It's crucial for everyone to have a safe Halloween this season, so we're presenting more fun family ideas! Up next? DIY candy bats that can dole out treats to the neighborhood – without you needing to leave your home.
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Our neighborhood is cautiously proceeding with Halloween celebrations as normally as possible. This is our first year in our little city house, but we've been told by neighbors that our area usually does it up BIG. Per the Facebook group convos and house-to-house murmurs, kids will still be dressing up and going door-to-door. This year, everyone is planning bowls of candy, trunk or treat and even some creative NERF gun candy-shooter situations as opposed to the usual front porch doling-out situation.
Our home? We're making candy bats!
Making DIY Candy Bats
This candy bat is so, so simple it almost feels silly to do a tutorial for it. All you need are black clothespins (I buy them on Amazon already the right color because I am way too lazy to be spray-painting clothespins right now), a hot glue gun, black cardstock and some candy.
I got the candy for our candy bat setup at See's, DUH.
I actually used my Cricut Joy to cut this template out on some black cardstock, but you could very easily freehand-cut the wings. Heck, you could even have the kiddos tackle the entire candy bat project on their own, with some glue sticks and some of those preschool scissors. You'd probably end up with some really funky, fun bat wings!
As for a place to hang them, we have a big tree right at the edge of our property line where the sidewalk starts. Nate went ahead and augered a little hole near the corner of our driveway for a post, and tied paracord between the two, the candy bats clip right on! I went ahead and got creative with them, gluing the wings on alternate sides so that people facing directly towards the house AND coming up from the side can see that these funny little creatures are – in fact – candy bats. We also glued the wings every which way, kinda crooked and left and right sporadically so that they look like they're flitting all about on the line.
Nate has taken to calling this our candy line. It's like a clothesline for candy! Obviously it works best for hanging candies with small edges, like See's packages and lollipops. No King Size bars will be hanging from this thing, although I know a few neighborhood kids who will probably be nabbing more than one piece. It all evens out in the end and heck, with our candy bat line holding over one hundred pieces, we've got sweets to spare!
Want more ideas? Don't forget to download the See's Candy guide for a safe Halloween!
Will your family make candy bats this year, or celebrate another way?