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DIY Pumpkin Candy Dish: Make A Pumpkin Candy Dispenser For Halloween

DIY Pumpkin Candy Dish: Make A Pumpkin Candy Dispenser For Halloween


By: Susan Albert, Freelance Garden Writer

Halloween 2020 may look vastly different from previous years. As the pandemic continues, this oh-so-social holiday may be trimmed down to family get togethers, outdoor scavenger hunts, and virtual costume contests. Many people are wondering what to do about trick-or-treating.

The CDC ranks traditional door-to-door trick or treating as “higher risk.” One-way trick or treating is considered a moderate risk and can be accomplished by leaving candy outside, thereby eliminating the need for interaction with children and parents. An easy and fun to make option is the pumpkin candy dispenser, which allows for no-contact trick or treating or can be used as a party bowl for family get togethers.

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.

For a no-contact trick or treating candy dispenser, 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.

Happy Halloween!

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Ahead, check out the best goodies from Etsy to help you kick off your Halloween festivities for this already-haunting year.

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Boo-tiful Doormat

There’s no easier swap than changing out your front doormat for a hauntingly cute Halloween touch.

Germ-Free Zone

What says “pandemic Halloween” more than this sign? It manages to make our most-frequented 2020 activity kinda fun? Instead of setting up one bowl of candy outside your house, set up a few, along with this printout, to remind kids to clean their hands before grabbing their favorite candy.

Pumpkin Decor

Hate pumpkin carving? Opt for this mess-free sticker instead for a one-and-done solution. Plus, the customization makes you look like you put in a ton of effort when you actually didn’t. You can choose any quote, so let your imagination run wild — if you dare.

Bloody Good Sign

To keep everyone safe this year, it never hurts to add a reminder for trick-or-treaters to keep their distance when approaching your self-serve candy station on your doorstep. You can choose a digital download or have a printed sign sent to you.

Drive-By Trick-or-Treating

Instead of going door-to-door this year, why not corral the neighbors for a fun drive-by parade to keep everyone safe while still getting to celebrate? Now, you can easily spread the word — without spreading germs — with these custom invites.

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Step up your outdoor Halloween decorations this year. With creepy-crawly spiders and classic carved jack-o'-lanterns, these scary Halloween decorations will give your home spooky seasonal curb appeal.

Make sure all the kids know to stop by your house this year with Halloween front door decorations that will send shivers up their spines. Decked out in spooky spider webs and carved pumpkins, this home totally wins the neighborhood decorating competition. See how we crafted creepy Halloween decorations with a mix of handmade and store-bought holiday elements, below. Recreate this exact look or use the Halloween porch as inspiration for your custom spooky decor.


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Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design


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