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Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The countdown to Halloween has begun and everyone is putting the final touches on their costumes. Kids are excited to go trick-or-treating, and they’re betting they’ll get more candy than their siblings. But where will all that candy go? Everyone who dresses up and goes trick-or-treating needs a good bag for all that loot, but most of the options at stores look the same or don’t match your kid’s costume. Fix that with this simple and quick DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bag, which is fully customizable and includes reflective straps for safety as you walk around the neighborhood.

Start with a piece of fabric in your favorite coordinating Halloween print. I bought a full yard of this pumpkin fabric so I could make additional accessories with the scraps.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Fold the fabric in half, and then iron it with a high-steam iron like the Durathon to get any wrinkles out. The folded end will act as the bottom of our bag, so it saves us an extra stitch.


Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Gather a pair of scissors, a measuring tape and a fabric pencil to measure the bag to the appropriate size.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The orange and black bag is for a smaller child, so I measured 12 inches across the bottom…

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

…and 14 inches up the sides.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Mark the fabric at your measurements, and cut the fabric into a rectangle.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Unfold your cut rectangle of fabric and re-fold it so it’s inside out. Iron it so the bottom of the bag is creased and flat. The right sides of the fabric should be looking in towards each other.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Pin one side of the bag from the bottom to the top. Repeat on the other side, but be sure to leave the top of the bag open.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Again, make sure the right side of the fabric is on the inside. Later, we’ll turn the bag inside out again, exposing the pretty side of the fabric and hiding the seams.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sew each side of the bag, starting at the top and going to the bottom, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Your bag is starting to look like an actual bag now! The pretty side of the fabric is on the inside and the top is wide open.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Loop the bag on the end of your ironing board and open up the fabric along the seam.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Use your iron to press the seam, so it’s nice and flat. Repeat on the other side.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachFold down the top of the seam ⅝ inch around the entire top of the bag.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Pin the fabric and press it with your iron.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sew along your top seam at ½ inch, remembering to backstitch at the beginning and end.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

To make handles, measure webbing in your favorite color to 18” and cut two lengths. You can also buy a yard of webbing and simply cut it in half.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Measure the same amount of iron-on reflective tape. Peel off the protective layer, per the instructions on the package, and lay it over the center of the webbing.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Gently iron on the reflective tape.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

When you are finished, your webbing should look like it has a reflective strip going down the center, like this.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Loop the webbing into a U-shape with reflective side down.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Measure one side so the inside of the handle rests three inches from the side seam and about an inch down. Pin it into place, making sure to only pin one side of the bag, so you don’t sew it closed.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Repeat on the other side.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sew two levels of stitches over the handle, going back and forth a few times to really secure it in place.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Now, you can turn the bag inside out. The pretty fabric and the reflective tape should all be facing out.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

At this point, you can leave the bag as-is and iron it flat, or you can continue to embellish it.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Iron the bag flat to remove any wrinkles.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want to embellish the bag further, you can. I used a little ribbon of pom-poms that matched the fabric. Just wrap it around the bag, trim it and pin it into place. Sew it on.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The bag looks pretty cute now, doesn’t it?

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach
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But it could use just one more thing… How about some matching glow in the dark paint for a little extra fun (and safety) at night?

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I chose colors that matched some of the polka dots on the fabric and went over them to make little dots.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Let it dry and then you’re all finished!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You can use the same method to create bags in lots of colors and styles, matching any costume a kid can dream up. You can also make bigger or smaller bags by adjusting the measurements in the beginning.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

For this black bag (to match a witch costume), we used 14”x16” measurement and embellished it with beautiful ribbons and a clip-on flower.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

These finished bags will make a little witch and a cute pumpkin happy while they trick-or-treat on Halloween.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

It only takes 15 minutes from start to finish to make these simple bags.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You could even make one for yourself in a nice fabric and have a simple reusable shopping tote. Or let the kids use the bags all year for creative play and fun.

Thanks for checking out our latest DIY with the Durathon iron. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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Halloween Jack-o-Lantern and Witch Stuffed Peppers from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

In the midst of costumes, candy, tricks and treats, the last thing on anyone’s mind is getting a healthy and well-balanced dinner on Halloween night. But what if you could do just that without a lot of hassle or prep? And what if your kids actually wanted to eat what you made them? That’s where these adorable Halloween-themed stuffed peppers come in to save the day – or night.

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern and Witch Stuffed Peppers from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Use orange peppers to make little pumpkins by cutting out a traditional jack-o-lantern face. Stuff it with plain rice or blend rice, meat and veggies from the grocery store hot foods bar, pop the top back on and serve. It’s really that easy, and you end up with a very entertaining meal in a secretly healthy vessel.

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern and Witch Stuffed Peppers from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

To make a witch, use green peppers and make cutouts for the eyes and mouth. Cut out a circle in the middle, and insert the stem of the pepper to make a pointy witch nose. It’s okay if it’s not perfect. Wicked witches are known for their moles and warts anyway! Stuff it, cut out a paper hat and your kids can decide if this is a good witch or bad witch. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern and Witch Stuffed Peppers from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 



Halloween is coming up this weekend, and we’re excited about all the costumes, parties and kids trick-or-treating. Whether you prefer your costume to be funny or cute, silly or scary, everyone can agree this Halloween graveyard-themed party dip is a hit.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Despite its appearance, this dip is actually really easy to put together. You just need a 9×13 casserole dish or lasagna pan, a ton of spinach dip, and some crackers, veggies and chopped kalamata olives. Additional decorations like the skulls and pumpkins can be found at most craft stores this time of year.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want to take the dip a step further, you can do what we did here, and find a festive tray to set your dip in. We filled in the space between the dip pan and the tray with curly kale. It held everything in place and looked like grass, so it was perfect for the job.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

We found a little black tree decoration, an owl, a few skulls and some pumpkins at the craft store. (Don’t forget to tell your guests they aren’t edible.) We made additional trees and foliage with celery stalks, broccolini and chopped parsley. We love the way this section turned out.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

To make the headstones in the graveyard, we used crackers with a unique shape. There are many types of cracker shapes out there, so you can use whatever look you prefer. Write on the crackers with an edible decorative marker, and place them firmly into the spinach dip. Sprinkle chopped kalamata olives in front to look like fresh dirt.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want, bury your friends by adding their initials to some of the crackers. (There I am below.) Decorate with candles and other Halloween decor and you’ll have quite the conversation starter at your Halloween party!

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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Halloween cupcakes from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

It’s finally October, a month full of costumes, parties, tricks and treats. The kids will be invited to parties and they will be excited to show off their favorite sweets. Make these entertaining Halloween-themed cupcakes as a family for a spooky and sweet activity. Check back on Friday for detailed information on How to Frost a Cupcake!

Halloween cupcakes from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

 


Spooky Owl Cupcakes
YIELDS: 16 servings

Place a bite-size peanut butter cup in the center of each cupcake just before baking. This will result in a peanut butter center once the cupcakes are baked. Frost with peanut butter frosting for an added peanut lover’s treat!
Ingredients
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
16 chocolate sandwich cookies
32 candy-coated chocolate candies
16 small jelly beans or oblong candies
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper or foil liners.
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and unsweetened cocoa. Set mixture aside.
In a large bowl, add the butter and sugar. Beat until they are pale yellow and fluffy, then add eggs one at a time until incorporated.
Add vanilla, flour and milk. Beat until combined.
Fill muffin tins 2/3 to 3/4 full.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool.
Frost cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
Use a small round decorating tip to create feathers and a leaf decorating tip to create ears.
Cut chocolate sandwich cookies in half. Place on cupcakes, white side up, to make eyes.
Press chocolate candies in white part of cookies to make eye balls. (Add a drop of frosting to make hold in place.)
Add the jelly bean or oblong candy for the beak.
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Black Cat Cupcakes
YIELDS: 16 servings

Use either a Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer to make these fluffy and delicious cupcakes that are sure to make any cat lover smile this Halloween.
Ingredients
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
32 mini candy-coated chocolate candies
1 tube orange decorating frosting
1 tube purple decorating frosting
2 large chocolate bars
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper or foil liners.
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and unsweetened cocoa. Set mixture aside.
In a large bowl, add the butter and sugar. Beat until they are pale yellow and fluffy, then add eggs one at a time until incorporated.
Add vanilla, flour and milk. Beat until combined.
Fill muffin tins 2/3 to 3/4 full.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool.
Frost cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
Use a small round decorating tip to make facial features and whiskers.
Add small candies for eyes. Break chocolate bars into small pieces for ears.
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Fall Pumpkin Cupcakes
YIELDS: 18 servings

These gorgeous orange pumpkin cupcakes are sure to be a crowd-pleaser for any fall gathering. Use your favorite Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer to make fluffy batter and creamy frosting.
Ingredients
1 can (15 oz.) pureed pumpkin
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
Orange food color
Coarse sugar or orange sprinkles
16 pretzels or pieces of green licorice twists
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper or foil liners.
In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, eggs and vegetable oil.
Add flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt. Stir until blended.
Fill muffin tins 2/3 to 3/4 full.
Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool.
Tint frosting orange. Frost cupcakes; roll in coarse sugar.
Add a pretzel stick or piece of licorice for the stem.
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