These cute and easy Halloween candy packets are so simple, I had to share! We (Charlie and I) are an anomaly. We don’t get very many Trick-or-Treaters. We live out in the country in the middle of nowhere. In fact, for the first 10 years of our marriage, we got zilch. Nada. Not-a-one. Then, a miracle happened. Neighbors moved in with a few children and then had a few more and then, a newlywed couple moved to our valley and they had children a few years later.
So, now we have Trick-or-Treaters, but we still don’t have many. Sometimes we have 5 and sometimes we have 3. And, since we don’t have very many, I like to give them lots and lots of candy to encourage them to keep coming back! I have found that if I put the candy in the candy bowl and let them choose, they’ll take just one (Trick-or-Treat etiquette). Even when I say “take more; take a whole bunch!”, they only take one more piece. So, two at the most.
This Trick-or-Treat etiquette leaves us (me and Charlie) in a bind, because we don’t need any candy in the house. If there’s candy in the house, then we eat it! We have no candy will-power. None. Zilch. Nada. So, my solution is to buy those little party favor-type bags with cute Halloween décor on them and stuff them full of candy. But, this year I was not prepared.
For some reason, the grocery stores and drug store I frequent, don’t seem to carry those cute little party favor bags. And, I just plain ran out of time to get to the party supply store before tomorrow night. So, last night, I came up with this idea! Not only are they cute and easy, but they were cheap! Hey, I’m willing to save a few pennies here and there!
Here’s what you do:
Get out your supplies. You need aluminum foil, scissors and narrow ribbon. I already had this cute ghost ribbon in my ribbon stash. Plus, I have this big box of pre-cut aluminum foil sheets that I buy at Costco. They measure approximately 10 inches by 12 inches, which is perfect for this super easy project.
Cut your ribbon. Depending on how much candy you are going to stuff in the packets, you’ll need enough ribbon to tie them. Plus, if you are going to tie it in a bow, you will need more. I cut my ribbons about 12 inches long, but then I trimmed them after I tied them, so I could have gotten one more packet done if I’d made the ribbon 11 inches!
If you don’t want to put unwrapped candy in your packet, then don’t. If we were having tons and tons of Trick-or-Treaters that I didn’t know, I wouldn’t give them unwrapped candy. But, I know the 3 or 5 who will visit tomorrow and they know where to find me, too!
Then add more candy – this time its wrapped candy!
Gather up the 4 corners of the aluminum foil.
Smush the middle of the foil to make a cute little packet. Do this gently or you may rip the foil! See my little ripped spot on the right?
After you tighten the ribbon, you could tie it in a bow. I tried, but my ribbon was (1) very stiff and not pliable for ribbon-tying and (2) when I did, the ghosts were upside-down! No upside-down ghosts for my Trick-or-Treaters!
Then, you need to inspect your packet. This is my personal inspector, Coco. He’s a boy. A Snowshoe Siamese (see those cute white paws?). And, he has to get all up in my business at every opportunity!
Repeat until you have all the packets done.
Then, stack them in your Halloween candy bowl. This is mine – it’s metal and all black bats welded together! So cute! I think I got it at Home Goods or Marshalls; can’t remember which!
Here it is by the front door, ready for tomorrow night! Come and get them, Trick-or-Treaters!