Halloween is as much fun for the adults as it is for the kids! Halloween gift baskets is a tradition my mother-in-law started with her first grandchild — my son. I loved the idea then and still do. When I have grandchildren one day, I plan to use this idea. What about you?
First Halloween Gift Basket
For my son’s first Halloween, he was only 6 months old. We bought him a sleeper that was made to look like a golfer and took him to both grandparent’s homes for them to ohh and ahhh over. He was pretty much on formula and baby food, so his first Halloween gift basket consisted of baby socks, shoes, onesies and baby bath. I was thrilled with it! My son — he didn’t even notice.
However, as he got older, he caught on pretty quickly. We would go trick or treating and when he started to get tired, he would ask “Is is time to go to Nana’s yet?”
He knew Nana had a special treat for him each Halloween.
More Halloween Gift Baskets
Each year, my mother-in-law would buy or make a cute gift basket filled with treats for my son. As she got more grandchildren, she continued the tradition. Each basket was made with the particular child in mind.
She ordered them some years and then just added an item or two if she was short on time. Other years, she made them herself. I just love the idea. She’d add one of the new Halloween Beanie Babies, a piece of fruit or fruit snacks, spider rings and some other fun little Halloween themed toy to the candy.
Her normal trick or treaters get a treat from the candy bowl, but herr grandchildren get a treat exclusively picked for them!
Ready-Made and Container Ideas
Here are a few items you might use this Halloween season to make your own basket or one you could send to a loved one far away.
Expand on the Idea
Since I loved the idea, I sorta copied it and made special little baskets for my kids while they were young. Then I thought I could take it a step further and make small gift baskets for their teachers, a special friend or loved one that I don’t see on Halloween and for a few of those I do see.
I usually end up making about 6 or so these days. I find just the perfect items and container for those that are local and usually send a ready-made gift basket to a couple of loved ones that aren’t local.
While my daughter is in college, she loves receiving any packages. Close to Halloween, she starts checking her mail for her Halloween gift basket. I sent them to my son while he was away at college so I have to follow the tradition I started.
The truth is, I love making/buying gift baskets for people who are special to me. Any holiday offers the perfect opportunity but Halloween is near the top of my list!