Halloween crafts for kids don’t have to be expensive or elaborate to be fun to make. These easy to make goodie bags can be crafted with items that most parents have on hand. You can alter the skill involved in making these bags for children of varying ages by using different materials to color the faces. Older children can create more elaborate faces and younger children can stick to basic designs.
Materials Needed: brown paper lunch bags, scissors, and coloring materials of your choice: crayons, markers, colored pencils or paints, paint brush is needed only if using paint for the decorating
Prepping The Bags: Brown paper lunch bags are perfect for this craft because they are ready to paint or color, they need no priming and they are relatively inexpensive. Colored lunch bags are usually too glossy and slick for this type of a project. The only prep you need is to cut the pumpkin top. With the bags still unfolded, cut across the bag about halfway up and make a small “bump” towards the bag top to be the pumpkin stem.
Coloring The Bags: The bags pictured were decorated using markers, but you can use other mediums if you want to. Paint, crayons, or colored pencils would work also. The faces were freehanded and colored in with a black marker. Younger children may require you to draw the face out for them, but older children should be able to draw their own unique faces on each bag. Use a green marker to color in the stem and a shade of orange to complete the main body of the jack o’ lantern. For more detail, you can add stem lines in brown and curly vines coming off of the stem.
Using Your Bags: These were designed with the idea of making goodie bags of candy or prizes for school parties, but you could use them in different ways too. Adding some seasonal plastic flowers or raffia would allow you to make them into decorative centerpieces or for use as part of a Halloween display. Put a layer of sand inside the bags and use them as luminarias. I would recommend that you use electric tea lights for this instead of a traditional candle to make them safer and nonflammable.
Overall, this Halloween craft is so quick, easy and inexpensive that you could easily make a whole bunch for treat giving, parties or just to decorate the classroom or home for the Halloween holiday. In fact, you could allow each class member or party goer to decorate their own bag before you fill it with candy and goodies.