If you happen to drive by a parking lot on Halloween and see a bunch of cars dressed up in costumes along with the trick-or-treaters, you may have just witnessed a “trunk-or-treating” in progress. Not sure what trunk-or-treating is? It basically brings Halloween from the uncertain streets to the safety of church and school parking lots, turning the backs of cars, minivans, and SUV’s into the new front porch.
When I was a little girl there was no such thing as trunk-or-treating. It was when I started having kids of my own that the idea really started catching on, but back then it literally was JUST trick-or-treating from car to car…nothing exciting (unless you count the excitement of the kids who got loaded up on candy without having to do a lot of walking!)
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Nowadays the trunk-or-treating idea has been taken to new levels with lots of people giving as much thought to dressing up their cars as dressing up their kids! I whole-heartedly endorse this idea!
Kaitlyn writes…………. I’ve known about trunk-or-treating since I was a little kid but I’ve never actually been participated in it. I had no idea until recently just how much work people put into the designs for their trunks! I’ve seen so many fun ideas floating around the web the past few weeks that I couldn’t resist rounding up some of my favorites. I also tried my hand at a super easy and inexpensive trunk decor idea for inspiration!
For my own trunk I took inspiration from Jillee’s DIY spiders and went for a simple spider web theme. Other than Jillee’s spiders and the pumpkins, I found all the supplies for my trunk at my local dollar store. But when I was there yesterday they were taking down the Halloween decorations to put up Christmas stuff. So if you still need Halloween decor you might want to hurry!
I started with some fake spider webs. I only needed one package to cover the whole trunk because it stretches out so much! I attached it to the car with scotch tape. Then I added some fun purple glitter spiders and some small black plastic spiders.
I hung some plastic spiders on the door with twine. The ones I used actually light up and will look great in the dark!
Then I topped it off with Jillee’s spiders, some mini pumpkins, a spider gravestone, and a big bowl of candy. The whole thing probably took 20 minutes to set-up and cost less than $20. Now that’s my kind of holiday decor!
Keep scrolling for more fun ideas for your trunk-or-treat!
Such a clever and easy idea to turn your trunk into a giant mouth. I love how they put the candy bucket at the end of the tongue!
Wizard of Oz
This would look especially darling if your whole family were dressed up as characters from the movie! The props might be a bit time consuming to make but would be practically free if you used cardboard from old boxes.
I wish I could figure out how these folks shaped Cookie Monster’s head! I think it looks fantastic! It would be fun to have the kids reach into his mouth to get their candy.
I just adore this idea! I bet little kids would go crazy over all those balloons!
Another fun “Up” car!
Talk about an inexpensive decor idea! Who doesn’t have a yard full of leaves this time of year? I especially love the woman dressed up as a rake.
Such a creative idea! If you have Toy Story obsessed kids this would be super easy.
I’ve seen quite a few “Cars” ideas on Pinterest. It’s really the obvious choice when all you have to do is add eyes and a mouth to your car. And it would be a great photo op for the kiddos!
I couldn’t resist this one since Harry Potter is my favorite book series of all time! It looks like this couple was able to repurpose a lot of things from around their house to create a fun Harry Potter scene!
I can’t get over how cute the pig, mouse, and spider are! I could be wrong, but it looks like they are all made out of painted pumpkins!
This theme works perfectly for a trunk-or-treat. Just fill the chest with candy instead of treasure. Bonus points for chocolate coins!
What a perfect idea for a black car! Just use repurposed pool noodles for the whiskers!
Even if you don’t have all these cute Disney stuffed animals, a Mickey Mouse car wouldn’t be difficult to execute with some dollar store plastic tablecloths.
This picture had me laughing out loud! I love the blow-up pool with the fake ducks floating around.
Minions are all the rage right now! This is another trunk that uses table cloths as a base.
This would be so easy with cardboard boxes and some construction paper!
If your neighborhood doesn’t do door to door trick-or-treating, just bring your house/yard to the trunk-or-treat!
I love how simple this one is! Wear a black and white striped shirt and use some inexpensive PVC pipes to create bars for the jail cell.
Little Red Riding Hood
I may have picked this one just for the adorable puppy, I also love how everything in this photo looks like it was found around the house. You can’t beat free decor!
I thought this was so creative! You could add lots of white balloons as bubbles.
Another practically free idea if you have camping gear on hand. I especially love the fire with the candy in the middle!
This has to be the most clever idea I’ve seen! It’s so cute with the matchbox cars all lined up!
You have to click on the link below this photo! The details on this Halloween bake shop are to die for!
Such a creative idea! This car is the perfect shape for a toaster.
This would be so inexpensive to execute! Spray paint or cover old boxes in brown paper. Print out some bird faces and use balloons for the pigs.
I love the idea of being caught in a giant spider web!
Another super simple idea! This family used toilet paper to create this mummy.
This one is perfect if you have a sandbox you can borrow from and you haven’t put your beach toys away for the season!
This is probably my favorite one of the whole bunch. I think this drive-thru idea is so clever! And you could really make it any restaurant you’d like.
I had to include this one since Britta recently did a fantastic DIY Lego costume!
I love how this family used blue balloons to create water!
Have you participated in trunk-or-treating? What was your favorite idea?