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Sure, you can give out plain old candy…or you can make up some cute treats for coworkers, classmates, or party guests. These treats are all convenient because they’re individually packaged to be taken home easily, though because some of them aren’t factory-packed (like the marshmallow ghost bags), or aren’t well labeled (like the mummy juice boxes), it isn’t advised to hand them out to trick-or-treaters. Wary parents may worry about homemade treats from strangers, so stick to the prepackaged candy for trick-or-treaters and save these sweet and spooky treats for those you know well.
If you leave treat-making to the last minute, take some small cellophane bags and fill them with mini-marshmallows. Tie off with a black twist-tie or piece of ribbon, then draw a spooky ghost face on the cellophane bag to make it into a sweet ghost. This can be done with any white candy, so if you can find pre-packaged candy in white wrappers, you can use them to fill a treat bag that would be acceptable for trick-or-treaters.
If you’re in charge of providing kid-friendly drinks for a classroom or party, dress up some juice boxes! Standard juice boxes can get a mummy makeover with white electrical tape and googly eyes. Wrap the white electrical tape around the entire juice box, then apply self-adhesive googly eyes to the front. If you want to get extra fancy, you can apply an extra piece of tape just skimming the top of the googly eyes to make it look like the eyes are peeking out from beneath the bandages. If you have a whole lot of time on your hands and you really need to impress these kids, glue strips of cheesecloth around the juice box before adding googly eyes. Just remember what type of juice is in the boxes before you finish wrapping them all so you can inform anyone who asks about the flavor. You can get the same effect with a soft drink can, though to make sure that the tape won’t slip off of the aluminum, you may want to create a paper sleeve for the can to decorate as a mummy.
Humble lollipops can get dressed up for Halloween. Spherical lollipops will work best, but any will work in a pinch. To turn your lollipop into a spider, take four black pipe cleaners and twist each one tightly around the lollipop’s stick and shape them into spider legs. Attach self-adhesive googly eyes to the area where all of the pipe cleaners meet around the stick. Turning lollipops into ghosts is even easier and cheaper than turning them into spiders. Simply put a tissue over the lollipop, sure at the base of the candy portion with a twist tie or ribbon to create a head, and draw a little face on the candy sphere to create a spooky little ghost.
These cute little treats will have everyone ooo-ing and aah-ing over your handiwork when you hand them out in your workplace, your child’s classroom, at a party, or at your front door. So if you have lots of extra time and some people you need to wow, give all of your treats a cute costume.