A Halloween Candy Jar is a unique way to decorate for the spooky holiday using all your favorite pretty, colorful candies. There are so many interesting types of candy at Halloween so it’s the perfect time of year to use your creativity to make this candy jar.
Key To Success #1 – Gather all the Candy
Here is a list of all the different candies I used for the above jar along with links to the products in case you are unfamiliar with them.
- Rolo chocolate candy – find it here
- Brach’s Mellowcreme Pumpkins – find it here
- Peeps Marshmallow Ghosts – find it here
- Brach’s Candy Corn – find it here
- Peanut M&Ms Ghoul’s Mix – find it here
- Peeps Marshmallow Pumpkins – find it here
- Reese’s Pieces – find it here
- Candy Corn Flavored M&Ms – find it here
NOTE: In 2020, Halloween Peeps are not available thanks to COVID-19.
We love the look of the Peeps in our Halloween Candy Jar but we had to get creative this year.
Introducing Mr. Pumpkin, the 2020 Halloween Candy Jar. Isn’t he so fancy?
I have to admit that his rock candy arms were a happy accident.
What’s in the 2020 Halloween Candy Jar?
- Brach’s Autumn Mix, chocolate-flavored candy corn only (the regular candy corn was used in our Halloween Pretzel Bites and the mallowcreme pumpkins were used in our Halloween Muddy Buddies mix)
- Reese’s Franken Cups with the green chocolate on the bottom standing on their sides with regular Reese’s Cups on top to make a smooth layer
- Nerds Rope for Halloween – two of these, one cut to fit the size of our jar
- Reese’s Ghosts
- Brach’s Candy Corn behind the ghosts to hold them in place
- Orange Jack-O-Lantern Chocolate Balls – These came from Walgreens and I cannot find a link online
- Creepy Cocoa Crisp M&Ms
- Rolo’s – Left these in the wrapper this year to show the pretty foil wrapper
- Reese’s Pieces
- Jack-o-lantern Lollipop for the pumpkin head – This came from Walgreens as well and I do not see a link for it
- Orange Rock Candy Lollipops – I purchased these and a couple of other Halloween suckers just to add some flair around the Jack-o-lantern’s face but these Rock Candy Lollipops looked so much like arms that I had to leave it!
I love how this Halloween Candy Jar turned out.
We have so much fun going to the stores to see what new kinds of Halloween candy we can find.
We actually found a lot of cute candy that wouldn’t even fit in our jar!
Key to Success #2 – Consider the Jar
You can really use any glass jar for this Halloween Candy Jar.
I think an apothecary jar or two or three full of Halloween candy would be a great centerpiece for your holiday decor.
I used a large glass jar that I already had.
I got it from Michael’s a few years ago and they don’t seem to have it on their website any longer but this one is similar.
You’ll want to look for a jar that has a nice, wide neck opening so that you can easily position your candy inside.
If you have a large jar, you can put an empty paper towel roll down into the center of your jar and put the candies around it.
This will leave you with an empty space in the middle of your jar and will save a little money on filler candy.
You can also use that empty space to put a few faux flower stems and make your Halloween Candy Jar look like a colorful vase for your fall flower arrangement.
Key to Success #3 – Ordered Chaos
One of the fun things about a project like this is using your creativity to create interest in your candy jar.
My kiddos helped me design the jar and we collaborated on which rows should be straight and which ones should be a pattern or which ones should be random.
With the Peeps Ghosts, we filled in the empty space behind them with extra candy corn.
This allowed the peeps to be pressed flat against the jar and holds them in place perfectly.
There’s really no right or wrong way to put it together. The rule of thumb is to do whatever you think looks best.
Use your creativity and have fun. This a great project to do with kids.
Parting Advice – Favorite Candy at the Bottom!
I say this sort of tongue-in-cheek but if you want to save your waistline this time of year, put your favorite candy on the bottom of the jar and your least-favorite on the top.
I put the Candy Corn M&Ms on the top and nobody has touched my candy jar. Haha!
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- 1 large glass jar
- 1 bag Rolo chocolate candy
- 1 bag Brach’s Mellowcreme Pumpkins
- 1 bag Peeps Marshmallow Ghosts
- 1 bag Brach’s Candy Corn
- 1 bag Peanut M&Ms Ghoul’s Mix
- 1 bag Peeps Marshmallow Pumpkins
- 1 bag Reese’s Pieces
- 1 bag Candy Corn Flavored M&Ms
- 1 bag mini marshmallows
- 1 bag chocolate chips
- Ensure that the glass jar is clean and dry, inside and out.
- Arrange candy in layers in the jar.
- Some rows may be lined up neatly and others may be put in more randomly for a different look.
- Mini marshmallows are an economical choice to place behind the Marshmallow Peeps to hold them in place.
- If using a large jar, you can put an empty paper towel roll down the middle of the jar so that you will need less candy.
- Use any candy that is colorful and would add interest to your candy jar!
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