's an easy project that can be finished in a single afternoon. Just use a crafting knife to cut out a design on a paper bag, then secure a reflective panel (made from cardboard and reflective tape) behind it. Safe and stylish!
Suite 101 has the full list of instructions as well as a free design template.
Mummified Loot BagThis spooky tote is a Halloween craft a toddler might enjoy helping complete. Start with a black bag, first aid cloth tape, fabric glue, puffy glow in the dark paint and some giant googly eyes. Have the little helper set up the tape and secure it with the fabric glue (or a hot glue gun). Complete the masterpiece with the spooky eyes and dabs of strategically placed puff paint.
Make it with the tutorial from Lil Sugar.
Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Treat BagsAn awesome Halloween craft for elementary-age kids, this tote is cool in at least half a dozen ways. First, it's pretty much a safety tool, increasing the trick-or-treater's visibility to any drivers and moving objects. Second, this visibility also helps parents track their kids. Third, that cool little design on front is put together by the kids. Fourth, there is very little mess to this craft. Fifth, the kids can check out their stash in the glow of their bag. And lastly, the kids are going to love it.
Find out how to make it from Passion for Parties.
Carton Candy ToteThis adorable Halloween craft turns a cardboard carton into a festive candy tote. Use a container from oats or ice cream or even salt, and decoupage the container into a cute candy collector even a princess or an astronaut would be proud to tote around the neighborhood.
Makezine has the tutorial to make this adorable Halloween craft.
Skull and Crossbones Tote
This Halloween craft is more time-consuming and skill-intensive, but the result is an original and unexpected tote that will create a lasting impression, even in a sea of trick-or-treaters. What's more, the skull and crossbones embellishment is not limited to Halloween, so the tote could be used year-round. Added bonus: it makes use of whatever fabric scraps available, and, if there's enough scrap fabric, the project is completely free.
The DIY Network has the step-by-step instructions.
Plastic Bag Tote
This is not so much a Halloween craft as an awesome project that makes use of the hundreds of plastic bags shoved haphazardly into the space between the washer and the wall. Oh, am I the only person with that stash? I need to learn how to crochet so I can free my laundry room from rogue plastic bags. This lovely tote can be used as a candy-collector for trick-or-treating and used ever after to carry anything.
Blackfrangipani has the project broken down step-by-step.
Use free printables and transfer paper to make a Halloween craft that will transform little monsters and ghosts into King Candy of Candyland. I love how these totes are creative yet simple, special and yet they don't detract from the spectacular costume the little one is wearing.
Get the free printable and more instructions at Lil Blue Boo.
Embroidered Trick-or-Treat ToteThis Halloween craft is made extra special by the adorable embroidered cat, pumpkin, tree, and what's not pictured: on the other side there's the cutest pumpkin applique I've ever seen. There's an adorable and special lining that makes this candy carrier extra durable and super polished.
Sometimes Crafter has the free pattern and more pictures.
Treat BagsCustom totes are superior to pillowcases, and homemade pails are greater than those ubiquitous plastic orange jack-o'-lantern pails. They're simple do-it-yourself Halloween crafts that will really add a homemade touch to any trick-or-treaters ensemble.
Get the instructions from Homemade Simple.
Photo Credits (from Top): Thrifty Crafty Girl, Suite 101, Lil Sugar, Passion for Parties, Makezine, Bob Farley, Blackfrangipani, Little Blue Boo, Sometimes Crafter, Homemade Simple