We’re really excited about Halloween in the new house, and our neighbors have been warning us to stock up on candy because the trick or treaters are relentless. I can’t wait – in our apartment we were lucky to get four or five kids by and I love the idea of a doorbell ringing all night long! I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with our candy when we’re out trick or treating ourselves though. A bowl on the porch? A ‘Be Back Soon’ sign? I’ve been making holiday wreaths lately and decided that a DIY Trick or Treat Halloween Candy Wreath would be a perfect solution – I can have it ready the day before and just hang it up on our way out and take it down when we get back home, so there’s no need to fuss with anything as I’m trying to get three impatient costumed children out the door. This wreath wound up being insanely easy to make and I’m including a free printable sign to hang in the center as well so that neighborhood kids will know the candy is up for grabs!You can get everything you need at a craft store like Michaels or a well stocked dollar store. Just grab a foam wreath (we found ours in the kids craft section), some clothespins and a bit of ribbon to hang it, add candy and a free printable sign and you’re ready to welcome trick or treaters even when you’re not home!
What you’ll need:
- A foam wreath or cardboard cut into a wreath shape.
- Small snack sized candy bags
- One of these free printable Trick or Treat signs:
I purchased my foam wreath at Michaels. They usually have seasonal styles (ours looks like leaves). If you can’t find a foam wreath you can cut one of of cardboard and spray paint it or cover it in construction paper.
Also, When choosing candy remember that it will be clipped to the wreath with a clothespin. You really need small bags of candy for this – chocolate bars don’t stay put well. M&Ms or bottle caps would work. I bought Swedish fish and Sour Patch Kids too. If you want an allergy friendly option you can probably get pencils to work well too.
Just pin the bags around the wreath at random places, trying to keep the middle clear for the sign. I found it easier to hang the wreath and then place the candy. Tie a ribbon around the top to hang it from (and remember that kids may be coming up to the door alone so it might be good to hang it a little lower than normal). Then print and tape or glue the Trick or Treat sign into the middle of the wreath and hang!
This is a great project for kids to help with as well. Although my boys mostly helped by eating candy, they also enjoyed clipping the candy on with clothespins!
You can also hang the wreath in the evening or during dinnertime when you don’t want the bell to ring constantly. I love how fun and colorful it looks, I know it will grab the attention of passing kids! Are you as excited as I am to have trick or treaters at your doorstep?