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Being one of the first decoration worthy holidays on the school calendar, Halloween brings out the DIY’er in many of us. It can be a fun way to bond with the kiddos and you might end up with a treasured keepsake.

This tutorial will show you how to make your very own trick-or-treating container. The bigger you make it, the bigger the payload! Make them in advance and use them as luminaries at night by tossing a couple glow sticks inside.

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Here’s a peek at the final product.

Follow the instructions below to make Frankenstein, a pumpkin, or a mummy. No matter which one you make, instructions for taping the form are the same. You will need a large roll of wide tape and a container to use as a mold. We used a cereal box, a mixing bowl, and a small bucket for these tutorials.

Making the Basic Bag

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Step 1. WRAPPING YOUR CONTAINER- Always start with the sticky side of the tape facing out, otherwise the tape will stick to the container and will be harder to remove.  Hold the end of the tape in place with one hand, while wrapping the tape around the container with the other hand. Overlap the tape, so that it sticks to itself. This will make it easier to wrap the whole container.

Step 2. Finish wrapping the entire container covering the bottom, and leaving the top open. You can wrap using tape straight from the roll, or if it is easier cut and wrap smaller pieces.

Step 3. Your final piece will be sticky and ready to remove from from the container.

Step 4. Repeat steps 1-3 with the tape, sticky side down until the outer surface is no longer sticky.

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Step 5. If you can not slide the tape off the shape, gently slide scissors under the edge of the tape and cut a straight seam. Cut the seam long enough so that the form can be easily removed.

Step 6. Pull the taped-up shape off the container.

Step 7. Tape closed, the cut seam.

Frankenstein Trick-or-Treat Bag

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Materials

  • Green Glow Stick
  • Cereal Box (or similar rectangular shaped box)
  • Fluorescent Green Spray Paint- Designed to cover plastic
  • Black and white acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper plate for paint and a cup of water for rinsing brushes
  • Chalkboard or dry erase marker
  • Scissors
  • Clear Packaging Tape
  • 2 Bottle Caps
  • Craft Glue

Step 1.  See above MAKING THE BASIC BAGWrap the cereal box in packaging tape, leaving the top open.

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Step 2. To make a handle, cut a piece of masking tape a little longer than your desired final length.

Step 3.  Fold the tape in half longways, so that the tape sticks to itself.

Step 4.  Cut and fold a another piece of tape to create a 2nd handle.

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Step 5.  Tape the handles to the inside of the bag. Apply enough tape to ensure the handles will hold under the weight of all the trick-o-treat candy.

Step 6. Check the length of the handles to make sure they are even. You have completed the basic bag shape and can decorate it in many ways. Continue with the steps to complete Frankenstein.

Step 7. Spray paint the bag fluorescent green and let dry to the touch.

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Step 8. Paint black spiky hair around the top edge of the bag.

Step 9. Use a white chalkboard or dry erase marker to draw the outline of Frankenstein’s face on the bag.

Step 10. Paint in the large areas of white, like the eyes and any teeth that are showing.

Step 11. Outline the white areas and facial features in black.

Step 12. Finish up any details, like the eyes. I usually add a white highlight to the eyes.

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Step 13. Glue a bottle cap to each side of the bag to mimic the bolts in Frankenstein”s neck.

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Use the bag for trick-o-treating or as a luminary. For a cool glowing effect, place a glow stick in the bottom of the bag.

Pumpkin Trick-or-Treat Bag

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Materials

  • Orange Glow Stick
  • Soup Bowl (or similar round container)
  • Fluorescent Orange Spray Paint- Designed to cover plastic
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper plate for paint and a cup of water for rinsing brush
  • Chalkboard or dry erase marker
  • Scissors
  • Clear Packaging Tape

Step 1.See above MAKING THE BASIC BAGWrap the outside of the bowl in packaging tape, leaving the top open

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Step 2. Cut the bottom out of one of the bowl shapes.

Step 3. Tape the 2 bowl shapes together to make a pumpkin shape.

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Step 4. To make a handle, cut a piece of masking tape a little longer than your desired final lengtt. Fold the tape in half longways, so that the tape sticks to itself.

Step 5. Tape the handle to the inside of the bag. Apply enough tape to ensure the handle will hold under the weight of all the trick-o-treat candy.

Step 6. You have completed the basic pumpkin bag shape and can decorate it in may ways. Continue with the steps to complete the pumpkin.

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Step 7. Spray paint the bag fluorescent orange and let dry to the touch.

Step 8. Paint a face on your pumpkin. Use the dry erase marker, if needed, to draw your design before painting. Just like a real Jack-o-lantern, you can give you trick-or-treat bag any face you want.

Drop in an orange glow stick and watch your pumpkin glow.

Mummy Trick-or-Treat Bag

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Materials

  • Green or blue Glow Stick
  • Bucket (or similar shaped container)
  • White Spray Paint- Designed to cover plastic
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper plate for paint and a cup of water for rinsing brush
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape (1.5” or 2” wide roll)

Step 1. See above MAKING THE BASIC BAGWrap the outside of the bucket in packaging tape, leaving the top open.

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Step 2. To make a handle, cut a piece of masking tape a little longer than your desired final length. Cut or rip smaller pieces of tape and stick to the handle, until the whole piece of tape is covered and no longer sticky.

Step 3. Tape the handle to the inside of the bag. Apply enough tape to ensure the handle will hold under the weight of all the trick-o-treat candy.

Step 4. You have completed the basic bag shape and can decorate it any way you want. To complete the mummy spray paint the bag white and allow to dry.

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Step 5. Paint a large triangular shape black, as shown. This area will be for the eyes.

Step 6. Outline some of the tape in black paint to make it look like wrapped bandages.

Step 7. Use the craft knife to carefully cut out eyes in the black triangular shape.

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Place a glow stick in the bottom of the bag and you have your mummy luminary. Use the bag for trick-o-treating on Halloween.

Still looking for the perfect costume? Need to stock up on Halloween decorations? Need party supplies for your haunted party?

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