Your college student is going to just LOVE this Halloween care package! Follow our easy ideas to create a spooktacular care package to send this Halloween.
Sending your kids off to college is never easy.
Parents and siblings who are still at home are missing the one(s) who have spread their wings.
And even if the student at college feels ready to leave, they still probably miss their family at home.
It’s a bittersweet time for sure!
We love sending our students care packages throughout the year to stay connected and show our love.
Halloween is the perfect time to put a care package together to ship off to your college student.
What Do You Put in a Halloween Care Package?
Are you struggling to figure out what to put inside a Halloween care package?
The options are endless!
Just walk into your local Walmart or Target and you’ll find a big display of Halloween treats.
I included everything in the picture above in the first Halloween care package I put together for my son during his freshman year.
It’s a combination of some of his favorite candies, plus some fun Halloween-themed finds.
Isn’t it great that so many candies can be found with special Halloween-themed packaging?
Here are all the goodies I included in another one I sent him a different year.
Still not sure what to include?
Keep reading…I’ve shared some awesome ideas in this post…just click the links to shop!
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Using Color as a Care Package Theme
Color is key for me when I’m putting together a care package.
And for a Halloween package, that color is going to be…
So let’s see all the fun & spooktacular orange ideas we can find!
What Candy to Put in a Halloween Care Package?
When you think about Halloween what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
For me…it’s Trick or Treating!
Which of course makes me think about CANDY!!!
Is there anything better than Classic Candy Corn at this time of year?
Nope I don’t think so!
Adding your college students’ favorites is important but it’s also fun to include candy you can only find at Halloween.
How fun are these?
And guess what?
What Other Snacks Can You Include in a Halloween Care Package?
Let’s be real although Halloween is all about candy…college kids like snack foods too!
And of course keeping with the orange color theme these snack foods are great options for your care package.
A regular bag of chips may not do so well in shipping but Pringles Cheddar Cheese is an excellent option to ship because of the cylinder style packaging.
What Are Some Spooky Ideas for a Gift Package?
I always like to include some fun gifts too.
Candy and snacks are awesome but let’s add some things that are a little unexpected.
You know your student best, but here are some ideas to inspire you.
Halloween Spooky Room Decor
Every college dorm room or apartment needs some fun Halloween lighting!
And since college students live in small spaces this cute little light-up Jack ‘O Lantern will fit just right.
Orange and purple string lights can be hung around beds, door frames, and more for some added spooky vibes.
Halloween Fun Stuff
Everyone gets to act like a kid again on Halloween.
Even when you’re in college!
Add some orange glow sticks to the gift box.
Or what about some super silly plastic white fangs?
And maybe this fun set of squishy stress balls to ease the stressful long hours of studying.
How Do You Put Together Your Gift Box?
Once you’re finished shopping for all the Halloween treats, it’s time to put your care package together.
Find a box that everything will fit in snugly. The more room you have the more your items will shift.
The tighter everything is in there the better!
How Do You Decorate a Halloween Care Package Box?
As if shopping for your college student and picking out all those amazing Halloween treats wasn’t fun enough…
Now you get to decorate that plain ‘ole cardboard box!
You can download our fun Halloween-themed printables to make decorating the inside of the box super easy.
When I decorated the box for my son, I used plain black card stock for his care package.
I covered the inside of each of the 4 flaps on the cardboard box, trimming each piece of cardstock to fit.
Then I just went to town with my super amazing artistic abilities and decorated the cardstock with a white chalk paint marker.
You can also add a larger piece of decorated cardstock to the inside after 2 of the 4 flaps are closed.
I’m certainly NO artist!
Just look at that pumpkin…I mean seriously! LOL
Get creative and have fun!
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Your college student won’t care!
I double pinky promise!!
They will be so excited to get a Halloween care package at college this year they will post it on their Snapchat story!