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.

September 15, 2020
Reach In for a Treat

Reach In for a Treat

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Set your home apart from every other trick-or-treat destination on the block with this truly terrifying, low-touch treat station. All you need is a single-person pop-up tent and some simple craft supplies to DIY a one-of-a-kind monster for your front porch.

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Pop-Up Tent Turned Trick-or-Treat Station 01:57

Materials Needed

  • single-person pop-up tent
  • 4 yards faux fur
  • binder clips
  • pink feather boa
  • white bunting
  • duct tape
  • 2 large googly eyes
  • green craft felt
  • pink craft felt
  • scissors

Create Monster’s Body

Begin by unzipping the top portion of the pop-up tent and covering the tent with four yards of green faux fur cloth (Image 1). Use binder clips to attach the cloth to the tent, ensuring all sides of the tent are covered (Image 2). Next, drape the faux fur over the bottom half of the pop-up tent to finish off the base of the monster.

Craft Some Terrifying Teeth

Attach a pink feather boa around the opening of the tent with additional binder clips (Images 1 & 2). Using duct tape, secure white, store-bought bunting around the opening to create some terrifying teeth (Images 3 & 4).

Attach Eyes

Don’t forget the eyes! Secure a set of large googly eyes to the top of the tent monster using several pieces of duct tape (Images 1 & 2).

Attach Frightening Feet

Cut semi-circles out of two folded pieces of green craft felt to create some frightening feet (Image 1). Next, fold a piece of pink craft felt in half and cut out three toenails for each foot (Image 2). Attach the pink toes to the back of the green feet with duct tape (Images 3 & 4). Flip the completed foot over and tuck them under the tent’s bottom edge (Image 5).

A Frightening Finish

Install a plant stand or small side table inside the tent and top with a bowl of candy or other individually wrapped treats that little hands can reach in to find. Finish it off with a spooky sign and some festive florals and pumpkins (Images 1 & 2). After trick-or-treaters are gone, simply remove the teeth, fur and feet and pack it all up to use again next Halloween.

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