Glow-in-the Dark Footprint Ghost Halloween Treat Bag

It may be a day premature, but Happy Halloween to those of you who celebrate.  We’ve been enjoying some of the local festivities here in Northern Virginia the last couple of weeks.  We’ve attended both the Air and Scare at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and the trick-or-treating event at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

We’ve also been engaging in some of our annual family traditions.  First off, Lil’ Man and Rocky dressed up in their matching costumes.  This year they dressed up as BFFs Snoopy and Charlie Brown.  In year’s past, they have been dragons as well as Captain America and Iron Man.

We also painted a couple pumpkins since Lil’ Man is always disappointed that the carved pumpkin never lasts long .  (I’ve tried dousing the past pumpkins in bleach and this year’s in vaseline, and they still seem to mold after just a couple of days.)

We’re not huge on sweets in our house.  Lil’ Man will eat a few candies here and there, but he quickly tires of them.  I always give him a little goodie bag of non-food items (usually a Halloween themed book).  Rather than go out and purchase a Halloween gift bag, I decided that Lil’ Man could decorate it himself.  glow in the dark footrpint ghost treat bag_edited-1


  • Black Paper Bag
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Fine Tip Paint Brush
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Paint (Optional)
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Googly Eyes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Glue
  • Glitter (Optional)


  1. Place your paper bag on a flat surface.  Apply white paint to your child’s foot with the foam paintbrush.   painted foot halloween treat bag
  2. Place your child’s foot, heal first, down on the paper bag.  The heal will be the head of the ghost and your child’s toes should be at the bottom of the bag.  Be sure to press down on each of your child’s toes.  Gently lift your child’s foot off of the bag.  footprint treat bag
  3. Wipe the paint off of your child’s foot with baby wipes or a wet paper towel.  Allow the footprint to dry to the touch.
  4. If desired, use the smaller paintbrush to apply glow-in-the-dark paint.  The more layers of paint, the stronger the glow will be.
  5. Once the paint has dried, have your child glue on the googly eyes.

    googly eyes glitter
    We added a moon and the word “BOO” to our bag.
  6. Use the black paint to add a mouth.
  7. If desired, add glue and allow your child to add glitter to the bag.

If a footprint ghost isn’t your thing, you can always make a footprint Frankenstein or candy corn, or you may want to consider a handprint pumpkin.  Have fun painting and thanks for stopping by!

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