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Halloween Candy Catchers

Keep sugar limited with a fun project.

Halloween Candy Catcher: pumpkin front, bat, sorcerer hat.

Halloween Candy Catcher: pumpkin front, bat, sorcerer hat.

After you’ve given the kids something to eat for dinner to curb what you KNOW will be a VORACIOUS appetite for their collection of trick-or-treats this Halloween, you can still your tricksters to work on this fun and super easy Halloween Candy Catcher.

Why they’re handy:

Halloween Candy Catchers are a good craft to kill time before trick-or-treating, and to limit candy-gorging when your kids are done collecting.

Made with everyday stuff you’re sure to have handy, they’re easy for little hands to assemble, small enough to satisfy parents looking to limit sugar intake late at night, and big enough for kids to feel like they aren’t getting ripped off.

What you need:

(Keep in mind you can substitute wildly.)

  • Toilet paper roll: one for each kid, and THIS is what they’ll fill up with candy either YOU choose, or they do – your choice.
  • Tissue or napkin. (This will make the bottom and hide the roll.)
  • Rubber band to hold the tissue. (Or tape.)
  • Tape to add the festive Halloween decor.

 How to assemble:

After one example, you should be able to do any one – and you can even custom-assemble them to match kids’ costumes. (Tulle for ballerina, etc.)

Long narrow strip of black construction paper - narrower than toilet paper roll is high.

Long narrow strip of black construction paper – narrower than toilet paper roll is high.

1) First find your “front.”

Halloween Candy Catcher, black construction paper, silver gel pen outline of bat.

Halloween Candy Catcher, black construction paper, silver gel pen outline of bat.

2) In THIS case? A bat.

Halloween Candy Catcher, black construction paper, silver gel pen outline of bat, cut out.

Halloween Candy Catcher, black construction paper, silver gel pen outline of bat, cut out.

Halloween Candy Catcher, black construction paper, silver gel pen outline of bat, cut out, with smiley face.

Halloween Candy Catcher, black construction paper, silver gel pen outline of bat, cut out, with smiley face.

3) Then disguise your empty roll of toilet paper.

Halloween Candy Catcher, tissue and rubber band around toilet paper roll

Halloween Candy Catcher, tissue and rubber band around toilet paper roll

4) Combine!

Halloween Candy Catcher, bat front

Halloween Candy Catcher, bat front

Or you can get even MORE creative:

Halloween Candy Catcher: pumpkin front, bat, sorcerer hat.

Halloween Candy Catcher: pumpkin front, bat, sorcerer hat.

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