Allrecipes and Better Homes & Gardens are teaming up to help you have a happy Halloween!
1. Candy Bags
Decorate fun-size candy bars and package them with Halloween style. Wrap patterned paper around each bar, then place in a clear cellophane bag. Seal the bag with this free printable treat bag design from BHG.com.
For extra wow, fill the bag with your own homemade candy.
2. Take-Out Boxes
Fill purchased paper or plastic take-out boxes with a yummy snack mix. Embellish the boxes with stickers and ribbon bows for a favor-ready finish, or download a free medallion design.
3. Decorated Drink Cups
Turn drink cups into party favors.
On an orange drink cup, draw a jack-o’-lantern face using a black permanent marker. Punch a hole on opposite sides near the top of the cup. Thread a 10-inch length of chenille stem through each hole and twist the stem on each end to form a handle. Fill the cup with small toys or candies.
While you're at it, make extra cups for serving Halloween punch.
4. Photo Ops
Remember the evening with a photo favor.
Trim adhesive-backed black felt to frame a 4x6-inch photo, allowing for a 1/2-inch mat on each side. Back the frame with Halloween-print scrapbook paper. At the party, take a photo of each child in costume and print the child’s portrait to fit the frame.
5. Cookie Cards
Decorated Halloween cookies make delicious party favors. Insert cardstock into cellophane treat bags and place a decorated cookie on the cardstock. Fold the top of the bag, cover with a folded piece of Halloween-print scrapbook paper, and staple to close.
6. DIY Candy Buffet
Pour candies into glass bowls and finish with a pretty ribbon and label. BHG.com has free labels for bowls of candy corn, jelly beans, gummy worms, licorice, and more. Guests can scoop them into treat containers to take home.
7. Lollipop Ghosts
Inexpensive lollipops make sweet and spooky favors.
Cut an 8-inch circle from white felt. Place a lollipop in the center of the circle and gather the felt around the stick. Tie the felt loosely with a piece of black embroidery floss. Draw a ghostly face with a black marker.
Here's another idea for friendly ghosts. Top cupcakes with a generous swirl of white frosting, and dot with mini chocolates for eyes and a mouth.
8. Cute Caramel Apples
Give this kid-friendly favorite a silly face.
To make, cut the facial features from fondant and stick onto prepared caramel apples. Wrap the finished apple faces in clear treat bags and tie with a color-coordinated ribbon to send home.
9. Goody Bags
Scraps of felt and some basic sewing skills are all you need to design these oh-so-cute favors.
Fold over the top edges of two 8-inch-squares of colored felt and stitch across each to create a spot to thread ribbon through. Place the squares with wrong sides together and hand-stitch along the sides and bottom. Download free party favor patterns from BHG.com to embellish the bags with faces. Thread ribbon through the top openings before filling with small toys and treats.
Make a creepy-crawly critter from a gum pack. Simply embellish the pack with chenille stem antenna and legs, plus googly eyes. Place the critters in a basket by the door so guests can grab one on the way out.
If gum's not your thing, decorated spider cupcakes are sure to delight the kids.
Get ready for Halloween fun!