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How to Create a Spooktacular College Halloween Care Package

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.

halloween collage care package with decorated box on wood table

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.

halloween candy and treats on kitchen counter

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?

halloween candy snacks and treats on wood table

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!!!

image of bag of brachs candy corn

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.

Both these Pumpkin Pie Kit Kat and Spooky Junior Mints are limited editions.

How fun are these?

And guess what?

They’re ORANGE!

Mini M&M’s in an orange tube, Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape in Tangy Tropical, and orange-flavored Tic Tac mints.

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.

I’ve also had success shipping both Hot Buffalo Wing Pretzel Pieces and Goldfish Cheddar Snack Crackers.

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?

close up of halloween goodies inside cardboard 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.

halloween collage care package with decorated box on wood table

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

top flap of box decorated that reads happy halloween

Get creative and have fun!

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inside flap of box on halloween care package

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!

screen shot of snapchat story

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