No-Contact Trick Or Treating – Making A Self-Serve Pumpkin Candy Bowl

Halloween 2020 may look vastly different from previous years. As the pandemic continues, this oh-so-social holiday may be trimmed down to family get togethers, outdoor scavenger hunts, and virtual costume contests. Many people are wondering what to do about trick-or-treating.

The CDC ranks traditional door-to-door trick or treating as “higher risk.” One-way trick or treating is considered a moderate risk and can be accomplished by leaving candy outside, thereby eliminating the need for interaction with children and parents. An easy and fun to make option is the pumpkin candy dispenser, which allows for no-contact trick or treating or can be used as a party bowl for family get togethers. 

Creating A Pumpkin Candy Dispenser for Halloween

Creating a pumpkin candy bowl can be a quick, functional project or your creativity can kick into high gear. Here are the materials needed and the instructions.

DIY Pumpkin Candy Dish

  • One large pumpkin (May substitute plastic or foam pumpkin)
  • Bowl or container that will fit inside pumpkin
  • Carving utensil (or box cutter for plastic pumpkin)
  • Large spoon to scoop out pulp
  • Décor, if desired, such as lace edging, craft paint, googly eyes

Make sure the pumpkin’s girth is wide enough to accommodate the chosen inner container. Cut the top off about ½ way down. Alternately, cut a large hole in the side of the pumpkin like a candy dispenser or in the shape of a large mouth. 

Scoop out the pulp and seeds, removing as much as possible for a clean, dry surface. Insert bowl or container. Fabric can be used as a liner if a container is not handy. Decorate, if desired. Fill with wrapped candy.

For a no-contact trick or treating candy dispenser, fill the container with small treat bags filled with candy and a sign nearby to “Take One.” That way, kids won’t be tempted to rummage through the bowl, picking out their favorites and touching all the pieces. Refill as needed.

Happy Halloween!


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