Halloween Popcorn Hands

Remember how awesome Halloween was in elementary school? Everyone got to dress up and wear their costumes to school, which was basically the coolest thing ever. We couldn’t wait to show off our awesome costumes to all our friends. There was a little parade where we proudly strutted around the school, flaunting our festive costumes like models in a fashion show (your costume was always way better than anyone else’s). My favorite part was the little classroom party, which always meant food. Those PTA moms would bring in cupcakes, cookies, and all kinds of fun Halloween treats. We kids feasted like pigs. I especially enjoyed these days because my mom was one of those moms who brought treats in. Her Halloween specialty was Popcorn Hands.

For as long as I can remember, these scary treats have been creeping in around Halloween time. My sister and I both brought them into class parties and they were always the star of the show. My mother got pretty good at making them over the years, and she taught me how to make them too. It’s a tradition I never grew out of. I still made these for Halloween parties in high school. They’re always a hit. Adults and kids alike love ’em. The best part is they’re really easy to make.

I guarantee these buttery hands will make all the ghouls and goblins at your Halloween party smile. They’re festive, slightly creepy, and ideal for party snacking!

A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:

  1. The gloves you use for this are not latex; they are a clear, thin plastic. They can be very tricky to find, but I’ve heard you can get them at Walmart, and you can always order them online. My advice is to stock up when you do find them. That’s what I’ve always done. That way, when next Halloween rolls around, I know I’ve got them on hand!
  2. You could make these in bulk to hand out to trick-or-treaters. It’d be a welcome change from the typical candy!
  3. The best part about receiving these tasty hands is that, when you’re done eating, you’re left with a little souvenir: the spider ring. It’s like the prize at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box!
  4. Make sure you let the popcorn cool completely before stuffing the gloves.

Popcorn Hands

by The Smart Cookie Cook

Makes 6 hands (feel free to double, triple, etc. as necessary)

  • 4 bags of microwave popcorn, popped
  • 6 clear plastic gloves (not latex)
  • 30 pieces of candy corn
  • 6 plastic spider rings
  • 6 twistie ties
  • decorative ribbon
  • sharp, thin knife


  1. Use the knife to poke small holes in the ends of each fingertip in the gloves. It should be big enough to fit the point of the candy corn through it, but small enough to hold it in place.
  2. Poke a piece of candy corn through each hole, creating a “fingernail” for each finger.
  3. Fill each glove with popcorn. Work the popcorn down into each finger of the glove. You may have to break the pieces in order to to substantially fill the glove.
  4. Tie the end of each glove with a twistie tie. Add ribbon for decoration, if desired. Attach a spider ring to the ring finger of each hand.

Nothing says “Happy Halloween” quite like Popcorn Hands!

Need more treats for your little monsters? Try these:

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Colleen Bierstine


  1. These are sensationally creepy. A good post to Freshly Press…and just in time for the spooky season.

  2. I really do mean this as a compliment: Those are incredibly creepy. One question, why not make a sweet popcorn that would stick together in a hand shape by itself (like holiday popcorn balls)? Calorie or health concerns?

    • Well, I imagine you could do that but it might be difficult. Molding a holiday ball is simple, but making a hand would be a whole different story. I’m not sure it’d be very malleable. It’s an intriguing idea though & sounds like a tasty one for sure! I guess I stuff the gloves because it’s easy!

      • My first thought when I saw these were that they were sticky sweet popcorn, too. Well, o.k., my first thought was ‘wow, that is cool!’ My second thought was that they were made of sweet sticky popcorn. Perhaps you could make it this way, using the gloves as a kind of mold, and then remove the gloves. The problem I guess would be removing the gloves without destroying the hand. I may have to try this out and report back….

        • The buttered popcorn is so much easier, which is why I make them that way. Plus, it’s a better alternative to all the candy and treats usually available @ a Halloween party. I imagine sweet popcorn could be a mess, but if you do try it, let me know!

  3. Those are AWESOME! My 4-year old son would be over the moon excited if we brought those to class on Halloween! Now to find the gloves…..

  4. What a great idea! My mom once made me a wedding cake costume. It was incredible!
    I’m Jewish and when I lived in Canada, we didn’t celebrate Halloween. Our coming-to-school-in-a-costume holiday was Purim, which falls around March. So in Canada, my classmates and I looked like weirdos being in a costume at that time. I loved Halloween because of all the horror movies that showcased on TV and in the theaters! :-)
    Have a happy and creepy Halloween!

    • A wedding cake costume?? That’s awesome! Hahaha I bet that was interesting with you and classmates being dressed up in March! Halloween is freakin awesome. Happy Halloween to you too!

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    • Although that wouldd be delicious, I don’t think it work very well. You’d have an impossible time squeezing those sticky treats into the gloves. You could, however, fill the gloves with Rice Krispie Treat Cereal. Ever heard of it? It’s not the same as regular Rice Krispies. It’s actually the treats broken up into cereal clusters! It’s hard to find nowadays, but Walmart always has it!

  7. These are literally awesome! They remind me a little bit of Halloween jelly hands that I saw someone making on the TV when I was a kid, only these look so much easier (and tastier!) to make! Really awesome post, enjoyed reading the recipe and seeing the finished product- such a fantastic and original idea!

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