Spooky Swap: Turn Your Lemonade Stand Into a Halloween Treat Station

Some purple and black paint mixed with a little glitter give an outdated lemonade stand a makeover just in time for the spooky season. Use this Halloween treat stand as a dessert and drink bar, or as a fun, interactive way to hand out Halloween candy.

September 15, 2020
Turn an old lemonade stand into a creepy self-serve candy bar this Halloween.

Spooky Trick-or-Treat Lemonade Stand for Halloween

Turn an old lemonade stand into a creepy self-serve candy bar this Halloween.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Lemonade stands, though a blast in the summer, tend to become dust collectors once fall rolls around. Rather than toss it to the curb, put all your effort to work again by transforming your out-of-commission lemonade stand into a full-service Halloween treat stand.

Spooky Halloween Candy Stand
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The Lemonade Stand "Before"

How to Build a Perfectly Portable Lemonade Stand

When life gives you lemons, make…a lemonade stand.

Now, Spook It Up With Paint

Give your lemonade stand a magical makeover. Mix glitter additive with purple paint and coat two wooden crates (Images 1, 2 and 3). Set the crates aside to dry and repeat the process using black paint and glitter on two additional crates (Image 4). While the crates dry, use the black glitter paint to coat a 3-foot 1x12 board and two 4-foot pieces of 1/2-inch dowel rod, and allow to dry (Image 5).


Once all components have dried, it’s time to assemble your terrifying treat tower. Stack the crates in alternating colors and directions (Image 1). This will provide two crates facing inward for storage and two facing out for treat display. Once set, place the 1x12 board on top (Image 2). Attach a 1/2-pipe strap on each side of the stand and slip the dowels into place (Image 3).

Add Signage

Top your scary stand by suspending the Halloween-themed banner of your choice between the dowel rods and filling it with loads of terror-filled treats (Images 1 & 2). We chose to double-down on the super scary theme with a DIY pennant banner that reads "TRICKS." For our treats, we served black "poison" candy apples and spooky black lemonade served up in beakers for an extra level of fright (Images 3 & 4).

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Halloween Dessert: Candy-Covered Apple Pops

Kiddos will love this fun treat that uses leftover Halloween candy to decorate dipped apple slices. Serve these handheld desserts at your next Halloween party or whip some up with the family after the trick-or-treating is over.

Halloween Dessert: Jack-o'-Lantern Candy Bucket Cake

Inspired by the classic pumpkin-shaped candy carrier, this treat-filled Halloween cake is a not-too-spooky yet oh-so-fun way to ring in the season. The round jack-o'-lantern shape is made easily from two bundt cakes stacked together and frosted.

Halloween Dessert: Witchy Cauldron Brownie Bites

Double, double toil and trouble! Bewitch your party guests with these two-bite, bubbling brownie cauldrons. Short on time? Use a family-size boxed brownie mix in place of our scratch-made recipe.

Monster Mash-Up: Turn a Pop-Up Tent Into a Trick-or-Treat Station

Use ectoplasm-green faux fur and basic craft supplies to transform a pop-up sports tent into a monstrous candy station perfect for socially distant trick-or-treating.

Halloween Party Recipes: Witches' Teeth and Custard Cups

Full of fall flavors, these treats are scary good!

Halloween Treat: Candy-Coated Ghosts and Jack-O'-Apples

Looking for a fun Halloween project to do with the kids? Well, look no further! These candy-dipped apples look just like a friendly jack-o’-lantern or ghost and are as much fun to decorate as they are to munch. 

Halloween Dessert: Spooky Fruit Tray With Toasted Marshmallow Dip

This year, take a healthier approach to Halloween and celebrate with a tray of spooky-cute fruit. Toasted marshmallow fruit dip is the perfect accompaniment, and with only two ingredients, it's easy to make.

Halloween Dessert: White Chocolate Pretzel Ghosts

Fun and friendly ghost pretzels are salty-sweet, poppable party treats! Arrange them on a tray or add them to a big bowl of party snack mix. The large and small candy eyeballs can be found at most craft stores or ordered online.

Halloween Dessert: Marshmallow Spider Web Doughnuts

Serve up some creepy-crawly fun this Halloween with these purple candy-dipped doughnuts covered in marshmallow "webs." A spider candy mold is needed for this recipe and can be found at most well-stocked craft stores and online. You can also use ready-made gummy spiders for an easy shortcut.

Marshmallow Jack-o'-Lantern Cookies

These little jack-o'-lanterns are as cute as they are tasty. Placed on a chocolate wafer for crunch, these soft marshmallows can be made several days ahead of your Halloween party. But they're so irresistible, you'll need to hide them.

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