The new trend for Halloween is a Trunk or Treat! Decorate your car or SUV with one of these amazing Trunk or Treat Ideas and be the talk of your neighborhood, school, or church! Get into the Halloween spirit with one of these clever Trunk or Treat ideas to celebrate Trick or Treat!
What is Trunk or Treat?
Trunk or Treat is a relatively new idea that takes ALL of the running through dark neighborhoods out of trick or treating! A Trunk or Treat usually takes place in a parking lot, generally of a church or public meeting area of a town. Everyone shows up, pops the trunk of their cars or SUVs and decorates them in a variety of themes! It’s basically a big trunk party!
And instead of Trick or Treaters, you get Trunk or Treaters!
All of the kids can walk around to all of the cars and gather their candy in a short amount of time. Everyone has a great time at a trunk or treat event and it’s safer alternative than traditional trick or treating with treat bags (although I do love trick or treating!!) It has become very popular with churches, schools, and in neighborhoods where everyone wants to keep a closer eye on their kids. It’s truly an amazing idea.
Trunk or treats also make social distancing a breeze! You can keep cars and kids separated with a simple plan, plus offer hand sanitizer in high traffic areas. It is definitely a great thing to emerge out of the last couple of years.
My neighborhood is a popular place to go on Halloween night, so we decorate our whole house and have a great time handing out treats. But a couple of years ago I had my first chance to participate in a Trunk or Treat, and it was awesome! Everyone got into the idea of making some easy (but AMAZING!) Halloween car decorations, and it was so fun walking around and checking them out.
What do you do at a Trunk or Treat?
All of the participating cars and trucks park in designated spaces and set up their trunk or treat station. A lot of times these events are held in the church parking lot or another safe place in a local community.
If you live in rural areas, it is the perfect way to bring everyone together so the kids can get more treats without having to drive or walk around for hours at a time! I have also seen a bunch of families get together in their neighborhood and sit at the entrance so the kids can grab a ton of candy and then move on to the next block within walking distance!
It can be simple or as extravagant as the kids’ Halloween costumes – but I’m definitely a fan of amazing Trunk or Treat ideas! The kids that are trick or treating arrive during a given time and they walk around to each vehicle to gather candy. Instead of door to door it is trunk to trunk! You definitely want to plan on having a lot of candy if you are going to a large event!
Clever Trunk or Treating Ideas
A Trunk or Treat event can also be a fun idea for a contest! There can be awards for the most fun trunk, creative trunk, or best treat theme! An attempt to create the best trunk is a fun way to get the community involved in a safe environment for a fun event!
If you’ve got a car or SUV (or even a Truck or Treat) to decorate this year, look no further! I’ve gathered up some of my FAVORITE Trunk or Treat themes and ideas to give you tons of inspiration to have the best Halloween trunk decorations in the parking lot!
There are a ton of easy trunk or treat decorating ideas that you can adapt to make your own decor – so get excited and check out all of the amazing Halloween trunk decorating ideas below. There are simple decorations as well as creative themes that will blow your mind away! The entire family will love this Halloween activity because there are endless themes to explore!
Popular Trunk or Treat Ideas
There are so many Truck or Treat Ideas to be had, but these are some of my favorites! Some of my favorite themed trunks are movie related, but some of these trunk or treat ideas are unique (think: flamingos!) The most important thing to remember is to be creative! You might just end up with a yellow brick road or a Christmas trunk.
Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite Halloween movies and I used my SUV trunk to create a spooky scene with Halloween decorations I already had on hand, plus others that I crafted. I tried to get my black cat to pose for photos, but he wasn’t having it. Ha! These are some great trunk or treat decorating ideas for a parent group or group of adults, because you can wear costumes and create a scene that kids will love.
Harry Potter is the perfect theme for the car trunk. It’s a great way to show off your favorite parts of the book or movie series and is a VERY popular theme in recent years. It is easy to find family costumes, and Harry Potter sweet treats are such a fun addition to a great trunk. Definitely one of my favorite trunk or treat ideas!
How creative is this pirate theme? Some cardboard boxes can turn your own car trunk into a pirate ship, then add skeletons and a treasure chest for bonus points!
This “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” themed car trunk brings me all the nostalgic feels. Instead of traditional candy, I would give out a treat kit with chocolate rocks – then every kid could say “I Got a Rock!” as they walked away.
Have these ideas convinced you that maybe door to door Trick or Treating is a thing of the past? Don’t worry, there are a lot more trunk decorations for you to look at – keeping scrolling and get ready to hand out that candy!
Throw in some Christmas lights with this Toy Story themed trunk or treat and you would think you were right inside Andy’s room!
The best part about this amazing Alice in Wonderland theme is the huge playing cards! It’s really fun to use items that are unexpected and DIY!
This Elsa and Anna Frozen themed trunk or treat is a kid’s dream! Younger kids would immediately know and love this trunk, and it is a fun alternative to a traditional Halloween theme.
But then. BUT THEN…
Pazely & I stumbled across a Bob Ross costume at a local retail store–& it was over.
Pumpkin WHAT?! Orange WHO?!
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I included links to everything I bought so you can recreate this super hero theme for your own trunk-or-treat event! This took us about 10 minutes to set up and your kids will have fun with the Super Hero Skyline long after Halloween is over.
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This Mad Scientist theme is one of my favorite trunks to date – if you can get someone to play the part like my friend’s daughter did, you’ll definitely be in the running for best trunk!
I have a “No Tricks, Just Treats” Halloween invitation in the shop and really love it, so I thought that might be a fun theme to use for our Trunk or Treat.
A theme full of sweets and treats? Count me in!
So many great trunk or treat ideas can be brought to life with products from Oriental Trading. I love this Wizard of Oz Trunk or Treat complete with a yellow brick road leading to the car trunk full of treats!
Do all of these trunk or treat ideas have you wanting to plan your own trunk or treat event? Share your favorite themed trunk in the comments!