Guess what? This year, it may not be your kids you’ll be dressing up for Halloween. It could be your car! That’s right, there’s a really cool alternative to traditional trick-or-treating that will still let the little ones do the rounds of candy collecting—but safely. It’s called Trunk or Treat!
Instead of your front porch, the star of the set-up is a vehicle with a large, roomy trunk. Ideally, a minivan. That way, you can deck out the whole car in Halloween decorations, load the trunk with a stash of treats, then park the van right at curbside. Ready for the neighborhood youngsters to walk over or drive by.
But wait! How do you decorate your car in proper Halloween style? Wait till you see the creative examples below to rev up your ideas! (*this post contains affiliate links)
Halloween Car Costume Ideas: Props to Buy, then DIY
"Some assembly needed." That’s the secret to these car costumes we found. They actually bring together ready-made Halloween decorations, add DIY ones, and assemble them all in an appealing display!
Black Cats & Monsters
In place of goblins, witches, and skeletons, consider a black cat "car costume" (2 – via Amazon), a 3-eyed monster display (3 – from Crowning Details), or a Monster City motif (4 – from Fronie Mae Bakes). Not-so-scary, but certainly striking! Check out the giant googly eyes, jagged teeth, a black table cloth or even trash bags—combined with monster garlands, treat bags, and balloons.
Boos & Balloons
For a look that’s more festive than frightful, see how you can incorporate a ready-made "Boo!" sign and Halloween cutouts (1 – available on Amazon), along with paper party fans and a fun fringe. Or a "Boo!" pumpkin sign and metallic "Eek!" balloon (6 – seen on Cutefetti) topping up a trunkful of balloons and a pumpkin tub of treats!
And Yes, Pumpkins!
Halloween can get heartwarming, too. Why not a trunk display inspired by Charlie Brown’s "Great Pumpkin" Patch (5 – found on Pinterest)? Hand-drawn cutouts, improvised "ghost" treat holders, and a stuffed toy Snoopy complete the cute scene.
Hurry! Just weeks to go till Halloween. Time to get that Minivan Trunk or Treat display ready to roll!
And if you’d like even more inspiration for DIY decor add-ons, see what we’ve got here: