Trunk or Treat Decorating Tips

Does your neighborhood or church host a trunk or treat?  Or are you sitting there asking yourself…what the heck is a Trunk or Treat?  Trunk or Treat events are one of the latest Halloween trends that lots of communities are embracing.  Think of it as a festive Halloween tailgate party where children “trick or treat” from vehicle to vehicle in a safe environment.

Trunk or Treat Double Double Toil and Trouble

We have participated in Trunk or Treat events for the past few years and our Double, Double Toil and Trouble display last year was so popular it even grabbed the attention of Better Homes and Garden!  Back in June an editor for BHG contacted me and wanted tips and pointers for participating in Trunk or Treat events.  I was thrilled to get my copy of the October issue of BHG and see Giggles Galore mentioned and my tips on page 24 of the October 2013 issue (although I was a little bummed to see they didn’t feature any of the pictures they asked for.  🙁


Trunk or Treat Witches Display

I thought I would highlight some the tips I shared with BHG with you, so here are my favorite Trunk or Treat tips:

  • Pick a Theme
    • Be creative and think of your trunk as an extension of your costume.  If you are dressing up as a witch, your trunk is the witches apothecary cabinet filled with creep specimens and devilish delights.
    • Use items you already have on hand.  If your son had an Angry Bird party this summer – use all the decorations to jazz up your car.
    • Recycle items or give them a quick makeover with spray paint, remember a tricked out trunk doesn’t have to be expensive.

Angry Birds Trunk or Treat

Image Source: Ten23 Designs

  •  Think Outside the Trunk
    • Decorate both the trunk and the area in front of your car, use this space as an extension or your theme.  Include games that match your theme or incorporate your chairs into your them.  Beach theme?  Lay down beach towels, beach chairs and sand toys to really set the scene.
    • Offer something unique in addition to the candy.  Last year for our Double, Double, Toil and Trouble witches theme we served homemade root beer in a giant cauldron and it was a huge hit!  Toys are also a great alternative to candy and you can find affordable bulk options through websites like Oriental Trading.
    • Include music to match your theme, you can easily play it through the car stereo and it adds another level of interest to your display.

Candy Land Trunk or Treat

Photo via Pinterest

  • All Tricked Out
    • Use crates or cardboard boxes to elevate your trunk display.  Just like any amazing party you want to create visual interest and varying heights to draw the guest in.
    • Incorporate lighting so everyone can see your hard work when the sun goes down.  Buy battery operated rope lights or if you can, plug them into a power source in your car.
    • Remember to keep it age appropriate for the kids who will be trick or treating at the event.


Photo via Piggy Bank Parties

Trunk or Treat events are fun for the whole neighborhood or community, they feel like a festive tailgate…but with way more character and fun!  I’ll be back later this week with another great trunk or treat theme, I can’t wait to share it!


Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.


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  1. WOAH! These are awesome. This whole trick or trunk thing is something I’ve never seen (where have we been??!?!)

    Love these!

  2. We did Trunk-or-Treat when we lived in the country and it was too far to walk to neighbor’s houses, but the trunks never looked as awesome as yours!

  3. Wow! Haven’t heard about this yet but it looks so much fun!

  4. Great tips! Our church always does a Trunk-or-Treat and I love your decorations! Will have to do something similar!


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