For a fun DIY Halloween project, make some of your (or your kids’) favorite trick-or-treat treasures at home. Here are five of our favorite homemade Halloween candies.

OK, let’s get real about Halloween priorities. For a kid (and plenty of adults) they are as follows:

1.) Cool Halloween costume


This year, why not fully embrace this fact and have some fun making your own candy creations for your Halloween festivities? Going DIY on Halloween can be a fun party trick to show off to friends or a an awesome opportunity to spend time in the kitchen with your littlest helpers—on their level, bonding over one of their top priorities this month, sugar on sugar on sugar. Here are five simple homemade Halloween candy ideas to get you started.

Almond Joy Bacon


Got too much Halloween candy? (I mean, it could happen.) This 3-ingredient candied bacon makes an indulgent sweet snack that’s better than anything you’ll get at a neighbor’s doorstep. It’s delicious proof that when chocolate and sugar meet bacon… profoundly yummy things happen.

White Chocolate “Butterfinger” Bars

White Chocolate 'Butterfinger' Bars
Credit: Andrew McCaul; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

This seems crazy, but melting down candy corn, mixing it with peanut butter, and allowing it to re-set creates a near identical replication of the uniquely crisp, peanut buttery core of a store-bought Butterfingers candy bar. Kids will love making their own version of this trick-or-treat favorite to share with friends. We opted to coat ours in white chocolate and Halloween colored sprinkles, but feel free to go with a classic milk chocolate coating (or go dark chocolate) and decorate as you please.

DIY Gooey Gummy Worms

Gooey Gummy Worms
Credit: Oxmoor House

Oxmoor House

If you’ve got couple of little mad scientists at home, this is a super fun homemade candy project. If you happen to have candy molds at home, feel free to make your gummies in a variety of shapes—but if not, cutting an 8x8-inch pan-full into “worms” is an easy trick.

Candy Corn Fudge

Candy Corn Fudge

This chocolatey candy treat is a great way to put the most iconic, least legitimately enjoyed Halloween candy to good use. Because encasing just about anything in fudge makes it instantly more awesome. Not to mention, this is a really easy candy treat to whip up for a Halloween party.

Soft Apple-Cider Caramels

Soft Apple-Cider Caramels
Credit: John Kernick

Fair warning: This is a candy-making project better suited for grown-ups. But hey—we need candy too. And if you don’t believe in that truth, just try a homemade cider caramel. These chewy treats are like caramel apples in candy form, combining the tangy-sweet flavor of cider with buttery caramel. To create your own spin on them, use a flavored apple cider or add different spices, like ground ginger or black pepper.

By Darcy Lenz and Darcy Lenz