Halloween Care Package Ideas for Your College Student

Sending your college student 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.)

It’s time to step up to the big leagues when a special occasion is in play. Here are ideas for a Halloween care package with small treats and seasonally-inspired presents.

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Halloween college care package ideas

College students love Halloween. Whether away at school or taking classes at home, give them a little lift by celebrating this holiday with a festive care package. Here are some fun ideas and for more Halloween shopping, here’s the Amazon section with even more to choose from.

Candy and snacks

Wicked Good Cupcakes

wicked good

Your college student will love getting a box of cupcakes in a jar to enjoy and share with roommates and hallmates. Available in dozens of flavors, including caramel apple, pumpkin spice, carrot cake, red velvet, and more.

Chocolate Candy (Amazon)

If you’re sending candy, make sure to buy in large quantities, like this big bag of chocolates so that they can share.

Cookies by Design Cookies


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?


Jacko Lantern (Amazon)

jack o lantern

A big light-up pumpkin is perfect for your kid who LOVES Halloween. This one is battery-operated and makes spooky sounds, too.

Halloween String Lights (Amazon)

Halloween string lights

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 a dorm room, like these signs (Amazon)

Fun signs for a dorm door.

Yellow Caution Tape (Amazon)

caution tape

Another instant decoration, yellow tape, is a classic for Halloween decor.

Glow-in-the-Dark Wall Stickers (Amazon)

These may never come down, even after Halloween is long gone.

Yoda Chia Pet (Amazon)

chia pet

While not exactly a puppy, this cute Chia pet will thrill Star Wars fans.

Costumes and Halloween-ready outfits

Masks (Target)

Halloween masks

Target has many adult masks, from the elaborate to the minimalist.

Face Make-Up (Amazon)

face masks

This makeup set looks perfect for artistic college students who want a unique Halloween look.

Inexpensive Wig (Amazon)


These come in a dozen colors and are well-priced for Halloween.

OPI Black Nail Polish (Amazon)

black nail polish

OPI black polish is a nice touch for this semi-scary season.

Jacko Lantern T-Shirt (Amazon)


Halloween t-shirt

Wear jeans or leggings, add this T-shirt, and the costume’s done.

Carhartt Beanie (Amazon)

Carhartt hat

A Carhartt beanie may be one of the only hats our teens will actually wear when it gets cold outside. They come in dozens of colors, but a bright orange would be great for the fall.

Notes to Self Socks

orange socks

This is one of our favorite sock companies for two reasons — the socks are cushioned without being too bulky, and each has a different inspirational word. “Brave” seems pretty perfect for Halloween 2023.

Halloween Pajama Pants (Amazon)

Halloween pjs

These Halloween pajamas are super cute and look super comfortable!

Orange Slippers (Amazon)

Slippers are ideal for walking around in a college dorm or apartment. Get orange to go with the theme of fall and Halloween.

More gift ideas

Halloween Mad Libs (Amazon)

Halloween mad libs

I hope our kids never grow out of having fun with Mad Libs, and this one, for Halloween, is perfect for a college care package.

Halloween Stickers (Amazon)

Stickers are fun for college students because they can put them on their water bottles, laptops, notebooks, and more.

Pumpkin Spiced Lotion (Amazon)

pumpkin spice lotion

In the fall, lotion is necessary as the cold can dry the skin. This lotion can be used on the hands and body and is enriched with shea butter, cocoa butter, pumpkin oil, and clove oil.

Pumpkin Cupcakes Gentle Foaming Hand Soap (Amazon)

pumpkin cupcake foaming soap

College students can always use more soap, especially in a suite-style dorm or apartment. This Bath and Body Works gentle foaming hand soap is a sweet autumn treat of baked pumpkin, whipped vanilla frosting, and golden honey.

Pumpkin Face Mask (Amazon)

pumpkin face mask

A great way for college students to decompress is by treating themselves to a spa-like face mask. This one is made with pumpkin enzymes.

Jack Black Lip Balm (Amazon)

lip balm

When the weather turns cold, lip balm is necessary, and Jack Black is a top brand for guys, although ANYONE would love a set of these lip balms in a reusable tin.

Pumpkin Treats Hand Sanitizers (Amazon)

pumpkin sanitizers

Hand sanitizer is always useful for on-the-go college students. This bundle of pumpkin sanitizers is great for the autumn season.

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About Madeleine Korn

Madeleine Korn is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating, she worked in marketing for a cybersecurity company for a year and a half. For the past year, she has been traveling the world while volunteering in hostels. Starting this fall, she will be teaching English in Spain. To learn more, here are her social media accounts: TikTok and Instagram. She loves writing and creating videos and really enjoys working for Grown and Flown!

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