Best Trunk or Treat Ideas Including Ghostbusters

by Alli

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Trunk or Treat is one of my favorite fall activities. I love to get all dressed up, DIY my trunk and hand out candy to the kids. I’m always gathering the Best Trunk or Treat Ideas and I love sharing them all with you.

We have some amazingly creative people at our church and we all get together on Halloween night and throw a trunk or treat party. One family always volunteers to grill the hotdogs and hamburgers. We invite the community over for free food and trunk or treating.

I’m thrilled that my trunk or treat posts/photos have been featured on BuzzFeed and in Parents magazine – print and online. 

What is trunk or treat? It’s an alternative to trick or treating and is the perfect excuse to throw a huge party for the community. The participants DIY their trunks and the kids go from trunk to trunk to grab some candy or goodies. 

The adults like to dress up and get in on the action too. Keep reading to see my trunk and my outfit. Hint: My character doesn’t have superpowers. She does have strength, speed, and flexibility. 

Best Trunk or Treat Ideas

Let’s get this party started with some amazing DIY Trunk or Treat Ideas.

Mary Poppins

Just a spoonful of sugar does make the medicine go down. These Mary Poppins peeps (aka my daughter and son-in-law) are the cutest. 

Mary Poppins Trunk or Treat

All you need are a few props and a faux fireplace and you’re good to go. 

Mary Poppins Trunk or Treat


Ghostbusters Theme - Trunk or Treat

I have to give a shoutout to my middle daughter and her family (my grandkids) for taking the Ghostbusters theme to the max.

Ghostbusters Trunk

They rock an amazing DIY theme every single year. I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!


Emoji Trunk or Treat

What would trunk or treat be without an emoji or three? These are adorable and so easy to put together. Check out those socks! Add emoji covered tablecloths and a few emoji pillows and you’re all set. 

Emojis theme for Trunk or Treat

How About a Nice Hawaiian Punch?

This couple always puts together the most unusual and genius trunk or treat. They went all out this year with a Hawaiian Punch theme. It took me a hot minute to figure this one out. But once I got it, I was super impressed. 

Hawaiian Punch Theme - Trunk or Treat

Isn’t that adorable?

Hawaiian Punch Couple

Gumball Machine

You can tell this lady is a school teacher. Everything is perfect when it comes to her DIY Gumball trunk. It’s so cute! 

Trunk or Treat Gumball Machine

Even the DIY apron is all about those gumballs. 

Gumball Themed Trunk

Mario World

Mario Brothers Trunk or Treat

This family always delivers (don’t they all?) and this one is no exception. This Mario World theme is always stylish. Who doesn’t love Mario? 

Mario World Trunk

Wash & Dry Laundry Day

Laundry Day Theme Trunk or Treat DIY

This laundry day scene is so creative! It’s a complete DIY that’s over the top amazing. Look at the “suds” spilling out!

Wash Day - Trunk or Treat Party

The Circus is in Town

Circus Trunk or Treat

Welcome to the big top – complete with a baby lion (aka my youngest grandson). This is adorable, right? Who wants popcorn? 

Come One Come All - Circus Trunk or Treat

Batgirl and Batman (AKA my husband and me)

Batgirl and Batman Trunk or Treat

Last year, my husband and I were John Smith and Pocahontas. This year we decided to be superheroes. It was so much fun! Check out more costume ideas.

Batman and Batgirl Collage

I really got into my Batgirl character. 

Batgirl Background Trunk or Treat

I ordered my backdrop from Amazon. It was easy peasy. I didn’t like the boots or cape that came with my costume so I ditched them for items that weren’t so flimsy. It works for me. (I’ve had the over-the-knee- boots for several years). 

County Jail

County Jail Trunk

The county jail trunk is creative and also featured “most wanted” posters. There’s also jailers with this one too. Click here for costume ideas.

DIY County Jail


DIY Legos Trunk

This DIY Lego Trunk is super creative and cute. I love how they made the legos with paper plates, boxes, glue, and paint. 


It’s always nice to have a nurse on hand, especially a nurse that has a great big smile. This is also a cute and easy DIY Trunk or Treat idea. 

Hospital Trunk or Treat

Pregnancy Announcement

A Trunk or Treat party is a great place to announce a new baby is on the way. This sweet lady’s husband was working so her bestie stepped in to help her announce the good news. 

Pregnancy Announcement Trunk or Treat

This is over-the-top original and a great way to let everyone know you have a blessing on the way. Of course, you do have to be pregnant for this one to work. 🙂 

Baby On The Way - Trunk or Treat


Trunk or Treat wouldn’t be complete without a Marvel character or two. Isn’t this a pretty family? Look at those big smiles. 

Marvel Trunk or Treat

Candy Land

This trunk was full of oversized DIY candy and lollipops! Of course, the real treats are these great big smiles! Giant lollipops are so easy to make. Learn how to easily make them using paper plates

Candy Land Trunk or Treat Ideas

We always have a fun time when we come together for Trunk or Treat! 

Trunk or Treat Photos

It doesn’t matter how simple or extravagant you go, trunk or treat is all about getting together with friends and family and making memories. Plus, it’s so much fun!

Having a blast at Trunk or Treat

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