For all of your Halloween treating, we’ve asked Paper + Cup Design for tricks to turn a plain brown paper bag into a doorbell ringing showstopper.
Plain brown paper bags
Black and silver glitter
Black and orange pipe cleaners
White and orange tissue paper
Black construction paper
1. With a pencil, write “Trick” and “Treat” in block letters on either side of the bag.
2. Use white glue to trace and fill in the letters. Sprinkle glitter over the words, making “Trick” black and “Treat” silver. Let dry for ten minutes.
3. To make spider decorations, take three pipe cleaners and fold them gently in half. Take a quarter-size section and twist the stems so they are all attached. Spread apart the top to create the body of the spider. Pull the legs apart and cut them to desired length. Keep one pipe cleaner long so that the spider can dangle from the bag.
4. Use black construction paper to make bats. Fold the paper in half and trace half bat shapes of varying sizes at the fold. Cut out the bats and use one as a name tag attached to your child’s bag. For the other bats, fold the wings upward and put glue on the underside of the body. Glue bats to the bag for a three-dimensional effect.
5. Make sparkly spider webs using white glue to draw a web; sprinkle with black or silver glitter.
6. Place colored tissue paper inside the bag for a finishing touch.
For more DIY ideas, read Paper + Craft: 25 Charming Gifts, Accents, and Accessories to Make from Paper, online at chroniclebooks.com, $20.
Shop Lucky Finds
What: Stock up on gently used (or new) clothing, toys, and gear for ages 0-8 years.
Why: You’ll find everything from Bugaboo strollers to Bonpoint and Crewcuts separates at bargain prices ($2-$75).
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Saint Jean Baptiste Community Center, 184 E. 76th St., b/t Lexington & Third Aves. Info at 917-796-7092.
Ghouls & Gourds
What: The farm-inspired fest includes giant puppets, crafts, barn dancing, and tunes by Suzi Shelton.
Why: A Halloween costume parade gives one more reason to wear the getup.
When: Sun., noon-6 p.m. Rain or shine.
Where: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights (718-623-7200). Adults, $15; children 12 and under, free.
Trick or Treat Family Concert
What: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players celebrate everything from Halloween to haircuts.
Why: These funny, family music gurus strike a chord with kids ages 3 and up.
When: Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., at 92nd St. (212-423-3200). Tickets online at museumtix.com. Adults, $16; children, $11.
Photo: Courtesy of Paper + Cup Design