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Trunk or Treat 2016 Decorating Ideas for Parents with No Extra Time

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In order to save my own sanity, I’ve learned when it is time to D.I.Y. and when it is time to B.U.Y. — and it was never more evident than when I had to get trunk or treat decorations up in a flash, with no time to spare. Looking for trunk or treat decorating ideas or themes for 2016? If you’re finding yourself stretched for time, here’s a five minute, easy Trunk or Treat idea for your car or truck that takes Halloween party decorations to a whole new level of ease. 

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Trunk or treating is a recent trend that’s an alternative to door-to-door trick or treating. Have you heard of it? Community groups, neighborhoods and even some churches who support Halloween are offering trunk or treat as a safer way to let kids show off their costumes and collect candy.

Typically, folks decorate their car trunks and convene at a designated parking lot. Think of it as a modern day wagon train! As kids make the rounds, parents can visit— while doing a little candy quality control! I’’ve included some pictures of a trunk or treat that I did, using a spider theme.

Trunk or Treat Ideas
The huge white spider web made it easy to see and Madam (that’s what I call her) has tons of little spiders ready to crawl over and out of the trunk.  There’s also a spider on the black (painted) pumpkin. Horrifying? Yes, if you hate spiders—but not too scary!
Spider Pumpkin for Trunk or Treat Halloween Decorations
Sound like something you might be interested in trying? Here are four tips to help you decorate for a trunk or treat:

1. MAKE YOUR TRUNK OR TREAT DECORATIONS PORTABLE

It’s fun to decorate your car trunk—and quicker than embellishing an entire house—but go for a simple design. Once you pull into the parking lot you want to be able to flip open the trunk, quickly set things up and be ready to receive your visitors.

Spider Themed Trunk or Treat Halloween Decorations

2. LET THERE BE LIGHT

Bright colored decorations will complement the typical dark interior of a trunk so you might want to keep that in mind as you decide how to embellish your trunk. Dark interiors can add to the creepy vibe, but it would be a shame if no one could see your decorations…or worse…if you couldn’t find the candy! Glow sticks add just enough spooky illumination. Depending on your decoration theme, lanterns give a nice glow, too. Stick a flashlight in the corner of your trunk, just-in-case.

3. MAKE YOUR TRUNK OR TREAT WEATHERPROOF

October weather can be fickle. Secure decorations so gusts of wind won’t carry them to Kansas. Thwart potential rain by using waterproof décor. Bungee cords will keep the trunk partially open without allowing a shower to spoil the goods. An experienced mom will probably take an umbrella.

4. MS. HOSPITALITY

Consider taking a pack of water bottles and a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee to share. If the group you are joining is sizable, it might take a while for the kids to make their rounds. Unless you don’t mind standing, take a couple of folding chairs with you.

Don’t forget! Take pictures. Hide some of the candy when you get home…and don’t forget to brush your teeth!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.