Have you ever done a spooky basket for your kids at Halloween time? Halloween tends to be the holiday that every child absolutely loves. As much as I try to not go overboard during the holidays, I can’t help but go a bit crazy with some small gifts and candy for my kids. They will only be little for so long and I like to keep the magic of Halloween alive as long as possible. If you are looking to celebrate Halloween with some extra tricks up your sleeve, I’ll go over my favorite Halloween spooky basket ideas.
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Spooky Basket: Halloween Basket For Kids
Despite my attempts, I am actually not the mom that goes big with baskets and gifts for every holiday season. I do love to teach my kids about the spirit of the holiday, rather than the material items that they may receive. But, let’s face it, Halloween is such a fun holiday for both kids and adults. No other holiday allows you to dress up as a witch or zombie and have it be socially acceptable.
In all honesty, I really just love the Halloween season. Fall is a great time of year when the weather in St. Louis begins to cool off, the leaves turn beautiful shades of colors, and pumpkin spice season is fully embraced.
Who Can Have A Spooky Basket?
I first encountered the idea of a spooky basket when I was a little girl. We lived in a neighborhood with many other families. One Halloween, there was a knock on the door, and when we opened the door, there was a Halloween basket full of candy and other fun little items. The Halloween gift box was called a “Boo Box.”
I think that boo box really stuck with me, because all these years later, I love the idea of tying in smaller items that aren’t just chocolate candy and sugar. As an allergy mom myself, I understand that Halloween can be a stressful time for some parents. If you have a child with food allergies, or sensory sensitivities, a spooky basket is a great alternative to trick or treating. I hope that this post, will help share some fun ideas for you to make Halloween just as special without all the added candy and stress. Afterall, Halloween should be magical for all children who wish to celebrate.
What Is A Spooky Basket?
You may be asking yourself “what exactly is a spooky basket?” That is a fair question and in all honesty, spooky baskets didn’t become popular until recently. The short answer is that a spooky basket is a fun way to get your family into the season of Halloween and Fall.
Because these baskets are all about Halloween and spooky season, I like to give my kids their Halloween gift basket the first week of October. This way, they can use all the items they receive and get excited to celebrate the new season.
This isn’t necessarily always the best way. I know some moms that do a Halloween candy basket for their older kids that don’t trick or treat anymore too. It really depends on what works for you and your family. For our family, we still have young children, so we stick with an earlier Halloween gift that they can use to celebrate all month long.
Spooky Basket Ideas
You don’t need to go overboard with your own spooky basket. You can go as large or small as you want and put whatever interests your child has in their basket. Kids are pretty easy to please and love to get anything from crafts, books, and candy, to smaller trinkets from the Dollar store, stuffed animals, and movies.
Halloween gift baskets can be simple or the big boo baskets you’ll see in this post. Both (or neither) are great! If you decide to go down the Boo Basket trail just put together a fun gift that will get you and your little ones in the halloween spirit.
One thing that is really fun to add to each years basket is a book and pajamas – actually if you wrap that up cute you have a complete spooky basket in those two items. If that is on your radar, be sure to check out the two posts below that will show you the best Halloween Pajamas and Halloween Books each year!
Halloween Tricks & Treats
While you’re here and grabbing all these spooky goodies be sure to check out the rest of my Halloween posts below and gain snack, costume, and decor inspiration! You just might find the perfect match for your Halloween baskets.
My Top Filler Picks For Your Own Spooky Basket
Now onto the fun! Below is a round-up of some fun, unique items you could grab to create our own spooky basket for your kiddo! Grab a few of these items and add some of their favorite snacks and you will be ready to go.
As a reminder, these are fun ideas. By no means do I think you need to do any of this or all of this. Just some fun little ideas.
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Below are ideas from last year. Not all are in stock, but most are still available!
And now for this year’s great finds! Some repeats from last year, and some awesome updates!
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- Ghost felt wand – LOVE this for a magical treat
- Bag – This little bag has been a hot seller. Such a cute idea to fill with their goodies then have them use for Trick or Treating
- Glow Sticks – I am going to order these and give my kids a few for the month of October, then save a couple for October 31st.
- Bracelet – My girls both have something similar to these and they are beyond cute!
- Vampire Bite – Board book with a bite!
- Bat bow – Subtley spooky
- Sparkly (or not sparkly) hunter boots – My kids wear these DAILY in the fall and winter, so I love the investment. Holidays can be a great excuse to get kids what they actually need.
- Personalized Jelly Bags – This is what I plan to use for my kids Spooky Baskets this year.
- Candycorn hat – This is beyond cute and very gender neutral
- ‘How to Make a Friend with a Ghost’ book – This book is darling
- Spider Patch – Add this to a plain $5 t shirt and you will have a cute holiday tee
- Paper Plates – These are SO CUTE.
- Bat Balloon – My kids are Balloon obsessed
- Initial hat – My kids all have these and love them. I love the idea of adding this super functional gift to the basket. It looks festive with all the other goodies, but really is just a great daily wear item. And use code ARIN20 for 20%!
- Pumpkin bubble pop toys – My kids love these bubble pop fidget toys, and these are so cute and festive.
- Lip balm – For sure going to get this for my kids.
- Bow – This is the cutest dang bow!
- ‘ Bonaparte Falls Apart’ book – This is one of my favorite Halloween Books.
- Insulated cup – Again this is so cute and festive but could easily make its way into daily rotation year Round. (Also if you added some spooky themed stickers your kids would probably extra love it. Why are kids so into that?)
- Bow – these are so fun
- Sidewalk Chalk – sometimes we set up little tracks or hop scotch for tricker treaters to do on their way up to our porch, and this would be so fun to use! Also a great non food treat for allergy kids.
- Socks – perfect for Fall
- Skeleton purse
- Croc charms – very trendy this year!
Hopefully these items got your brain thinking about some great ideas you could add to your spooky basket, and make for a Happy Halloween. Just a reminder, as a mom there is so much pressure in todays culture to do it all. Find your traditions that fit you and do them.
Never feel bad if you are ‘extra’ and gifting is your love language with your kids. Never feel bad if the idea of a basket for Halloween make you cringe. Also never second guess if one year it makes sense for your family and the next it doesn’t.
As mom’s we can set the tone for our families. We get to decide what is best and what will shape our kids to be the best humans they can be. So do whatever you think is best for them this holiday season (HALLOWEEN INCLUDED), and enjoy this time with them.
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If you have any questions on how to make a spooky basket, or these Halloween basket ideas, be sure to shoot me a DM on Instagram (@arinsolange) or leave a comment below! Happy Halloween.