Last minute trick ‘r treat bag from a grocery bag.

Happy Halloween! The best day of the year is finally here. Uh-oh. . . wait just a second. . . you just realized that you are going trick-or-treating tonight (yourself or taking little ones) and you forgot the most important thing – a candy bag! You can do this in a few hours, so get started now. Guess what? Kids can help, too. Have fun with this one.

Gather These Supplies

FolkArt Acrylic Paint Pure Black
Mod Podge Glitter Silver – you can use any formula, but the glitter shows up very well on black!
Grocery bag – use full size like I did or cut and tape to make smaller. Remember to tape on the inside if you trim it
Martha Stewart Halloween templates – nice little roundup from Place to Bloom
Halloween scrapbook paper – 1 sheet
Scrapbook paper – 1 sheet for letters (I used cream)
Embellishments – whatever you have laying around; I used ribbon and buttons
1” Flat Paint Brush
Craft Glue
Craft Knife and Mat
Pencil or Pen

Here’s how it’s done.

Paint your grocery bag with your black paint. Black paint is nice – you only need one coat! The paint will dry really fast.

Print up your template and lay down on the Halloween scrapbook paper sheet. Cut it out with the scissors.

Cut out the eyes with a craft knife. If you have a different template, you might not need the craft knife.

Mod Podge the back of the owl and smooth to the bag. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

Coat the entire bag with one coat of Mod Podge. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

While you are waiting for the bag to dry, you can do one of two things. You can print up a font on a computer, or you can do like I did and hand write it. I have goofy handwriting so I wanted to use it. I sketched some letters out on my second sheet of scrapbooking paper. Cut out these letters when you are done and arrange to the front of the bag – Mod Podge down.

Allow the entire bag to dry and then go back and add some embellishments if you choose. I added ribbon and buttons to the handle. Allow to dry until you head out on your Halloween route.


  1. Email Me says

    Cuuuute. I thought it was one of those reusable one made out of recyclables. It looks awesome.

  2. Meg says

    I actually totally forgot to get a bag for my little man for tonight! I had to run and buy one. I wish I had seen this earlier! It is awesome!

  3. Karen says

    What a great bag! I usually use my reusable grocery bags, but every now and then I get the paper bags (usually at T.J.s too!) to save them up for Christmas wrapping paper that the kidlets stamp and paint. So, while I do not think this idea will get used for Halloween, I am seeing a gift bag or two in the future! :> Thanks!

  4. The Redhead Riter says

    Double, double toil and trouble;
    fire burn and cauldron bubble.
    ~ Shakespeare “Macbeth”~