Not-So-Scary Trunk or Treat Ideas

When celebrating Halloween, do you love scary and spooky or silly and sweet? After a traumatizing haunted house experience when I was 5, I’ve always been a silly and sweet Halloween reveler. It’s also the reason we always create not-so-scary Trunk or Treat themes.

If you’ve never heard of trunk-or-treating before, it is a safe alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating hosted by churches and schools in their parking lots on Halloween night. Participants decorate their car trunks in different themes then the kids trick-or-treat from car trunk to car trunk which is why it’s called Trunk or Treat.

It’s the ultimate Halloween tailgate! You can read my simple formula for creating a spectacular one here.

OLD MacDONALD’S FARM

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Back in 2008, we created our very first themed trunk—Old MacDriver’s Farm. Inspired by the song, Old MacDonald’s Farm, we inserted our last name in the title and sang it all night long to keep ourselves warm and the kids entertained.

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{circa 2008: Old MacDriver’s Farm}
That’s Old MacDriver singing, “Old MacDonald’s Farm” next to the Barnyard Buddies.

After the sun went down you could barely see our trunk…we decided to add lighting in 2009! [link to 5-minute outdoor lights post]

The thespian in me loves dressing up in costumes and playing a character.

FIFTIES DRIVE-IN

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{circa 2009: Driver’s Drive-In}
It rained last year so we all moved into the gym.
We added lights that year…car headlights, “EAT” sign and the arrow on the “Driver’s Drive-In” sign.

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{Grand Prize: “Best Trunk!”}
J was a HUGE hit! He flipped burgers all night–his arm was so sore the next morning!

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{Please excuse the horrible photo…the waitress wasn’t ready yet!}

I was the horn-rimmed, pony-tailed waitress named, “Trixie,” asking the kids, “May I take your order, Sweetie?” while blowing big bubbles!

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{Strawberry Shake and Hamburgers}
We each made our own props–a Strawberry Shake and Hamburgers.
Strawberry Shake materials: cup, straw, tissue paper and pink cardstock
Hamburger materials: cardboard, chocolate cardstock and tape

We taped the Strawberry Shake to my tray along with a plate. J flipped candy onto the plate and the kids took it off. A few tried to take the Strawberry Shake…they thought it was real!

This is just a taste of what’s to come! We went all out this year and took home our 2nd “Best Trunk” award! Can you guess what we were this year?
{Hint: Our logo was based on the Sugar Cookie Welcome Sign.

We’ll be back tomorrow with our 2010 award winning trunk!

About Do Driver

I'm Do (pronounced doe or dough) and half of the creative duo behind Piggy Bank Parties. I'm a Midwestern girl who loves crisp autumn days, snow drifts, dark chocolate, disaster movies, 70s game shows, clever puns and my hilariously adorable husband.

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