Now that my girls have outgrown going door to door trick- or-treating on Halloween, I wanted to do something special for them this year. They still have fun dressing up in costumes, but now they look forward to greeting the little ones when they come to the door and passing out candy.
Since bags filled with candy at the end of Halloween night are a thing of the past for my girls, I thought a candy calendar would help to make Halloween fun for them. I started by gathering up the supplies I would need. Everything was found at Michael’s with the exception of the clothespins (Dollar Tree) and the candy (Target). I spent around $20 to make this project.
To begin I attached the chalkboard labels to the scrapbook paper for a pop of color, cut them out and glued the labels to the bags.
Next, I used my chalkboard pen to write the numbers on the labels.
Time to fill the bags with candy treats, just a few pieces in each.
If I do this project again next year I think I may skip this next step. The glitter paint definitely looked better in my head when I was picking it out at the store. It took a while to dry and ended up looking kind of messy. I think a gloss black paint would have looked better and would have been a lot quicker to do.
To make this project you will need a frame and wire to hang the treat bags. I had this frame in my garage, the inside of this frame measures 16″ x 20″. I think a larger frame would have worked better so the bags would not be so squished together once they were hung with the clothespins. If you use a wood frame you will just need a staple gun to attach the picture frame wire to the back. If I had planned ahead better I would have spray painted the frame black, I think it would have been a nice contrast to the brown bags. For now this is good enough and my kids honestly only care about the candy.
The little velvet ribbon bows were also probably not necessary, but I thought they looked cute. The ribbon was on clearance in the wedding section at Michael’s. It was 30 feet of velvet ribbon for $3.00 which I thought was a great deal and I have lots left over for other projects.
This project took me much longer to do than I thought it would and I definitely made it more time consuming than it needed to be. I guess I just wanted so much to make Halloween still feel special for my girls and if I am being honest for me too.
Halloween used to be one of my favorite days of the year. I loved to make costumes for my girls when they were little. Then there were the years of princess costumes, ballerinas and fairies. I so miss the the glitter, sparkles, crowns and wings. As they got older and started coming up with costume ideas of their own, it was fun to see what they would come up with. I used to love walking with my girls, holding their hands and watching them run to the neighbors doors and hearing their sweet little voices. I miss the excitement in the air on Halloween night and seeing all of the kids in the neighborhood dressed in their costumes. Halloween at our house is a lot quieter now and the day now makes me feel a little sad as it’s just a reminder of how quickly the years fly by and your children grow up so fast.
This project took me most of the morning yesterday to complete and I did ask myself if it was really worth all the time and effort, there were honestly so many other things that I should have been doing. Those thoughts all disappeared when my girls came home from school and saw it hanging on the pantry door. They were so excited, had huge smiles on their faces and I knew in an instant it was all worth while.