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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Jeanette August 9, 2019 - 9:41 am

How can it be close enough to Halloween that we talk about it now LOL. This year has flown by and I really don’t like that. These are all such cute Halloween costumes. I wish I was this creative when I was younger.

Amber Myers August 9, 2019 - 11:35 am

Oh my gosh, what great ideas! These would be fun. We normally just pass out candy from the house.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy August 9, 2019 - 7:43 pm

There are so many cute ideas here. I found some awesome inspiration. My favorite is probably the gumball machine one – simple and adorable.

Theresa August 9, 2019 - 10:52 pm

I’ve been thinking about joining the trunk or treat at the church this Halloween. Now that my girls are too old for collecting candy, this would be a fun way to still get into the spirit of the holiday. I love all of the ideas you featured!

Joanna Clute August 9, 2019 - 10:59 pm

That looks like it is going to be a really fun Halloween this year! I love your ideas!

Brandy August 9, 2019 - 11:21 pm

I have never been a to a trunk or treat before, but I know friends who attend them. These are some pretty creative ideas. I love them so much and if I go to one this year, I will be sure to use your Ghostbusters idea, just because I loved that movie from the 80’s and the new one too 😉

Chef Dennis August 10, 2019 - 1:28 am

These trunk or treat ideas look really fun! Can’t wait for the Halloween to come!

Lynndee August 10, 2019 - 7:55 am

Halloween is here before we know it and those are such fun and adorable Halloween costumes. It is always delightful to see a whole family wearing costumes.

Kathy August 10, 2019 - 10:17 am

These are all such great ideas. I’m so excited for Halloween again this year. It’s one of my favorite days of the year. Always lots of fun doing trunk or treating too.

Ruth I August 10, 2019 - 8:34 pm

These are all lovely ideas! Trunk and treat sounds fun and safer, I would love to experience this!

Dhemz August 10, 2019 - 10:06 pm

wow, how pretty cool! I love all these ideas. I can’t wait for Halloween. Thanks for sharing!

Beth August 10, 2019 - 11:43 pm

These are some wonderful trunk or treat ideas! At first glance, I thought that was you in the Mary Poppins costume. I love the photos of you and your grandkids! It is nice that your family lives so close to each other.

Catalina August 11, 2019 - 1:38 am

I love the idea of trunk or treat. It’s so cool! I am sure that my kid will love it too!

rika August 11, 2019 - 4:04 am

Very cool ideas! My favorite is the emoji! I can’t believe that Halloween is coming up soon!

Rachel August 11, 2019 - 8:56 pm

That is a super fun way to do a pregnancy announcement especially at a church event.

Amy H August 11, 2019 - 9:37 pm

Such great ideas for Trunk or treats. Our school does one every year – Maybe this year I will participate

Melissa August 14, 2019 - 4:08 pm

These are great ideas for Trunk or Treating! Our church hosts an event so these ideas will come in so handy! Love the ghost busters idea!

Allen Delosa August 16, 2019 - 4:51 pm

Always a pleasure to read your content, seems you really do have a talent for creating great content!


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