When my daughter went to college and I was faced with an entire calendar year of holidays she’d miss out on, I knew there was only one solution: I’d have to get the holiday to her.
Sending your college kid a quick, surprise care package box with a few random snacks, or mailing an actual card at random intervals throughout the year is always appreciated (getting actual mail is ridiculously exciting for them.)
When a special occasion is in play, it’s time to step up to the big leagues. Here are ideas for a Halloween care package with both small treats and seasonally-inspired presents, too.
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Halloween college care package ideas
College kids love Halloween. Regardless if they are away at school or taking classes at home, give them a little lift by celebrating this holiday with a festive care package.
Candy and Snacks
If you’re sending candy, make sure to buy in large quantities, like this big bag of Hershey’s chocolates so they can share with everyone around them.
If you’ve not seen the wide array of bar and snack options that KIND offers, take a look now and create a custom snack care package with our favorite brand of health bars.
You might know Cookies by Design for their cookie arrangements of large, iced sugar cookies, but did you know they also deliver red velvet, chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut, and oatmeal raisin plus decadent chocolate and millionaire cookies?
A big light-up pumpkin is perfect for your kid who LOVES Halloween. This battery-operated and makes spooky sounds, too.
CorningWare Mug with Ventilated Lid
CorningWare stoneware mugs can go in the microwave, dishwasher, freezer or oven. Plastic lids are BPA free and are perfect for dorm microwave cooking. Comes in sets of two so your student can share with a roommate.
String lights are one of the easiest types of instant decoration for a dorm or bedroom. If for the dorm, make sure they are allowed.
Lightweight décor for dorm room, like these signs
Fun signs for a dorm door.
Another instant decoration, yellow tape is a classic for Halloween decor.
These may never come down, even after Halloween is long gone.
While not exactly a pandemic puppy, this cute Chia pet will thrill the Star Wars fans.
Costumes and Halloween-ready outfits
Target has a large selection of adult asks from the elaborate to the minimalist.
We saw teens create incredible artwork during the spring and summer as they were locked down during the pandemic. This makeup set looks perfect for artistic college students who want a unique Halloween look.
These come in a dozen colors and are well-priced for Halloween.
OPI black polish is a nice touch for the holiday.
Jack’O Lantern t-shirt
Wear jeans or leggings, add this t-shirt, costume’s done.
This adorable jumpsuit from Athleta can be dressed up or down. Adding a jacket will keep your daughter warm on Halloween and throughout the fall.
More gift ideas
I hope our kids never grown out of having fun with Mad Libs and this one, for Halloween, is perfect for a college care package.
Allbirds is our favorite brand of shoes and NOW, they sell running shoes for men and women. This color is called “burst” – it might just be our new favorite hue.
Herschel also makes these fitted, adjustable masks with pockets for filters. Here are just some of the colors available.
This is our very favorite sock company for two reasons – the socks are cushioned without being too bulky and each one has a different inspirational word. “Brave” seems pretty perfect for Halloween 2020.
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