Good morning! Surprise, surprise, I have another treat box to share with you! If you have been visiting here for a while, you may remember the Gingerbread House Treat Boxes I made last Christmas. They worked really well as small gifts for friends or as a great way to dress up a food gift. My mom, who gave out the treat boxes as gifts to some of her co-workers, mentioned a while back how cute a Halloween one would be. What a great idea! Moms – sometimes they really have nice ideas! My mom is a big supporter of my blog so I thought it would be fun to take her idea and make a Haunted House Treat Box! I love how it turned out! I kept it classic Halloween, like most of my decorations, and just used orange, black, and white. The glittery roof is my favorite!
Below is the tutorial, and more importantly, the free printable to make your own Haunted House Treat Box. I filled mine with Caramel Candy Kisses which were the perfect orange color. You can fill these with anything, though, including home-baked goods!
*Tip – these houses are the same size as my Gingerbread House Treat Boxes and they fit a lot. A whole bag of candy kisses fit in one box. This is a nice size for baked cookies or if you plan to fill it with an assortment of treat-size candy bars. If you plan on making several of these for party favors, you could easily size the printable down and make smaller boxes!
Supplies Needed for Halloween Treat Boxes
- Free Haunted House Printable Page 1 and Haunted House Printable Page 2
- For Personal Use Only. Please do not sell treat boxes made with this free printable.
- White card stock
- Black glitter scrapbook paper
- Clear paper – transparency, acetate, clear plastic
- Orange ribbon
- Scalloped Scissors (not pictured)
- Scissors, hole punch, and Exacto Knife/box cutter
- Hot glue or tacky glue
- Optional: Scoreboard, embossing stylus, paper cutter
STEP 1: Print and cut out the free Haunted House printable. Use an Exacto knife or box cutter to cut out the two windows.
STEP 2: Fold the haunted house along the fold lines. You can do this by hand, or if you have a scoring board and stylus, you can use that to score the fold lines prior to folding.
STEP 3: Cover the windows with the clear plastic. I cut the clear plastic to be slightly larger than the windows, then taped it in from the inside. For these houses I used clear plastic that came with a package of notecards. In the past I have used acetate and transparency paper.
STEP 4: Glue the two house sections together. I chose to use hot glue because I am usually too impatient to wait for tacky glue to set!
STEP 5: Wait until the box glue is set from attaching the two house sections and then fold the bottom of the box together.
STEP 6: To create the roof, cut a strip of paper that is 3 3/8″ wide by 12″. Cut this strip of paper into small strips each 3/4″ wide. These will make up the rows of shingles on the roof. I chose to alternate using the glittered side and the back side so the scallops showed up more. Each side of the roof takes 7 strips of paper. Using a scalloped scissors, cut one long side of each paper strip.
* Tip for cutting these: Start all of the glittered ones the same way with your scalloped scissors – at the start of a scallop. Then when you cut all of the matte ones, start in the middle of a scallop. This way when you layer the strips of paper, the scallops will be perfectly offset.
STEP 7: Glue the scalloped strips of paper to the roof of the house. I winged it as far as layering my strips of paper and you can see they are not perfectly spaced. It kind of bugs me they aren’t spaced perfectly, so for the houses I made following this house, I measured and spaced them more evenly.
STEP 8: Trim any excess paper from the scalloped shingles off, and using a Sharpie or black marker, color in the edges of the roof so it isn’t white.
STEP 9: Punch two holes in the top and tie closed with ribbon! I found spacing my holes far to each side worked better at keeping my house closed.
The treat box is all finished! I love the way they turned out! They would make a cute gift and are also fun Halloween decor to have sitting out!
Only three weeks until Halloween! I have been working on the kiddos’ costumes a little bit here and there but will hopefully have some time to finish them up this week. They wear them for our Zoo’s Halloween Parade, which is the weekend before Halloween. We had beautiful weather for last year’s parade, so I’m hoping for the same this year. Last year it was cold and rainy on Halloween, so we never know what we will end up with! I always plan the costumes for cold weather since I remember trick-or-treating in the snow as a child. I always think this is smart of me, unless, of course, it ends up being warm and then my poor kids will roast!