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Try Something Different this Halloween by Planning a Trunk-or-Treat Party!

Halloween probably ranks in the Top 5 favorite nights of the year for most kids.  They get to dress up in fabulous kids costumes, run from house to house collecting all kinds of sugary treats, and stay out way past sunset.  But for some parents Halloween is filled with more fears and frustrations than fun.  Whether you live in a rural area where houses for trick-or-treating are few and far between, live in a high traffic urban neighborhood where it’s too dangerous for the kids to be running up and down the streets, or simply want to plan an alternate activity for the kids at your church or school for Halloween then having a trunk-or-treat is the perfect option! 

Instead of having the kids running from house to house to gather their goodies, commandeer a local parking lot for the evening where everyone can park their cars and set up shop.  Sure, you can keep things basic and just set up a couple lawn chairs with a plastic pumpkin holder filled with candy for the kids to pick from, but let’s face it, that’s not much fun for anyone!  Instead, encourage everyone to decorate their cars for the occasion.  With an almost endless list of possible themes, you’re sure to have some creative cars at your trunk-or-treat!   Cater to every adult’s sense of competition and offer a prize for the best decorations, most creative, and funniest.  Since you’ll probably have lots of little ones attending, steer clear of the scary decorations though.  Extra points for anyone who coordinates their Halloween costumes with their trunk-or-treat decorations! 

Here’s some inspiration to help you get your trunk-or-treat decorations rolling!

- Sensational 70s - Don your favorite Go-Go Dress and leisure suit, throw some shag carpet down, hook up a disco ball and hang some peace signs and neon flower power decals.

- Pirate Ship - Create a sail and figurehead for your car, find a treasure chest to hold your candy bounty, perk your pet parrot on your shoulder and dress up a feisty buccaneer.

- Pumpkin Patch - Grab some hay bales and a few pumpkins from the local farmers market, create your own scarecrow, and dress up as a scarecrow. 

- Disney’s Cars - Use poster board to transform your car into Lightning McQueen, Mater, or any of the other characters from Radiator Springs!

- Santa’s Workshop - Put up a tiny Christmas tree, complete with decorations and Christmas lights, add a festive wreath, hang some candy canes from the roof and dress up with your sweetie as Santa and Mrs. Claus. 

- Mother Goose - Turn your car into your favorite nursery rhyme!  Whether it’s the beanstalk from “Jack and the Beanstalk” or the candy house from “Hansel and Gretel” there are endless nursery rhyme options out there to choose from. 

- Alice in Wonderland - Use stuffed animals to set up the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in your trunk, complete with a full tea set, mini cakes, and whimsical touches!  And of course you’ll need your Alice in Wonderland costume as well! 

- Wedding Trunk - This is great if you happened to be a newlywed.  Not only do you get another chance to wear your wedding dress (as long as you don’t mind it getting a little dirty while you’re having a good time in the parking lot with the rest of the trunk-or-treating participants!) but you can use some of those leftover wedding favors and decorations.  Cover your trunk with big white bows, some fluffy tulle, and as many silk flowers as you can stand. 

These are just a handful of ideas to get your creative juices flowing when it’s time to decorate your car for this year’s trunk-or-treat.  Whether you’re participating in your town’s annual event or want to start one in your area, you’ll soon find this is a great way to spend your Halloween!  The kids can safely collect their candy, have fun with all their friends and you can relax knowing you don’t have to worry about speeding motorists, jack-o-lanterns that might catch costumes on fire, or strangers prowling the neighborhood.  And you might be surprised when you have just as much fun planning your trunk-or-treating decorations as your child does planning their costume! 

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