I wanted to make the boys new trick-or-treat bags this year, and miracle of all miracles, I actually got them made before Halloween. The pattern was a freebie from Craft Apple called The Lindie Bag. You can get it here if you want to make some. For the boys trick-or-treat bags, I just omitted the inside pocket since they won't be needing that.
I love the lining fabric as much as the outside:
Now, some of you are probably thinking they look pretty small, and they are, but I'm o.k. with that. My kids aren't hard core trick-or-treaters...yet. They get tired pretty easily and give up early if its too cold on Halloween.
We also have a Halloween tradition at our house that has worked great! We let our kids do the whole trick-or-treating thing and when they come back with their haul, they dump it out and choose the 5 pieces of candy they want the most (any any non-candy items). Then, they put the rest it in a plastic sack and leave it on the front porch for Mr. Halloween, who looks just like Jack Skelington from The Nightmare Before Christmas, in case you didn't know. Anyway, Mr. Halloween comes in the night and takes the candy and leave a surprise in return. This year, we're hoping for enough candy to trade for a Lego set. If the kids want to eat more candy than the alloted amount, we just tell them that there won't be much left to trade with Mr. Halloween and they have no problem putting the candy back in the bag! SOOOOOO worth it! No candy rationing for days on end, no "Owwww, mom my teeth hurt!" from cavities, and no sugar shock!
So, here's wishing you all a fun & happy Halloween!