Even if you’re not going to be at home this Halloween you can still leave candy and other surprises for trick-or-treaters that stop by your house. Of course, the operation will have to run on the honor system, but you can surely trust those trick-or-treaters to just take one! There are several different candy holders you can make, and when you’re finished, fill the one you make and hang it on the outside doorknob.
Make a spider doorknob candy bucket by starting with a paper plate. Fold the plate in half, crease it, then cut along the fold. Paint both plate pieces black, front and back. Lay one plate piece in front of you so that it’s bottom is on the table. Set it so that the cut area is horizontal and the rounded area is facing you.
Cut four black pipe cleaners in half. Each half will become one of the spider’s eight legs. Make a bend at the end of each pipe cleaner to create the spider’s feet. Glue or tape four pipe cleaners to the left side of the half-plate and four on the right side, spacing them evenly apart. Cut a length of ribbon or twine and attach it to the top of the plate. Glue one end of the ribbon to the top right area and the other end to the top left. This will create the hanger for the doorknob.
Set the second half of the plate on top of the first half. Glue around the curved edges but leave the cut areas of the plates unglued. As you glue the two plate halves together you’ll trap the ribbon ends as well as the pipe cleaner ends between the two plates. Now glue on wiggly eyes and a felt or foam mouth. Hang the spider on the outside doorknob and fill it with candy. You can make a sign that says “Please take only 1” or have no sign at all.
Instead of paper plates you can use flat craft foam to make the spider. With foam you don’t have to do any painting. Cut a paper plate shape, cut it in half, then proceed with the craft as stated above.
You can use painted paper plates or craft foam to make other characters besides the spider. Make an orange pumpkin with fall leaves glued to him or even a green Frankenstein with foam bolts glued to him. The finished candy holders make it easy for you to give candy away to the trick-or-treaters even when you’re not home!