Move over, Easter baskets. Spooky baskets full of Halloween goodies are the new game in town. While some families may still be pulling back on Halloween parties or trick-or-treating due to a lack of a COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 12, spooky baskets mean they still get plenty of Halloween treats. Fill a basket with Halloween candy, Halloween toys and Halloween books, plus fun things like socks, bubbles, and goodie-bag items and watch how excited they'll get. (And, unlike with trick-or-treating, they might actually remember to say, "Thank you.")
Of course, kids don't have to have all the fun. You can certainly make these for adult friends and loved ones. In fact, many communities have a "You've Been 'Booed'" tradition, where one neighbor will anonymously leave a "boo basket" on another's porch, and then that neighbor has to create a spooky basket for someone else, and so on. It's a combination of trick-or-treating and Secret Santa all in one, and you get a chance to showcase your creativity — wins all around. So, what are you going to put in your spooky basket this year? Take a look at some of our favorites for inspiration.
Did a witch take a dive into this spooky basket? From the pop-pom hat and the one leg sticking out, it looks like the answer is yes! It gives off real Wizard of Oz vibes.
In some neighborhoods and friend groups, it's a tradition to make a spooky basket to send on to others with a note that says, "You've been booed." This one comes with printable instructions about how to pass it on.
A wire basket is another perfect vessel for your spooky basket, especially because it can hold so much!
IF DIY isn't your thing, you can always buy a spooky basket. This one is a splurge, but comes with seven boxes of candy, four different types of cookies and assorted truffles, among other goodies, and there's no rule saying you can't buy it for yourself.
This reasonably priced spooky basket goes less over-the-top, but you still get plenty, including a ghost surprise ball with five prizes (like bubbles, tattoos, erasers, rings or stickers), a pack of hot cocoa or apple cider, a bag of popcorn and a bag of candy.
If you want a basket they can re-use year after year, or something they can take and use as a trick-or-treat bag, you can't find anything cuter than these personalized baskets. Choose from a ghost, black cat, pumpkin or bat — with a name, monogram or no personalization — in orange, black or purple polka dot.
This basket skips the Halloween toys for things like scrunchies, lip gloss and lashes. Tweens and teens too old to trick-or-treat will definitely appreciate.
Of course, adult baskets don't have to be all about the "boo"-ze. This one has a homemade candle and homemade soap, in addition to a few sweet treats.