Let Halloween Candy Take You Into Thanksgiving

Countdown to Thanksgiving using Halloween Candy!

By Julie Follansbee, Publisher of Macaroni Kid Johnstown/Laurel Highlands/Altoona, PA November 11, 2021

It's over. The annual haul. Candy. Everywhere.

My child is very moderate in his candy consumption. Me, on the other hand? I have to disguise it so that I can't see it. This year I wanted to get a little more creative, so I came up with this idea to deal with the excess and decorate for Thanksgiving to boot!

Countdown to Thanksgiving


  • Candy
  • Paper cups (However many you need to get to Thanksgiving. Make sure that your candy fits inside the cups.)
  • Crepe paper or tissue paper in fall colors
  • Glue
  • Marking pen or number stickers
  • Small pieces of foam for turkey


This is super simple. Put a piece of candy in the cup. Cut the tissue paper into a square big enough to cover the cup. Glue around the rim of the cup and adhere the paper. Let dry and carefully write numbers on with a marker or use stickers.

You can make Thanksgiving Day into a turkey by adding a foam face, hat, tail, and wattle using popsicle sticks, crepe paper or foam. "Use what you have to make what you need" is my motto.

I displayed them as a centerpiece on a cake stand.

Each day, "break into" the cup by puncturing the tissue paper and then savor the treat.

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