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Candy-Filled Headstones




Only brave party guests dare disturb the tasty contents of these graves. The candy-filled headstones are mini black paper bags placed in a tray filled with black sand; for the harrowing how-to, see below. Beside the graveyard, candles float in "blood," made by tinting water with red and blue food coloring.


  • Template
  • Black paper bag
  • Candy
  • Glue
  • Stamp with white ink


  1. Step 1

    Download templates and cut out, or draw your own.

  2. Step 2

    Trace top edge underneath the opening of a 2 3/4-by-5 1/2-inch black paper bag, available at crafts stores; cut out.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp message in white ink on bag. Fill with candy; seal with a glue stick.

Martha Stewart Living, Volume 143 October 2005



Reviews (2)

  • Valentina Fiorillo 21 Sep, 2012

    I'm making these as we speak for our neighborhood halloween festival for kids to take home after the festivities. I'm using grey bags, and taking a sponge and blotting them with dark grey/black paint for a more stone-like finish, and some green accents with the sponge for a mossy look. :) Tons of fun. You have to make these.

  • HeideCan 17 Nov, 2008

    Really, these are very easy and quick to make. Great for co-workers, party event, friends that come by or you go and visit. We used several different messages (ie; roommate wanted, bored to death, i see dead people, darrell b moore, estelle hertz, etc)...