I just love decorating for Halloween. I love to change it up every year with new decorations and a new trick or treat station. In the afternoon, we set up our self serve trick or treat station. This year it will be with this easy DIY Skeleton Treat Bowl.
Then, we take the kids trick or treating at 6 pm (that’s always official trick or treat time here). Once we get back, I replenish the bowl and we sit outside and hand out treats. That’s the most fun part!
What do you need to make a DIY Trick or Treat Station & Skeleton Treat Bowl
It usually takes us about an hour of trick or treating before we get back to the house, so I put out a huge bowl so we don’t run out too quickly. This year I turned a laundry basket into this creepy skeleton treat bowl! Here’s how:
- 1 dollar store laundry basket
- 1 creepy cloth
- 1 large package of spanish moss
- bones and skulls
- 3 sets of skeleton salad tongs (you can find these at all the dollar stores)
- hot glue gun
- 1 trash bag
- zip ties
How do make a DIY Trick or Treat Station & Skeleton Treat Bowl
First, line your laundry basket with a trash bag. I wanted my bag a little fitted, so I folded the sides together and add a dab of hot glue.
Next, begin adding the spanish moss around the entire laundry basket using hot glue.
Once you’ve covered the entire basket with moss, go back and fill in any holes.
Lay out the creepy cloth on the inside of the basket to hide the trash bag. Let the corners fray and hang over the sides.
Add hot glue to the entire length of each skeleton salad tong. Then put them around the basket. I used 3 sets.
To add security to the skeleton tongs, add zip tie at the wrist. I just poked small holes through the moss and garbage bag as I fed the zip tie through.
Hot glue bones and skulls around the top of the laundry basket.
Fill your basket to the top with yummy Kellogg’s treat!
How to decorate a porch for Trick or Treaters
On Halloween, make sure you’ve decorated the porch and even the yard for your trick or treaters. We add:
- creepy cloths
- wreaths and signs
- a bluetooth speaker
We connect one of our phones to the bluetooth speaker, which we hide in the bushes. Then we have a playlist of fun Halloween music like the Monster Mash and Thriller. We leave the phone right inside the door so it stays connected and music plays for our trick or treat station.
Then, we set up a table for self serve trick or treating complete with spider webs and spooky decor. I add a sign to remind everyone to take just one.
Download this Trick or Treat Sign
More Halloween Tutorials
Want to make more fun stuff for Halloween? Here’s a few ideas:
- How to make a Hanging Jack o’Lantern for Halloween
- How to Make Halloween Glowing Eyes
- Halloween DIY: Flickering Spider Lights
- How to Make a Halloween Cotton Spider Web Wreath
- Make DIY Halloween Spell Bottle Necklaces
- Halloween Ghost in a Jar
- Halloween Outdoor Decorations: It’s a Witch Crashing!
- How to Make DIY Vintage Halloween Ornaments
Halloween Treats & Eats
Need Halloween treat ideas? Check out a few of these:
- How to make Halloween Spider Cheesecake Bites
- Instant Halloween Witch Finger Cupcakes
- Easy Halloween Treats: Monster Toe on a Stick
- Halloween Bloody Screaming Donuts in the Air Fryer
- Halloween Peanut Butter Ghost Brownies with Fudge Frosting
- Let’s Make Witch’s Brew Halloween Brownies
- How to Make Vampire Kiss Cookies for Halloween
Halloween Party Fun
Having a Halloween party? Need some ideas to get the party started? Check out some of these fun free printables. There’s something for everyone:
- Free Kids Printable Halloween I Spy Games
- Free Printable Halloween Name That Tune Game
- Halloween Games for Kids and Adults
- Free Printable Neighborhood Halloween Scavenger Hunt
- Free Kids Halloween Printable Games
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That skeleton bowl is all kinds of awesome. We don’t get trick or treaters here otherwise I would totally make one 🙂
I would never have guessed there was a laundry basket under there!! How creative! Love it! Great job!! I need to make one now too!
I LOVE THIS! How cute is this? Very creative and a great way to spice up your treat bowl.
That is a super cute treat bowl and it looks like a dun craft project .
I want to come to your house. You have great treats.
That’s so cool! I want to make one like that now for Halloween.
This is the perfect answer for halloween candy storage! You’ll be the highlight of the trick or treat route for sure in your neighbourhood!
WOW this looks like it took so much more work that you described. Seeing it in process makes it easy to follow! Love it!
How creative! I have all the stuff here already so this would be an easy diy for us this weekend.
This is a fantastic idea. I will have to get the supplies I need to make one for our Halloween party this year. I am sure it will be a big hit.
Oh wow, I wish they did Halloween in the UK as big as it is in America – I would totally be all over this! Alas, if I put this outside where i live it would blow into the North Sea… lol!
This DIY skeleton bowl looks awesome! I am not big on Halloween as I get spooked so easily haha.
Your DIY skeleton bowl is awesome! I hope the kiddos are honorable and took just one treat!
That is a brilliant Halloween DIY! I love the creative tutorials you come up with 🙂
This is a great idea, I saw a bowl I almost the other day and I didn’t. Now I know it will be much more fun to make one instead.
What a cute treat bowl!! And I really do love the idea of giving out treats other than candy!! Its actually a help for the parents too lol less shopping!
This looks really great! I love the creativity you put into it! I’ll definitely have to try this out this year! Thanks for sharing!