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We are having a "Trunk or Treat" at our church and I am in need of a cute theme to go by! I want it to be so my family can dress up like the theme!
Debra from Savannah, GA
Since it's being held at your church I'm assuming you don't want scary things like witches or vampires and the like. Our church has done this for several years, but they left the theme for the trunk decorations up to the individuals. Were you wanting an idea for your trunk or the whole event?
How about scarecrows? There are all sorts of ways to make a scarecrow and/or scarecrow costumes. We usually have a Fall theme for the event. That gives everyone a little more variety as far as costumes are concerned. We did the scarecrow thing once. I painted a large clay pot to look like a peice of candy corn with a silly face on it. We used it for the treats. We had a scarecrow sitting on the edge of the tailgate of our van. We had draped a dark blue fabric behind the back seat and make it look like the night sky (stars and moon attached). Then we put a bail of hay in the trunk and some pumpkins. It turned out really cute.
Another time we used a winter theme with stuffed snowmen and a small sled. We used that white sparkling cloth that they sell for under the Christmas tree to make it look like snow. Another person used a 1960's theme with all the wild colors and fabrics. You could be a "Flower Child". Those are just a few ideas. If you want more just contact me and I will be happy to give you some. Judy in Alabama
Our church is hosting a trunk or treat as well this year. And just this morning, my kids and I decided on a Noah's Ark theme. I'll cut a large ark shape from plywood, paint it up, mount it in the back of our van. I figure I'll cut an opening, like the door to the ark, for the kids to reach in and get the candy, stack dozens of stuffed animals on top. We're even going to take our pet rabbit ("kangaroo") with us for the kids to pet, if they like!
You could do something like this (even a zoo or farm theme, would work) and have your children dress up as different animals. Hope this helps! God Bless you & your family!
I've done trunk or treat a couple of times. This year, I'm decorating with a beach theme. It is really cheap if you alreay have beach/pool stuff that your family uses. I'm thinking colorful beach towels, beach balls, small plastic pool with beach pails and shovels (perhaps even filled with sand), big umbrella, fish cutouts hanging from my opened SUV back door. My husband and I are going to dress in "Hawaiian" garb and my 2 year old will be decked out in his swimsuit, pool shoes, sun hat, and will carry a beach pail as his treat collector.
I did the farm for my car. Then I was dressed as a scarecrow. I used stuffed animals and the kids loved it. Actually they wanted the animals more than the candy. This year I will have lots that I have been picking up from the thrift stores really cheap. Have fun. Let me know what you end up doing. uniquewonderone AT yahoo.com
We do Trunk-or-Treat every year at our church. Nothing scary. Just make it fun for the kids and each car has a small simple game. I put a sheet over a large piece of cardboard to have a flat surface over the back of my mustang and lined up my daughter's Care Bears with a Bible in front of them. It's a caring Bible study group.
Last year my theme was "Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus" and I decorated the back of van with all kinds of "SWEETS". I hung a pastel sheet from the ceiling and draped it over boxes to set a cake stand, platter of cookies, candy dishes, etc. I also made colorful "lollipops" out of paper plates and wooden dowls and "hard candy" with small balloons about the size of a softball wrapped with cellaphane. It looked like Candyland. I wrote the verse "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding" on the lollipops.
The first year we did Trunk or Treat at our church I decorated the back of my van in Christmas. We had a decorated small tree, lights, etc. I played a christmas cd in my cd player and my son dressed up in a santa costume and passed out the candy. This year I am decking my van out in the glow sticks that you snap. It will be dark and I will have them hanging everywhere. Should look pretty cool.
A friend of mine told me a woman at her church decorates her car with tons of frogs. The theme is Forever Rely On God - FROG. Some others have games for the kids to play to get the candy.
The Charlie Brown: Great Pumpkin is always a hit. You might even be able to get it on DVD and play it on the portable DVD player as the kids walk by.
Had a great time at trunk or treat last night. Some of the trunks were Hillbilly (had granny in rocking chair stirring pot with dry ice), Jonah and the Whale (car covered to look like whale, kids stuck their hand into tote of cooked spagetti and jello and tried to pull out Jonah), Indians (set up teepee), Cowboys (campfire with candles to be shot out by watergun), The Great Pumpkin (showed the movie and was decorated with lot of pumpkins) Lazurus (used truck bed camper to resemble tomb and performed small skit of Jesus raising Lazurus every 20 mins) Luau (built tiki hut in truck bed and did the limbo) Fiery Furnance (cardboard box with heater and orange lights that kids could look into) 50's trunk, old-fashioned trunk, and more. Great success and the grown-ups liked it too. God Bless