5-Minute Outdoor Lights

Have you ever hosted an outdoor event and realized after the sun went down that you needed more lighting? Then you’ll love the outdoor lights I’m sharing today which take less than 5 minutes to assemble and help you avoid the problem we experienced one dark and not-so-stormy Halloween night.

By the time the full moon rose on All Hallows’ Eve, J and I were in complete darkness. It was the first time our church had hosted a Trunk or Treat and it hadn’t occurred to them to rent more outdoor lighting since the parking lot had lights. We all learned a valuable lesson that night. Parking lot lights do not light up car trunks!

Here’s our Old MacDriver’s Farm trunk momentarily lit up by my camera’s flash:

Old MacDonald's Farm Trunk or Treat by Piggy Bank Parties | Trunk or Treat Idea | Halloween Trunk or Treat | Turn your trunk into Old MacDonald's Farm for Halloween!

Except for the taillights and a flashlight we shined on the candy pail, we were in complete darkness. Since that pitch-black Halloween, I’ve incorporated outdoor lighting into all of our nighttime festivities especially our Trunk or Treat trunks!

For our recent Magic Trick trunk, I added lights around the base of the magician’s hat to mimic the footlights around a theatrical stage. Click on the right side of the photo below to see how well these magical lanterns lit up our trunk at night.

Once you gather the supplies, you can assemble these outdoor lights in less than 5 minutes!

5-Minute Outdoor Lights: Paper Lantern Footlights by Piggy Bank Parties | Trunk or Treat Lights | Halloween Outdoor Lighting | Light up your outdoor event in less than 5 minutes!


Piggy Bank Parties received free product samples from Oriental Trading for purposes of this post, but the opinions are 100% all mine.

1: ADD BATTERIES AS DIRECTED

5-Minute Outdoor Lights: Paper Lantern Footlights by Piggy Bank Parties | Trunk or Treat Lights | Halloween Outdoor Lighting | Light up your outdoor event in less than 5 minutes!

2: ASSEMBLE LANTERN USING PACKAGE DIRECTIONS

5-Minute Outdoor Lights: Paper Lantern Footlights by Piggy Bank Parties | Trunk or Treat Lights | Halloween Outdoor Lighting | Light up your outdoor event in less than 5 minutes!

3: TURN ON LIGHT

5-Minute Outdoor Lights: Paper Lantern Footlights by Piggy Bank Parties | Trunk or Treat Lights | Halloween Outdoor Lighting | Light up your outdoor event in less than 5 minutes!

4: SET LANTERN ON BUCKET

5-Minute Outdoor Lights: Paper Lantern Footlights by Piggy Bank Parties | Trunk or Treat Lights | Halloween Outdoor Lighting | Light up your outdoor event in less than 5 minutes!

HANK’S HINT: The weight of the battery pack keeps the lantern from blowing away. However, you can add rocks, sand or rice to the bucket then secure the lantern to the bucket with clear packing tape. Keep in mind, the tape may tear the lantern when removing it.

5-Minute Outdoor Lights: Paper Lantern Footlights by Piggy Bank Parties | Trunk or Treat Lights | Halloween Outdoor Lighting | Light up your outdoor event in less than 5 minutes!

5: PLACE LANTERNS AROUND YOUR STAGE

5-Minute Outdoor Lights: Paper Lantern Footlights by Piggy Bank Parties | Magical Trunk or Treat Lights | Halloween Outdoor Lighting | Light up your outdoor event in less than 5 minutes!

5-Minute Outdoor Lights: Paper Lantern Footlights by Piggy Bank Parties | Magical Trunk or Treat Lights | Halloween Outdoor Lighting | Light up your outdoor event in less than 5 minutes!

I love how easy these are to assemble and the wow factor they added to our Magic Trick trunk. The glow from the outdoor lights is magical! Wouldn’t they look dreamy lining a walkway or around a patio or deck?

I’d love to see the outdoor lights you create! Tag your photos on social media with @piggybankparties or #piggybankparties and we might feature you!

Some links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. These commissions help to support our blog and allow us to offer you fresh content and free downloads.

DISCLAIMER: During inclement weather, use at your own risk and discretion. Paper lanterns and batteries don’t mix well with precipitation.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE…

5-Minute Outdoor Lights: Paper Lantern Footlights by Piggy Bank Parties | Magical Trunk or Treat Lights | Halloween Outdoor Lighting | Light up your outdoor event in less than 5 minutes!

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *