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?
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. And if you’re throwing a Halloween party, check out these easy and inexpensive Halloween games as well!
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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.
The huge white spider web made it easy to see and Madam (thats what I call her) has tons of little spiders ready to crawl over and out of the trunk. Theres also a spider on the black (painted) pumpkin. Horrifying? Yes, if you hate spidersbut not too scary!
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
Its fun to decorate your car trunkand quicker than embellishing an entire housebut 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.
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 couldnt 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 wont 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 dont 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 dont forget to brush your teeth!
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