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Trunk or Treat Kits – 10 Fun Trunk or Treat Ideas For Halloween

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Halloween is often a favorite holiday for all ages, especially children! Traditionally children dress up, grab their treat bags and start Trick or Treating. They go door to door to the decorated houses in their neighborhood while collecting candy.  However, there is a new Halloween trend that has emerged over the years, Trunk or Treat.  Read on to learn more about this event as well as how you can easily participate with one of these fun Trunk or Treat Kits below!      

What is Trunk or Treat?

A Trunk or Treat event is when vehicles park closely together, pop their trunks open and give out candy from them. But it is more than that! Participants can get very creative in decorating their trunk space.  Sometimes offering games and of course, treats!  There may also be contests for best-decorated trunk or costume.

Trunk or Treating is a wonderful alternative to Trick or Treating door to door.  Generally, parents attend these so their young children are in a safer environment.  It also reduces their walking distance and is just one location for parents to bring their kids to instead of many houses.

Usually, these events are organized by a parent group or a community organization and can occur on Halloween, during the day or sometime before the 31st.  Keep an eye out for one on in your area!       

Where do you host a Trunk or Treat?

Basically the biggest requirement for hosting a Trunk or Treat event is a safe and large space for multiple vehicles to park.  A parking lot is ideal!  Look into using a school, library or church parking lot.  Often these are not as busy on certain days, especially schools which are usually closed on the weekends.  It is important to use a parking lot that isn’t too busy and not under construction. Finally, if you are planning to host a Trunk or Treat, make sure you check for permits or ask for permission.

Ideas for decorating for Trunk or Treat

Now that you know what a Trunk or Treat event is, you may be wondering about ideas for decorating your trunk.  Check out these amazing Trunk or Treat kits below for some inspiration!

Halloween Themed Trunk or Treat Kits

Monster Party

This Trunk or Treat kit is not only vibrant but fun with a Halloween twist!  With the colorful and shiny luau skirt and cardboard monsters, your trunk will definitely be Spooktacular.  Little ones will be drawn to this fun Halloween display!

 Black Cat

We frequently think of black cats during the Halloween season.  So why not use that as your inspiration for your trunk!  This black cat Trunk or Treat kit for instance, will turn your trunk into a grinning black cat, ready to greet all the trunk or treaters!

Monster Trunk

Turn your trunk into a wide-mouthed, goofy-looking purple monster with this Monster Trunk or Treat kit!  Kids will love checking out this monster while visiting your trunk.  His tongue and teeth will certainly bring attention. In addition, play the song Purple People Eater and have a dance party!

Fun Trunk or Treat Kits (That Won’t Scare Little Ones)

Be Kind

You don’t have to choose a scary theme when decorating your trunk for Halloween.  Consider changing it up and spread a positive message with this be kind trunk kit.  The rainbow décor will brighten anyone’s day and bring some happy vibes to the event.  This kit also includes messages on how to be kind for your visitors to see.  A great way to inspire kindness!

 Dr. Seuss

dr seuss trunk or treat

A Dr. Seuss Trunk or Treat kit is the perfect way to add some literature-inspired fun to the event!  With colorful décor including pom-pom trees, this kit will in fact make your trunk pop.  Also, don’t forget the Cat in the Hat’s traditional red and white stripes! 

Baby Shark

baby shark trunk or treat

Pretty much everyone knows the catchy Baby Shark tune, so why not use that as a theme too with this Baby Shark Trunk or Treat kit?  Colorful coral, in addition to cute fish and a beautiful blue backdrop, will make you and your guests feel like you are under the sea instantly.  Dress up as Baby Shark for some added fun!


construction trunk or treat

This construction Trunk or Treat kit will certainly not scare young ones but excite them!  Many children are fascinated by construction sites and all the neat and large vehicles and tools involved. The kids will enjoy checking out the inflatable jackhammer and building with the cardboard cinder blocks found in this kit.  If you build it, they will come!

Candy Land

candyland trunk or treat

No one can argue that candy is a big part of Halloween.  Use this Candy Land kit to turn your trunk into a vivacious, yet also delicious-looking display!  Everyone will love this colorful and yummy theme. 

Character Themed Trunk or Treat Kits

Star Wars

This Star Wars-themed kit is great fun for kids.  With life-sized cutouts and a floor mat to lead your tricksters to the car, it’s got all you need for a Star Wards trunk or treat!

Marvel: The Avengers

avengers trunk or treat

This Marvel themed kit is especially super!  It is perfect for any Avengers or superhero fan.  It will for sure spark up some conversations if not debates on who the best superhero is.  Don’t forget to rock your favorite Avenger’s costume too.

Trunk or Treat Sign

And don’t forget to put up a sign letting the locals know about your event! You can create a custom one here!

More Tunk or Treat Ideas

Alternatives to candy at a Trunk or Treat

If you don’t want to go all out on the sugary treats, there are heaps of other great Halloween-themed treat you can offer. Check out our feature here to see our best alternatives to candy at Halloween!

Fun Trunk or Treat ideas – final note

Attending a Trunk or Treat event is an amazing addition or alternative to your Halloween plans.  If you plan to give out candy at one of these events, the above kits will help make it stand out!  You can also come up with your own theme.  Check out our parties for inspiration and most of all, have a Happy Halloween!      

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Jane Sheriff is the founder, creative director, party planner and mom of three. She started Darling Celebrations back in 2012 to share easy and beautiful ideas for celebrating the special events in life.

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