Looking for a creative and fun way to pass out candy this Halloween? Why not make a hands-free pumpkin dispenser? Totally customizable and versatile, this project is fun for the whole family, and sure to delight your trick-or-treaters. All you need is a pumpkin, a knife, and a little creativity. Read on for more.
Creating A Pumpkin Candy Dispenser for Halloween
Creating a pumpkin candy bowl can be a quick, functional project or your creativity can kick into high gear. Here are the materials needed and the instructions.
DIY Pumpkin Candy Dish
- One large pumpkin (May substitute plastic or foam pumpkin)
- Bowl or container that will fit inside pumpkin
- Carving utensil (or box cutter for plastic pumpkin)
- Large spoon to scoop out pulp
- Décor, if desired, such as lace edging, craft paint, googly eyes
Make sure the pumpkin’s girth is wide enough to accommodate the chosen inner container. Cut the top off about ½ way down. Alternately, cut a large hole in the side of the pumpkin like a candy dispenser or in the shape of a large mouth.
Scoop out the pulp and seeds, removing as much as possible for a clean, dry surface. Insert bowl or container. Fabric can be used as a liner if a container is not handy. Decorate, if desired. Fill with wrapped candy.
No-Contact Trick or Treating
Finally, fill the container with small treat bags filled with candy and a sign nearby to “Take One.” That way, kids won’t be tempted to rummage through the bowl, picking out their favorites and touching all the pieces. Refill as needed.
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