Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 am
Trick-or-treaters typically carry a bright orange plastic pumpkin that they use as a treat bag. There are plenty of alternatives to the plastic pumpkin treat bag for those who don’t have one, don’t like it, or who feel it doesn’t match their Halloween costume. Almost anything that can hold candy will do. It doesn’t have to be a pumpkin.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Do you live in a place that has a single-use plastic bag ban? If so, then you more than likely have some reusable, canvas, shopping bags at home. They can hold much more than groceries! Each of your kids can take one of the bags with him or her as they go trick-or-treating.
Reusable shopping bags will hold a lot more candy than a small plastic pumpkin bucket will. If the bags are not identical, it also has another advantage. It makes it easy to tell, at a glance, which bag of candy belongs to which child.
This is a “go-to” last minute idea that will work. Forgot to buy the plastic pumpkin this year? Can’t find the ones you thought you stored away last year? If the stores sold out of the plastic pumpkin buckets you are going to have to find another option.
Everybody has some pillowcases at home. They will hold a lot of candy. They are also relatively sturdy. If your child drops the pillowcase and gets it dirty, it is no big deal. You were going to wash it anyway, right?
Paper Shopping Bags
The Peanuts Gang in the popular “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” animated movie used paper shopping bags when they went trick-or-treating. Kids have been using paper shopping bags for that purpose for a very long time.
The best part about using a paper shopping bag, instead of a plastic pumpkin, is that it can turn into an art activity. Kids can use crayons or markers to draw on the paper shopping bag. They can write their name, draw a Halloween scene, or decorate it in a way that matches with their costume.
Costume Specific Bags
Use a little creativity, and you could send your child out to trick-or-treat with a bag that goes along with their costume. Princesses can use a large, glitzy, purse that came from a thrift store. Draw a skull and crossbones on the front of an empty, white, plastic ice cream bucket for a pirate to carry. Kids dressed as cartoon characters can use a pillowcase that features the character.