12 Best DIY Halloween College Care Package Ideas

Send a Little Love from Home!

by Nancy Reynolds

This post: 12 Best DIY Halloween College Care Package Ideas

Is there a college student out there who doesn’t absolutely love receiving care packages from home? Seriously, even fickle teen boys love ’em (even if they’d never admit it)!

With Halloween just around the corner, now is a great time to start pulling together a few (inexpensive) and fun items to fill your Halloween care package! Whether you send Halloween candy and trinkets or a new fuzzy pair of socks and homemade treats, make your favorite college student feel SPOOKTACULAR by sending them a heartfelt package from home! 

Stumped on what to put in your college student’s Halloween care package? Here are a few fun ideas!

  • Fall or Halloween Candy
  • Their Favorite Snacks
  • Cozy Socks
  • Halloween Decor to Decorate their Dorm/Apartment
  • Fall-Scented Candle (only for college apartments – dorms don’t allow candles)
  • Anything Orange like Cheetos, Goldfish, Fritos, Cheez-Its, Orange Crush Pop, etc.
  • Monster drinks
  • Ingredients to Make S’Mores
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Coffee or Tea 
  • Coffee Mug / Tea Cup
  • Insulated Tumbler
  • Gift Cards
  • Halloween-Inspired T-Shirt
  • Pictures of Your Pet in a Halloween Costume
  • Any Homemade Treats
  • Hot Cocoa Mix with Marshmallows
  • Slippers
  • Reminders of Home (Personal Letters, Pictures)
  • Soap, Make-Up, Perfume or Cologne
  • Silly Halloween Trinkets
  • String Lights
  • Books
  • Comfy PJs
  • Adult Coloring Book
  • Stress Ball
  • College Spirit Wear (T-Shirt, Sweatshirt, Hat, Stickers, etc.)

Don’t forget to ship your package with this fun “LOVE, MOM” downloadable care package shipping label you can purchase on Etsy for only $6! ORDER HERE!

(Just download on sticker paper!)


12 Best DIY Halloween College Care Package Ideas


EYE Miss You!

I made this silly care package for my son who’s a freshman in college and he flipped! I picked up the extra-large googly eyes from a craft store (JoAnne’s Fabrics), bought all fall-colored snacks and Halloween trinkets and lined the box flaps with scrapbooking paper and free clipart I found online. I also added a few fake cobwebs just for fun. It was so easy and it was a blast to make! 


The 13 Days of Halloween

Such a clever idea! Wrap your favorite college student in plenty of love from home by adding 13 fun gifts to their care package! The gifts don’t have to be elaborate or expensive gifts – just trinkets, snacks or something silly you know they’d love! 

Source: Just Helen HERE


Witch Way to Candy

Black construction paper decorated with a white chalk pen transforms this box into something really spooktacular! It’s easy and quick if you’re short on time (or creativity), but it still makes a big statement! Fill with everything your college student loves! 

Source: Simply2Moms HERE


I’m Going Batty Without You

If you’re going a little batty without your college student (don’t we all when they first leave?), this fun Halloween care package is for you! Plenty of cute and creative ideas to mimic here and nothing is too expensive. 

Source: Pinterest


Zombie Crossing

Send your favorite college student special treat boxes from home. How about some freshly made cookies from home or homemade trail mix to snack on while they’re studying? Whether you look for fun stickers or craft paper to decorate your box or you create your own on CANVA, (it’s FREE, too!)  you can have a blast creating a special care package for your student. 

Source: Flikr


It’s Scary How Much I Miss You

Purchased letters at the craft store make this box easy to assemble! Then, add everything scary including their favorite Monster drinks, trinkets and, of course, plenty of snacks because we all know teens and college students are always hungry! 

Source: @jazz8813 on Pinterest


Some Mummy Love You

Show your favorite ‘Boo” just how much mummy loves them with this adorably fun and spooky DIY care package. The googly eyes really make this box fun and they’re cheap and easy to find at any craft store. 

Source: Pinterest


Grabbing the Chance to Say… Trick or Treat Yo’Self

We all know (most) college kids are so busy keeping up with college life that they don’t take particularly good care of themselves. Well, this care package is not only fun, it’s filled with everything your favorite college student needs to pamper themselves just a bit. Their favorite tea, spa essentials, delectable chocolate, etc.  You can recreate this look yourself or download the printables at Almost Empty Nest HERE!


Everything Orange Halloween Care Package

Give your Halloween care package a theme by walking the aisles of the grocery store (or any other store) and picking up anything orange your child might like! From Cheez-Its and Starburst to Gum and a can of Orange Crush soda, the sky really is the limit on what you can include. 

Source: Pinterest (Source Unknown)


Trick or Treat Box Brimming with Treats

What makes this care package so amazing is the work that went into it! Each small item was wrapped individually in such a special and fun way! Simple orange and black construction paper lines the sides along with store-bought Halloween stick-on words, ghosts and bats (you’ll find them at any craft store) to decorate the box. So easy to recreate! 

Source: Pinterest


Taffy Apple Care Package

If you’re short on time, you don’t have to make your Halloween care package over the top. Really, anything small that lets your child know you’re thinking of them will be appreciated! This one is super fun – just a few small items tucked in the box along with a couple of delish Taffy Apples – who could resist? 

Source: Smashed Peas and Carrots


“You’ve Been Booed” Bucket

When it comes to DIY Halloween college care package ideas, you can pretty much do anything you want! No one says you have to go to great lengths to decorate a box. Do what they did here and use a black bucket or you can put a few things in a large Halloween-inspired coffee mug. Shop the Dollar Store for inexpensive containers that won’t break the bank!

Source: Crazy Little Projects

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