Halloween Ideas

How to Make a Candy Corn Pinata for Halloween

Halloween swings into action with this candy corn piñata. Party guests large and small will enjoy taking a shot at this treat-filled decoration.

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Materials Needed:

  • 2 pieces of poster board
  • scissors
  • awl or screwdriver
  • painter's or masking tape
  • candy and small toys
  • flour paste (recipe below)
  • newsprint torn into 1" strips
  • yellow tissue paper
  • orange tissue paper

Print and Cut Out Templates

Print 2 sets of templates (8 pages total) and tape them together to make two candy corn shapes. Cut out the shapes and place them both on a sheet of poster board with a few small pieces of tape to hold them in place (Image 1). Trace around the cut-outs and remove templates (Image 2) then cut candy corn shapes from the poster board (Image 3).

Begin Constructing the Form

On another sheet of poster board, measure and cut 2 strips that are 3" wide and the length of the poster board (Image 1). Place the strips end-to-end to create one long strip, securing the seam with tape on both sides of the paper (Image 2). Starting with the point of the candy corn, attach the strip to one of the candy corn shapes. Press the strip up against the edge of the shape and apply tape at 2" to 3" intervals (Image 3). Tip: This is only meant to hold the shape in place until the papier mache is addd. Overlap the ends of the strip at the candy corn's top and secure the overlap with tape.

Fill Piñata

Use an awl or screwdriver to poke 2 small holes in the center of the overlap area (on top of the piñata) about 1-1/2" apart (Image 1). Feed a zip tie through the holes making a loop on the outside for hanging with the closure on the inside or the piñata. Fasten the tie just enough to be secure (Image 2). Next, add all your candy and small party favors to the piñata (Image 3) and tape the other candy corn shape in place, just as you did the bottom (Image 4).

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