30 Adorable Ways to Dress Up Plain Halloween Candy

halloween candy labels
Photo: Adam Albright

Dress up everyday packaged candy in silly disguises for trick-or-treat night or to use as Halloween party favors. Our sweet candy embellishments and party-favor costumes transform chocolate bars, popcorn, and more into creepy-crawly spiders, ghostly treat bags, and batty boxes. Get started with these fun and easy projects today!

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Monstrous Juice Boxes

Monster drink boxes
Jacob Fox

Don't be scared—these monsters won't bite. Print out our monster patterns and wrap around juice boxes. Cut out feet and tape to the bottom of the box. Secure googly eyes as desired with glue.

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Cellophane Goody Bags

pumpkin and ghost poo
Jacob Fox

Buy in bulk and divvy up treats for a cost-saving favor idea. Choose your bag size and print labels to coordinate. Fill bags with the Halloween treats of your choice. Fold labels in half lengthwise and secure with double-stick tape.

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Bugs and Kisses Bucket

Bugs & Kisses pail
Jacob Fox

Embellish tiny buckets ($10, Oriental Trading) or baskets with our free printable banner, and fill with chocolate kisses. This Halloween treat idea is cute and punny!

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Spooky Bubble Wraps

halloween bubble labels
Jacob Fox

Little guests will go bonkers for these "booo-bbles"! Just download and print our labels, cut out, and tape around mini bottles of bubbles. Hours of fun and no sugar rush!

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Clever Candy Labels

halloween candy labels
Jacob Fox

Transform run-of-the-mill candy into Halloween-themed treats. Kids will get a giggle from silly new names for familiar mints. Print and cut out labels, then fold to fit boxes; attach with double-stick tape.

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Germ-Busting Hand Sanitizer

halloween hand sanitizer labels
Jacob Fox

Give kids something good for them by adding Halloween fun to miniature hand sanitizers. They'll feel powerful beating germs, and you'll rest assured they're staying healthy. Simply print labels and attach with double-stick tape.

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Menacing Monster Mush

halloween modeling clay
Jacob Fox

Normal modeling clay gets transformed into silly, Halloween-themed monster mush with the addition of a colorful label. Simply print, cut out, and secure with double-stick tape.

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Candy Corn Tag

candy corn favor
Jacob Fox

This easy Halloween treat will finally make kids want to eat their "vegetables." Fill a triangle-shaped cellophane bag with candy corn. Tie the bag closed with ribbon, and secure the printed tag with string.

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Playful Pencils

monster pencil toppers
Jacob Fox

Writing is fun when you've got a goofy monster as your guide. Kids will love taking these pencils to school, and you'll love how easy they are to make. Use variety packs of pom-poms and googly eyes to create any monster you can imagine. Attach the silly monsters as pencil toppers using hot glue.

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Wrapped Chocolate Bars

Candy Bar Labels
Alexandra Grablewski

Take a candy bar from boring to bold by adding a colorfully patterned wrap. Simply print our paper wraps and tape to secure around candy bars. Details like this turn standby Halloween treats into thoughtful favors your party guests will appreciate.

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3D Bat Favor Box

Going Batty Favor Box
Jay Wilde

Treats are much more fun when they come in a work-of-art box. Simply print and fold our box pattern, secure with tape or glue, and fill with goodies to create a unique Halloween party favor your guests will go batty over!

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Bag of Bones

bag of bones treats

Serve up spooky and clever treats for Halloween by turning marshmallows and white chocolate pretzels into skeleton bones. Flatten a marshmallow and use a black food marker to personalize a skeleton face. Add pretzels and marshmallow into cellophane bag and print or handwrite paper bag topper. Use double-stick tape to secure.

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Coffin Favor Boxes

Tombstone Favor
Greg Scheidemann

Make your sweets downright spooky by crafting coffin-shaped favor boxes. Use our downloadable pattern to cut out a coffin shape from gray cardstock. Assemble box and secure with tape or glue. Use letter stickers or handwrite "RIP" on the front of the box. Glue a small red rhinestone above the "I" and rub the edges of the box with chalk. Fill with skeleton chocolate molds, small toys, or other goodies; tie closed with ribbon. Each coffin will open to a hair-raising surprise!

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Eerie Experiment Favor

beaker Party Favors
Jay Wilde

Mix up a concoction of colorful candy that looks festive in a see-through beaker. Print our free labels and embellish with grommets or washers. Drill a hole in the center of a 3-inch wooden circle and paint orange; let dry. Center a washer over the hole and push a screw eye through. Screw into the wide end of a cork. Thread ball chain through the screw eye and label.

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Mini Candy Bar Treat Bag

Tag and Bag Candy Bars
Jay Wilde

Bite-size Halloween candy bars get a mini makeover in this sweet Halloween party favor idea. Print our free label, available above, onto white paper; cut out to measure 3-3/16x1⅝-inches. Trim the top corners using a curved-edge paper punch; adhere to a piece of purple cardstock using a glue stick. Cut around the purple cardstock 1/16 inch beyond the label and trim the top corners of the purple cardstock using the punch. To make the candy bar sleeves, cut a 1½x3-inch rectangle from scraps of patterned paper. Wrap the patterned paper around the candy bars and secure with double-stick tape. Slide the candy bars into a 4-inch clear sack and use tape to attach to the back of the label.

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Monstrous Munchies Snack Cup

frankenstein snack cup
Jay Wilde

Turn a simple snack cup into a fun-loving Frankenstein's monster with a bit of green paint, self-adhesive vinyl, and two peanut butter cups. To make, remove the yellow lid (but not the silver liner) from a snack cup (we used Nabisco Go-Paks). Paint the snack cup with two coats of green acrylic paint, letting the paint dry between coats. Cut a 10½x1¼-inch strip of black self-adhesive vinyl to make the monster's hair, cutting it into points along the bottom edge. Remove the backing from the black vinyl and attach the hair around the top of the cup. Punch two ⅝-inch-diameter circles from black and two 1-inch-diameter circles from white self-adhesive vinyl to make the eyes; set aside. Cut 1/16-inch wide strips from black vinyl for the mouth. Remove the backing from the circles and mouth strips; adhere them to the painted cup. Use adhesive dots to attach a peanut butter cup to each side of the snack cup as neck bolts.

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Ghostly Popcorn Bags

Ghostly Popcorn Bags
Jay Wilde

Give party guests a fright with these ghostly party favors made from vellum gift bags ($2, Michaels). Round the top of the treat bag and glue two googly eyes to the front. Punch two holes in the top of the bag, thread black ribbon through the holes and tie into a bow. Print our ghost sign, available below, and cut out. Display with ghost bags filled with popcorn for Halloween partygoers to take as favors.

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Creepy-Crawly Clay

Creepy-Crawly Modeling Clay
Jay Wilde

Miniature modeling clay cans become silly-looking spiders with colorful pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and patterned paper. For each spider, remove the lid from a 1-ounce can of modeling clay. Cut a 6½x1-inch strip from patterned paper, wrap the paper around the can, and secure it with double-stick tape. Cut four 3½-inch lengths from pipe cleaners to make the spider's legs. Bend each pipe cleaner in fourths, forming a W shape. Hot-glue the center of two Ws on each side at the top of the can, bend the outsides of the Ws at a right angle to the can, and replace the lid. Finish the spider by adhering googly eyes to the lid using hot glue.

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Witch Boot Candy Stick Container

Witch Boot Candy Stick Container
Kritsada Panichgul

Candy-coated pretzel sticks (and other types of tall candy) can be cleverly contained in a witch boot made from a paper-towel tube and colored paper. To make, cut the paper-towel tube so it's 4¼ inches long. Cover the top two-thirds of the tube with purple paper and secure with double-stick tape. Cut ⅜-inch-wide strips from orange paper, and secure the strips around the tube using double-stick tape or a glue stick, referring to the photo for placement. Cut a 6¼x2-inch-wide strip of black cardstock; tape the strip around the bottom of the tube. Carefully cut a 1-inch slit at the center front and fold down the corners on the diagonal. Cut a 1-inch square from silver cardstock and a ¾-inch square from black cardstock. Tape the squares together for the buckle and tape the buckle in place. Glue a 2x6x6-inch triangle of black cardstock to the base of the tube, and curl up the point by wrapping it around a pencil.

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Black Cat Candy Pouch

Black Cat Candy Pouch
Kritsada Panichgul

Store all kinds of Halloween candy in this cute cat pouch fashioned from two paper plates embellished with cardstock. Paint the underside of two small paper plates with black acrylic paint; let dry. Use a small plate or bowl to trace and cut out a circular area to form the top of the cat's head. Punch the eyes from light green cardstock using a large circle punch, and cut out pointed oval shapes from purple cardstock to create pupils. Cut the ears and whiskers from gray cardstock, and cut the nose from orange cardstock; adhere to the plate using a glue stick. Staple the plates together with the unpainted sides facing each other. If desired, paint over the staples (or use black staples) to hide them.

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Night Owl Candy Boxes

Night Owl Candy Boxes
Jay Wilde

These adorable owls hold small candies, making them perfect as cute Halloween party favors. Download our owl patterns, available below, and cut the pieces from cardstock in various colors and patterns. Score the body as indicated on the dashed lines; fold on the scored lines. Glue the bottom and side to the inside of the pillow box body, and glue the breast to the front of the pillow box body. Cut the pupils from black cardstock and the eyes from white cardstock, glue together. Cut slits around the eye backgrounds to fringe the edges, and attach the eyes. Glue the finished eye pieces to the body as shown. Cut a beak shape from tan or orange cardstock, and glue below the eyes.

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Going Batty Take-Out Box

Going Batty Take-Out Box
Kritsada Panichgul

Create a cool nocturnal creature from a paper take-out box to disguise large Halloween treats. Download our wing pattern, available below, and cut two wings from folded black cardstock. Cut the slit as marked on the pattern, and slip a wing onto each side of the wire handle of a black take-out-style carton (available at craft stores). Glue each wing shut. Punch circles from black, orange, and light green cardstock for the bat eyes. Cut a mouth from red cardstock and fangs from white cardstock; adhere all the features to the carton with a glue stick.

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Spooky Spider Glow Sticks

Spooky Spider Glow Sticks
Jay Wilde

These spooky glow sticks are the ideal take-home treat for a kids Halloween party. To make, insert four 8-inch glow sticks into 9¾-inch plastic tubes with caps (available at craft or packing stores); cap the tubes. Thread one or two black plastic spider rings onto each tube. Punch 2¼-inch-diameter scallop-edge circles from orange glitter cardstock, and print our Happy Halloween label onto white paper. Cut out the label and adhere to the cardstock circle with double-stick tape. Secure the finished motif to the tube with double-stick tape.

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Crafts Store Staples

Treat bags
Adam Albright

Transform plain treat bags with Halloween-theme stickers and embellishments. Search the scrapbooking aisle at a crafts store to find a fun assortment.

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Halloween Candy Bar Covers

Halloween Owl Wrapping
Marty Baldwin

Disguise chocolate candy bars for Halloween with bright paper wraps and a free printable pattern. To figure out the size of the orange paper, add ½ inch to the height of the original candy bar wrapper. Print the tag images on white paper, and use a 2-inch scalloped circle punch to punch out the tags. Remove the original candy bar wrappers, leaving the silver foil liners. Wrap the trimmed orange paper around each bar, and add more decorations (such as black crepe paper and striped ribbon), using the photo as a guide. Attach a tag to each bar.

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Dressed Up Tins

halloween label tins

Hand out your trick-or-treat candy or party favors in a package wrapped especially for Halloween. Use small metal watchmaker tins or wedding party-favor tins with clear lids (available online or at crafts stores). Remove the glass or plastic from the lids, then spray-paint the tins black using metal paint. When dry, reinsert the glass or plastic. Download our free clip art, then cut out the images and secure inside the lids with clear adhesive so the patterns show through.

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Pumpkin Treats

Pumpkin Suckers
Greg Scheidemann

Wrap it up! Layer two or three squares of tissue paper together. Draw a jack-o'-lantern face on the top layer. Wrap the stack of tissues around a sucker and secure with ribbon.

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