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

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You’ve landed on your pumpkin carving design, bookmarked the easy Halloween treats you’ll whip up, and stocked the kids’ shelves with the appropriate Halloween books. All that’s left is deciding if you’re doing a Trunk or Treat instead of going door to door this year. If you do opt to go the Trunk or Treat route, you’re going to want to stand out with one of the best themes around. Whether you’ve got time to be crafty or you’re scrambling to decorate your car at the last minute, we’ve got the best trunk-or-treat ideas from super simple to frightfully fantastic. Feeling extra inspired? Entertain your pint-sized visitors with some cackle-inducing Halloween jokes and kid-friendly ghost stories.


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Disney Car

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

Happy Campers

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

Dead of the Dead

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Deonna Wade

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

Party City Kits

Party City has Trunk or Treat kits
Party City

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 Hocus Pocus, Super Mario Bros., and classic Halloween kits, and they all include balloons, serving bowls, streamers and more!

Related: Easy Halloween Decorations You Can Make for About $5

Practically Perfect in Every Way

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An Alli Event

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!

It’s a Jungle Out There

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Dandelions and Daffodils

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.

Gumball Machine

An Alli Event

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.

 

Who You Gonna Call?

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chickflix via instructables

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. Just head to Instructables for the detailed how-to.

Related: The Most Popular Halloween Costumes for Kids in 2022

Just Keep Swimming

The genius of this Finding Nemo-inspired trunk-or-treat idea 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.

Minions

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An Alli Event

Here’s one of those easy trunk-or-treat ideas 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.

Bat Cave

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Tikiddo

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.

Cookie Monster

For the Love of Felt

A great Cookie Monster trunk-or-treat theme 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.

The Great Pumpkin

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Lynlee’s

Peanuts for peanuts! This trunk-or-treat idea 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 a welcome sign. Head to Lynlee’s for all the details.

 

 

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