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Halloween Crafts: DIY Trick or Treat Bags

There is arguably nothing more fun than dressing up for Halloween and collecting free candy from strangers. But in the hustle and bustle of Halloween preparation, one detail often left until the last minute is what to carry your candy in. But don't fret: a simple pillowcase can be the crafty answer to your last minute trick or treating needs.

A trick-or-treat bag is more than just a candy carry-all designed to be dragged across the sidewalk on Halloween—it can be a key part of your elaborate costume! If you seem to have forgotten a container to carry your candy, or you want something a little more personalized to go with your new look, Mattress Firm's Snoozeterns have created a way for you to re-purpose your old pillowcases to become trick or treat bags worthy of your soon-to-be, gigantic candy stash!

Even better, this is a great way to recycle your used pillowcases to make way for new models of pillowy perfection. Did you know that after 12-18 months, your pillow becomes dirtied by skin cells, mold, dust mites and more, making up more than half of an older pillow's weight? Yuck! This Halloween, get rid of your grimy, old pillow-case, and get to crafting!

See how our Snoozeterns transformed their own pillowcases into brilliant, trick-or-treat bags -then, try it out yourself:


  • Pillowcase (any color)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • 1 ½ yards of rope or Halloween-themed heavy ribbon (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Imagination!

Steps to build your trick or treat bag of choice:

  1. Grab your pillowcase to begin building your trick-or-treat candy bag.
  2. Lay the pillowcase flat on an even surface and use a paintbrush and your choice of paint to create your design of choice. You can use the glue gun to attach whatever ribbons or design elements you desire.

*Pro Tip: If you need some extra leverage for carrying that big bag of candy, you can use a pair of scissors to cut a ½ inch hole on either side of one of the pillow's side hems by the top opening. Then, you can run a piece of rope or ribbon through the pillowcase and then knot the ends together to make a handle for your bag!

As easy as one-two-three, you have a trick-or-treating bag made to your own style. All that's left to do is dress up in your eerie ensembles and fill your newly-designed bag with candy and goodies galore!

For more ghoulish inspiration, you can download our Mattress Monsters Activity Sheet and our Mattress Monsters Face Cut-Outs!

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