Today, we’re sharing how to create a glow in the dark Halloween candy bucket! This candy bucket was super easy to make with supplies we were able to find at our local dollar store. From start to finish it took about 20 minutes to make so as long as you have the supplies at the ready, you’ll be able to make this glow in the dark Halloween candy bucket in no time!
Prepping for Halloween
If you have kids, I’m sure you’re knee deep in Halloween preparations. You’re probably buying candy, creating treat bags for the little’s classroom and working to put together the final elements of an awesome Halloween costume.
My all time favorite costume was the year I was a red crayon. I walked around the neighborhood with my plastic jack o lantern pail in one hand and a flashlight in the other. My parents would let my sisters and I trick or treat until our orange pails were filled to the rim. Then, we’d all go home and trade for our favorite pieces.
A Halloween Pillowcase vs a Jack O Lantern Candy Pail
It’s crazy how much things have changed. The kids bring pillowcases instead of plastic pails to hold their candy. And they’re being driven from house to house in golf carts on Halloween night now too. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen!
Due to the way our property is set up, we personally don’t have any trick or treaters at my home Journey’s End. But my parents and sisters usually have tons of trick or treaters.
The neighbors sit at the end of the driveway in comfortable chairs and bring drinks and snacks to save from having to get up and answer the door every few minutes ha ha.
Creating a Glow in the Dark Halloween Candy Bucket
Given my parents have all that foot traffic, I thought it would be a fun to make them a glow in the dark Halloween candy bucket. This project is really easy to make and it’s inexpensive too. I bought most of these supplies from my local Dollar Tree.
Here’s a look at everything you’ll need to make your own….
Glow in the Dark Halloween Candy Bucket Supplies:
- Black Mop Bucket
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Glow in the Dark Critters
- Chalk Pen or White Paintbrush Pen
- Orange Ribbon (optional)
Glow in the Dark Halloween Candy Bucket Steps:
First you’ll need a black mop bucket. I bought this one from the Dollar Tree.
I also purchased 3 bags of glow in the dark creepy bugs from the Dollar Tree. Make sure you get bugs that are relatively flat on the bottom.
The snakes were definitely the toughest of the group to affix.
Using a hot glue gun I already I had at home I randomly attached the bugs to sides of the mop bucket. Make sure you use safety precautions and care as the glue gun and glue will be really hot when you’re doing this step.
Continue to glue the glow in the dark critters around the mop bucket until you’ve achieved the look you desire. We placed them on almost the entire Halloween candy bucket.
After the glow in the dark bugs have been attached and the glue is dry use a white paint or chalk pen to write words on the bucket like Eeeek! Boo! Aaaahh! Caution! Beware! Do Not Enter! you get the idea. We found this white chalk pen at our local craft supply store.
I had a bit of orange ribbon leftover from other projects I recently completed so I tied a small bow around each side of the mop bucket just to give it a little spot of color.
Finally, I added a bit of candy to the glow in the dark Halloween candy bucket.
The entire project took less than 20 minutes and was so inexpensive to make!
Let us know if you guys decide to make this glow in the dark Halloween candy bucket too! We’d love to see what color bucket you choose and what kind of bugs you find creepy too. Sign me up for all of them ha ha!
For other ways to customize your Halloween decorations, be sure to check out our post How to Personalize Pumpkins with Paint .