13 Trunk-or-Treat Ideas You Can Easily Pull Off

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Getting ready for Halloween fun? If you’re considering doing a Trunk or Treat instead of going door to door this year, you’re going to want to have an arsenal of the best themes for trunk-or-treat around.  Whether you’ve got time to crafty, or if you’re scrambling to decorate your car at the last minute, we’ve got something frightfully fantastic everyone. From a Cookie Monster trunk-or-treat theme to easy trunk-or-treat kits you can buy, scroll down to see 14 of our favorite trunk-or-treat decoration ideas.

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Disney Car

Everyone loves a Disney-themed trunk-or-treat idea! Try this popular one out.

Happy Campers

Set up camp at your Trunk-or-Treat! The campfire is especially fun! 

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Deonna Wade

Dead of the Dead

How colorful is this Day of the Dead trunk-or-treat theme? With a few paper garlands, blankets, pumpkins and a sugar skull or two, you can easily pull this off. Get all the details over at Deonna Wade

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Party City

Party City Kits

If you want to go big, but want to find all the supplies in one spot, check out Party City’s Themed Trunk or Treat Kits. You’ll find Trolls, Spiderman, classic Halloween and Frozen 2 kits, and they all include balloons, serving bowls, streamers and more!


Keep It Easy

While we love all the unique ideas we’ve found so far, sometimes buy the ready-made kit makes more sense (and keeps us sane). Target has already released their Trunk or Treat decor, and while you might not win any awards, the kids will have just as much fun. 

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An Alli Event

Practically Perfect in Every Way

We love this detailed Mary Poppins trunk or treat idea, spotted over at An Alli Event. The faux fireplace adds the perfect chimney sweep touch, and with costumes like these and a few props, you too will be ready for any event. A spoonful of sugar optional!

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Dandelions and Daffodils

It’s a Jungle Out There

Roar into the trunk or treat with a jungle theme. Round up a few stuffed animals and fake plants. Then, add a finishing touch with a DIY wooden sign and an adorable tiger cub. Bonus: theme-worthy cozy animal costumes are perfect for fall weather. Check out Dandelions and Daffodils for more wild inspiration.

An Alli Event

Gumball Machine

This DIY gumball machine trunk or treat idea is one we can chew on. We love that it coordinates with an easy apron costume and that it doesn’t take much more than fabric, paper, and puff balls. Take a closer look here.


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chickflix via instructables

Who You Gonna Call?

Poster board is put to use along with a diaper wipe box, PVC pipe and Hazmat stickers to make this ghostbusting containment machine. Add a proton pack made from Tupperware odds and ends and plenty of cans of black spray paint, and the ghosts and ghouls will have met their match. Who you gonna call? Just head to Instructables for the detailed how-to.

Just Keep Swimming

The genius of this Finding Nemo-inspired trunk is turning the pumpkins into clownfish. With a blue background in the truck and a hand-painted Dory, the stage is set. The tissue paper decorations add a pop of coral color.

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An Alli Event


Here’s an easy trunk or treat idea that will pop! Fill the car with yellow helium balloons accessorized as minions, and you’ll be all set with a despicable display. You could also use blue balloons for an aquatic bubbly underwater scene or multicolored ones as gumballs.

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Bat Cave

A cave is the perfect Halloween backdrop whether you’re a monster, ghoul or bat. The stalagmites and stalactites for this bat cavern are made from styrofoam attached to the open trunk with paper bats hung on a string or attached with toothpicks into the foam. Head to Tikkido for the details.

For the Love of Felt

Cookie Monster

A great Cookie Monster Trunk or Treat just requires the right color blue. This version from Love of Felt uses a wooden frame, a black fabric mouth, brown felt cookies and poster board eyes. You can also have the open trunk as the mouth, blue fabric stretched in place, styrofoam balls for eyes and cookies made out of cardboard.

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The Great Pumpkin

Peanuts for peanuts! This trunk uses dollar store props and well-crafted cutouts to create a low-budget Halloween scene—Linus sitting in wait for the Great Pumpkin. This clever Charlie Brown comic strip scene used plastic pumpkins, burlap to line the trunk, some fall fabric placemats and faux leaves plus a poster board Linus and welcome sign. Head to Lynlee’s for all the details.


—Taylor Clifton, Oz Spies with Emily Meyers


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