Trunk or Treating Ideas with PrintableOctober 6, 2020
Trunk or Treat: A New Halloween Tradition that Works for Today’s Busy Families
If you’re new to parenting, the term Trunk or Treat may be unfamiliar. It’s basically organized trick or treating out of the trunks of people’s cars.
Parents, kids, and teachers drive to a designated parking area. Participants park, pop their trunks to reveal a Halloween cache of candies, and invite the costumed children to walk from car to car, picking up goodies from each trunk.
Trunk or treat is the perfect Halloween activity that works well for group organizations such as preschools, Sunday school, Hebrew school or CCD classes, mommy and me groups, scouts, or just an organized fall event sponsored by the town or city where you live.
It’s a great option for moms of toddlers or preschoolers who may not be ready for the long walk through the crowded and dark neighborhood on Halloween night.
Not that going door-to-door for gathering trick-or-treat candy has gone out of style, but there is something else that has certainly made its mark in recent years.
Trunk or Treating has become the activity of choice for getting people together to still enjoy all this season has to offer. Trunk or treats were initially started by a group of parents who wanted to give their children another option for gathering candy that didn’t involve knocking on stranger’s doors and asking for candy.
Since then it has turned into something that neighborhoods, schools, churches, and friends get together and do. It still keeps all the excitement of Halloween with kids (and parents) dressing up, decorating (the back of a vehicle), and snagging some yummy candy.
People have gone above and beyond with these get togethers and have even added other activities to the loop as well. With the current pandemic, these well-known gatherings are going to be at the top of everyone’s list, and rightfully so.
Perhaps you’d like to host a trunk or treat of your own… I have some amazing ideas to share with you, as well as a free Halloween Trunk or Treat printable to help you plan one with ease. Get these ideas and the free printable
Tips for hosting a Trunk or Treat event
Select a location where you’ll be able to arrange for a private, invite-only event. Be sure to obtain permission if the trunk or treat is to be held in a public area, such as the town’s municipal park or the school parking lot.
Send out an advance notice that a Trunk or Treat will be planned for a specific date, time and place during Halloween season. You can briefly explain what a trunk or treat is, for people who aren’t yet familiar with the concept.
Avoid hosting your Trunk or Treat at the same time as regularly scheduled trick or treating.
Let Trunk or Treat participants know that they will be expected to contribute wrapped candy treats to pass out to the children. Encourage parents to make their cars look festive using simple, low-cost Halloween decorations.
You can make it a contest, with prizes for scariest, silliest and most creative costumes, or Best Trunk Decorations.
Other Tips for Making Trunk or Treat fun and festive
- This is a great opportunity to clean out your car. Make sure the trunk is clear of clutter and you’ve vacuumed up the dust and dirt.
- If you don’t have time to empty your trunk, you can always throw a dark colored blanket over the clutter and add a few jack o’ lanterns.
- Find out how many guests are expected to attend, so that you’ll know how much candy to buy.
- Make sure treats are purchased pre-wrapped, for the safety of all.
Trunk or Treat decorating ideas
Encourage kids to help decorate the trunk of your car. Let them be creative and come up with their own, homemade decorations using recycled items from around the house. Ideas can include:
- Pumpkin painting and parent-supervised pumpkin carving
- Baskets of gourds and colorful dried corn
- Creepy creatures made from a modeling compound such as Play-Doh
- Spooky scene dioramas made from shoe boxes, popsicle sticks and cardboard tubes
- Haunted Happy Meal house
- Homemade ghosts cut out of old sheets and curtains
- Mini “hanky haunts” – little ghosts made from old handkerchiefs
You can also pick up these low-cost Halloween decorations at the dollar store or closeout shop:
- Battery operated strobe lights, battery powered “candles,” and flashlights
- Plastic bats and skeletons
- Light-up jack o’ lanterns (best to use flashlights or battery powered candles, not real candles)
Ideas for a Halloween trunk liner
- Vinyl Halloween tablecloth
- Black or dark-colored blanket
- Spooky Halloween themed sheets
- Burlap bags
Halloween Trunk or Treat Festivities
Have you attended any? What has your experience been with them? We have gone to many and really love them. People get pretty creative with such a small space for decorating their trucks.
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