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Treat or Cookie Bags

What you will make:

Give the trick-or-treaters who come to your door on Halloween a colorful handmade bag filled with treats! Each bag will hold several pieces of candy, two cookies, some caramel corn, or a small toy. They are great for Halloween party favors, too!

This is a fun and easy Halloween project that is excellent for family or classroom craft time. To make enough bags for all of your trick-or-treaters, set up a production line that involves the whole family!

Related craft: Make large bags with handles to collect your treats as you go from door to door. See how to make them in Aunt Annie's Trick or Treat Bags craft project.

Here's what you need:
  • Computer paper: white or orange
  • 4" by 6" cardstock or index card
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Glue
  • Optional: Decorative edge scissors, 1" circle punch, Halloween-themed stickers or rubber stamps, stamp pad

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

How to Make Treat Bags for Halloween

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Read through the project and gather the materials needed for creating the treat bags. If you are doing this craft with a group, select and pre-cut the paper to make the craft go faster.

Step 2: Select Paper

Select paper to make your treat bags—white or orange. You might print one of Aunt Annie's Halloween digital paper downloads on the white paper. A single letter-size sheet of computer paper will make two treat bags.

Tip: Bags made with paper treated with wax will keep cookies fresh and resist grease stains—see How to Wax Paper.

Step 3: Cut

Cut the paper in half crosswise to create two 5½" by 8½" rectangles.

Cut a 4" by 6" folding form from cardstock, or use a 4" by 6" index card.

Step 4: Fold Sides

Place a cut rectangle on the table horizontally. Center the folding form vertically on the rectangle. Align the bottom edges.

Fold the left side of the paper over the folding form, making a sharp crease along the left edge of the form. Repeat for the right side. Remove the folding form.

Step 5: Glue Sides

Glue the overlapping edges together with a line of glue. Rub along the seam to ensure a strong hold. Put your fingers under the glued seam to make sure that the seam isn't glued to the other side of the bag. Set the bag aside to let the glue dry.

Step 6: Fold and Glue Bottom

With the bag's seam facing up, fold the bottom ½" of the bag up. Be sure to fold both layers. Make a sharp crease. Glue both layers of the folded base in place. Let the glue dry before filling the bag.

Step 7: Finishing Touches (optional)

Add some extra details to your bag if you like:

  • Use Halloween-themed rubber stamps or stickers to decorate plain bags.
  • Cut the top edge of the bag with decorative edge scissors.
  • Use a 1" circle punch to create a thumb tab in the center of the bag's top edge.

Fill the bags: Put Halloween treats inside of the bags. Leave the bags open or fold the top over and seal with tape or a sticker.

That's it! Your treat bags are ready for Halloween!
Treat Bags for Halloween

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Treat bags made from assortment of papers

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Tip: Plain or printed computer paper can be used to make Halloween treat bags. These printed bags are made with Aunt Annie's Jack-o'-lanterns on yellow, Bats on blue and Jack-o'-lanterns and bats ePapers printed on plain white paper. The treat bags below are made from Ghostly Ghost ePapers.

Treat bags made of Ghostly Ghost ePapers

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Cookie bags

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Tip: The treat bags easily hold two cookies, and will keep cookies fresh when folded over and sealed.

Treat bags made with waxed paper

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Tip: Treat bags made with waxed paper will keep cookies fresh and resist grease stains—see How to Wax Paper. You can also make treat bags from kitchen waxed paper.

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