Ghost Halloween Treat Bags

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Provide a fun and contactless way to distribute halloween treat bags. These Ghost Halloween Treat Bags will be a huge hit in your neighborhood as kids catch ghosts to take home.

Decorate white paper lunch sacks with ghost faces and fill them with treats and light sticks for a fun alternative to a bowl of candy on Halloween night.

glowing ghost halloween treat bags in the night.

Are you looking for a fun way to distribute treats at Halloween? One that you don’t have to babysit, but gives kids the thrill of adventure?

Then you’re going to want to prep these Ghost Halloween Treat Bags. Perfect for classroom parties as well as trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, these treat bags are simple and quick to put together.

Why Do This

It’s fun! Who doesn’t want to be a Ghostbuster? And with a new movie for a new generation, there is plenty of ghostbusting to do.

It’s contactless. Whether you’re still a little germaphobic post-pandemic or just don’t want to answer the door every five minutes, these Halloween treat bags are just the thing! Set up your ghosts, hang a sign, and let the neighborhood kids do their thing.

Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need for Ghost Halloween Treat Bags:

Halloween Treats – You’re likely going to buy Halloween candy or some other treat for Trick or Treaters no matter what you do. Here’s a fun delivery system.

Glow Sticks – Post-Halloween is the best time to buy these, but they’re generally available year-round. Check for sales and make sure you buy enough to give each kid TWO glow sticks, one that you’ll light on Halloween night and one that each kid can activate on his or her own at a later date.

White Paper Lunch Sacks – A bag of 50 will run about $2 at Walmart. You can find smaller bags, but they generally cost more than your standard lunch sack size.

Sharpie Marker – You’ll want to draw faces on the paper sacks, so having some good quality black markers is necessary.

A Large Sign – If you won’t be sitting in the front yard to instruct trick-or-treaters how to catch their ghosts, prep a sign with instructions.

Variations

You can take this in lots of different directions.

  • Use colored bags for witches, monsters, aliens, what-have-you.
  • I can even see this fitting into Christmas celebrations and catching elves out and about in the neighborhood.
  • This same concept can apply to treat you leave at friends’ doorsteps for any of the fall and winter holidays.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s how to assemble and set up these Ghost Halloween Treat Bags:

  1. Draw eyes on each of the lunch bags. You can draw these freehand or use a stencil. I did a quick google search for “ghost eyes” to give me some ideas of different eyes to draw.
  2. Fill the bags with treats. Traditional treats are candy, but you can also include stickers, small toys, and spare change. I added one light stick to each ahead of time.
  3. Hang a sign if you won’t be around to give instructions. Our sign said, “Are you a Ghostbuster? Please catch one ghost and take it home with you.” We hung it on the garage door with a spotlight overhead. If I was around when families came, I explained that there were too many ghosts at my house. Kids and parents were thrilled to take these kinds of ghosts home with them.
  4. Lay out the bags in an array. If you can, don’t lay out the bags in straight lines. Instead, stagger the lines so that your trick-or-treaters can see the different faces. Leave space between the bags so kids can walk between them and choose. This is really important. Kids love to choose!
  5. Add a lit glow stick to each bag. This is what will make your ghosts glow in the dark.
  6. Sit back and enjoy a stress-free Halloween night! Seriously, this was the crockpot of Halloweens. I could set it and forget it OR open the door and say hi to visiting families. Parents were thrilled with the ease and safety involved and it was so much fun!
white paper bag ghosts set up on driveaway in an array, one looks like Jack Skeleton.
ghost halloween treat bags glowing purple, pink, yellow, and green.

Ghost Halloween Treat Bags

Provide a fun and contactless way to distribute halloween treat bags. These Ghost Halloween Treat Bags will be a huge hit in your neighborhood as kids catch ghosts to take home.
Prep Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr

Equipment

  • sharpie marker

Supplies
  

  • 100 glowsticks
  • 200 Halloween treats can be candy, stickers, toys
  • 50 white paper lunch sacks
  • 1 sharpie marker black
  • 1 large sign

Instructions
 

  • Draw eyes on each of the lunch bags. You can draw these freehand or use a stencil. I did a quick google search for “ghost eyes” to give me some ideas of different eyes to draw.
  • Fill the bags with treats. Traditional treats are candy, but you can also include stickers, small toys, and spare change. I added one light stick to each ahead of time.
  • Hang a sign if you won’t be around to give instructions. Our sign said, “Are you a Ghostbuster? Please catch one ghost and take it home with you.” We hung it on the garage door with a spotlight overhead. If I was around when families came, I explained that there were too many ghosts at my house. Kids and parents were thrilled to take these kinds of ghosts home with them.
  • Lay out the bags in an array. If you can, don’t lay out the bags in straight lines. Instead, stagger the lines so that your trick-or-treaters can see the different faces. Leave space between the bags so kids can walk between them and choose. This is really important. Kids love to choose!
  • Add a lit glow stick to each bag. This is what will make your ghosts glow in the dark.
  • Sit back and enjoy a stress-free Halloween night! Seriously, this was the crockpot of Halloweens. I could set it and forget it OR open the door and say hi to visiting families. Parents were thrilled with the ease and safety involved and it was so much fun!

Notes

Variations: You can take this in lots of different directions.
  • Use colored bags for witches, monsters, aliens, what-have-you.
  • I can even see this fitting into Christmas celebrations and catching elves out and about in the neighborhood.
  • This same concept can apply to treat you leave at friends’ doorsteps for any of the fall and winter holidays.

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