How to Make a Frankenstein Pumpkin Candy Holder

Our neighborhood has a yearly Pizza Party on Halloween.  Kids and parents dressed in their costumes gather in one of our cul-de-sacs anxiously waiting to be released for trick or treating.  The pizza is barely touched, as they anticipate the amount of candy they will gather in their Halloween bags.


On their return, they divide their candy and quickly recount their Halloween Adventure. Trust me, having three kids myself, each house is then also critiqued based on the kind of candy and whether there was something unique about its presentation.

Since my kids are too young to go off on their own, we usually leave a bowl of candy on the front porch hoping no one will just dump its contents into their bag. 



This year, we decided to stock up on the BIG bags of Hershey’s Candy we found at Walmart and create a fun candy holder for trick-or-treaters. Maybe this will discourage those greedy kids from taking the entire pumpkin filled with candy while making our house one for them to discuss when they get home.

It is so hard to decide what type of candy to get each year. Do you worry about peanut allergies when you buy Halloween Candy? 


To make this fun Frankenstein Pumpkin, you will need:

  • big bags of Hershey’s Candy (you know your neighborhood, so buy enough to cover the number of kids that will be lined up to put their hand in Frankenstein)
  • a fake pumpkin
  • green spray paint
  • 2  winecorks
  • 2 2-inch nails
  • black, white and purple Acrylic Paint,




First cut a good-sized mouth leaving at least 2 inches at the bottom of the pumpkin. We used a serrated kitchen knife. Any pumpkin carving kit saw would work as well. 



Then spray paint your pumpkin green. Be sure to do this outside. 




While the pumpkin is drying, paint the corks black.  CHECK THIS OUT FOR MORE FUN FAUX PUMPKIN CRAFTS


When the corks are dry, drive a nail from the inside of the pumpkin to attach the cork to the outside. You may want to mark the spot with a pencil so the “bolts” are spaced properly. 


Then, get creative with the acrylic paint to create your Frankenstein. My 14-year-old and her friend made our Frankenstein friendly, but let your imagination go. 

candy-holder tutorial


To fill your pumpkin, we found it easiest to lay him on his side and dump the big bags of Hershey’s candy into his mouth. 



Now your Halloween candy is ready for all of the ghosts and goblins who will be showing up at your door. 

taking candy


Since we are leaving our candy bowl outside, we made a sign encouraging our trick-or-treaters to show some restraint. 



This would be a fun project to take to a Halloween party at School or a trunk or treat event at your church. Teachers might find this a fun incentive for students!


What is your favorite Candy at Halloween?


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  1. anything in shape of a pumpkin is my dauthaghter’s keepsake, so thanks for this awesome idea.

  2. thanks I would love to see your creation if you want to send us a pick I will post it!!

  3. I’ve never done a green pumpkin before! THat is such a cute idea. I might have to copy this one! 😉

  4. I love this idea. We are not going to be home to hand out candy this year. I will have to make this to put on the porch.

  5. This is such a cute idea. I will have to make one for my house this year.

  6. That is such a cute pumpkin idea! I love how the kids can pick out their own candy.

  7. You are so creative. I love this idea and I would love to make this.

  8. This is a cute idea! Kids will love reaching into Frankenstein’s mouth for candy!

  9. Oh what a great idea! That is so fun. I’d love to have one of these for when I need a break from handing out candy.

  10. I absolutely love the Frankenstein Pumpkin candy holder! He’s so cute and he’d make the perfect centerpiece for our Halloween party room!

  11. This is so stinking cute and such a clever idea! I am totally stealing this and making one for myself.

  12. I love the Frankenstein pumpkin. It’s so cute, but I have a feeling my son wouldn’t put his hand in there, haha. He’s such a little scaredy cat.

  13. Hershey’s Cookies and Cream is yummy. This is a cute idea for a candy holder.

  14. This is such a cute way to leave the candy on the doorstep if you are out. Adorable.

  15. I think this is such a cute idea! I love the way it looks like it is puking up candy!

  16. This is a clever idea and simple to make! We won’t be home this year so it’s perfect for us!

  17. I bet the kids loved helping to make your new Pumpkin Candy Holder. What a fun way to give out treats this Halloween. I could see needing to make a few because everyone would want to decorate their own.

  18. That is VERY cute! You are so creative! My kiddo would love to do this!

  19. This is the cutest idea ever! I am going to make one for my kids.

  20. thanks so much Stacie, it was really fun to make

  21. That’s just about the cutest Halloween decoration I’ve ever seen. We’ll be making this for sure!

  22. Oh my word that is so cute! I’d love to make one or two of these. Would be perfect for Halloween, and for on the step. My kids would get a HUGE kick out of this!