Easy Trunk or Treat Ideas Including Mine

Will you be participating in Trunk or Treat this fall?

If you’re not familiar with Trunk or Treat, it’s trick-or-treating done from parked car to parked car in a parking lot. Does that make sense? We always have ours in a big field behind our church campus.

Are you looking for the best Trunk or Treat ideas? I've got all my favorites today on the blog. Click the photo for trunk or treat ideas or save for later.

Our church always includes Trunk or Treat as part of our fall festival and the kids love skipping from car to car and gathering goodies. This year, trunk or treat will kick off at 6:00 PM, followed by carnival type foods. The main event is an hour long family-friendly magic show. The best part? It’s all free and it’s one way that we give back to our community. Everyone’s invited!

The one big question is, “How will I decorate my trunk this year?” To help you with that decision, I’ve listed some quick and easy ideas from last year’s fall festival.

There were so many great ideas, but these are the ones that were near my SUV and I took quick pics between the groups of kids coming by. I hate I didn’t get photos of them all, but I couldn’t leave my trunk unattended.

 Easy Trunk or Treat Ideas

 1.  Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster - Top Five Trunk or Treat Ideas

My daughter and son-in-law got into the Sesame Street vibe and channeled their inner Cookie Monster. Of course, they gave out cookies to all the kids who stopped by.

True, it took a little time to draw, cut out and paint Cookie Monster. Didn’t they do a great job?

2.  The Cat In The Hat

Top Five Trunk or Treat Ideas

Who doesn’t LOVE The Cat in the Hat? This was a huge favorite with all the kids.

3.  Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights - Trunk or Treat

My son and his fiancee decided to go all out and create an Arabian Nights theme. It was easy to do with draping and the kids thought it was cool. (Check out the crooked mustache!)

4.  Star Wars

Star Wars - Trunk or Treat Ideas

My youngest daughter and her husband decided to let the force be with them and picked their favorite theme – Star Wars. You just need black fabric for the background, star stickers and hanging Star War thingamabobs.

5.  Minions

Minions - Trunk or Treat Ideas

Are these not the cutest Minions ever? Brandon and Ashley hit a home run with this one! They dressed up their kids and themselves in Minion costumes. They gave away Minions’ balloons. They added the faces to the balloons themselves and this one was a big hit also.

My Minions Cupcakes pairs perfectly with this trunk or treat idea.

Mango Peach Cupcakes


6.  It’s a Zoo in Here (Mine!)

It's a Zoo In Here - trunk or treat ideas

I dressed as a bumble bee (sorry/not sorry/no photo) and pimped my ride with a zoo theme. Dollar Store curtain rods serve as cage bars. Blow-up animals, cutouts and banners are all from Oriental Trading. It’s one of my favorite places to shop. Oriental Trading has great prices and lots of trunk-or-treat ideas. Click here for some great ideas!

My favorite SNICKERS and other Mars bars are what I always give out. Hey, it’s one time a year, so live on the wild side. All of the animal blowups (there were lots more) went home with the kids.

7.  Doc McStuffins

Trunk or Treat - Doc McStuffins

Doc McStuffins is in the house . . . or near the trunk. Marilyn is a headstart teacher. She LOVES kids and it shows!

8.  Santa and His Elves

Santa and His Elves - Trunk or Treat

Santa stopped by with a few of his elves to hang out with the kids. The trunk (sorry, no photo) was decked out in Christmas cheer. After the event, Santa and his crew took off for the North Pole.

Another cute idea is to have a camping theme. One couple brought their portable fire pit and made S’mores for every child who stopped by. They made a whole lot of S’mores.

Even More Great Trunk or Treat Ideas

Check out my latest trunk or treat ideas, including The Wizard of Oz and Jurassic World.

The Wizard of Oz - Best Ever Trunk or Treat Ideas

To find even more Trunk or Treat ideas, click here and here. My friend, Shirley, created this awesome candy cottage. I may “borrow” her idea this time around.

Trunk or Treat Ideas

Whether you go big or small, the kids love them all.

Have you ever participated in Trunk or Treat? How did you dress up your trunk?

P.S. – Parents Magazine featured one of my Trunk or Treat photos in their October edition!

Trunk or Treat

 Trunk or Treat


About Alli

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  1. How cool is this??? I just moved to my new location in March, so, this will be my first Halloween in my new hometown. I still have to find out what they do. But, may have to suggest this if they are into it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love that! I always try to do some sort of decorating at Trick or Trunk, so it’s not just me and my boring car. LOL
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  3. Untill about four years ago I never even heard of trunk or treat. I love all your creative ideas they look better than what I would ever come up with.
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  4. What fun customs! Looks like a good time was had. I can remember doing this when my girls were young.

  5. So much fun. I love the Minions and Star Wars. They are all such cute ideas.

  6. We have trunk or treat at my kids’ school. I’m not sure what we’re doing yet this year but I always come up with something!
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  7. What super cute trunk or treat ideas, I will surely have to look to see if I can do some of these here locally. Love it! The minions are my favorite 😉
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  8. What cute ways to dress up your trunk!! I know my kids love to trunk or treat for Halloween!
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  9. I am in love with all these Trunk or Treat ideas. I think is really cool for families to participate together. I will have to say that the Arabian Nights and the Minions are my favorite.

  10. Oh these are so clever! We’ve never done this. I think it’s awesome to see people being creative with their themes.
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  11. Pam Wattenbarger says

    Our church does Trunk or Treat and I am not creative enough to come up with a fun theme on my own. These are all awesome ideas!

  12. these are all so cute and creative! makes me want to decorate the house for halloween now and really all of the holidays now that we are in the season!
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  13. When we lived in the tulsa area, trunk or treats were everywhere. I missed them in Central Arkansas and now Kansas. The star wars one is my favorite!
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  14. This is so awesome. I’ve never heard of this anywhere close to where we live. But I think its a wonderful idea. I would love to find one near us! These are such great ideas all super adorable!

  15. These are great trunk or treat ideas! I think the minion idea is my favorite!
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  16. These are such great ideas! I love the ZOO themed one! My kids would go crazy for that!
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  17. Alli, your zoo is my favorite and they are all so awesome! Isn’t Trunk or Treat just so much fun! When else can grown ups deck out their vehicle and dress up and hand out goodies to children. It’s such fun. Thank you so much for the shout out and link back too!
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  18. I’ve been wanting to do a Trunk or Treat for a really long time. Now that my son is in a private Christian school I finally get my chance. I’m going all out, but I need to get me a theme. I’m thinking Star Wars because he is in middle school so it can’t be baby. lol
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  19. I have never participated in a Trunk or Treat! Looks like a lot of fun for all! 🙂
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  20. I have never been to or done a Trunk or Treat, but now you have me itching to do one of my own. Those are some truly amazingly creative ideas.

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