Every year, Americans spend an average of $72 per person* on Halloween, buying elaborate costumes, trick-or-treat candy, decorations, and the supplies for parties. When it comes to our kids’ costumes, it seems they just have to have to latest and greatest, and “homemade” ghosts made out of sheets doesn’t seem to cut it anymore.

Raise Magazine is sharing a fun DIY project you can make with your kids this Halloween, not only to save money, but so you can spend quality time with your children and their friends. Your kids can make these DIY trick or treat bags with materials you have around your home or in any craft store.


  • Sturdy brown paper bags with handles (or you can use tote bags)
  • Alphabet cut outs
  • Felt or paper pumpkin cut outs (you can cut out your own with colored construction paper)
  • Paper leaves (make your own or purchase from craft store)
  • Ribbon Silly spooky stickers
  • Creepy cut outs (spiders, ghosts, bats, etc.)
  • Glue
  • Safety scissors


When it comes to your child’s bag, they can decorate it however they like by adding fall leaves, spooky stickers, or even fun words to the bag. Make sure to help if they need assistance cutting and gluing.


While you may not want your child’s name on the bag for safety purposes, they can use other clever phrases or names to make their bag stand out.

  • Trick or Treat
  • Candy, please!
  • Boo!
  • Spooky
  • Costume’s character name (e.g. Cinderella)